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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Satire is defined by Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary as, “humor that shows the weakness or bad qualities of a person, government, society, etc.” If there is any nation whose current population, values, and ethical conduct need to be blown up and examined under the exaggerated and heightened microscope of satire, it is certainly now, and has been for years, the United… Read more »

31 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Alright guys, it’s time to find a new person to complain to the Oscars about. DiCaprio has finally won his Academy Award for his stunning portrayal of Hugh Glass. Leonardo has proven time after time that he can tackle any role that’s thrown his way. Even when the movie itself ends up being mediocre (as is the case with a… Read more »

31 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It is automatically thought by the vast majority of people that, when someone has a “job”, any kind of “work” they must do, they must devote their entire life to it. When this hypothetical someone is an artist, the consensus is, again, at least subconsciously, that they must devote their entire life to their work, their art, their craft. The… Read more »

31 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Malicious supernatural forces, evil in humanity itself, destruction at the hands of both: is there a capacity for light amidst the dark? Can terrible, “ugly” things be considered beautiful? The concept of aesthetics are partly the basis of the film medium, so naturally it makes sense that throughout the history of film, the idea of what is considered “beautiful” has… Read more »

31 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When it comes to talk about an director such as Wes Anderson, there’s often an general idea of what his films will bring. This is nostalgic, complex plots focused on lonely characters with dysfunctional families, 1960s-1970s soundtracks (with the exception of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’) and perfect symmetry in every shot. There however, nothing of this could work as well… Read more »

30 March 2016 | Features, People Lists

Aside from being comically immortalised by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker in Team America: World Police, Matt Damon has been a long-serving Hollywood actor who has consistently proven himself to be both reliable and captivating in a number of varying roles and diverse genres. Whether he is starring as a remarkable action hero who revolutionized an entire… Read more »

30 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The past five years have been a great time for women in film. Not only are the movies featuring them finally thought of as profitable, women are even finally allowed to talk about things that have been going on practically since the dawn of the industry, like unequal pay and the quality of the roles they’re offered. Of course, great… Read more »

30 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Cyberpunk” is a highly stylised subgenre of science fiction that generally features advanced technology and science together with a typically crumbling society in the middle of a radical breakdown of shift in the social order. Normally it is set at some point in the not-so-distant future, mostly post-industrial dystopias, and focuses on “high tech, low life” aspects of society. The genre heavily borrows techniques… Read more »

29 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Bob Dylan is a legendary musician who has been inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. Throughout his career he has been labeled protest singer, rock’n roll revolutionary, born again Christian, has-been, and voice of a generation. Whatever he’s called, he has influenced popular music for half a… Read more »

29 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Oh how great were the 1980’s? Everything was big; big hair, big colors, big tits, and big spending. We lived in a material world where greed was good. Cable television and VHS rental stores had never been bigger, movies were now more available than ever. Distribution rights for a film were bought around the world before it had even been made:… Read more »

29 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Besides being full of books, libraries also seem to be full of potential movies for Hollywood to make money from. However, not many books translate well to film. We have all heard the phrase “lost in translation”, a saying that definitely applies to adapting a work of literature for the big screen. This is why so many people complain and… Read more »

28 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Though only officially credited with directing seven films, Italian director Sergio Leone was a maverick that changed the western film genre and has been heavily influential on future directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Martin Scorsese, Emir Kusturica, Takashi Miike, and John Woo. He is considered to be the originator of the Spaghetti western and four out of the… Read more »

28 March 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Naturalistic, effortless actors and actresses are plentiful in today’s onscreen world. We see them all the time: usually in walk-ons, supporting roles, and in the background environments of the films and television shows we watch. We often don’t notice these performers because they’re doing their jobs so well that they become invisible, seamlessly and effortlessly blending into the tapestry and… Read more »

28 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Carl Jung’s ideas have had a profound influence on modern culture. As the founder of analytical psychology, his theories and thoughts have inspired countless texts, novels, and varied media ranging from comic books to video games. Perhaps no psychiatrist (even Freud) has had as much of an impact of the development of narrative in the modern era. In film however,… Read more »

28 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

An accomplished Swedish actor who mastered the transition between European arthouse to the Americanised mainstream with the help of long-time collaborator Lars von Trier, Skarsgard is a versatile performer capable of everything from the gentlest soul to the most brutal. Although everyday watchers may recognise him from Thor and the English rendition of Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, his greatest… Read more »

28 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The long-running horror franchise is the most loathed of all cinematic forms. Bad sequels poison our memories of earlier films and mishandled properties kill off what we have loved about the originals. But buried within these forgotten and neglected films there can also be greatness. Extensive franchises often provide diminishing returns in quality, but they also remind us that we… Read more »

27 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists