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Daily Archives: February 11, 2017

Across a variety of genres, styles, and countries, Abel Ferrara has been a consistently stimulating director who, despite a deserved auteur status, has allowed himself to evolve, mature, and experiment over a filmmaking career that spans over 35 years. After all this time, certain characteristics continue to pop up in his films – sparklingly alive yet hot-headed dialogue, emotionally wrought… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film Noir as appointed by many sources is a film sub-genre that first developed in the United States as a fruit of many influences, first and foremost, German Expressionism and its filmmakers that fled Germany (amidst the rise of Nazism) to come to America, filmmakers such as Fritz Lang. However, French poetic realism was also a major inspiration to the… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Often we do not appreciate what we have in this life and take the things we do have for granted, our human greed constantly making us desire more when in fact we already have more than enough to lead a good life. The problem is that when we look around us, we often only think and see the people who… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In the history of cinema there are many films in which directors take on leading roles themselves, grabbing more attention, and one could claim authorship, through their simultaneous work in front of and behind the camera. For popular movie culture a slew of names are often mentioned when considering what filmmakers balanced these such jobs best, yet often times notable… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“I Saw the Devil” is one of the best samples (if not the best) of revenge-themed, violent, action thrillers that ever came out of South Korea, in a category with an abundance of entries. The film made its premiere in the United States at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and had a limited US theatrical release. It also received screenings… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Poetry in film can be a tricky thing. Often when something is described as “poetic” in cinema, it can refer to either the sweeping cinematography of a Terrence Malick or Peter Jackson epic, or it can refer to a contrived storyline about fathers and sons over multiple generations with plenty of Biblical allusions and a whole lot of death and… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists