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Yearly Archives: 2016

So much planning goes into making a film, from scheduling the film shoot, location scouting, hiring a film crew, and casting the right actors. Unfortunately, not everything in life runs smoothly and problems arise in the final film. Like with dominos, if just one domino is out of synch with the others, the whole system fails. This is especially obvious… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Many actors and actresses have that one movie that is a ‘bad moment’ in their careers. For Kristen Stweart, however, this ‘bad moment’ seems to have dragged out for far too long, as she is still – nearly ten years later – being judged for her infamous role as the pale and one faced, slightly porcelain Bella Swan from the… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When you are young, it is easy to assume that all that is necessary for a happy life is to find the person you love and spend the rest of your days with them. Yet, as you grow older, nothing is ever as simple as initially thought, meaning that sometimes the great loves in your life may be those that… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As eclectic (in mood, style, genre, origin and so forth) as the previous two lists (maybe even more), the third collection of the less talked about films from the 21st century involves a few titles that will make some professional critics cringe, but what the hell! From highly experimental cinema to humanoid robots, you will certainly find a flick or… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Ask yourself: how many movies do you know? And how many of them have you seen? These are difficult if not impossible questions to answer, right? However, there’s an easier question: how many B-movies have you seen? I’m sure you haven’t seen as many of those compared to Hollywood produced flicks. B-movies are rarely remembered. They are movies that are… Read more »

06 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The Oscars only allow for five to ten movies to sneak into the esteemed Best Picture field. Unfortunately, that means that numerous excellent movies are snubbed by the time the Academy Award nominations are announced. Sometimes, it’s because a movie is just shy of being good enough. Other times, it’s because the movie doesn’t appeal to Academy voters or was… Read more »

06 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As long as there have been movies, there have been movies about movies. Working in the film business themselves, writers and directors realised they didn’t have to look very far when it came to finding material: the scripts just wrote themselves. Nonetheless, it is particularly refreshing to observe the dream machine pulling back the veil and looking at itself with… Read more »

06 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The input of Australians in both local and international film has sometimes been woefully ignored, or misappropriated. Nevertheless, there have been many fantastic Australian films (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Mad Max, Chopper) made solely by Australian talents, and also significant contributions in American and international cinema, as directors (George Miller, Peter Weir), cinematographers (John Seale, Christopher Doyle, and of course,… Read more »

06 December 2016 | Features, People Lists

Every genre has its weak links, from the western giving us “Heaven’s Gate” to science fiction giving us “Battlefield Earth”. But the superhero genre arguably has it worse, as, when your cast is running around in colored lycra, screwing up can yield results that are quite memorable, laughable, and infuriating. Most of the time, these characters have a history to… Read more »

05 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

This is a running series that aims to introduce some of the gems of cinema in each decade. These recommended movies are by no means obscure, and most of them are quite popular among seasoned movie buffs. However, we think it’s not enough – these brilliant films definitely deserve to be on every cinephile’s radar. We begin this series with the incredible… Read more »

05 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Many sequels are unworthy, prequels rarely done right, and reboots too excessive in number. But now Hollywood has started a new trend: the spinoff. A rarity in past decades, spinoffs have come in full force over the last few years. And the reason for their exponential growth is the simple fact that several of them have worked. Consider the success… Read more »

04 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“[The Wild Bunch] is what happens when outlaws go to Mexico.” – Sam Peckinpah   If they move, kill ’em! Sam Peckinpah’s breakout picture is an outlaw epic that’s, in purely cinematic terms, a viciously graceful spectacle. With quick, startling cuts, slow motion splatter, multi-angle coverage, inventive sound design, superb cinematography and intricately arranged action scenes, Peckinpah and company utterly… Read more »

04 December 2016 | Features, Reviews

Park Chan-wook’s return to S. Korea from Hollywood, where he directed “Stoker”, also signaled his return to masterpieces, with “The Handmaiden” reaching the standards of his best films, like “Oldboy”. His passage from Hollywood did not have the same success his previous works had; however, Park seems to have implemented the aesthetics usually associated with American films in “The Handmaiden.”… Read more »

04 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

With Lynne Ramsay’s miraculous Morvern Callar we are continually someplace else. In the cinema, outside of the cinema, in and out of time, passionately and profoundly in the reality of experience and most certainly in tactile transcendency. A film of startling beauty and immense intellect, Morvern Callar may, for some viewers, bypass any immediate emotional response as its protagonist is… Read more »

04 December 2016 | Features, Reviews

There’s a common conception that most horror sequels suck, with rare exceptions like “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “Dawn of the Dead” (1978), and “Aliens” (1986). Still, it’s not far from the truth – most are made as soulless cash grabs – but that’s no reason we can’t find some quality amongst the quantity. Several rare gems are out there that… Read more »

03 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Contemporary sci-fi community owes a great deal to the uncontained boom of science fiction that marked the Reagan decade, as many of the concepts explored today stem from the lush and flamboyant aesthetics of the 80’s sci-fi. Some recent movies and series, like the Duffer brothers’ universally acclaimed Stranger Things, manage to reconstruct the vibrancy of the bygone era, complete… Read more »

03 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists