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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Film productions are rarely, if ever, free of mishaps, but sometimes these incidents are so numerous and/or unusual that they warrant further study. Here are ten examples of notably bizarre accidents that occurred on major film sets.   1. The Conqueror (1956) Towards the end of his life, when asked about The Conqueror, John Wayne would visibly wince and decline… Read more »

31 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Sidney Lumet’s 1957 theatrical debut offering currently occupies the number 5 slot in IMDb’s Top 10, perched neatly above such illustrious entries as Schindler’s List and Pulp Fiction. It’s the oldest film in that group, the shortest, the only one entirely shot in black and white (if only because of a girl in a red coat) and also the one… Read more »

31 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Due to its persistent economic instability and recurring social issues, Southeast Asia is a far cry from being a cradle of the world’s greatest cinematography. However, it was precisely these issues, coupled with a threat of censorship which is still very real in some Southeast Asian countries, that have given rise to a cinematic tradition that both embodied the best… Read more »

31 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It is commonly argued that there is an unfortunate shortage of well-written female roles dished out in Hollywood. Given the slight difficulty it takes to find contemporary actresses whose films and performances are consistently exceptional, there may be some truth to that sentiment. However, while quantity may be lacking in the industry, each year does bring quality of acting by… Read more »

30 January 2017 | Features, People Lists

Imagine that you’re an expert in world affairs. For decades, you’ve used the cold logic of science to grasp the forces of the world. You keep a very close eye on the zeitgeist of our world. Unlike others who bury their heads in the sand, you can see the signs. If your eyes are clear enough, you might see them… Read more »

30 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The majority of moviegoers still think animated films only serve to cut the edges of reality, and in this way, to invent stories that are more digestible and more fairytale-like for children. Some may look at this genre as secondary compared to films that are shot in a traditional way. Even if you have this mindset, after watching some animated… Read more »

30 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Many of us live our busy day-to-day lives, constantly filled with continuous tasks that consume our time, so we rarely get to sit and think about the inevitable end of this parade, or what it all means. As Schopenhauer once put it: “Time is that by which at every moment all things become as nothing in our hands, and thereby… Read more »

30 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

2016 was a landmark year for critically acclaimed black authored and focused work. In the wake of an #oscarssowhite backlash in prior years, a variety of worthy films and performances were acknowledged by critics throughout the year, and sold well at the box office. With this new influx of quality films the inspiration came to provide a list of some… Read more »

29 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“It is a sad and beautiful world.” – Roberto (played by Roberto Benigni)   I fought the law and the law won Incidental encounters and tough luck reluctantly come together in writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s deeply distinctive third feature from 1986, Down By Law. Existing in its own even tempered and hermetically sealed cosmology, joyfully noncommercial and fancy free from the… Read more »

29 January 2017 | Features, Reviews

For about twenty years now several directors in and near France have been making some of the most formally interesting, thematically dark, and in many cases just plain difficult to watch films in the world. Together these films are known as the New French Extremity. They are challenging and often misunderstood. There are other lists on this site that include… Read more »

29 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Iceland is a small country and one of the most sparsely populated ones; despite this factor it has produced many fantastic directors and movies, a lot of which are underrated due to the quite secluded location and lack of distribution. Unlike a lot of other countries there has only been one Icelandic movie competing for a Foreign Language Oscar, and… Read more »

29 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It seems almost impossible to remember a time when computer generated effects did not dominate the movie screen. From Disney’s revolutionary Tron to that first glimpse of a Brontosaurus in Jurassic Park, CGI has become essential to filmmaking. When used correctly, and preferably with moderation, it can create pure magic. Just watch any of the Lord Of The Rings films… Read more »

28 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Part of the the charm of watching a foreign movie heavily resides in viewing–and relating to–the unique interpretation of filmmaking that varies from culture to culture and country to country. Whether it’s the heavy stoicism and existential dread of Northern and Eastern European dramas, the light farce produced by French directors, or the upbeat fantasy provided by Bollywood, foreign films… Read more »

28 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

By definition, documentaries are meant to be controversial. Unlike their fictional counterparts, documentaries are not produced solely for entertainment. Rather, they are mostly created to sway audiences to their particular perspective or to enlighten them on an issue. While some fictional films tackle social issues, either literally or through allegories, documentaries are meant to be controversial and enlightening. But how… Read more »

28 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Jean-Luc Godard is a filmmaker born in Paris, France on December 3, 1930. Beginning his career as a film critic, the director’s debut feature film “Breathless” changed cinema forever. Even though the French New Wave – or Nouvelle Vague – had such amazing directors like Agnès Varda, François Truffaut, Alain Resnais, Éric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, and Jacques Rivette, Godard always… Read more »

28 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

People never agree on films. That’s one of the greatest attributes of the cinema. We’ve all participated in heated debates defending or damning a certain picture. It’s something that all cinephiles treasure. We hold our favorites close to our hearts and protect them like our children from naysayers. Sometimes, we have a lot of ammunition for our defense, such as… Read more »

27 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists