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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Throughout cinema history, women have traditionally been seen as dismissive and obedient. They were the caretakers, mothers, and keepers of the household while the men were working for the day. Well, there is certainly nothing sweet and passive about these hardcore women. They come from different backgrounds and cultures likes as crime leaders and nurses, and bring a different perspective… Read more »

30 November 2015 | Features, Other Lists

A sequel is almost inevitable these days. A good sequel is not that hard to do successfully, especially since studios are more motivated than ever to keep a franchise going and not let it die. You will never see the days of “Caddyshack II” or “The Sting II” ever again. It’s hard to even believe “The Fast and the Furious:… Read more »

30 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Affairs – a word that conjures up a wealth of different emotions, be it the heady excitement of new love or the utter devastation that betrayal brings, as well as the tragedy that sometimes ensues. These films look at this controversial subject from different perspectives, and so might justify adultery, shame it, understand it or explain it.   1. The… Read more »

30 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Between the arrival of sound and the imposition of the Motion Picture Production Code on July 1, 1934; Hollywood was essentially free to talk about plentiful controversial subjects such as violence, lechery and substance abuse. The Hays Code, as it was called, after the president of the MPPDA (Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America), William Hays, was created in… Read more »

29 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Controversy is nothing new to art. Whenever a new art form or movement gains enough traction within the mainstream, scandals are sure to follow. Charles Dickens, Edouard Manet and Leo Tolstoy have all had careers pockmarked by moral outrage. Even legendary masters have not been exempt from the firing line; Michelangelo was once contested over his fresco The Last Judgement…. Read more »

29 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

If you want diversity in film, there is no better year to check out than 1977. It was the year we were first introduced to Star Wars; for many moviegoers around the world nothing would ever be the same again. It was a groundbreaking movie experience that some say has never been repeated since. 1977 was the year of “Saturday… Read more »

28 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

We like to think that we all share the same common fears: death, decay, monsters, uncertainty, intimacy, and so on. Whilst horror movies are expected to play on these visceral fears, a truly terrifying film will find horror also in the modern-day. A horror film can thus expose the blight which ate away at a particular society at a particular… Read more »

28 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Every once in a while, a cinematic villain so inhabits his misanthropic calling with such zest and enjoyment that one is left with no choice but to marvel at their audacity and forever be chained to repeating their memorable lines. Chief among these purveyors of anarchy and bloodshed is the villain who lives to shock and gleefully revels in their charming… Read more »

27 November 2015 | Features, Other Lists

Revenge is one of the big trends in Korean cinema. In previous decades, the inclination of the market to produce gory thrilling movies about vengeance has triumphed to capturing a great part of the Asian world and international audiences as well. The rising popularity of South Korean cinema is no coincidence. The visceral way to portrait murder versus the morals… Read more »

27 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway – Maya Angelou One of the four seasons, winter is an important part of the year, a quarter of it, in fact. For those of us who live in areas where… Read more »

26 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema is the only art form capable of utilizing and combining all other arts, and in such inspiring ways that it can produce a new way of complete human expression; ergo a fresh, and “sui generis” art itself. However, as in every art form, to achieve a confirmed or acclaimed artistic status is not a matter of self-declaration, but one… Read more »

26 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Foreign Film Market for most Americans is sometimes difficult to predict. Very few features that don’t rely on car chases, explosions, gratuitous violence or unnecessary sex and CGI effects will hardly go over well. Plus, having to read subtitles or deal with poorly dubbed English may cause most of them to find something less challenging and instantly gratifying. It… Read more »

26 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

You’re not going to become a cinephile by knowing a little about a lot of movies. Neurologists don’t need to know about astronomy to be scientists. Most of the men and women who earn doctorates and make their livings writing textbooks on Southeast Asian movies would be out of their depth talking about French Poetic Realism, and yet the specialists… Read more »

25 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The term “voyeurism” often denotes certain connotations bracketed with perversion, and often of a sexual nature. When we hear that something is voyeuristic our knee-jerk reaction usually, and inaccurately, involves a sexual deviant, maybe with binoculars, spying on pillow-fighting coeds perhaps. But voyeurism, in a broader definition, details any type of surveillance or espionage, and this motif has dogged cinema… Read more »

25 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

1960 was a great year for cinema. It marked significant changes in style and substance and began a new year for a new breed of cinephiles. Notably in European cinema, things were changing. Long gone were the days of naïve and candid cinema. The public welcomed a new species of movies: cynical films that questioned everything around them and forced… Read more »

25 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The last decade has been great for indie comedies. Advances in technology and the rise of online streaming platforms means that films made by small companies with low budgets and relatively unknown casts and crews can reach a greater audience than ever before. These films tend to be more character and dialogue driven than Hollywood comedies. They also tend to… Read more »

24 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists