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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Weird movie titles go against the usual rules for naming a movie. Generally a good movie title is simple, hints at the genre and is easy to remember. It will also give the audience a good idea of what to expect so that they don’t feel disappointed that the movie didn’t deliver what they were hoping for. A good title… Read more »

03 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Left or right? A decision not only for the director, but the characters themselves. Showing a character’s inner thought process is one of the most prolific issues facing cinema, and has been since its birth; without the use of forthright soliloquy, which all too candidly spells out the authors views, and doesn’t let the audience perceive anything, showing what a… Read more »

03 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

There are countless films that have plots and stories we heard and watched over and over, and let’s be honest, it is getting pretty tiring. Movies that are common and usual are boring. Just reading the synopsis would make you easily predict the ending and if you are fed up with movies with overused storylines, or simply just up for… Read more »

03 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Saying that filmmaker Woody Allen is controversial would be an understatement. From his personal life to his large number of films, Allen grabs attention. He has directed, acted in, and written a ridiculous amount of films (according to Box Office Mojo, Allen’s films have grossed a total of more than $575 million), and for as many good films as Allen… Read more »

02 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Organized crime in Japan has always bordered on the affected and the legitimate. Historically, the origin of such syndicates emerged from the Edo Period when gamblers and shady merchants began forming factions. Such petty activities would become more structured until finally progressing to the administrative. The height of the yakuza’s violence followed the Second World War as group after group… Read more »

02 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The connections between film and other forms of visual art including drawing, painting, and sculpture are limitless. Line, shape, form, color, texture, value, and space are the building blocks of art. All artworks, including film, utilize these elements to convey their message, but some works articulate elements in an especially poignant manner. The following list includes seven films that best… Read more »

02 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We have all heard the phrase “don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story”, and Hollywood has certainly taken that saying to heart. While plenty of interesting stories happen in real life, they are usually not dramatic enough for the big screen, so screenwriters take liberties with the story to spruce it up. So whenever the… Read more »

01 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Not being situated in the culture of sexually objectifying women which dominates Hollywood, the films giving a voice to women in Iran provide a unique experience for the Western viewer. The poignantly ambivalent style of Iranian cinema also provides a profound cutting edge which won’t disappoint. Of course, everyone knows that Hollywood has a penchant for creating hyper-sexualised representations of… Read more »

01 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Born on March 23, 1910, Akira Kurosawa would eventually become the greatest contemporary Japanese director, and one of the most important filmmakers globally, with more than 30 films that won awards both in Japan and internationally. Kurosawa studied western civilization in depth, and embedded a plethora of its elements in the Japanese culture, in the most artful way. The result… Read more »

01 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

A flashback, or analepsis, is the classic narrative device that shows something set in a past time in relation to the present time of the narration. The flashback technique is commonly used in literature, television, cinema and in every form of narration. It interrupts the flow of the main sequence of events and opens a window into a different time…. Read more »

01 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists