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Monthly Archives: July 2015

The term “Mrs. Robinson” usually refers to romances between older women and much younger boys. It originates from Anne Bancroft’s portrayal of the seductive and lewd older woman in 1967’s “The Graduate”. The women in these relationships share an overall dissatisfaction with not only men their own age, but with their personal lives. Most are unhappy or lethargic before they… Read more »

22 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The comedy film is a balancing act between the goofy and the sublime, the funny and the tragic. For a genre so specific and nuanced, it’s odd how little respect comedies get. Dramas, for instance, usually get much more critical attention, and at awards time, few comedies, if any, receive recognition. This is especially true regarding the Academy Awards. Sure,… Read more »

22 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Karl Marx was one of the most influential philosopher of all time and consequently his work has influenced a lot of films. The spectator faces Marxist problems such as: proletariat conditions, bourgeoisie dominance, the evolving technology and its connection to society, and revolution. Every problem is only a signal of the advent of the communist era, which consists of final… Read more »

22 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout film history we have had our great share of wonderful heroes. From Indiana Jones and Atticus Finch to James Bond and Norma Rae Webster, we have seen many screen personas save the day or even just do the right thing. However, many times there is someone to stand in their way. These villains are despicable, always thinking of themselves,… Read more »

21 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Dogme 95 is a movement established by a handful of Danish directors. Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen and Kristian Levring signed the Dogme 95 manifesto and created the Vows of Chastity to support inexpensive filmmaking in opposition to big budget productions. To protest against the expensive but insubstantial products of the special effect-driven Hollywood industry was not the… Read more »

21 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Horror is a brilliant genre of film. Horror films are fantastic fun to watch if you like being scared, and it is extra fun knowing that you can hide behind your hands at scary scenes. Because there are so many wonderful horror films in existence the best lists of horror films tend to need to be broken down in to… Read more »

20 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

What is it about the cinema that lends itself so well to obsessive characters? You know the ones. Those determined individuals that push themselves and others, beyond all reason, in the single minded pursuit of a specific goal. It’s certainly great theater seeing someone fight against the establishment, chase immortality, or strive to better themselves (sometimes at the expense of… Read more »

20 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The hardest part of writing a screenplay is creating the ending. Some films such as Casablanca and Godfather II achieve an extra moment that produces a masterpiece. Some other movies are not as good and are only remembered by one last good scene. Others, with good plot and cast are completely ruined for the opposite reason. This list will showcase… Read more »

19 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Before television, there was radio. Since the 1920’s until the full development of television, radio has been the biggest thing. It was not only the main source of information, but it was also the main source of entertainment: popular songs, radio plays, comedic sketches and many more. Back then, people use to call the radio a work of sorcery and… Read more »

19 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The term “Great Depression” refers to the severe worldwide economic depression of the 1930s. Although the dates of the Depression may vary from country to country, 1929 was the year the crisis originated in the USA and end up causing an upset in the entire global order. These events also had an impact on the arts, especially on the cinema… Read more »

17 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Film Noir and Crime Films were very popular on the 40’s. These films portrayed with gritty realism the life and activity of criminals and those around them. Typically, these films focused around bank robbers or gangsters, other times morally bankrupt characters working outside the law, forced by desperation into making all the wrong choices, most times leading to nihilism or… Read more »

17 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The 2000s was a very hit or miss decade. The original content that was created might have been good, but it was too far and in-between. Meanwhile this was the decade that brought strong interest to foreign cinema, especially when it came to the horror genre- seeing how the more original horror movies were coming from places like Japan, South… Read more »

16 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The cinema of former Czechoslovakia, as well as of current Czech Republic and Slovakia, is, perhaps, the richest and most visually striking of all Eastern Europe. Even though fun-as-bricks Commies have tried the best they could to stifle it, the zany and wonderful artistic visions found a way to reach the audience. From the very beginning, the traditions of visual… Read more »

16 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The art of parody began in Ancient Greece and started out as the altering of famous epic poems to change the subject to a lighter, more comedic one. Satyr plays often parodied tragedies, consisting of a whole cast of actors dressed as satyrs. Satire was a safe way to tackle a variety of issues, as even the gods themselves could… Read more »

15 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most rewarding and contrasting cinematic detours for audiences is the chamber piece, sometimes referred to as a chamber drama or chamber film. This diversified genre is discernible by its use of a small cast of characters, often meshed over a short period of time, and in a limited environment, often times just a single location. Also, though… Read more »

15 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

If female directors are a minority, then even more rare are female horror directors. It’s hard to find a reason for such a lack of production, considering the importance of the female figure in horror cinema. Maybe, because of this fact, women find it hard to jump behind the camera. Even with relevant exceptions, in horror movies women are mostly portrayed… Read more »

14 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists