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Monthly Archives: August 2016

The film poster is in many ways a quite young and transient art form compared to others. This is mainly due to the dilemma of what exactly the poster is: marketing or art? These days it seems that the film poster has lost a lot of the more creative and artistic part of its existence. Partly because most of the… Read more »

19 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The summer time has been the home of blockbusters and surprise hits for decades now. We did not have the most classic summer series of blockbusters this year, but we did have a few hits (Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War), some bombs (Ice Age: Collision Course, The Darkness) and some disappointments (see below). Here, I have collected some of… Read more »

18 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

With the recent release of Jason Bourne, audiences can expect much of the same as the originals: a hidden secret, a vast conspiracy, a car chase, martial arts, an evil bureaucrat and a even more evil assassin. But audiences will stick flock to see Matt Damon kick ass. Why? Because it is what they expect and what they love. Why… Read more »

18 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Sidney Lumet is a director whose filmmaking career spanned exactly 50 years, starting with “12 Angry Men”, a legendary film of the golden age, and concluding with “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”, arguably one of the most underrated films of the 21st century. It is perhaps one of cinema’s great tragedies that this man is not as commonly mentioned… Read more »

18 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release is The Bloodstained Butterfly, a veritable masterpiece of giallo cinema that breaks away from the traditional tropes and provides a unique twist on the genre. The story involves a woman who is murdered in the park and the police investigation that follows. When a man is arrested for the murder, he must… Read more »

18 August 2016 | Features, Reviews

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release Microwave Massacre, an absolutely delightful horror-comedy that could easily be considered an offspring of the cult director John Waters. The story is about the aging construction worker Donald (Jackie Vernon), who has grown tired of his wife’s attempts at fancy cuisine and an upscale lifestyle. He gets fed up with her cooking… Read more »

18 August 2016 | Features, Reviews

Among cinephiles, the imploration “You’ve GOT to see this movie in the theater!” is far beyond cliché at this point. We all get excited when we leave the local cinema feeling changed by the experience. It’s a throwback to our cave dwelling days, when community groups would gather for shelter and exchange exaggerated tales which imparted upon us wonder and… Read more »

18 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

You might not have noticed, but there’s a new Ghostbusters film out. While your waiting for the sequel to the remake, or grumbling about your stolen childhood, lets have a look at some other fun ghost flicks you might have missed. There is something about the superstition and mythology of ghosts that lends itself to storytelling. The cinema inherited it’s… Read more »

17 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

You’re at the theatre, the lights are off, and before you screens an engrossing work of art. It’s fun, well-paced, and enjoyable. But something happens in the last half hour. The plot had been humming along like a well-oiled machine, but suddenly something inside of it seemed to catch fire. Wait, no! … Seriously? You think, as the film jumps… Read more »

17 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There’s a certain underlying derisiveness in calling a movie a “tearjerker”; the term suggests excessive sentimentality and manufactured emotion, a movie carefully designed to get viewers to bawl their eyes out. A tearjerker can double as a genuinely great film though when that emotion is earned, and these ten films surely put in the work to earn your precious tears…. Read more »

17 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Comedy is a genre that has been under fire in recent years, and rightly so in many cases, in terms of big budget Hollywood comedy, we get sequels, spoofs and Adam Sandler, Kevin James disasters. If you look outside the mainstream of the genre there is so much diversity and originality and this is true across the whole expanse of… Read more »

17 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Hers in 1974, Troma Entertainment is an American production and distribution company known for low budget films also known as Z-movies, a much lower grade of the B-movie genre. Their content has an abundance of exploitation themes, such as nudity, violence, gore, anarchistic humor and social commentary. Their slogan is “Movies of the Future”… Read more »

16 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The period in world history known as The Cold War covers a wide swath of time, extending through five decades. The seemingly never ending stand off between the United States and the Soviet Union played itself out in a wide array of films that now shed light on a period falling further into the past. During the 1950s Cold War… Read more »

16 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Tangled up in blue The terra incognita ferociousness on shrewd display in Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin is a revelation. This small-scale genre picture, partially funded via Kickstarter, is a bloodstained revenge runs awry report, and it adds further evidence that American indie cinema is alive and well, even if the same cannot be said for the shattered and desolate characters… Read more »

16 August 2016 | Features, Reviews

Unlike most people, director Lars von Trier truly understands Adolf Hitler. Not in a weird way; he doesn’t have an altar for the Führer in his house. He understands the man, the human being behind the monster, because von Trier is a deep guy who doesn’t judge a book by its cover. Although the title “genocidal maniac” should be enough… Read more »

16 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Irish cinema has always been held in high esteem and can boast a catalogue of commercially successful and critically acclaimed films that often draw on Ireland’s strong literary and musical traditions. Undeterred by an economic recession, Irish cinema could be considered to be currently going through its most successful period. Irish films featuring heavily in the list of Oscar nominations… Read more »

16 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists