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Yearly Archives: 2017

The Academy Award has long been the ultimate recognition for almost every aspect of cinema, especially when it comes to acting. Throughout the years, despite there being many controversial wins like Gwyneth Paltrow winning over Cate Blanchett during the 1999 Oscars, it’s still no denying that the many Academy-Award winning performances were at least somewhat decent. However, a decent performance… Read more »

22 August 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The 1980s may have perfected the action movie genre: with censorship having been relaxed throughout the 70s and audiences becoming more accustomed to darker and edgier content in their films, action movies of this decade took a decidedly more violent turn. Although this decade produced some of the most beloved action films of all time–Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Rambo… Read more »

22 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Rhythm is one of the most important elements of cinema. Every movie has recognizable beats, whether narrative or visual. The way in which they are constituted and ordained will determine the pace of a film. For this reason, Michael Haneke has said that cinema is more similar to music than it is to literature. A finished film must be greater… Read more »

22 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

For as long as full-length film has been available to the public, the goal of the filmmaker was normally to send all of their audiences home happy. Sounds like pandering, yes, but it makes sense. Viewers dedicate their time to a hard day’s at work and use whatever money they can scour from their check to buy a $10 ticket,… Read more »

22 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

After the French premiere of his film “The Conformist”, Bernardo Bertolucci waited patiently outside of a local drugstore in France for his mentor and legendary film director Jean-Luc Godard to arrive with his opinion about his new film. Bertolucci held Godard in such high regard that he considered there were two eras of cinema – films made before Godard started… Read more »

22 August 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Born in Chicago, Illinois, William Friedkin is an esteemed American film director, producer and screenwriter who’s perhaps best known for directing 1971’s The French Connection (which received five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director) and influental 1973 horror film The Exorcist. In a career that has expanded across six decades, Friedkin may not be as prolific as some… Read more »

21 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

At its most fundamental essence, cinema is a representation of our lives. The grandiosity of an image on a movie screen can encourage us to laugh, move us to cry, or just stare in wonder as a foray of colors, shapes, and sounds culminate together to create…something new. When we watch a film, we choose to enter through a door… Read more »

21 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Too many great movies, too little time. That’s the universal problem for all cinephiles all around the world. There is no shortcut in terms of picking good movies to watch, but one thing you can do is to avoid Hollywood major productions, keep your mind open, set your eyes on other parts of the world and most of all, not… Read more »

21 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In general, the 80s are not regarded as a decade of “fine film arts,” cinematographic mastership, or, in general, great movies. The cliché goes: Those films are dull, superficial, and weak on content. The 80s marked a significant shift in the Hollywood film industry. The “blockbuster era” with big franchises that were made to attract huge audiences started to replace… Read more »

20 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Life, let alone show business, is full of strange stories. Surely one of the stranger ones, certainly within the post-studio Hollywood era, would be that of Terrence Malick. Born in Waco, Texas in 1943, the son of an oilman, he is a Harvard-educated Rhodes scholar who double majored in philosophy and journalism and ended up teaching at MIT. Well then,… Read more »

20 August 2017 | Features, Other Lists

One of the most difficult things for a screenwriter is to master the art of dialogue. If you suppress much of the information, things might be unexplained in the story, and if you put too much information in the dialogue, it will be seen as exaggerated or the audience may think you’re delivering to them everything on a silver platter…. Read more »

20 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Macbeth was in the fortunate position of not being able to sleep most nights, something the juvenile adolescents of Elm Street could only hope for. The dream world for these unfortunate souls is inhabited by a fedora wearing dream stalker, scratching around in the deepest recesses of the slumbering mind, ready to tear and claw his way through the amorous… Read more »

19 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, hundreds of films in a multitude of genres are released. With so many films on offer, it is easy to miss out on smaller, independent, less successful or less publicised films. The 2016 box office was dominated by blockbusters, sequels, and franchises, with the top ten most successful films of the year falling into these same categories. This… Read more »

19 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Brazilian cinema is rich in themes, although many people think it is usually reduced to violence and poverty. The truth is that many directors are unable to make their work commercially available, a few can manage to go through the funnel, going beyond film festivals. There is a mass of Brazilian intellectuals who despise the genre cinema, teachers of film… Read more »

19 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Titles are sometimes the trickiest thing about filmmaking. A name that’s too blunt often draws the ridicule of the moviegoing masses (perfect example: Sharknado), while one that’s too abstract usually results in subpar box office numbers (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind immediately comes to, well … mind.) Finding a happy medium between the pointlessly generic (The Job, for example,… Read more »

18 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

My feelings about Oliver Stone and his work have varied more than any other filmmaker. In my younger and far more vulnerable narrow-minded years, he was my intellectual hero. I was very much into Bill Hicks then; I believed there was a greater truth to things and that men such as Hicks and Stone exposed them. When I became older… Read more »

18 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists