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Daily Archives: February 12, 2017

According to Oxford dictionary, guilty pleasure is “something, such as a film, television programme, or piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard”. For this occasion, let’s paraphrase this idiom as the cinematic offerings which this writer likes (or even loves) and is not afraid to admit, while the critics, and… Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

After seeing Paterson, it would not surprise us to know that its director, Jim Jarmusch, is a great admirer of poets. Jarmusch has admitted to being a big fan of New York poets Frank O’Hara and Josh Ashbery. Even in his own time, Jarmusch has been a writer of poetry. His films reflect this quality, particularly in their visual style…. Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

If you were to ask a random sample of white collar workers from anywhere in the world what the last thing they want to experience at nine in the morning is, you’re likely to hear mention of inhumane fluorescent light, a pair of panorama-blocking cork boards, a near lack of color, frigidly-conditioned air, totally insignificant conversation, and the smell of… Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Annie Hall contains more intellectual wit and cultural references than any other movie ever to win the Oscar for best picture… no wonder it’s just about everyone’s favorite Woody Allen movie.” – Roger Ebert   La-di-da, la-di-da, la la A commercial and critical hit, and winning four of the five Academy Awards it was nominated for––including Best Picture of 1978––Annie… Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Reviews

If there was one person to hold up as the representative of auteur cinema in America, nobody comes close to Woody Allen. A neurotic existentialist Jew from Brooklyn, he found consolation from the banality of life through comedy. When he made films to express his irrepressible comic chops he soon found he enjoyed the process, ever expanding throughout the next… Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The 1950s are considered the Golden Age of Japanese cinema. The aftermath of World War II and particularly the atomic bomb, and the subsequent American occupation left the country scarred, but filled with inspiration and eagerness to start over. One of the most iconic films of this era is Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”, considered among the most influential movies of… Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists