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Monthly Archives: February 2016

With the Oscar rush finally dying down, many are left relieved at the recent best actor winner, whilst some appalled at the best picture. Despite the right winner the right year this time around, there have been numerous occasions audiences’ up-cry has been heard at other Oscar ‘snubs’. Although many actors that should have won have never won (Fassbender’s incredibly… Read more »

29 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When a director joins his forces with a cinematographer, costume designer, art director, makeup artist, colorist… and they do their best, they make an excellent visually stunning film. If the film is visually stunning, it does not necessarily mean the story of the film is poor or has mediocre acting. Here are a handful of bright visually stunning films that… Read more »

29 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most talented representatives of Hong Kong’s golden era (80s to 90s), Leslie Cheung was celebrated throughout the world both as an actor and a singer, and is considered one of the fathers of Cantopop. His prowess went beyond the borders of Hong Kong, capturing fans in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea, particularly after his role in… Read more »

28 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Can you believe Star Trek premiered on September 8, 1966 and would launch a mega franchise of television programs, films, and infamous characters that are still going today? Series creator, Gene Roddenberry first had the idea for the show in 1964 and pitched it to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s company Desilu Productions. The idea was based on TV westerns… Read more »

27 February 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The Academy Awards are seriously right around the corner. As such, someone had to make a predictions list eventually. This year, like most years, seems pretty predictable. There are a few wildcards this year, but a majority of the categories have a clear frontrunner. In this list, the most likely winner will be chosen. In addition, the second most likely… Read more »

27 February 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Pedro Almodóvar has been a mainstay of Spanish cinema for the last 30+ years, emerging in the years after General Franco’s death and the country’s shift towards democracy. He has in that time period been perhaps the only Spanish director to have achieved and maintained a sustained period of commercial and critical acclaim worldwide, with each new film of his… Read more »

27 February 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Something that has been a growing trend among movies during this past decade is the fact that they have been more and more inspired by movies from the 1970s and 80s. This is because of how filmmakers today grew up in the 80s and are drawing off of their nostalgia. If you think about it this type of thing is… Read more »

26 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Any time someone mentions an actors’ name, the following reaction is to think of the movie that made them well known. If someone mentions Al Pacino, you’ll think of The Godfather. Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire. James Dean? Rebel Without a Cause. In the cases of the three movies listed, it’s easy to recall how outstanding these films… Read more »

26 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Every ten years, the British film magazine Sight and Sound asks critics around the world to choose their ten favourite films of all time. Everyone is familiar with the old warhorses that regularly show up in this poll – your Citizen Kanes, your Tokyo Story. But we forget that it was not always thus. Time was when Pudovkin’s Mother and… Read more »

26 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The history of film can’t go forward without having looking at the past. Understanding a way a great director made a masterwork can give a small insight to their mind, and can help us to unveil the mystery of a film. Documenting a filmmaker gives a way of making history through their medium, and gives a fresh look at their… Read more »

26 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Music in films can be very manipulative. It can make all the difference to the scene it is accompanying. What could potentially have been an unremarkable scene becomes so much more due to the fantastic music in the background. Although composers and artists are the ones who create the actual music, it is the filmmaker that ultimately decides how to… Read more »

25 February 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Since the early 1990’s American director David Fincher has masterfully engineered a number of stylish and thought-provoking crime thrillers, complex dramas, and even a noteworthy biopic, rarely missing the mark in his impressive career choices. Initially inspired to go into filmmaking by 1969’s dramatic Western “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Fincher started out in the visual effects department. As… Read more »

25 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout the history of Hollywood, big movie productions have always been a bit of a gamble for filmmakers. The immense spectacle and attention to detail that big budget films offer can captivate large audiences and lead to large profits, as well as tell a in depth story. Unfortunately the dangerous part of a big budget film is that, without proper… Read more »

25 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Swedish born actress and dancer Alicia Vikander is one of the fastest rising star of the year. With a recent Oscar nod for her role in the Tom Hooper film The Danish Girl, Alicia is now an in-demand talent with future projects starring alongside Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, and Christoph Waltz to name a few. As a foreign actress, Alicia… Read more »

25 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In all honesty, any movie about history is not going to be completely accurate. If one looks hard enough, they are bound to find something the director/screenwriter changed for reasons concerning character development or dramatic storytelling. However, there are some films that just itch at you and make you say, “that just can’t be right.” here are a few films… Read more »

24 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The idea of being able to travel backwards or forwards through time has been something that has fascinated us as human beings, well before any type of scientific theory or science fiction literature had come to exist. Tales of people traveling to distant places or times had begun to appear as folk tales from the Buddhist and Japanese as early… Read more »

24 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists