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Monthly Archives: May 2015

World War I was one of the most formative events in the 20th century, leading to the establishment of international committees and was one of the first truly worldwide struggles. Many alliances were formed between countries, uniting the citizens of many nationalities in a common plight. The Allied powers, (Britain, France, Russia and the Unites States), and the Central powers,… Read more »

31 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There’s really nothing that can be said about the 1980’s that hasn’t already been said. In short, it was a fun, vapid, poppy, shallow, optimistic, and overwhelmingly materialistic decade that was reflected in both popular consumer and popular entertainment products. Yes, the 1980’s, forgoing the leaps and bounds of artistry discovered by the filmmakers of the 1970’s, saw movies become… Read more »

30 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A love of horror usually begins at an early age. To those who shy away from the macabre, it is a poorly understood obsession often landing the genre fan in a category somewhere between weirdo and psycho. Generations of misunderstood horror geeks have cowered in dark murky corners of libraries and video stores nursing copies of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and… Read more »

30 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Black & White was, initially, the only option filmmakers had to incorporate in their works. The first popular movies, shot using the Technicolor company method, were musicals that presented vivid colors, such as “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) and “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952). Later, color films widely popular and common – since the 1970’s, the great majority of films… Read more »

30 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

You know an artist has left a serious mark on the world when they have their own adjective. Kafkaesque, Shakespearian, Beckettian, Lynchian, the list is rather exclusive. “Felliniesque” is a descriptor that gets thrown around a lot, but there is no exact definition of what it means, except of course, “like something out of Fellini”. There are a few key… Read more »

29 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

He has portrayed a prince in an action blockbuster, a cowboy in love with another man, a neurotic kid who sees a giant bunny, and many action heroes. Jake Gyllenhaal, despite his youth, has done so much and done it with a high standard of quality. He is a member of an acting family, including his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal (they… Read more »

29 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Thus far, 2015 has been a busy year and this list proposes to look at some of the best films of 2015 to date. These films were shown at festivals or have had a theatrical release in the year 2015. As this list was written before the 2015 Cannes Film Festival was held, films shown at that event will not… Read more »

29 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

So yesterday a guy I know told me he saw Blowup by Antonioni again and thought the film was horribly dated. Au contraire mon frere. The film was deliberately embedded in London’s ‘mod’ culture, it’s not dated at all, it’s a period piece. Then I realized maybe he meant the pantomime performers made the film look dated. Then I remembered… Read more »

28 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When it comes to American cinema, New York City is far and away one of the most popular settings. It is a city that has inspired a lot of filmmakers. Its cultural diversity offers writers and directors an infinite number of stories to tell, themes to explore, and gifts their cinematographers with a visage that photographs beautifully – in both… Read more »

27 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Best Foreign Language Film category was first introduced by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences in 1956 and the very first winner was Federico Fellini’s La Strada, although Special/Honorary awards for foreign language films have been given since 1947, of which Vittorio De Sica’s Shoeshine was the first recipient. Since then, all sorts of terms were coined… Read more »

27 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Discovery and imagination is as inherent in human beings as breathing, and our anticipation to experience what lies ahead has been a part of our creative endeavors as long as people have been documenting work, with elements of science fiction dating as far back as ancient Mesopotamia, ancient India, and ancient Greece. In 1818, Mary Shelley changed the literary world… Read more »

26 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Being gay is like being born with a golden bell attached to your neck. A cloud of jingles is always following, always haunting your every move. There is no escape from its clangs and clatters. So, at the end, it is your choice, and your choice only, to either glide through life like a cipher constraining the noise emanating from… Read more »

26 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Unique and stunning visuals marked Russian cinema since the earliest days. From the phantasmagories of Starevich and Protazanov, to the giddy montage days of Eisentein, Vertov, and Dovzhenko, to visual poetry of Paradjanov and Tarkovsky. Sadly, visionary visual artists in Soviet days had to deal with being told what and how to do by the ever-reaching Communist Party officials and… Read more »

26 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One of the more interesting aspects of many political thrillers is how they capture a unique moment in our sociocultural political history. One does not have to be a policy buff to really appreciate an engaging political thriller. Whether it’s looking at it through a revisionist lens or using firsthand accounts of the most pressing political issues of the day,… Read more »

25 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Born November 6, 1970, Ethan Hawke’s debut as an actor was in the 1985 film “Explorers”, alongside River Phoenix as teenage schoolboys who build a spacecraft to explore outer space. His breakthrough, though, wasn’t until four years later in “Dead Poets Society”, which granted him numerous roles in following years. In the 90s, he became Generation X’s sweetheart by taking… Read more »

25 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Many films make you ask questions. Many films make you wonder what you would do in a similar situation. But few leave you wondering “What if…?” “What if life worked like that?” “What if I had the power to do that?” Et cetera, et cetera… Here are thirty films that just might leave you sitting in the theatre after the… Read more »

25 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists