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Monthly Archives: June 2015

“For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first.” — Terry Gilliam Today considered one of the most favored and influential American sci-fi writers of all time, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982), has, since his death, been the focal point of a rare and deserved reappraisal. Once deigned a hack scribe… Read more »

30 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Steven Spielberg’s first Jurassic Park movie starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Richard Attenborough was released back in June 1993. It very quickly became the highest-grossing film worldwide and it made over $900 million in its original theatrical run. Eventually it had to give up that title when Titanic (1997) was released, but Jurassic Park still remains one… Read more »

30 June 2015 | News

The 1990s will always be remembered as the decade where the alternative became the mainstream. The story of Nirvana and The Year Punk Broke is well known to anyone even remotely interested in pop culture. The explosion of Nirvana, grunge and then ‘alternative’ music affected more than just the music scene. That whole explosion practically brought interest in everything alternative,… Read more »

29 June 2015 | Features, Other Lists

Kevin Spacey has established himself as a “chameleon” of the acting world, proving in every role that he has the capability to transform into completely contrasting characters. He began his acting career on Broadway in 1981, although he didn’t make his way into film until Heartburn (1986), where he obtained a minor role as a mugger. However, Spacey didn’t receive… Read more »

29 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When it comes to watching great films, duration frankly should not matter. A great movie is great no matter its length. But let’s face it, busy schedules these days can keep us from tackling epics. As our attention spans get ever shorter, an 85-minute runtime might look at a whole lot sweeter than a 145-minute one. This list therefore presents… Read more »

29 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Art is not an exact science. Artists are not people that can be tied down to a single spot and execute a job according to some fix parameters. Artists need to explore, push their boundaries and go places they’ve never gone before. In cinema the ultimate goal seems to be directing. A lot of screenwriters, editors or even producers aspire… Read more »

27 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone recently shared his assessment of the current state of film music. The maestro is not impressed. Speaking with The Guardian, Morricone complained that the quality of motion picture scores has deteriorated and that he has “suffered a lot” watching recent films because of it. Further, he places responsibility for this sorry state of affairs squarely… Read more »

27 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Spoiler alert”. A good plot twist can turn a good movie into an excellent one, but an awesome plot twist turns a movie into part of cinema history. This list contains some of the greatest plot twists ever created for a film, while others are just awesome and audiences can’t avoid loving them. This list tries to avoid ambiguous endings…. Read more »

26 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Fiennes’s career has been so free-spirited and unforeseeable that we have seen him playing in a romantic comedy with Jennifer Lopez in one moment and then delivering an acclaimed performance as Lord Voldemort in the next. With his electrifying gaze and menacing charisma he has always mesmerised filmmakers, other actors and audiences. Fiennes was born in 1962, the first of… Read more »

25 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When a filmmaker wants to make a political statement or take a stand on a social issue, they have to translate it for the medium. Politicians make speeches, filmmakers make films — otherwise they are just making a stump speech. They can fold it into a narrative, such as a political thriller (The Manchurian Candidate, Syriana) or maybe a courtroom… Read more »

25 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The critics aren’t always right. Well, at least the first time. Plenty of films that are now considered the best of all time or are crowd favorites received mixed to horrible reviews upon release. Many of them did not do well at the box office either. Over time, sometimes a few years, sometimes decades, they get rediscovered, re-evaluated, or are… Read more »

24 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Golden Turkey Awards by Harry and Michael Medved is a fabulous celebration of all that is great about Bad Cinema. Directors like Herschell Gordon Lewis and Ray Dennis Steckler were finally given their due, albeit not in the most flattering manner. Unmoved perhaps by the unique charms of Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs and The Incredibly Strange People Who Stopped… Read more »

24 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Remakes of films, particularly by those in Hollywood, have a poor reputation of being cheap and sloppy movies made to cash in on the success of the original. While, unfortunately this is true for the majority of these films, many directors manage to revive the plot of a film successfully and put a new spin on a cinematic classic. This… Read more »

24 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The fact of the United States being a relatively young country may well have something to do with the contiguous fact that the country is often a bit slow to recognize and preserve key artifacts from its history such as buildings, documents,artworks and other things which provide of record of how and why the country came to be as it… Read more »

23 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema transports audiences into the minds of its director. We experience the director’s vision and depiction of the story. Most contemporary directors and production companies are under the assumption that the modern audiences lack the intelligence to construct their own interpretation and meanings behind what is happening visually and aurally and therefore usually rely on characters simply explaining what happened… Read more »

23 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Norwegian cinema is riding a brand new wave internationally. A growing amount of directors and actors are being exported, while back home we are finally getting used to the excitement of seeing our own productions not only partaking in festivals, but also receiving awards while there. Meanwhile distribution rights to popular Norwegian films have become more attractive on the market…. Read more »

23 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists