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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Great journeys have modest beginnings. Before they came to be revered by a legion of fans and inspired future filmmakers, many great directors were students learning filmmaking and trying to get a grasp of the medium. During this period, these directors made student films in an attempt to explore the format of cinema and improve their directorial capabilities. These films… Read more »

12 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Every film has some merit, even the worst ones. In this list, we look at 10 examples (in non-specific order) of otherwise bad films, but which did have their moment(s) of brilliance. Certainly there will be fans who consider every second of these films a treasure. Others will consider the author insane for having chosen these films. Whatever side you’re… Read more »

11 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

In the hands of the masters, no form of dramatic expression is more powerful than comedy. The cliché that all comedy is born of tragedy is no exaggeration. Laughter is the strongest defense against what can often seem a terribly cruel and unjust world. At its best, humor laughs at the same moment it commiserates with its audience. And this… Read more »

11 December 2016 | Features, Reviews

The sequel to the animated film “Seoul Station”, also by Yeon Sang-ho, “Train to Busan” is the film with the most admissions in South Korea for 2016, with more than 11.5 million. This number places it in the 11th position of the all-time list with admissions in the country, despite the fact that it is one of the very few… Read more »

11 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“Melville is God to me… [Le Samouraï is] the closest to a perfect movie that I have ever seen.” – John Woo   Being and nothingness In a taut and lean 100 minutes Jean-Pierre Melville somehow manages to condense and distill 30 plus years of gangster movies, police procedurals, and film noir into an astonishing existential tenor with Le Samouraï…. Read more »

11 December 2016 | Features, Reviews

In a year that seems blood thirsty for musical talent (Lemmy, Bowie, Prince, Cohen, Leon Russell, Mose Allison and counting) it’s important to remember the world shakers and amplifier princes that are still among us. At least, as of this writing. Former Black Flag lead vocalist and Thin Lizzy/Black Sabbath superfan, Henry Rollins, has called Iggy Pop (Formerly Iggy Stooge,… Read more »

10 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Film awards season is anticipated equally for good and bad reasons, as it’s when filmgoers (critics and audiences alike) praise or complain about the nominations and winners. These awards ceremonies can often be predictable in their choices, perhaps because of the immeasurable amount of media outlets deciding which films will be hot contenders (even before they’ve been released). One such… Read more »

10 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The crisis theme is so common for movies (or any narrative art form), and to make a ‘best of’ list for crisis films would mean to make a list of some of the most celebrated and well known movies ever made. An identity crisis is something else altogether. The characters on this list do not only question who they really… Read more »

09 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We’ve all seen and heard about it before – an exotic foreign director gets seduced by Hollywood calling and the resulting film just doesn’t add up to their quality margin. Reasons can lead from butting heads with the studio system to their unique voice getting lost in translation. It’s a common occurrence and most are able to get things back… Read more »

09 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It’s unfortunate in a way, that a list of this nature needs to be realized. Unfortunate because women are so often underrepresented in film, despite being some of the most exciting, and important ad rem auteurs currently making movies. Allow me to illustrate: ask anyone to name ten directors. If they’re able to, the odds are good that the names… Read more »

09 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, 20 actors get the distinct honor to be Oscar nominees – and even though they are (mostly) given to good performances, there’s no way you can think they truly are the greatest of any given year. 2016 will not be different: the Academy’s prejudices will be front and center, and by that I don’t even mean racial prejudices,… Read more »

08 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Before going to film school a lot of people think that whatever there is to be learned about filmmaking can be taught through books and classes – types of shots; editing style; narrative economy; storytelling… Well in part it can and students can learn all about that in theory, but true knowledge only comes with experience. One can know everything… Read more »

08 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

As history has shown, public tragedy commonly inspires and motivates artists to create immaculate masterpieces. It is no wonder then, that Greece’s financial crisis that began in late 2009 triggered an eruption of amongst other things, a cinematic movement of the Greek New Wave Cinema with the likes of Lanthimos and Koutras gaining inspiration from the country’s chaos. The wave… Read more »

08 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

So much planning goes into making a film, from scheduling the film shoot, location scouting, hiring a film crew, and casting the right actors. Unfortunately, not everything in life runs smoothly and problems arise in the final film. Like with dominos, if just one domino is out of synch with the others, the whole system fails. This is especially obvious… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Many actors and actresses have that one movie that is a ‘bad moment’ in their careers. For Kristen Stweart, however, this ‘bad moment’ seems to have dragged out for far too long, as she is still – nearly ten years later – being judged for her infamous role as the pale and one faced, slightly porcelain Bella Swan from the… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When you are young, it is easy to assume that all that is necessary for a happy life is to find the person you love and spend the rest of your days with them. Yet, as you grow older, nothing is ever as simple as initially thought, meaning that sometimes the great loves in your life may be those that… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists