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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Many African films that remain popular deal with the parallels between Africa’s past in relations to its modern present state. From this, we view a wide range of topics such as traditions, ideological and political institutions that were set by colonizers which remain long after their dissolution, gender roles, and the significance of oral narratives and language. The films created… Read more »

31 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Here are 11 films which often inspire discomfort within the audience in different degrees and ways; a vague term perhaps, but most of the entries on the list manage to actually be discomforting without always having to rely on overtly violent, gory or sexually explicit scenes. None of the films could be categorically defined as clear-cut horror films and it… Read more »

31 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

As this is written Matthew McConaughey is perhaps the most marketable male actor around. To say he has had a renaissance or McConaissance is already a dated claim. So what this list aims to do is give you a broad picture of the different types of performances the actor has given across his career and the best of them. This… Read more »

30 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

By watching many movies, genre tendencies become expected. When you sit down to watch a baseball movie, or a basic romantic comedy, the outcome is often pretty predictable, and the film itself is reliably formulaic. In many genre movies we welcome this predictability and these clichés, as they’re what’s expected and what you want to see. Some films however, deviate… Read more »

29 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The 1980’s were a time of innovation and progress for science fiction films. The groundwork that had been laid in the late ’60’s with 2001: A Space Odyssey, and later in the ’70’s with Star Wars and Alien, allowed for leaps and bounds in the following decade in terms of storytelling, special effects, and subject matter. Many sci-fi films were… Read more »

28 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Not all great films are complicated, convoluted and stuffed with details, characters and visual grandiose. Some movies force you to look deeper and find those complexities and themes in undercurrents and symbolic motifs, while on the surface the film itself appears to be quite simple. Simplicity in film can be beautiful and poetic, and without a complicated plot or frenzied… Read more »

26 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When you say “foreign film” or “world cinema”, most people (at least some of the people who live in the United States) immediately think of a French or Italian film, or maybe a Japanese animation. Seldom do people think of Latin America. And it could be argued that this is because the output of films in Latin America has always… Read more »

25 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The high school movie is an American cinema staple, consisting of great classics from the likes of American Graffiti, John Hughes’ “brat-pack” films (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Dazed and Confused and many others. This cinema tradition continues to this day, with movies such as Juno and The Perks of Being a Wall Flower making a big impression… Read more »

25 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The great thing about art is how it can be interpreted in different ways. There’s nothing better than looking at a piece of art such as a painting or novel and walking away with something in mind about what it means to you. Each person sees art in different ways. Some may like it and some may not. Either way,… Read more »

24 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Good news for all Stanley Kubrick fans! There is a new documentary which is about the making of the masks in Eyes Wide Shut. In Kubrick’s last masterpiece, Dr. Bill Harford (played by Tom Cruise) wears an androgynous mask, as its creator Franco Cecamore specifically intended. This reinforces the theme that Dr Harford’s increasingly ambiguous relationship with his sexuality, spawned… Read more »

24 March 2014 | Features, Industry Insights

The concept of remaking a film is an interesting one to think about. Is it respectful to the original’s legacy, or disrespectful? Remakes really vary in quality – some are great, even better than the original source material, and then some are just awful – insulting, and just plain disrespectful to the original. Some stories are so classic that they… Read more »

22 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Darren Aronofsky’s latest film Noah hits theaters on March 28th. Predictably, the film has already garnered lots of controversy, before it’s even out; three Middle Eastern countries have banned it, Christian groups have threatened to boycott it, test-screening have resulted in troubling reactions, and Aronofsky has been struggling for his artistic rights with Paramount since the beginning. Despite the fact… Read more »

22 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Film is an art form which combines many various disciplines and a good film is not necessarily a film that looks good. But there is no denying that film is first and foremost a visual medium and that making your movies look beautiful can never really be a bad thing. Below you will find twenty directors who all have made… Read more »

21 March 2014 | Features, People Lists

Few would argue that the past decade’s constant stream of horror film remakes has not been detrimental to the genre as whole. The vast majority of these remakes are completely unnecessary and while there is absolutely no substitute for genuine creativity or fresh takes on horror material, bright spots do exist in the field. Classics like Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the… Read more »

21 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Production designers, or art directors, are responsible for the look of a film. They often have a simple question to answer; will the narrative’s setting work better by being created in a studio, or by being filmed out on location? It’s important to remember that everything that you see on screen in a film has either been placed there deliberately,… Read more »

20 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

A film’s aesthetic and visual palette can largely determine its mood, feel and even themes. Production, costume and art design all massively contribute to a film’s look, as well as the cinematography and directorial choices. Some filmmakers use visual extravagance and excess for no real point, making their films feel emotionally vapid and pointlessly indulgent (Baz Luhrman and Tarsem Singh… Read more »

19 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists