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Monthly Archives: July 2016

A great scene can do a lot for a movie. Even if the film itself is relatively unimpressive, a standout scene of great action, emotional drama or visual wonder can ensure that you never forget about that movie. With the New Hollywood age officially over directors across the world found themselves with slightly less control than their predecessors enjoyed. However… Read more »

21 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

As Jean-Paul Sartre said, “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” So what would happen if we didn’t have the feeling of a man being responsible of his own acts? We face the consequences of being human. In particular, the thought that relentlessly causes the necessity of being… Read more »

21 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As we all know, film used to be in a black and white format. This was due to the technological constraints upon studios and filmmakers between the late 1890’s and the early to mid 1950’s. In between that time, there were films that featured color (particularly Technicolor). By the mid 1950’s, though, color film became the norm in American and… Read more »

20 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Postmodernism is a movement that has permeated many forms of art as well as many facets of people’s lives today but its impact on the documentary genre of film is particularly profound and often over looked. In film, postmodernism is too often assumed the preserve of fiction films. This is because fiction films have fewer problems with postmodernism. Fiction films… Read more »

20 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We all need some inspiration in our lives at some time or another and being a film student you may find yourself stuck in the unfortunate stage of hitting a blank wall in the idea’s department. Whether you’re a writer/director looking to spark some extra imagination for a new script , a cinematographer seeking some visual flair or an editor… Read more »

20 July 2016 | Uncategorized

Cinema is an ever-evolving artform that uses picture and sound to deliver stories; make people laugh; express one’s self; educate the masses; or to send a political or philosophical message. If ever there were a little sibling to the cinema, it is without a doubt television. While the two mediums have a great deal of similarities, the vast majority of… Read more »

19 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Jim Jarmusch, an avid music listener, has always paid great attention to the soundtracks of his films. Unlike most American directors, the musical genres he implemented the most were psychedelia and drone music, along with a great affection for American black music. His soundtracks create a dreamy and ethereal but also nostalgic atmosphere that haunts all of his works.  … Read more »

19 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“I killed him because he was talking badly about Juan Alvarez, who’s my friend and I know what he was saying was a big lie.” – Max Aub (Crímenes Ejemplares, 1999) What does a killer feel? What makes him or her commit a murder? These are questions we have asked ourselves a thousand times, but we are never close enough… Read more »

19 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Horror is a timeless genre and one of the most personal in any medium of entertainment. Our fears are subjective and often unique to us, what scares us is connected to our beliefs, childhood, traumatic experiences and many other aspects of life; this makes horror films a constantly divisive subject. Unfortunately, horror is commonly and unfairly maligned by critics and… Read more »

18 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Whether they’re lazing about a sprawling hotel or becoming unglued about their jobs, characters undergoing a mid-life crisis in film are a bountiful trope. But the roles of the struggling 40-something grasping for meaning goes far beyond the creations of Sam Mendes. Here is a list of ten films that are worth your time about characters in the depths of… Read more »

18 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Television shows can be like selfies; they’ve existed for a long time, but today they are trendier than ever. While they used to be connected with family moments or a very different content consumption than the common film, to watch a series today is “to belong” and the more you watch, the cooler you are in society’s eyes (mostly on… Read more »

17 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“God help us –– for art is long, and life so short.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Faust”   Paradise lost The tinny, distorted, and decidedly soulless warble of background Muzak –– a butchering of The Beatles classic “A Day in the Life’ –– announced itself sneakily to Brian De Palma one day in 1969 as he stood in an… Read more »

17 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

So bad they’re good horrors are the ultimate guilty pleasure movies, you know they’re bad but you love them anyway. They are movies that got panned by the critics, look terrible and the acting is shoddy yet somehow they are still enjoyable. Watching one is the equivalent of hearing Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ come on the radio, turning… Read more »

16 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

One of the finest actors of our time, Sir Ben Kingsley is an outstanding talent who has worked in theatre, television and film. Although his career has lasted for 50 years, Kingsley’s breakthrough came a bit late, in 1982. A particular movie and role brought him international fame, and he will always be remembered as an actor who earned an… Read more »

16 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Flying cars, ray guns, robotic maids, and hover boards are still the stuff of fiction and imagination. Humans are not yet an interplanetary species and your uncle Larry is still doing his time in Lewisburg, not on an otherwise abandoned island formerly known as Manhattan. Do film lovers have any choice but to feel let down by the predictions of… Read more »

15 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The dinner scene is a good example of how the mundane can be elevated and transformed into art. It is something familiar; something we all do all the time, either casually or formally, with friends and family. It may aim to celebrate an occasion or be a downright awkward experience that could not be avoided. The common denominator in the… Read more »

15 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists