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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Film casting is a delicate process that can virtually make or break the finished product. Playing it safe leads to flat and predictable outcomes able to be seen by audiences a mile away. This has much to do with certain actors being associated with certain roles (the bad guy, the hero, the ingénue, etc.), and as a result going this… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Stephen King is one of the most celebrated American horror writers of the past 40 years. Since his first published novel in 1973, “Carrie”, King has written more than 55 novels and more than 200 short stories. With an author so productive, it only makes sense to adapt some of his works into movies. Several great movies have been adapted… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

While the current cinematic world worships at the altar of “The Auteur,” the end credits of a film reveal and confirm that the vision of one can only be realized and produced by the hands of many. Unlike other mediums such as art and the written word, which are often produced by a single hand or the hands of the… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Campy films don’t appeal to everyone, but there’s certainly a devoted audience for that brand of kitschy artifice and over-the-top style. For those who can appreciate some excess in their art, these ten underrated masterpieces of camp are absolute must-sees.   1. Barbarella (1968, Roger Vadim) There’s a fun test of gender equality in films – an alternative to the… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Spooky action at a distance “Well, that certainly was visual,” deadpans an ashen yet elegant Eve after watching an amiable confrere disintegrate in a cistern of acid. Eve, a vampire, played by the exquisite Tilda Swinton, is one half of an immortal dyad, whose husband, Adam, is portrayed by an incurably cool Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive. Written… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Reviews

Klaus Kinski was an amazing character actor with distinctive facial features who was best known for taking on any role available regardless of the quality, as well as his violent temper and behavior during productions and his working relationship with director Werner Herzog. He would often take on second-rate European films for the large paycheck, resulting in his performances often… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Music in films are usually a tool that filmmakers use to highlight the drama and action happening in movies, especially if the lyrics fit the situation on screen. It is fair to say that popular films and music often go hand in hand if one is connected to the other. While they both may be successful commercially, it is the… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Alternate reality is a topic that every writer and director wants to work with and write about. It is an abstract concept that includes a parallel universe, a place where different actions of a different species take place. It may also refer to humans, as we all are living in a different reality that is separated by a single quantum… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In the arts, there are a few age-old themes that have persisted throughout the centuries. One can find these themes in plays, poetry and songs from the works of Homer to the modern era. They persist because they are universally relevant, because every society understands them, no matter the time or place. They are the reason why Oedipus Rex resonates… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Is it possible for a person to not only filter his thoughts through a film, but also to manage something that is “other” from him, unexplainable through the conventional notions of meaning and sense that are common to society? To do the impossible and escape the cages of human perspective and achieve a point of view that is inhuman, devoid… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release of the complete Female Prisoner Scorpion collection, featuring legendary cult movie actress Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood and Stray Cat Rock series) as the stoic and deadly prisoner who comes to be referred to as Scorpion. This exploitation series falls under multiple subgenres including women in prison films, revenge films, and Japanese pinky… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Reviews

A large number of feature films listed on a director’s resume presumably tells you a great many things about them: they are far along in their career, a master of their craft, have expert knowledge in all facets of filmmaking, and, most importantly, there’s just no possibility that they are capable of making a bad movie because they’ve done it… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, People Lists

The very idea of turning the camera around and using it to observe the creation of movies themselves has been utilised since the birth of cinema. Filmmakers since have often explored the behind the scenes as a main source of inspiration in an effort to dissect their own work and examine how the process of filmmaking affects the lives of… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Short films are made with various intentions to them, whether it be for festivals, recognition, for fun, for the cast and crew’s CV, or as a sort of prototype or promotion for a feature film. Or maybe they’re made because of all of the above-mentioned reasons. No matter the initial idea, the shorts of this list somehow managed to end… Read more »

04 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

(Robert Trachtenberg/NBC) Many people say TV shows are like relationships, and films are like affairs or one night stands. It’s certainly possible to establish a bond with several filmmakers or actors, but this statement is logical and apprehensible. Television series create an intense and close nexus with fans, often replacing facts with beliefs. The advent of TV series and its… Read more »

03 August 2016 | Features, People Lists

You’ve fought and hustled your way through film school. You’ll gladly show your diploma from USC or NYU to anyone who asks—you’ll show it to them even if they don’t ask, in fact. The films of Francois Truffaut speak to you on a personal level; Jean-Luc Godard’s use of pastiche-style narrative brings an envious gleam to your eye; you wrote… Read more »

03 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists