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Monthly Archives: April 2014

When it comes to bleak stylish thrillers and crime films, it’s hard to beat the South Koreans nowadays and all the movies listed below are fine examples of that statement. Whereas the South Korean film industry had been heavily state-regulated until the late eighties, the first fully non-government funded film, Marriage Story, appeared in 1992. Although films started to suffer… Read more »

30 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When it comes to the films of David Cronenberg, average movie-goers and critics alike either love him or hate him. There are tons of critics and censors out there that have dismissed Cronenberg’s films as “gross-out” cinema, purely created for shock value. Film critic, Roger Ebert, once referred to one of Cronenberg’s films as “reprehensible trash.” Sure, if one looks… Read more »

30 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

During his lifetime, Alfred Hitchcock was thought of as a master showman who kept his audiences entertained with suspenseful movies and quirky TV shows. Since his death in 1980, Hitchcock’s legacy has been reappraised by both scholars and the general public, and he is now thought of as one of the most significant – if not THE most significant –… Read more »

29 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Post-WWII France was a different environment for French cinema. Government funding and lighter cameras provided new opportunities for aspiring filmmakers, whose innovations – along with the general climate of European arthouse cinema – would help usher in a new modernist phase of filmmaking. Critics appropriated the term “Nouvelle Vague” – a phrase coined by L’Express journalist Françoise Giroud to describe… Read more »

29 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Everyone might have a different reason for liking a horror movie. Some enjoy the way it scared them. Some enjoy the violence and gore. And for others, it’s the characters and performances that keep you coming back. Here we take a look at the 25 best performances by an actor or actress in a horror film. Some played the protagonists… Read more »

28 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes, a good way to understand movies is to simply watch movies. The best way though, is to watch movies about movies. It’s joyous when a film can be show the audience a portrait of the filmmaking process, or an insight into the industry – and some of the greatest films are about films. It’s a fascinating subject to explore,… Read more »

27 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Without getting into too much of a philosophic argument and splitting hairs on different aspects of what existentialism is, (ex: nihilism, etc.) in order to avoid the opening of a very large and different can of worms, let’s go ahead and give it a blanket explanation and definition as to what an existentialist movie basically is for the sake of… Read more »

26 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

As mentioned in the introduction to our previous articles on the best neo-noir films of the 1970s and 1980s, arguments will always exist over what films should be called horror films, suspense thrillers, classic film noir and neo-noir. Those disagreements naturally extend to what should be the considered the best of a genre or subgenre. Readers disappointed at the omission… Read more »

24 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Described as a story which emphasizes the psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional states, the following films are benchmarks for what a successful psychological thriller should aspire to be. Instead of displaying legions of gore and violence, their main objective is to play with your mind. To leave it up to you to construct the tension of what… Read more »

23 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

If you aren’t into Hong Kong cinema, you might not know the name Johnnie To and you would be forgiven. Hardly any of his films have shown in regular theatrical runs outside of Asia, so even though the man has a forty plus year career in his native Hong Kong, starting out as a messenger boy at the age of… Read more »

22 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Even in this modern world of Amazon, Netflix, Redbox, I-tunes and various forms of distribution, some great films still remain hard to find and in relative obscurity. Some films need that extra push in order to get a proper release, be it fan petitions, letters to producers and distributors by fans, and all other variety and manor of things. For… Read more »

22 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The long and arduous history of Spanish cinema finds its roots primarily in the Francoist regime. With Franco’s forty-year stronghold on Spanish culture, Spain’s film industry took new and interesting forms. Outside influence was seen as dangerous, and films were dubbed into Castilian and severely cut to remove any controversial elements (in the case of Mogambo, an adulterous plot line… Read more »

22 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

“The Night of the Hunter” is Charles Laughton’s Southern Gothic masterpiece of American cinema and is sadly the only film he ever directed. A horror film of its time that meshes fantastical, dream-like visuals along with the terror of a religious zealot. The film stars Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell that lures unsuspecting women into marrying… Read more »

21 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

As mentioned in the introduction to our previous article on the best neo-noir films of the 1970s, arguments will always exist over what films should be called horror films, suspense thrillers, classic film noir and neo-noir. Those disagreements aside, the milestone cinema decade of the 1970s produced some classic neo-noir films and the 1980s kept the dark crime ball rolling… Read more »

20 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Star Wars’ artistic and technical innovations made a profound impact on Hollywood. After its release audiences moved away from gritty, violent thrillers like French Connection and The Godfather and moved towards fun summer blockbusters like Superman and Ghostbusters. Yet, despite breaking box office records, its artistic achievements are repeatedly scoffed at. The New Yorker’s film critic, Pauline Kael, famously criticised… Read more »

18 April 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Film critics, film writers and ardent fans are bound to disagree as to what films should be classified as being part of a particular genre. Arguments over what films should be called horror films or suspense thrillers are commonplace as are disputes over what films should fall into the category of film noir. Naturally these disputes extend to films in the… Read more »

17 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists