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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Some say being yourself is everything you can do but that is not always easy, especially if you are an actor. Actors, among other occupations, have to transform and dive into the psyche of another person in order to become the person they are portraying. To achieve that, they go to deep lengths of preparing for the role. Method acting… Read more »

31 October 2015 | Features, Other Lists

All comedy is based on pain, and what better way to showcase that pain than to watch either a horrifying horror movie, or one that’s just downright horrible. Although there are many horror movies that send viewers into shock and terror, horror movies with a comedic touch can hold the opposite reaction and feel good for the mind. A horror… Read more »

30 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A howl, a full moon, a silver bullet and the transformation are the key ingredients of a werewolf movie that have changed little over the last 100 years. There is something close to us, the viewer when watching a werewolf movie. Perhaps it is the fact that we descended from an animal that draws us into this horror sub genre?… Read more »

30 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The genre of horror cinema has always been one—more than almost any other genre—to evoke illicit responses out of the moviegoer whether they wanted it or not. That’s one of the reasons why many fans of the genre keep coming back to it. Filmmakers for ages have always tried to come up with new ways to scare, disturb, or get… Read more »

30 October 2015 | Features, Other Lists

The month of October is the best time of the year if you’re a horror movie fan. From the 1st to the 31st, it’s a constant celebration of everything spooky and scary! While most Halloween staples include films like, Halloween, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, there are other movies that will certainly be… Read more »

29 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Robert Richardson has been on cinema’s shortlist of the greatest cinematographers working in the business for over the last 30 years. He’s worked with some absolute titans of the filmmaking world, with results that have been consistently excellent, spanning multiple genres and formats. Recognized by the Academy three times with Oscars for Best Cinematography (JFK, The Aviator, and Hugo), Richardson… Read more »

29 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The documentary filmmaker has a responsibility towards their audience. In their roles they are perceived as the advocates of truth, they are expected to reveal hidden secrets and tell their story as accurately as possible. At the same time however, a documentary filmmaker has to face the challenge of keeping objective distance from their subject, which, on many occasions, proves… Read more »

29 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Wherever a superfluous amount of franchises littered with meaningless characters and repetitive formulas plagues the realms of horror cinema, there will also be an opportunity for great works to spring amidst the chaos. Such films may redefine, revolutionize and transcend the genre, and constantly capture the essence of why horror stories were told in the first place. While many continue… Read more »

27 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Capital cities have always been the spoiled darlings of the tourist’s world. It’s hard to imagine any tourist offer without Paris, Rome, Cairo, Buenos Aires, Tokyo or Beijing. Often, the capital city is also the most beautiful and attractive city in that country. Of course, there a couple of exceptions (quite big exceptions) that prove the rule. New York (the… Read more »

27 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The last decade saw the release of several great horror films: Paranormal Activity, Kill List, The Thirst, Martyrs, and The Babadook to name just a few. At least one of these – I don’t need to mention which – became a huge commercial success and spawned several sequels and numerous inferior imitations. The rest all received accolades and became beloved… Read more »

26 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

With a string of impressive and complex character portrayals, Oscar Isaac is quickly becoming a household name. Isaac has worked his way into the conversations of historical drama lovers and science fiction fanboys alike through his intense emotions and undeniable charisma. Whether he is a folk singer or a gangster, Isaac steals the scene every time he’s in the frame…. Read more »

26 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In his second English-language feature film, Paul Sorrentino (This Must Be the Place, La grande bellezza) continues to display the grandeur of his vision through the use of superbly elegant artistic images. Youth is a film which examines artists, using various creative media to discuss their innerworkings. Chiefly, music is used as both a mode of storytelling and as a… Read more »

26 October 2015 | Reviews

As a filmmaker, it is surely daunting to tackle texts which are as iconic as the works of William Shakespeare. How can you add your own spark of originality to a play which has been performed and appreciated for over four hundred years? That is precisely what director Justin Kurzel aims to do with his reimagining of Macbeth, told through… Read more »

26 October 2015 | Reviews

It isn’t easy to come up with a list of 12 great philosophical films. Such a list could be based on several criteria. Are these the 12 best films that are philosophical? Is the philosophy in these 12 films the best? Do these 12 films deal with the best philosophical issues? Nay, I say, this list is a combination of… Read more »

26 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

As much as mainstream Japanese filmmakers excel in family drama, “underground” films excel in exploitation. Since the end of the 60s, when the increased popularity of television had already taken a significant toll on the industry, most large-scale studios were forced to produce films that included sex, violence and S&M in order to earn a profit. This began the rise… Read more »

25 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Adolescence is one of the most commonly tackled themes in cinema. From the beach party films of the 60s, to their renaissance in 1980s, and their explosion in the 2000s, the formative years of young adults have always been under a microscope. Unlike action and fantasy adventures stories that create hyperboles on life, films about youth look at an aspect… Read more »

25 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists