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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Before the time of midnight screenings for the newest summer blockbuster, the idea of seeing a film after dark had an entirely different meaning. Midnight cinema became popular in the late 1960s. Not to say there weren’t midnight films before, but the term was officially coined in 1968 with the release of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead…. Read more »

30 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Over the past decade, Jia Zhangke has secured his position not only as the leading figure of China’s “Sixth Generation” of filmmakers, but also as one of the world’s most important contemporary directors. Hailing from the small city of Fenyang in Shanxi province, Jia spent his free time on the streets, a self-professed hooligan of sorts, and it wasn’t until… Read more »

30 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Born in 1937, actor Dustin Hoffman has, over the past five decades, proved that you don’t have to be conventionally attractive to be a movie star. In a way, he gave rise to some of the more left of centre actors and actresses out there working today. Originally wanting to pursue a career as a pianist but flunking out of… Read more »

29 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

On October 6, 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Inherent Vice, an unprecedented adaptation of Thomas Pynchon, will premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival. Every available scrap of information to be found on the internet is being trawled by the ‘unofficial’ fan page dedicated to him: Cigarettes and Red Vines – the Definitive Paul Thomas Anderson Resource. (The… Read more »

29 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

With 2015 just around the corner, what better time to take a peek at the films you should be looking out for next year. And our focus here is on the movies that we think will be extra special when viewed in high definition. Therefore, you’re either going to need to take a trip to the cinema or experience them… Read more »

28 September 2014 | Film Lists

The history of soviet cinema began from the 1917 Russian and Revolution and ended somewhere in 1996. Even after the collapse of SSSR, the Soviet atmosphere could still be felt. The Soviet movie industry has spanned a lot of years and genres, starting from experimental avant-garde of Eisenstein, continuing with the focus on socialistic problems, and ending with the industrial… Read more »

27 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) or Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is a mental state characterized by two or more identities or personalities that control a person’s behavior, accompanied by memory impairment. We won’t get into great details when it comes to psychological definitions, nor symptoms, We’ll try to focus exclusively on movies and the way this state has been used to… Read more »

26 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

He was the most prolific American iconoclast, cynical of what he saw in us and yet deeply in love with the unruly nature of the society’s most undervalued and idiosyncratic people. He turned the medium of film inside out and upside down, thumbing his nose and extending his middle finger at prescribed standards of genre expectations and formal structures, turning… Read more »

26 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Apart from being absolutely gorgeous, Michael Fassbender is one of the most talented actors of his generation. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, but raised in Killarney, Ireland, he had an early interest in film and acting. At age 19, Fassbender moved to London to study at the Drama Centre London and later dropped out to tour with the Oxford Stage Company… Read more »

25 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The films of Theo Angelopoulos—the most renowned Greek filmmaker to date—are slow, meditative, and melancholic. The films often run exceptionally long—up to almost four hours—with extended shots that can last up to ten minutes without a single cut. As tedious as these initial descriptions seem, why should one watch his films? Once (and if) anyone gets used to his style,… Read more »

25 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

It’s not quite certain if serial killer movies constitute a genre onto themselves or they can be seen as a sub-genre of thrillers whilst at times even verging into horror film territory. Either way, films about serial killers seem to capture the public’s imagination and some of the titles presented in this list have been major critical as well as… Read more »

24 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Villains have always been as important for the success of the movie as heroes. Every hero needs a matching opponent, so a great villain needs to have commanding screen presence and to strike fear into the hearts of the viewers, while convincing them that his character is really capable of committing atrocious crimes. Hence, playing a villain is often far… Read more »

23 September 2014 | Features, Other Lists

From the organic mulch mosaics to the dissonant hum of faulty strobe lights, the films of David Lynch are a collective surreal tapestry of growth and decay, both in nature and in technology. This language is not without purpose, as Lynch’s origins lie in painting. His first short film, Six Men Getting Sick, was an evocative animated painting produced during… Read more »

22 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Filmmakers work based on a vision. To make that vision work, it’s necessary to share with a crew that understands it to work towards that vision as a goal. While many filmmakers occupy themselves exclusively to work behind the cameras, there are many who also happen to be terrific performers, or at least the right performers for the vision they… Read more »

21 September 2014 | Features, People Lists

“We’re Cannon Films and we’re dynamite!” – Quote from promotional trailer. Formed in 1967, American film production company Cannon Films specialised in under the radar cult movies and the type of cinema that big league Hollywood wouldn’t touch. One of their most popular and profitable films was “Joe”, directed by John G. Aviledson, who would go on to greater fame… Read more »

20 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

With the Polish cinema, one associates a wide variety of different genres, creative styles and technical innovations. This artistic creation can be described accordingly by the big three P’s: Politically, Poetic, Polarizing. This list includes the names of significant representatives of the cinematic craft such as Krzysztof Kieslowski, Roman Polanski and Jerzy Kawalerowicz. They have succeeded to create witty, timeless… Read more »

20 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists