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Monthly Archives: October 2016

The term obscure tends to be described as something that hasn’t been discovered or is unknown. While a number of readers may have heard of or seen some of these movies, they are for the most part relatively unknown. Most of them have had very limited or improper releases, mostly relegated to VHS releases and transfers of those onto DVD…. Read more »

31 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

At what point in time does a form of expression become art? And who decides when it does? Perhaps it all entails having those working in a medium achieving a certain level of skill and expertise in rendering products in that medium and using it to express some cogent idea. Having many do this over a long enough time and… Read more »

31 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

October 31st is upon us, and as Halloween month comes to an end, everyone’s waiting with costumes at the ready, decorations filling their front porches, horror films stacked for the whole week… or at least that last part, if you’re more of a stay-at-home kind of Halloween appreciator. To help you pick your Halloween marathon movies, I compiled 10 great… Read more »

30 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to Psycho. It’s a terrifying and creepy film about what one of the characters calls Evil Personified… Halloween is a visceral experience––we aren’t seeing the movie, we’re having it happen to us.” – Roger Ebert   Baby take my hand, don’t fear… Read more »

30 October 2016 | Features, Reviews

It’s Halloween, and unless your plans involve going to parties in costume, carving jack-o-lanterns, handing out candy, or playing tricks, the celebration also requires horror film marathons. Why not add some cackles of comedy to your bloodcurdling screams? The following list consists of horror comedies from the last four decades. Some are classics, some from the turn of the century… Read more »

29 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Words and concepts like magic and witchcraft, for a long time, were just cheap excuses to vilify and condemn strong women. Not only fictional narratives repeated old, tired archetypes about wicked witches with pointy noses and nefarious intentions, but they failed to explore the spiritual empowerment and actual strength these magical women are supposed to have. As Halloween draws near,… Read more »

29 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“No one makes movies like [Cronenberg].” – Martin Scorsese   Long live the new flesh! Part aphrodisiac and part body horror hallucination, Videodrome is a sensual, shocking, and scary tour de force from Canadian iconoclast David Cronenberg. Embellishing and protracting his persistent interests in viral transference and the body as a collective and biological theater of war, Videodrome is Cronenberg’s… Read more »

29 October 2016 | Features, Reviews

Due to the often exploitative nature of horror films and the upsetting ideas they often provoke, the artistic merits, technical skill, and aesthetic intentions behind them can often be diluted or overlooked entirely. As with most populist filmmaking there’s always an influx of artless, derivative and profit-motivated work that discredits the real artist and auteurs out there making legitimately meditative… Read more »

28 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Making a movie is never easy, but sometimes it’s damn near impossible. When a script is bought by a studio, it may seem like a promising first step towards production and release, but, more likely than not, the script will end up on a shelf somewhere, never to be seen again. Even if the film eventually gets into development, it… Read more »

27 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Released in 1976, Director Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver received much recognition at the time, being nominated for four Academy Awards and receiving that year’s Palm d’Or at Cannes, whilst it is still regarded as one of the greatest films of all time in the eyes of both audiences and critics. Whilst writer Paul Schrader was nominated for a Golden Globe… Read more »

27 October 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Whenever one talks about animation, the name of Walt Disney often pops up – after all, he is considered a pioneer of the large and influential American animation industry. However, beyond the worlds he and his studios have built, a different kind of magic exists – maybe not as fancy, but still effective enough. The following twenty titles should serve… Read more »

27 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The horror genre doesn’t always get the appreciation it deserves. Horror is often degraded and seen as lowbrow cinema that’s highly formulaic schlock with an over-reliance on sex, violence and cheap jump scares. It’s hard to make an original film these days, and no genre knows this better than horror. However, many horror films eschew the conventions of genre in ways that… Read more »

26 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Directors can sometimes be negatively stereotyped as control-freaks and imperious lunatics. While a great deal of people who make this generalization in those terms tend not to know what they are talking about, they are only wrong in their claim that being demanding and wanting things to go a precise way is inherently bad in this line of work. Some… Read more »

26 October 2016 | Features, People Lists

Halloween is almost upon us, so what better time to round-up a list of the most scariest films of all time? Before diving into these suspense-filled nightmares carefully wed to celluloid let’s take care of a little house cleaning to clarify how such daunting a task of presenting only 30 films under the banner of “best horror movies of all… Read more »

25 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In this post-modernist age, it can be argued that there is no such thing as an original film anymore. Everything is stolen, borrowed, remade, re-imagined and re-hashed. Movie ideas now come from books, comics, video games, board games, magazines, newspapers, radio, plays, music, cartoons, TV shows, theme parks, short films and even other films. However, in the world of filmmaking,… Read more »

25 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Emile Cioran used to say that “form” is the only thing that matters in artwork, because it is the way in which the art manifests itself to whoever is experiencing it. The realistic efforts of the majority of film productions, the desire to contain the length of a shot (or of an entire film), to limit the possibilities of editing… Read more »

25 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists