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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Making any movie is usually an extremely collaborative effort. These days, ending credits for summer blockbuster films can run 10 minutes or more. Sometimes we take it for granted just because a bunch of people get together to make a movie, it is worth watching. Potentially, there could be so many factors which could change the end result of a… Read more »

31 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Far too often, the general movie-going public will rely on an IMDb rating or a Rotten Tomatoes score to determine whether a movie is worth their time. While these can offer a good idea of a movie’s consensus, it’s hardly the zenith of accuracy. Having a divisive audience reaction can easily bifurcate the ratings, and moreover, popular opinion. This kind… Read more »

31 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It’s hard to mention the genre Romantic-Comedy, let alone the NewSpeak term “Rom-Com”, and not gain a shudder or scream from most of the male species. Sugarcoated images of Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock flood the mind with contrived plots, unrealistic scenarios and all too many storybook happy endings. Sure, they make some people feel good, warm and… Read more »

31 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Apart from engrossing ourselves in horror movies we also like to pick up on something else within the film and that is the idea of a horror icon. Horror icons are largely born out of the same actor and actress starring in many films in that genre and over a period of time helps too, it kind of validates their… Read more »

30 January 2016 | Features, People Lists

With the golden age of television looming large over not only modern cinematic practices but exerting an omnivorously outward reaching hand toward film directors like never before, the time seems right for a look back on the film directors who have, pre-fame or post-fame, looked to the smaller screen as either stepping stone or sabbatical from the intoxicating lure of… Read more »

30 January 2016 | Features, Other Lists

These titles may not sound appealing, but considering the time and place they were conceived, it can give the viewer slices of what the golden years of Spanish horror were like; real horror in cinematographic terms. A lack of budget, lack of an established cultural environment, the industry, the audience and critic’s prejudices, and obstacles to adapt the genre to… Read more »

30 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Nagisa Oshima (1932-2013) is a leading figure of Japanese New Wave. If you haven’t seen any Japanese New Wave films, then don’t miss his classics. Most of the protagonists of his films are outsiders, and he is sort of an outsider in his home country because of the nature of his films and nature of himself as well. Strangely, he… Read more »

30 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood may be the global face of cinema, but France is where it all began. Clocking in at a lean 2 seconds long, Louis Le Prince’s debut feature Roundhay Garden Scene is usually credited as the first film ever made, shot way back in 1888. Shortly after, French directors such as the Lumière brothers and Georges Méliès continued to innovate,… Read more »

30 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

What exactly is a cult movie? The idea can mean different things to different people. The Merriam-Webster’s definition of a cult is a 1: small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous. 2: a situation in which people admire and care about… Read more »

29 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The new millennium has graced us with some phenomenal films from many talented directors. Many of those directors, whether previously in front of the camera or limited to screenplay writing, took the reigns behind the camera for the first time. Below is a discussion of fifteen of the best such directorial debuts. Of course, the passing of the twentieth century… Read more »

29 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have been consistently ambitious in crafting their own unique brand of inimitable and fascinating pieces of cinema throughout their long-spanning careers. Starting out in the 1980s, they have since become ground-breaking pioneers in genre blending films, skilfully engineering several masterpieces, each of a diverse and distinctive nature…. Read more »

29 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

With 5-10 available Best Picture slots, there’s not enough room for every great movie. Every year, some of the best movies are left off the list. Let it be clear that a movie doesn’t need a Best Picture nomination to be one of the best movies of the year. 2014 gave us movies like Wild and and Nightcrawler which were… Read more »

27 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” Evil in any form is generally perceived as ugly in nature, but the Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, recognised that horror is far more complex than that. Today, many of the genre’s best filmmakers share Poe’s sentiment, finding beauty within the darkness of evil. Horror is primarily… Read more »

27 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The Japanese cinema industry is one of the few industries that still has a huge impact on the world cinema, keeping its own brand and characteristics while adding several other genres and features that enrich their cinema even more. They didn’t show contentment and conformation to the classic; they maintain a very respectful in-view to the classic directors, actors, genres… Read more »

27 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Mad Max: Fury Road has a 97 on Rotten Tomatoes and an 89 on Metacritic. It has won 116 awards, according to IMDB, and has been nominated for 123 – including an Oscar for Best Picture. Enough is enough. Yes, Mad Max is a fun, stylish film. No one disputes its entertainment value. But is it the best film of… Read more »

26 January 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Fans of indie cinema have always enjoyed a fairly rich smorgasbord of styles, themes, and genres. Indie can, naturally, refer to budgetary restrictions, and can indicate an “independance” from the major studio system. Yet, for many, Indie is simply a state of mind, an outsider spirit, and a dedication to quirkiness rather than Blockbuster convention. Here, we have 20 films… Read more »

26 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists