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Daily Archives: May 11, 2016

Walking the fine line between comedy and drama has always been a natural way of picturing life’s mood swings on screen. Thus it comes as no surprise that dramedies are one of the most prevalent merges of movie genres. Distinguishing comedy-dramas from films not easily regarded as such is certainly not the simplest task in the world, because, despite the… Read more »

11 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It’s difficult to predict when a film will be a hit. There are some ways to ensure success if the film is part of a successful franchise, but even then the public may react against it if the qualify of the film is middling. These days Hollywood loves tent pole films that they can build a franchise around. Original properties… Read more »

11 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

24 films. Six actors. A dazzling array of intriguing, beautiful women. Hundreds of immaculate automobiles, spellbinding set pieces, innovative gadgets, and countless vodka martinis (shaken, not stirred). Bond. James Bond. Ian Fleming’s seminal spy character, James Bond Agent 007 has been thrilling audiences for over 50 years. Bond and his impeccable English charm, ingenious wit, unparalleled sex appeal, and license… Read more »

11 May 2016 | Features, People Lists

Asian films have played an important role in the preferences of both Western audiences and filmmakers since the 1950s, when Akira Kurosawa’s films had a large impact in the United States, with auteurs like Sergio Leone, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese including him among their most important influences. During the 1980s, Hong Kong action films had a similar effect, while… Read more »

11 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

No matter how highly regarded a director may be, it is often not possible for all of their films to have such high acclaim (unless they’re Jean Vigo or Charles Laughton). Yet caution must be taken when approaching the “classics” of the celebrated directors, as sometimes their more esteemed films end up disappointing, whereas their lesser known work makes you… Read more »

11 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists