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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Is a goodbye forever, or is it only until the next time? And is every goodbye a new welcome, or is it sometimes merely a full stop? And finally, does it come with a soundtrack and a sunset, or with a silent nod and a broken heart? Worldwide (and notably, mostly American) cinema has been concerned with the composition of… Read more »

24 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The British have continuously been filmmaking pioneers, developing and innovating in key areas such as cinematography, art direction and screenwriting throughout the history of cinema and despite only being a small island it has time after time created adored films capable of rivalling that of Hollywood. Throughout history, engineering a diverse array of cinema including, post-World War thrillers, black comedies,… Read more »

24 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

You know that uncomfortable feeling you get when a clown is nearby for too long? There’s a name for that. Coulrophobia. The fear of clowns. Is it completely unfounded? According to this article on, France was overtaken by several seemingly random attackers in October 2014… and they were dressed as clowns. Check out these films for facing your fear… Read more »

23 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There have been many great films. like “Fight Club”, “Blade Runner”, “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Children of Men” that could barely recover their production budgets in their theatrical runs, and some terrible films that multiplied their box office numbers every weekend without giving audiences something worth watching. There could be several reasons for a bad film to earn huge amounts… Read more »

23 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As one of the best known French actors working today, Vincent Cassel has a penchant for playing compelling characters driven by a deeper desire. Sometimes this desire involves a woman (or women), sometimes it is linked to money and power, and other times it is merely just a drive to possess the world and everything in it. Cassel is an… Read more »

23 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Movies can be overlooked for many reasons: The passage of time Bad timing upon initial release No advertising/promotion/backing from the studio Movie is sold to a different distributor Not having a wide theatrical release No award nominations Movie never finds wide appeal Whatever the reason, it is fun to go back and look at those films that may have not… Read more »

22 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Nowadays Hollywood is apparently terrified of any original ideas. Every film is seemingly based on some existing property. Whether it be based on a comic book, a reboot of an old franchise or continuing the story of an existing film. This may be a good business model but the final product often ends up being disappointing. There are countless sequels… Read more »

22 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Since Double Indemnity, the two most important words in motion pictures are ‘Billy’ and ‘Wilder.’” – Alfred Hitchcock   Double, double, toil, and trouble Depending on who you ask, Double Indemnity –– one of the earliest A-budget studio noirs –– and the hard-boiled desperate dame and greedy man at its black and broken center, may well measure and amount to… Read more »

22 August 2016 | Features, Reviews

Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress— such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences (American Psychological Association). However, even though resilient people can survive the tragedies they have endured, it does not mean… Read more »

22 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Horror movies tend to be the most derided bunch of movies out there. In all honesty, a lot of the criticisms are justified. Horror flicks often can’t help being derivative, cliche, over-the-top, and often forgettable. In a given year, there are countless horror movie turkeys released with a few scattered gems here and there. 2015 had movies like It Follows… Read more »

21 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In Japanese cinema, which has never abstained from anything extreme but, on the contrary, embraced everything grotesque, both in terms of violence and sexuality, there was bound to be a plethora of shocking scenes. Add to that some peculiar humor, some extreme techniques used to realistically present truly horrific scenes, broken taboos, and the absolute lack of regard for anything… Read more »

21 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The medium of film can encompass many aspects. It can be simply entertaining and very commercial. It can also be deeply probing and highly artistic. This is not to say that any of the types of film making can’t be without a high level of craft and skill. However, the type of film created for the sake of artistry alone… Read more »

21 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The inspiration for a film can stem from various places, including other films, art, poems, a creator’s own imagination, and books. More often than not, a film does not resemble the book’s original ideas, and instead, the director or writer builds upon or ruins the source material. However, whether a film is loyal to its source material isn’t my primary… Read more »

20 August 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 »

20 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Since George Melies went on A Trip to the Moon in 1902, science fiction has been a fertile ground for film-makers to mine. Full of the potential of the future, the genre has allowed for some of the boldest, most dramatic, and unique visions on celluloid. Masterpieces of the 1950s like Forbidden Planet and The Day the Earth Stood Still… Read more »

19 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 not been celebrated as great performers by critics but who… Read more »

19 August 2016 | Features, People Lists