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Monthly Archives: August 2016

The film industry is one of the hardest arenas to break into, let alone be respected in. These actors have gained notoriety for being some of Hollywood’s least praised. Are they bad actors? Or have they just made poor career moves (agents, collaborators, multi film deals etc.), received lacklustre direction, or settled into lazy type-casting roles that serve to secure… Read more »

31 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It didn’t take long for cinema to discover the power of music, and the possibility of a crucial cinematic moment taking the emotional factor to ecstatic levels, through the use of a musical piece. Many times, when a film needs to disclose an emotion that has been carefully built through various sequences, but needs to tap into a feeling, or… Read more »

31 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

After having already done a list about the 20 Best Soundtracks of the Century so far, it really only seemed natural to do one on original scores. The criteria is quite clear: the music needs to be an original composition. It wasn’t an easy list to narrow down and writing it has proven just how many amazing soundtracks have been… Read more »

30 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Just like surrealism and fantastic realism, science fiction is a genre that allows a great degree of creative freedom, since the narrative is not bound by the constraints of present-day reality. Thus, it provides a fertile ground for all sorts of allegories, metaphors, and alternative realities, as well as a way of bypassing censorship. The defining characteristic of the genre… Read more »

30 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

War is hell and since its beginning, cinema has tried to replicate the horrors experienced by those who have witnessed it. From the perspective of soldiers, civilians, prisoner’s of war, leaders and children, both biographical and fictional and under many sub-genres. Those that have had the fortune to never experience war manage to gain a glimpse. Since the end of… Read more »

29 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As technology continues to play an increasingly dominant role in everyday life, the question is raised: What effect will it all have on the future? The ten films on this list all attempted to answer that query. All of them gaze into the future and speculate on humanity’s evolving relationship with technology. The tendency is to go dark and many… Read more »

28 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The earliest known origin of the term henchman dates back to the 1300’s, coming from the Old English word, hengest, literally meaning ‘horse’, and referring to an employee, otherwise known as a groom, who would tend to a master’s animals. Later the term would often be used to describe a page or hand scribe, before the phrase being coined as… Read more »

28 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

With 22 films currently in his career, and having won awards in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and many others, Kim Ki-duk is one of the most distinguishable South Korean filmmakers in the world, despite the extremity of his films, which have regularly caused him trouble. Since his first complete work in 1995, titled “Crocodile”, he has been writing and directing one… Read more »

28 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“That’s the way I work: I try to imagine what I would like to see.” “I’m used to people not expecting much from me.” – Sofia Coppola, from The New York Times, August 31, 2013 “Don’t let Sofia’s littleness and quietness confuse you. Sofia is made of steel. She’s tough, but she doesn’t pretend to be a man. She has… Read more »

27 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“You know the story of the crazy man who was fishing in his bathtub. A doctor with ideas as to psychiatric treatments asked him ‘if they were biting,’ to which he received the harsh reply: ‘Of course not, you fool, since this is a bathtub’…In [this story] it can be grasped quite clearly to what degree the absurd effect is… Read more »

27 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Since the release of Toy Story in 1995 by Pixar/Walt Disney Studios, the market has been flooded with Computer Generated (CG) films. There have been many wonderful movies using this style and of course, many horrible ones as well.   Traditional cell and stop-motion animation have taken a back-seat to the new format, which is a shame considering some of… Read more »

27 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Regarded by many as one of the greatest method actors ever, Harvey Keitel worked in theater for more than a decade before he made his film debut in 1967. Coincidentally, it was a feature film debut for Martin Scorsese as well, and they teamed up for the first time in the drama “Who’s That Knocking at My Door”. The pair… Read more »

26 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

What are we looking for when we watch films? Stories? Characters? Scores? Above all, the moving image is the fundamental element that distinguishes cinema from other art forms. You don’t have to be a film expert to appreciate a beautiful film, but you have to learn every aspect of film cinematography, the framing, the lighting, the camera movement, the camera angle… Read more »

26 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We all have our own personal list for this theme, and it’s no wonder: Hollywood often gives merit where it’s not due, be it in the form of box office success or critical praise. We’re going to focus on the latter for this list, going through some names that have been celebrated as great performers by critics but who are… Read more »

25 August 2016 | Features, People Lists

Films with the most tantalising synopsis quite often result in disappointment, leaving us frustrated and in some cases, furious. It’s easily done, messing up a good idea. What if Joel Schumacher had directed Goodfellas? What if Keanu Reeves had played Forrest Gump? What if Se7en wasn’t so immaculately edited and they hadn’t let Fincher keep that bleakly perfect ending? All… Read more »

25 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It takes a lot of time and effort for any filmmaker to simply get their foot in the door in Hollywood, let alone get to make movies. So imagine how much time and effort must go into getting to the point of making a great movie that will be admired for the ages and make millions at the box office…. Read more »

24 August 2016 | Features, People Lists