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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” is a part of the so-called Depression Trilogy, along with “Nymphomaniac” and “Antichrist”. Another term for the trilogy could be the Despair Trilogy, since various mental illnesses and disorders are depicted in these films. All of them are tied together by the phenomenon of despair, and a sense of hopelessness and frightfulness. The director himself suffered… Read more »

23 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Christmas is a time for family, gifts and being grateful for what we have in life. It is also a time of Christmas traditions. Throughout December, millions will descend upon shopping complexes for last minute gifts, excessively decorate houses and Christmas trees, hang stockings above the fireplace and forced against their will into humiliating Christmas photos, usually while trying to… Read more »

22 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Often viewed as a kind of blasphemy, claiming that a film is “better than the book”, is bold to say the least. It is also a rare occurrence. Novels allow for rich world-building and detail that films simply can’t afford to spend time on. However films can convey imagery and unconventional plot structure in a far more fluent and cohesive… Read more »

22 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

After the 21st century tetralogy of cinematic obscurities, let’s take a few more steps back in time when MTV was still about music and have a look at 25 marginalized films from that period. Each year of the 90s is represented by at least two titles and once again, diversity is one of the primary criteria.   1. Treasure of… Read more »

22 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In a year where the superhero genre was set to flourish to new heights, it was to be expected that not every film would live up to the hype. These are blockbusters with hundreds of millions of dollars riding on the line, and movie studios need to ensure that there is some return investment guaranteed no matter what. Unfortunately, when… Read more »

21 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

2016 has been a poster year for animation cinema. In Hollywood, studio offerings made the top-grossing titles of the year chart, from Finding Dory to Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets, Moana, Trolls and Sausage Party, while less successful films like Kubo and the Two Strings still amazed with their artful animation and storytelling techniques. To top that, spectacular offerings… Read more »

21 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The year 2016 was probably the best year South Korean cinema had this decade in terms of quality, with a plethora of productions leaving their mark on the industry, both locally and internationally. One of the biggest events was Park Chan-wook’s return to his country after his “trip” to Hollywood, with “The Handmaiden” being one of the most hailed productions… Read more »

21 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

After discussing 10 films that audiences enjoyed and critics loathed, the roles have been switched. The opinions of these movies are as broad of a collection as the genres they belong to. They involve everyone from spies, cannibals, hitmen, and Bigfoot. Most have one or more quirks that could easily make or break the views of its audiences, but in… Read more »

20 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“When it comes to art, it is important not to hide the madness” – Atticus Following this mentality, Shia Labeouf is a true artist indeed, despite being one of the most disliked personas in Hollywood at the moment. Starting out as a stand up comedian, he seems to have never lost his fancy for humour as in the past few years… Read more »

20 December 2016 | Features, People Lists

Quite often those wishing to introduce younger generations to films of a more classic period go one, if not two, routes. Firstly, the classic films tend to be those of the older individual’s generation (often this is pure nostalgia for the era, not the art of film). Secondly, the films introduced tend to be those of the ones that introduces… Read more »

20 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

This year, it’s surprisingly easy to think of the worst movies. This isn’t to say that 2016 has been consistently terrible, but there have been plenty of noteworthy duds. As the year comes to a close, people will likely have seen most of the movies they set out to see. After hearing about how wonderful La La Land is time… Read more »

19 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Everybody loves a happy ending. We, as an audience, love to see the protagonist prevail and see the story wrap up in a nice way. However, a downbeat ending is often more effective than an upbeat one. A good downer ending can shock the audience and lift the film to a whole new level. In this list, we’ll look at… Read more »

19 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

This list outlines the most notable and powerful points of “The Lobster”, highlighting the reasons that may potentially encourage a film viewer to watch it; that is, if the spectator does actually need such encouragement. “The Lobster” falls into the same category of films as “Fahrenheit 451” (François Truffaut, 1966), as both take a similar approach to create a seemingly… Read more »

19 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The year is coming to a close, and summer season is long past, so the blockbusters are (mostly) out of the theaters by now. What did you think of this year in action movies? We had nothing less than six superhero offerings, one highly publicized revisionist western, a few non-American pictures coming to theaters stateside, and even a Festival hit… Read more »

18 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Na Hong-jin is one of those rare cases in South Korean cinema, where a filmmaker, despite having enormous success with his films, is not exactly eager to follow up with new work. In that fashion, he has shot just three films in eight years, with the previous one (“The Yellow Sea”) screening six years earlier. His absence was quite felt… Read more »

18 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“Cinema is showing more and more. It’s a paranoid, dictatorial cinema. And it’s saying less and less. We need a schizophrenic cinema.” – René Laloux   And now we wonder where we are Will there ever be another full-length animated feature quite as wonderfully weird and endlessly imaginative as René Laloux’s underground French classic Fantastic Planet? Beset with warm pastel… Read more »

18 December 2016 | Features, Reviews