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Monthly Archives: September 2014

If external (and internal) competition has marred their golden mouse ears in recent years, Disney’s reputation argues they will emerge from their ashes soon enough. Over the long haul, few companies can match Disney for number of revolutionary films, or joy brought to yet-unsullied minds. For several generations now Disney has been the premier name in family animation, and their… Read more »

19 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Anyone lucky enough to have been a movie fan at some point during the three decades between 1969 and 1998 probably saw Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert review movies on television (even though they did not make their TV debut until 1975). They did so with such passion and precision, in small sound bites but with humor, intelligence, and insight,… Read more »

19 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

A film fan’s love of adventurous cinematic spies is a continuation of man’s love for adventure. Spies unearthing untold similarities of methods—where governmental secrecy serves as the raw material of fiction—also separates the mystery of persuasion from the guesswork of brainwashing. Indeed, all movie genres adapted from literature rely on screenplays to focus on select aspects of an author’s work… Read more »

18 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

If Dustin Hoffman is the American version of an actor who is a proponent of the Method style and approach towards the craft, then Englishman Daniel-Day Lewis is that, only turned up several notches. The recent recipient of a Knighthood for his services to the craft, the astounding and consistent quality of his performances in a variety of films over… Read more »

17 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The 2000s was the best of times for indie, and it was the worst of times for indie. It was the dawn of cinema’s second millenium, a clean slate for a new century of cinematic art. However, it was not all good news for indie cinema. On one hand, following the indie renaissance of the 1990s, there was certainly more… Read more »

17 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Fears about the closure of the highly respected anime house, Studio Ghibli, began a year ago with Hayao Miyazaki’s confirmation of a rumor scattered at Venice Film Festival about his retirement. Recently—as the celebrations and controversies about Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises (2013) simmered, and after the premier of Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s When Marnie Was There (2014)—Toshio Suzuki, new general manager of… Read more »

16 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Even if you’re not an aspiring screenwriter and have general interest in extremely good screenplays, these are the basic films whose narrative construction, character development, solid yet mind-blowing plotlines, etc., make for terrific readings and life-changing experiences. Any good screenwriter should keep in mind the work already done by masters of this craft throughout film history, taking notes of outstanding… Read more »

16 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Born in Iowa in 1976, Monaghan started modelling shortly after leaving high school, where she went on to study Journalism in Chicago. But after leaving college one semester short of graduation to pursue an acting career, Michele Monaghan has never looked back, with a respectable number of movie roles under her belt. In fact, according to IMDB (Internet Movie Database)… Read more »

15 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

More than perhaps any other genre, horror cinema is associated specifically with a collection of talented (and not so talented) film-makers who produce the films which call the genre home. The so-called “masters of horror,” or any other name that fits your fancy. When it comes to fear, dread, and a spine-tingling chill, there are a few names that come… Read more »

14 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The relationship between a filmmaker and his or her style is a complex one. Many of them, as it can be seen on art in general, tend to have certain specific interests, techniques and genres they learn to feel comfortable with and adopt as their own. On one hand, this can be beneficial since it helps to refine certain ideas… Read more »

14 September 2014 | Features, People Lists

Lesser known than many of his Golden Age contemporaries, Howard Hawks was a genre pioneer and maverick. His legacy is one of exceptional versatility and range; however, Hawks didn’t simply work across many genres – comedy, western, noir, drama, romance, adventure, musical, and science-fiction are all present within his oeuvre – he was perhaps Hollywood’s most unsuspected rebel. As much… Read more »

14 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

“Yugoslav Black Wave” is a term that defines a number of films in former Yugoslavia ranging from the period of the late sixties to the early seventies. Even though there was never an official manifesto of the movement, there are, undeniably, common characteristics in both form and content that bond the films of notable Yugoslav directors of the time, such… Read more »

13 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

“I don’t direct films with my eyes. I direct films with my testicles” -Alejandro Jodorowsky. Born in 1929, Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky is a truly unique individual in the cinematic landscape. Each and every one of the handful of films he has made, from his surrealist 1967 debut “Fando & Lis”, right through to last year’s “The Dance Of Reality”,… Read more »

12 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Since Akira Kurosawa’s groundbreaking movie, Rashomon (1950), introduced Japanese cinema to the Western world, the Western film critics’ processes of discovery and evaluation of the Japan’s greatest directorial talents have constantly been both ideologically cloaked and selective. First, humanist critics like Donald Richie hailed filmmakers who demonstrated a unique style and whose work supported a strong humanist attitude. Meanwhile, Richie… Read more »

11 September 2014 | Features, People Lists

The 1970’s were a great decade for thrillers, as production code restrictions had been lifted in favor of a ratings system, allowing “R” rated films considerable leeway in the amount of sex and violence that could be included. Armed with this new freedom, filmmakers ran wild making movies that titillated and thrilled audiences, resulting in some of the best (and… Read more »

11 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The subjects of remakes can often be a contentious matter; some audiences can be open to the idea of a remake whereas others may be diametrically opposed to the thought of their favourite film getting the treatment. Whether or not the remake proves to better than the original or not, its existence can sometimes obscure how influential its cinematic source… Read more »

10 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists