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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Kurt Cobain once famously said that “punk rock is freedom.” By this, he meant that divorced from the dogma of mainstream rock, he was free to express himself however he wished, however odd or shocking that expression may well have been. This, evidently, helped him to keep his work intensely personal. If there is one genre in film in which… Read more »

31 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The return of the documentary in this era has been nothing short of a cinematic renaissance. Long after the golden age of ‘cinema verite” seemed to have drawn its last breath, and the initial rise of the 1970s, the often banality of Reality TV seems to have inspired a whole new generation of documentarians to rise up and ask in… Read more »

30 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The history of modern Tokyo is to some extent a history of coping with catastrophe. Many, if not all, of the most famous Tokyo films seem haunted by some huge, destructive nightmare at the edges of the action. Even the quieter films that we’ve listed below are weighted down with an unshakeable historical awareness, be it of the bomb, natural disaster,… Read more »

30 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Obsession has been around since forever and is, sadly, an important part of human existence. Everyone goes through an obsessive stage (especially at a younger age) but most people manage to surpass or at least to control this terrible state of being. In the modern age, the most common obsession seems to be that for celebrities. Every time you turn… Read more »

29 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It’s no secret: filmmakers love movies. Shocking, right? Many a film has been about the exploits of screenwriters, directors, producers, agents, studio heads, and the process of making those movies we all love. Based on real life or merely inspired by it, it is easy to see why the men and women behind the scenes enjoy telling stories based on… Read more »

29 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The age old problem of evil is no stranger to philosophy, theology, or film. Filmmakers have struggled with evil and its existence since creation (of the medium). Simply put, how can evil exist in the face of an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent deity? Philosophy, which itself developed from theology, and specifically philosophy of religion has struggled to make room for… Read more »

29 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

You can go as far as 1896, the year cinema was born, to find the first pieces of writing on film. Maxim Gorki wrote a beautiful text called “The Kingdom of Shadows” where he described some reactions to film still resonant to this day: “You are forgetting where you are. Strange imaginings invade your mind and your consciousness begins to… Read more »

28 July 2015 | Features, People Lists

The slasher subgenre was one of the most popular horror subgenres during the late 70s and throughout most of the 80s. The 80s slasher genre were mainly influenced by movies like Halloween, Black Christmas, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Black Christmas is often seen as one of the earliest examples of the slasher genre, as it came out in 1974…. Read more »

28 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

This list is about exploring films that aim to push the boundaries of cinema. It serves as an introduction to the concept of visual narration in film.   15. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2013) Combine elements of the western and gangster genres and put them inside Bangkok, which looks like a city with a sci-fi background. Then, develop characters while unfolding… Read more »

28 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Animated films are renowned for making some of the most touching film experiences ever made. In fact at least eight of the fifty highest grossing films of all time are animated films. But often times other animated movies, while they might be good, can get lost among the more well known animated movies made by Disney or Pixar. Whether they’re… Read more »

27 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Most comedies are light in terms of tone, but there are a number of bold films that fall into the category of black comedy. Classics like Heathers, Dr. Strangelove and Fargo all depict horrible crimes and terrible people, but there isn’t a mean-spirit to them. They are meant to be satires and as dark as they are, they do not… Read more »

27 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

City-protagonist indicates a dominant narrative urban space which is more than just a virtual ambient containing the characters and facts. City-protagonist is the film’s principal narrative element and changing it will make the narration completely different if not meaningless. Indicating a location as one of the main characters of the narration may be a perfect way to remind the viewer… Read more »

27 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When the world became industrialized, the landscape of the world, both economically and culturally, drastically changed. The shift increased the size and influence of corporations worldwide which in turn led to floods of ambitious businessmen looking to work for powerful entities. This influx of people and money formed the modern day corporate culture, filled with success and hope as well… Read more »

26 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Kubrick reigns supreme. He is the top of the pantheon. His is a unique, irreplaceable vision and he died before his time, leaving an incomparable legacy of films that have stood the test for generations. As inscrutable he may outwardly be, he is not a complete cipher. Many internal themes and visual leitmotifs that remained almost constant throughout his career… Read more »

24 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ever since the advent of cinema, as well as any other form of storytelling, the moral of a story equals its purpose. Viewers search for meaning, something they can explain as a consequence of what they have seen. Happy endings are incredibly more common than sad or morbid ones, yet there are exceptions that often impact us and stay with… Read more »

23 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Hidden Gems are those films that have a very small, but passionate following. A variety of reasons cause this: style of filmmaking, lack of distribution, discrimination against the country/gender/race of the director, etc. This list is devoted to bringing some of those films as well as providing ways to access them. Without further ado, here is the list of the… Read more »

23 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists