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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Towards the end of Ex Machina, I remarked to my viewing partner that we were watching Ava as a human, to which she responded in the affirmative. And so, Ava had passed the Turing test, invigilated by oblivious participants from beyond the fourth wall. From psychological microcosms to philosophical thought experiments, Alex Garland had really done his homework. Covering the… Read more »

10 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

Steampunk is a curious subgenre that comes from a combination of fantasy and science fiction, often creating products with a heavy cult following. While in American cinema it hasn’t always received fair treatment, in Europe and Asia it has created great classics. With heavy influence from auteurs such as Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, it has a very particular… Read more »

10 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Coming of age is a necessary and fascinating part of life. It’s awkward, messy, and almost never goes the way we planned. First loves, new friends, and the kick start to life ambitions – this time in a person’s life often shapes what they like and who they’ll become. Lucky for us – cinema has been there to capture every… Read more »

09 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Anton Yelchin was a gifted and charismatic young actor whose recent tragic death robbed the film community of a bright talent. Coming from a refugee family fleeing Soviet Russia, Yelchin was six months old when he moved to California. Starting his career at just nine for the indie flick A Man is Mostly Water before methodically moving through the independent… Read more »

09 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Wong Kar Wai is probably the most innovative and avant-garde director ever to come out of Hong Kong. As part of the second New Wave of Hong Kong cinema, Wong moved far away from the traditional Jackie Chan and Shaw Brothers style of films that focused on action, and he explored more substantial themes, including human psyche, politics, and the… Read more »

09 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Saying Paris means saying cinema: even the first film the Lumière brothers ever made, La Sortie dell’Usine Lumière à Lyon (1895), was shown in Paris, at the Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines, even if it had been shot in Lyon. Being there at its birth, the City of Lights is then inextricably connected with this art, and through… Read more »

09 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The EON-produced James Bond series is the third highest grossing film franchise of all time, and the highest not to feature superheroes or depressive child wizards. Six actors have led 24 screen adventures over half a century, while Bond’s outrageous, heroic escapades have left an international trail of property damage, reconsidered physics and awestruck bystanders. This is not a list… Read more »

08 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

One of the most relevant battles in contemporary filmmaking is between the looks and the brains of the film. Many critics and filmgoers always tend to pick a side, between the poetry that is conversation, and the floating ambience that imagery and the art that can be created when enveloping a story. If this exercise has an end, other than… Read more »

08 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Animations have come a long way since 1906’s Humorous Phases of Funny Faces. Walt Disney became the authority in animations and, for a long time, the medium was mostly seen as exclusive to humorous, touching cartoons shown primarily to young children. But since the latter half of the 20th century, filmmakers have realized the potential of animation to tell any… Read more »

07 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As any fan of cinema knows, acting is one of the key elements that makes the filmic medium distinct from other forms of art. Indeed, acting is very much a craft unto itself, requiring a substantial amount of dedication, judgement and adept interpretation of written material. Acting is certainly one of the most discussed elements in film, and we all… Read more »

07 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Cinema and architecture have always had a special relationship, because of the way in which they explore ideas using the dimension of space. Architecture in cinema can carry numerous symbolisms, and urban alienation can be the stage in which the action takes place, or be the main protagonist in silent but highly meaningful sequences. Architecture, with its levels, its curves,… Read more »

07 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Most films have something original about them, whether it’s a character, the ending, the lighting, the colors or something else, and many films try to combine things “borrowed” from previous great films with something fresh and unusual. However, once in awhile, you stumble upon films that really take risks, and whether it’s in general or more specific to one craft,… Read more »

06 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In Hollywood, you are nothing but the last movie you made. Some movie directors learn that the hardest way, failing to find resources for their upcoming movies, sometimes it’s due to their lack of notoriety or reputation but also the fact that they are no more reliable when it comes to box-office results or critical appreciation. Here is a list… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, People Lists

The best film trailers don’t reveal too much of the film itself but tempt us just enough to check out the full feature. In recent years, trailers tend to show far too much and lack a sense of creativity and mystery. Length is important too, a great trailer may last only a minute or so and give us just enough… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The long take (a continuous shot that lasts longer than the usual ones) is among the most discussed filming techniques; there seems to be a certain allure about extended takes, especially when they are particularly intricate, either for their length, which can go up to many minutes, or for the variety of characters and events a director can insert in… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, People Lists

This little dream might fade The opaque and ashen ache of stolen moments, and the often painful passage of time hangs heavy upon Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai, particularly in his masterpiece from 2000, In the Mood for Love. As anthem to the agony and ecstasy of close-lipped affection, this film, more than any other in Wong’s considerable oeuvre, is… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, Reviews