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Monthly Archives: January 2015

The 80s was a great decade for cinema, while not as fruitful as the 70s, it was an interesting period nonetheless. With Reagan in office in the US, the political mood had shifted to the right. Films appealing to the patriotic spirit began to emerge, with the Brat Pack repelling a communist invasion in Red Dawn, Charles Bronson taking back… Read more »

31 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It’s always exciting to hear what the next project of your favorite director will be. Sometimes it’s an enticing prospect, a story that takes the filmmaker’s established work in a new direction. Sometimes it’s a perfect fit, something that plays to the director’s strengths. Sometimes, it’s a puzzling decision that leaves you scratching your head, befuddled. This list will explore… Read more »

30 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Maybe it’s the abundance of deadly animals. Maybe it’s the isolation. Maybe it’s the convict past. Or maybe Australians just really like making sick, twisted films. Whatever the answer may be, there is a long and storied history of horror films from Australia. From Tarantino’s beloved Ozploitation flicks, to the Babadook’s fame today, the horror film genre is a significant… Read more »

29 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The audience for South Korean cinema is currently larger than it was back when the New Wave started in 1998. Today, films by Cj Entertainment or Showbox could easily find foreign distribution if it feels right for international markets and audiences. The most convenient way to watch these films today is to probably stream it or watch them on-demand, both… Read more »

29 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are no small parts, only small actors, or so the old saying goes. However, it contains a grain of truth. Many actors want to be the star but some are born to have a few moments in the spotlight. Some talents and some roles are just too concentrated to be sustained or tolerated over the entire length of picture…. Read more »

28 January 2015 | Features, Other Lists

American suburbia as we know it was originally a product of the economic boom after World-War II. FHA loans became more accessible thus sparking a housing boom. Everyone bought houses. Large masses of land surrounding cities were prepped for large numbers of houses to be quickly constructed side by side. Roads and railways began evolving further facilitating movement between the… Read more »

28 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“But the question that everyone wanted answered was whether I would have the nerve and the strength to start the whole process from scratch. I said yes; otherwise I would be someone who had no dream left, and without dreams I would not want to live.” From Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo, by Werner Herzog… Read more »

27 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Telling a story about success through a biographical account of someone famous and contextualizing influences on their work with a backstory can be a difficult task. Making films about distinguishing musicians is no exception, with their delicate personalities and powerful impact that complex mechanisms of show business have on them. Combining visual with auditory in way of telling a compelling… Read more »

26 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Would one be excited at the prospect to point out their newfound discovery toward a modern Hollywood trend, exclusive to this contemporary climate of elongated, convoluted theatrical video game cut scenes and roundtable marketing morning meetings to determine what a 2010’s audience will lap off many a cinematic artist’s coveted silver screen? How about the discovery, the jaded realisation, toward… Read more »

25 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood is a glamour machine that spews out our greatest hopes, our highest ambitions, and our most personal dreams. More often than not, Hollywood films show us the world as we want it to be, ignoring the harsh realities that might leave us depressed or, even worse, leave producers with poor ticket sales to their latest release. It’s a place… Read more »

25 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Since winning the Rising Star Award at the 2010 BAFTAs, Tom Hardy has been gaining international exposure best known for playing dark, sinister characters, mostly villains, in action and sci-fi films. After a brief modeling stint at age 21, Tom Hardy joined the Drama Center London and got his first acting debut in 2001 in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down…. Read more »

24 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

For the past 100 years, Indian cinema has been a mirror of its vast culture and has partially, if not completely reflected the way the Indian society has transformed in terms of its culture, traditions and the general way of life. While films in Hindi (the primary language) have made waves across the globe, films in regional languages have not… Read more »

24 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Horror as a genre has remained to this day primarily trapped in the shadow of the Western world, at least in the public consciousness. The fact is, however, an appreciation and thrill for the sensation of a chill down the spine is a universal desire, almost a drive, and areas all over the world have produced their own corpus of… Read more »

23 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There is something undeniably romantic about the notion of falling deeply in love with someone, flipping a huge middle finger to society together, and running off on a blood-splattered joyride to nowhere in particular while hoards of angry parents, policemen, or bounty hunters try to hunt you down. Criminal couples in love only have each other to count on as… Read more »

22 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

North Carolina-born Julianne Moore has just received her fifth Academy Award nomination for “Still Alice” and could very well be on her way to winning for the first time. But her career has already extended far beyond awards recognition, providing some of the greatest performances of the past three decades of film. Having graduated from Boston University, Moore’s career began… Read more »

21 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Humans love closure, feeling a need for everything in the world to make sense or offer resolution. Telling stories is one of the ways we pass on information and create catharsis, learning from the successes and failures of others and the movies are the leanest and meanest form of storytelling. There is less room for experimentalism in Hollywood, as confusing… Read more »

21 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists