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Daily Archives: May 3, 2016

In today’s era of cinema, the horror movie is in somewhat of a dark place. Too reliant on jump scares and the tiresome, predictable tropes that were growing tiresome twenty years ago but are somehow still used. For a while, the genre was weighed down with the horrifically terrible torture porn subgenre as people seemed to forget that excessive amounts… Read more »

03 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In a film climate that seemingly prioritises superhero films, sequels and commercial successes, driven and masterful directors are an invaluable commodity. Luckily, they are not yet extinct in the American filmic landscape. The phrase and concept of the “auteur” originated in France in the 1940s, and became more emergent in the 1960s. It proposes that the director of a film… Read more »

03 May 2016 | Features, People Lists

The artificial woman is a familiar trope in film. At its most crude, it can serve as a device by which the artificial woman is denied a backstory and is only capable of being viewed through the prism of the male lead’s desires and ambitions. Nonetheless, better entries in this milieu can present profound questions about gender, technology and romantic… Read more »

03 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Transcendental films are those which go beyond traditional films by altering the viewer’s state of mind. Great directors such as Terrance Malick, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Andrei Tarkovsky create profound filmic experiences by using film as a medium to express insight regarding fundamental aspects of human life. These films challenge the viewer’s perceptions of reality, death, morality, and a host of… Read more »

03 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The use of history in cinema is still an uneven playing field. Filmmakers are storytellers, and a good storyteller never lets the truth get in the way of an entertaining story. Much to the dismay of many historians, the facts in historically-based films are often distorted to accommodate artistic license and ensure commercial success. And let’s face it: these films… Read more »

03 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists