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Monthly Archives: May 2016

For this list, the focus is on films that have lost track of the tone, the soul or simply the point of the original. Cinema is a different idiom to the written word, to theatre and to television, so of course, some changes must be made. Even when re-making an existing film, shooting in a different time, country or language… Read more »

31 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Paris is the perfect city for filmmaking. The City of Lights has many souls, and as easy as it is to stereotype it, those who appreciate it know that its spirit cannot be reduced to a single definition. Filmmakers have often chosen Paris as the best city to set their stories, and this has led to many masterpieces; some have… Read more »

31 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In this list, I present 10 films that are both philosophically profound and visually stunning. It is difficult to choose just 10, and many of the directors whose films make it onto this list deserve more than just one mention. However, I limit myself to one film per author. I welcome suggestions or additions.   10. Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)… Read more »

31 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

For science fiction cinema the 1970s, particularly the films pre-1977––when Star Wars was released and shifted the popcorn paradigm for better or worse––was a golden age. Diverse filmmakers like Woody Allen, Robert Altman, John Boorman, John Carpenter, and Andrei Tarkovsky, as prime examples, took great risks, combined arthouse urges tempered with genre tropes, and cultural commentary, unpacking personal tales, frequently… Read more »

30 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

One look over Paul Dano’s filmography and one will quickly realize that the man has undeniable talent. Despite his lack of big starring roles, Dano nevertheless stands out in each and every film he appears in. This list is a combination of both Dano’s performances and the films themselves. In other words this list is not exclusively dedicated to the… Read more »

30 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release of the box set titled Blood Bath, which is a wild tale of how Roger Corman turned one foreign film purchase into four different motion pictures. Corman purchased the rights to a Yugoslavian movie before it began production and insisted that it be in English and feature American actors, which ended up… Read more »

30 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

The “Monster-Movie” is practically the backbone of the entire horror genre. Dracula was a monster. Frankenstein was a monster. In fact, the entire genre is based around some “bad” entity that is causing unpleasant times for “good” people. One of the definitions listed in the dictionary for monsters describes them as “any animal or human grotesquely deviating from the normal… Read more »

29 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

It’s the classic tale of girl meets boy; boy slaughters girls violently with some type of sharp or pointy object. Yes, it’s the ever popular serial killer or more commonly referred to as the slasher genre. It is believed to have had its peak during the 1970’s and 1980’s, when immensely successful low budget horror films did huge box office… Read more »

29 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

  “The most exciting use of cinema I’ve seen.” – Tennessee Williams   Look Back in Anger Is there a filmmaker alive today that’s as notorious, unflinching, and otherworldly as octogenarian and old hand, Kenneth Anger? Arriving from the postwar America experimental film movement as a sort of answer, at least initially, to Buñuel and the surrealists, Anger’s artifice and… Read more »

29 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

There are very few actors who can claim to have played Hamlet before thirty, but Ben Whishaw is no ordinary actor. A fine example of a classically trained actor holding Hollywood in the palm of his hands, Whishaw has acted with the greats, yet retains anonymity about him, hidden behind his great characters. Starting in the theatre, Whishaw came to… Read more »

29 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Let’s face it, we live in a different world today. People have a lot of choices for their entertainment and many different ways to receive it. Since 2012, more people watch movies via a streaming service vs. physical media like DVD or Blu Ray. Filmmakers are already starting to account for the way their movies look on a cell phone… Read more »

28 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

As human beings we carry the unique curse of knowing that we exist and that one day we will not. Even though we know we didn’t exist before we were born, the idea of no longer existing after we die terrifies us. It probably shouldn’t, but it does. Eminent psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, in her 1969 book On Death and Dying,… Read more »

28 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release of the box set titled Killer Dames, which is a collection of two Italian Giallo films from director Emilio P. Miraglia featuring The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Giallo is a term which is often disputed on in regards to what it truly… Read more »

28 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

In the movies, henchmen climb to the top of the crime heap by using bombs, bullets and intimidation. Of course, being a terrifying son of a bitch isn’t just a job security tactic – any mobster who’s not feared will often end up as landfill. The range of badass criminal types runs the gamut: There are those who are so… Read more »

27 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

It can be said that Tim Burton is a director who has generated all kinds of opinions through his career. While some love him and consider the man a “visionary”, others have said he is a “substance over content” director. Whatever the case may be, Burton has become a director with a very distinct style, in both content and visual… Read more »

27 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Back in 1994, when reviewing “Schindler’s List”, The Guardian wrote: “This is the film with which Spielberg ceases to be the supreme entertainer and tries for another, tougher kind of glory.” What they meant to say is that “Schindler’s List” is known for being one of the classic films that will make you cry (because of the Holocaust theme), but… Read more »

27 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists