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Monthly Archives: March 2017

More often than not, Hollywood gets it right when casting actors for roles. They have turned already established actors into legends by giving them that role they will always be remembered for. In other cases, they have produced some epic movies which have made superstars out of unknowns. But sometimes, something goes seriously wrong with the casting process and the… Read more »

31 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

They’re undeniable masterpieces, cult-classics, holiday favorites, or innovators of the craft. One of them is often recognized as the single greatest work in cinema. And they all have one thing in common: not many people wanted to see them. At least not upon release, when all 10 of these films found themselves in a financial downfall. Many of them featured… Read more »

31 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Cronenberg is better than all the rest of us combined.” – John Carpenter Originally dismissed as an audacious genre director of challenging and stomach-turning horror schlock and subversion, David Cronenberg’s career has spanned some fifty odd years wherein he’s moved from the status of pariah to internationally acclaimed master “Film for film,” writes film critic and historian J. Hoberman, “[Cronenberg]… Read more »

31 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When ranking the movies of Andrei Tarkovsky, there is one very important thing to keep in mind: every single film he made is a masterpiece. With only seven features to his name, no film by Tarkovsky ever feels like a compromise between him and meddlesome producers — even though there were many of them. Instead it works as the perfect… Read more »

31 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It’s so rare for a mainstream horror movie to be as much of a success as Get Out. It’s usually the indie horror movies that are talked about by critics after the year ends. Last year, The Witch, Neon Demon, and Train to Busan were the center of numerous conversations. In terms of critical discussion, Don’t Breathe and The Conjuring… Read more »

30 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Hollywood has always loved a successful formula; one that can guarantee success over and over again. Whether it is a successful genre (the Western) or character type (Jason Bourne), studios will take the basic blueprint of a successful genre, idea, story or character and replicate it, most of the time creating a substandard knockoff. Occasionally, what can be considered a… Read more »

30 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The 21st century has provided some of the greatest performances in film history by master actors from around the world. The following is a listing of actors that have made some of the most memorable and acclaimed performances of the century thus far.   25. Denzel Washington Remember the Titans, Training Day, John Q, Antwone Fisher, Out of Time, Man… Read more »

30 March 2017 | Features, People Lists

When M. Night Shyamalan became an overnight sensation after making The Sixth Sense, he was able to do whatever he wanted (basically) as a follow-up. He chose the understated superhero/comic book origin story Unbreakable. Masquerading as a serious drama, Unbreakable took the tropes and beliefs of comic books and plugged them into a story that took place in our world–literally…. Read more »

29 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Cult films–that is, films that weren’t initially popular or successful upon release but over time gain a devoted following–are usually a cinephile’s dream, mostly because there is some esoteric aspect of the movie (be it the unique cinematography, offbeat script, strange premise, or “so bad it’s good” quality) that intrigues the type of person heavily invested in the art of… Read more »

29 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Calling Woody Allen an influential filmmaker would be understatement. One of the most prolific auteurs, active since 1966, Allen has been debuting a new movie almost every year since the beginning of his career. Influenced by European art cinema, Allen presents everything atypical, including big screen spectacles that we usually get from mainstream Hollywood. In fact, it would be a… Read more »

29 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It is obvious that Hollywood loves remakes. Most of them are really bad and unnecessary, but who could argue that they are also easy money for studios? Everyone seems to wish for a new original film than to see another soulless reboot. But if you think about it, some of the best movies of all time are remakes. The Thing… Read more »

28 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Most films are forgotten. They add their sentence to the larger cultural conversation, and retreat to on-demand menus and DVD shelves. And as technology enables more and more movies to be made with less and less money, it becomes even harder to sort through the ever-expanding ocean of cinema content. But there are some movies that truly receive unfair treatment…. Read more »

28 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Matrix is in the news again, with details that Warner Bros. are looking to expand its universe. They have a difficult path ahead, as the original film ranks as one of the most influential science-fiction movies of all time. Taking philosophical cues from both Rene Descartes and the postmodernist Jean Baudrillard, the Wachowski’s created a brilliant new template for… Read more »

28 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It’s no novelty that Hollywood loves sequels. Even though franchise-creating is a growing obsession in American and world cinema in the 21st century, it has been a thing for much, much longer. The sequels on this list, however, are anomalies – they were made a long time after their original films, and the lack of expediency on the producer’s part… Read more »

27 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

M. Night Shyamalan’s career trajectory is a product of the unforgiving American cinematic industry; the weird mechanisms of Internet irony that belittles and ridicules; and a brand of cinema that lies between Spielberg-ian imaginative morality tales with a spiritual undertone, a love for Hitchcock and the classics of suspense, and an appreciation for the B-movie traditions and comic books. He… Read more »

27 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

This list should be prefaced with the assertion that the ‘worst’ of David Lynch’s films is a very different idea to the worst of many other directors’ respective back catalogues. Each time that David Lynch has taken the helm on a feature film, the result has been something adventurous, challenging and, most importantly provoking discussion long after the popcorn kernels… Read more »

27 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists