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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Either the entertainment industry is running dry on material, or there is certain thrill to remaking a film. Remaking is like gambling; you could lose big or hit the jackpot. The chances of the latter are slim at best. However, because of the existence of a previous film, a certain amount of ticket sales and publicity are guaranteed. That’s most… Read more »

28 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There are many contenders for the greatest trilogy of all time, from The Lord Of The Rings to Kieslowki’s Three Colours to The Godfather to the Dollars Trilogy. Most are vast tales, with large ensembles, usually spanning a huge amount of time. Yet, in any discussion of what constitutes the best, The Before Trilogy surely ranks as one of the… Read more »

28 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Self-reflexive cinema has been around since the early years of the medium. In a couple of words, self-reflexivity isn’t a genre per se but an artistic choice by the filmmakers in which they make their narrative aware of their nature in order to either question or critic the process of filmmaking. Hence, from the silent era to today’s cinema, self-reflexive… Read more »

28 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The sci-fi genre has always been a mixed bag of high-budget spectacles and low-budget camp. Due to the far-fetched premises inherent to the genre, even the most special effects-laden flick runs the risk of coming across as silly, while a strong premise and creative practical effects can carry even the lowest budgeted sci-fi film. None of the films on this… Read more »

27 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets.” This pessimistic line of dialogue is recited by the emotionally unstable character Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro in the groundbreaking film “Taxi Driver”, which was released in 1976, directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. The movie tells a story of loneliness,… Read more »

27 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Creative differences, development hell, and studio heads getting cold feet are all normal and expected occurrences in Hollywood. Sadly, it has resulted in enticing projects never getting off the ground, too many to be honest; in fact, there are several informative lists on this site already dedicated to them. Yet, what happens when an intriguing project has filmed and completed… Read more »

27 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

For those who weren’t paying attention last time, guilty pleasure was paraphrased as a film shunned by the critics and/or audience, while liked by this writer, nevertheless. So, you can expect another plate with various kinds of cinematic cheese served. On this list, there won’t be any exceptions meaning that all the characters are the leading ones. The rules of… Read more »

26 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When the 2017 Oscar nominations were announced, Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land tied with an historical record of 14 nominations. No other film got more than that, and only two others (the first two spots on this list) did the same number. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Chazelle’s film will also beat the 11 Oscar wins record of… Read more »

26 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Most actors wait a lifetime for the opportunity to win an Oscar. They work hard throughout decades of their careers, picking good and bad parts alike, until they luck out and an affluence of things lead them to the Academy Award win. As the most notorious award in Hollywood, the Oscars are a sign of status and recognition unlike any… Read more »

26 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Luc Besson has undoubtedly been influential with his production company, EuropaCorp, which has had an almost incalculable global impact, particularly on the action genre with iconic franchises like Taken and Transporter. Many of EuropaCorp’s action films are also written by Besson. Of course he’s also directed a number of films himself for his production company, and now three years after… Read more »

26 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Academy Awards are right around the category, and like last year, we’re going to try our hand at predicting every single category. Note that this list is not picking the movies that most deserve to win. Rather, it’s picking the most likely winners. Predicting the Oscars requires a lot of annoying analysis, but in the end there’s no way… Read more »

25 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Time is a funny thing, especially when looking at movies. What would have simply been trends when a film was made become dated and retro upon viewing that film years later, thereby giving it a sense of cheesiness or even kitsch. The 1980s are a notoriously cheesy decade in hindsight, but that is what makes it so endearing and puts… Read more »

25 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

People don’t win Oscars by the amount of time they’re on screen but because of their performance. Movies are a sum of their parts that make up the whole, and sometimes an entire plot hinges on the actions of just a single character, no matter how small their part may be in the overall film. However,there have been some performances… Read more »

25 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“In my book, Argento and Hitchcock master the threat of architecture and urban landscape like none other.” – Guillermo del Toro   There will be blood The 1975 nightmare from giallo progenitor Dario Argento, Deep Red (Profondo Rosso in Italian, also released as The Hatchet Murders) is a high water mark for horror as well as being one of the… Read more »

25 February 2017 | Features, Reviews

Despite the idealism of Hollywood’s golden-age musical films, there’s always a remarkable level of depth or self-awareness involved. Perhaps the biggest shortcoming of Damien Chazelle’s 2016 musical film, La La Land, was in thinking it was breaking new ground with this. The following 10 films on this list have either been clearly acknowledged by Chazelle as an influence or were… Read more »

25 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

This second installment of Park Chan-wook’s “Vengeance Trilogy” is the film that turned global interest toward Korean cinema, one that’s a true masterpiece of South Korean cinema, and one that is still discussed for its unique aesthetics and elaborate technique. “Oldboy” screened at festivals all over the world winning tens of awards, with the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes… Read more »

25 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists