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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Where do all the lost films usually go to be discovered? In the heyday of the home cinema (VHS, Beta or Laserdisc), circa mid-1980s, independently owned stores would stock titles that Blockbuster and other chains wouldn’t. Some would wind up on various television channels late at night or eventually go straight go to DVD, before Youtube and other online services…. Read more »

14 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ever since Thomas More coined the term “utopia” in 1516, in order to name an imaginary island community in his treatise, it became associated with every literary attempt at envisioning a society which is profoundly different in one or more aspects from our own. However, given the fact that More imagined his Utopia as a generally favorable place to live,… Read more »

14 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

We’ve had some pretty good movies come out this year. From Mad Max: Fury Road to Inside Out, the first portion of 2015 has been pretty great. Looking forward to the rest of the summer and the award season, there are some highly anticipated features that will be hitting our screens. Franchises will continue, franchises will end, and maybe we’ll… Read more »

13 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The United States just experienced a remarkable month of June, specifically with regard to the incredible strides made in LGBT rights movements. The month was already designated as Pride Month, marked by parades, demonstrations, and celebrations in cities all across the country. And when the Supreme Court voted by a 5-4 majority to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states,… Read more »

13 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Martin Heidegger’s book Sein und Zeit (Being and Time) has been all the rage in philosophy for the last century, with every work since either referring to it or intentionally ignoring its message and impact. While incredibly dense, it is clear that Heidegger’s project was quite pointed, and his criticisms of the last two millennia of intellectual thought are potentially… Read more »

13 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Our growing fascination with technology has spawned a plethora of films highlighting a variety of sci-fi gadgets and futuristic technology that we can only dream of. Many ideas presented in tech films from decades past have come to fruition (especially in telecommunications). As our technology grows in its complexity, so have these films grown in their intricacies and ability to… Read more »

12 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Disability on film is fraught with danger for filmmakers. From the portrayal of the victimized, invalided “cripple” or a romanticised and heroic cliché of triumph above adversity, both pictures painted can often be exploitative and alienating; especially to the people with disabilities whose lives filmmakers are attempting to convey, hopefully with a degree of sincerity. However, the following films are… Read more »

12 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The term ‘Lolita’ refers to an under aged, seductive girl, who often becomes the sexual obsession of a much older man. Originating from the character in the popular Vladimir Nabokov novel of the same name, multiple films have taken on some kind of variation of her and Humbert Humbert’s relationship. With the upcoming film “Diary of a Teenage Girl” having… Read more »

11 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema’s love affair with news is a long and storied one. The association between the two goes back to the early 20th century, when newsreels would often air before the main feature in a cinema, as television had not yet supplanted its necessity. In fiction, newspapers and news articles have been used repeatedly, as images of spinning newspapers and paperboys… Read more »

11 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The sixties are rightfully remembered as a period of global instability. The youth took to the streets from Selma to Paris and it seemed the status quo was crumbling around them. In West Germany a vibrant and radical student movement took up many of the same causes as their international comrades, protesting against the Vietnam War and the symptoms of… Read more »

09 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Man is a political animal.” – Aristotle We don’t have to bother to go as far as Aristotle to realize that. Or do we? What is to be political? What is to be a political rebel? The films selected to illustrate this list should answer these questions, which goes beyond the mere act of watching a film. Cinema is never… Read more »

08 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ever since its earliest incarnations in the form of myths and legends, the horror story has always leaned towards the bizarre and fantastical. Strangeness is in its blood. In fact, aside from the obvious penchant for terror, death and the macabre, an obsession with all things weird is the genre’s most recognisable quality. Tales of terror have always dwelled on… Read more »

07 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Sandra Bullock is one of Hollywood’s unsung heroines, boasting a 28-year long career that now sees her as one of the highest paid actresses in the world. With one Academy Award, a Golden Globe and two Oscar nominations to her name – plus a string of other awards – Sandra Bullock’s work hasn’t gone without recognition. This year she capped… Read more »

07 July 2015 | Film Lists

George Clooney arrived at success late by Hollywood standards. After a decade-plus of b-movies, failed television pilots, and guest spots, it seemed like his recognizable and likable presence was always going to just be one of those faces who showed up on screen and made you think, “Oh, hey that guy was in Roseanne, The Facts of Life, and The… Read more »

07 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

What I like about seemingly straightforward movies is that only very few people get them. In other words, only a handful of people suspect there is something to get. So, that gives you a lot of opportunities to have stimulating conversations when all the other topics have dried out. On the other hand, the meaning you have deciphered is not… Read more »

06 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There is a scene in the notoriously ugly 2003 Cat in the Hat film which sees the unintentionally scary titular feline zipping down a purple slide with the two children. When the young boy compares the experience to a ride at an amusement park, the Cat’s response is to look directly into the camera as he exclaims, “You mean like… Read more »

06 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists