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Monthly Archives: April 2015

In her classic supernatural novel The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson noted that no creature can exist under conditions of complete realism and that even grasshoppers are supposed to dream. If grasshoppers need to dream, then why also not adult human beings? What would life be without dreams and what are fantasies but waking dreams? Without the thought of… Read more »

30 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The connoisseurs of La-La-land have always been dreaming up spellbinding ways of hiking up the money tree and impressing millions. Sometimes it was through the glamorous sensuality of Dietrich and Munroe and, at others, it was the nerve-touching fair-ground attraction of computer generated worlds. Many times it was a knack for who-dunnits or who-killed-who-for-what? Alongside these antics, there has always… Read more »

30 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial events in the 20th century and American history in general. The popular unrest and opposition to the war caused a much different portrayal of the event than previous wars had garnered. While war films had always shown as a dangerous and hellish affair, they had usually conveyed the honor and justification… Read more »

29 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The line between what is fiction (narrative) and reality (documentary) and the possible perceptions of each through the immediate separation of the frame have been blurred and reworked by filmmakers since the beginning of the cinema. This concept of the viewers perception of reality and what exists inside and outside the frame is equally as imperative to the films below… Read more »

29 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

While the human obsession with true crime might be innate, the nonfiction genre is relatively new to be taken seriously. With the recent success of the HBO series, The Jinx, and the hit podcast, Serial, true crime seems to be on everybody’s minds. Investigating crime might be inherently interesting for anybody with a taste for documentary, but there’s a moral… Read more »

28 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Being a member of the LGBT community is a life altering experience. This experience starts with the first discovery of true identity and it can vary greatly depending on the person. This realization may come at four, fourteen or one hundred, but there is a moment of profound revelation . In cinema, these moments of realization happen often in coming… Read more »

28 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

If the 1990s was the modern heydey of the indie film, with many a new voice emerging from an era of renaissance, the 2000s represented the period in which American filmmakers began to churn out indie films in factory-like abundance. They became cheaper to make, a fact which yielded endless independent production companies were sprouting from the woodwork to give… Read more »

28 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

France is considered to be responsible for influencing the surrealist movement due to surrealism emerging from Dada art in Paris during WWI. The goal of surrealist art was to liberate imagination and the subconscious mind. In the early 1920s, surrealists sought out a new art form that was separate from paintings and sculptures and discovered the perfect medium: cinema. They… Read more »

28 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Cinephiles know Criterion as a company specializing in film restoration and creating definitive editions of significant films. First they were curators of classic cinematic treasures on laserdisc, then DVD, and now Blu-ray. Criterion has been the respected leader in its field since the 1980s. It is considered an honor for any film to be bestowed the Criterion treatment. What follows… Read more »

27 April 2015 | Features, Other Lists

“It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.” – Marquis de Sade “The more you hurt me as you have just done, the more you fire my heart and inflame my senses.” – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch In the 19th century, Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Sigmund Freud were pioneers in the field of psychology and helped in the… Read more »

27 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Having featured in more than one hundred films in a career spanning over sixty years, Christopher Walken has made a prolific and eclectic career out of playing intense and often slightly off-kilter or plain oddball characters. Born Ronald Walken on March 31st 1943, Walken started his rise to fame as a child actor, appearing in various television productions, before first… Read more »

26 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Food is the music of love, as a noted playwright once tried to say. The worship of food is an orgy for the senses and our adulation of gastronomy has only intensified over the years. Food has obsessed artists since the invention of paint – think of all those Roman murals with their ‘food equals wealth’ analogies or those bowls… Read more »

26 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Marcello Mastroianni was one of Italy’s most famous and greatest actors of film. His career spanned over six decades, appearing in well over 100 films. Acclaim for his performances have been similarly widespread, with Mastroianni being nominated for three Academy Awards, among other prestigious accolades. He has worked with many famous Italian directors such as Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and… Read more »

26 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Often, tracking the natural transitions of a director, or any artist can be quite clearly defined, by the stages of their works. It isn’t at uncommon to cite specific periods and segments of a filmmaker’s output, be they determined by their nation of residency, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Luis Bunuel or Roman Polanski, or determined by the consistent traits dividing… Read more »

25 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In the early days of cinema, filmmakers were still finding their footing. The still camera was still a relatively new invention, let alone the motion picture camera. Understandably, a lot of people were hesitant and confused about its potential powers. Thomas Edison, for example, never saw the artistic power it contained, and believed cinema would never be more than a… Read more »

25 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

To think about Finnish Cinema without the name Aki Kaurismäki coming to mind is almost impossible. Together with his brother Mika, Aki has brought film in Finland ever more notoriety. Personality dictates his camera movement and plotlines, while his writing is as sharp and no-nonsense as it could be. The constant tones of emotional opacity in his dialogues and the… Read more »

25 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists