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Monthly Archives: December 2016

“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

Thomas H. Ince was responsible to conceive the production system adopted by Hollywood during its Golden Age. In 1912, “Inceville” was the first studio to test the following filmmaking method: a number of production units, each headed by a director, who had the responsibility of supervising a team of writers who delivered shooting scripts to their boss – Ince –… Read more »

17 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

This was a very interesting year for Japanese cinema, for a number of reasons. In commercial terms, two were the most important productions of 2016: Toho’s reboot of the Godzilla franchise, for the third time in the kaiju’s history, and the release of the “Your Name” anime. The first one, titled “Godzilla Resurgence”, is one of the best entries in… Read more »

17 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Music is a wonderful form of art that has only been enriched with cinema, allowing the creation of on-screen musicals that are a lot more widely available than theatre performances, as well as the production of documentaries and biopics or simply fictitious stories about singers and musicians. One of the most fascinating and emotional music genres is jazz, with many… Read more »

16 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The best quote in the severely underrated “The Limits of Control” by Jim Jarmusch is from Tilda Swinton’s character, when she says: “The best films are like dreams you’re never quite sure you’ve had.” The dreamlike qualities of cinema have been an argument for discussion since the inception of the medium; the very first filmmakers were magicians, illusionists, and the… Read more »

16 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

It is not uncommon for great artists to have periods where their work does not match that which gave them artistic credibility in the first place. It has happened to authors, painters, composers and directors. And, in some cases, directors have naturally declined with age (hence why Tarantino is committed to retrieving after 10 films). This list attempts to cover… Read more »

15 December 2016 | Features, People Lists

The music in a movie is something that’s not always appreciated. Yes, filmgoers are all aware that movies have scores, but not everyone pays attention to them. They remember how important the music is when they’re humming songs from Star Wars or Jurassic Park, but the comprehensive score of a film is unfortunately easy to ignore. Like every year, there… Read more »

15 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“Céline and Julie Go Boating is a do it yourself guide to rediscovering the delights of the street outside, and of the idiots all around you, here’s where we see Rivette first moving toward Shakespeare, and the world as all fools’ paradise.” – David Phelps   Usually it began like this Playfully reflecting silent-era idiosyncrasy an on-screen title proclaims:“Usually it… Read more »

15 December 2016 | Features, Reviews

The beauty of foreign film is to explore a world different to your own only to find that many concerns remain very much the same. Therefore, looking at universal themes through the perspective of another culture allows for a certain empathy to grow between peoples. Experiencing different filmmaking styles and social customs from your own allows the mind to grow… Read more »

15 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

2016 has been a great year for horror fans. Sure there were a few sequels nobody asked for, though a few of those were actually rather well done (the following list sidesteps James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 and Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, but both films reward a late night watch), and there’s a few franchises we weren’t all that keen… Read more »

14 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

An unexpected yet acceptable ending can be the difference between a good film and a masterpiece. Thus, it is not surprising that many directors strive to mislead the audience into expecting something completely different from what actually happens. However, it is often very hard to disguise these intentions, as certain clues must be present within the narrative, anchoring the unexpected… Read more »

14 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Although this list reviews the last 25 out of 100 titles, bear in mind that there are still plenty of great films from the last 16 years just waiting to be discovered, hidden in the places where you least expect them. They might not be the greatest, but hey, even some (if not all) of the masterpieces are not powerful… Read more »

14 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Terrence Malick’s ambition in “The Tree of Life” to capture life itself in all its magnificence and  grandeur is comparable to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Special effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull worked on both Malick’s film and Kubrick’s epic journey. Malick’s collaboration with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki resulted in a film that stands out as a visually stunning accomplishment uncomparable… Read more »

13 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

2016 has been quite a wild year. With December steadily marching forward into the New Year, many people are looking back and often it is with regret or sadness. So here I want to offer at least a bit of an antidote. 2016 has been a good year for cinema, I might even say a great one. Many films by… Read more »

13 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The history of Serbian cinema dates back to the Yugoslav period, and it is heavily influenced by the Yugoslavian cinema. In fact, it is important to draw a clear line between the two periods and decide on the beginnings of the Serbian cinema. Therefore, due to the numerous changes of the name and territorial changes that led to the disintegration… Read more »

13 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Art may be full of subjectivity, but when it comes to movies, critics and audiences often can tell when they’re witnessing a colossal triumph or mistake. But there’s still a very large gray area both groups sift through when watching films. They’ll see an array of different features that could make or break the movie for them, and they all… Read more »

12 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists