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Monthly Archives: April 2017

While most of us are not Hollywood executives, it is fun to dream up what we would do in that situation, just as sports fans play fantasy sports. The actor/director combinations on this list have all been chosen for their tonal similarities, either obvious or not. Some would challenge the individual to move outside their comfort zone, while some seem… Read more »

30 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Martin Scorsese, one of the household names of the New Hollywood, has been an important figure in American Cinema since his introduction to audiences during the 1970s when he was part of the new generation of filmmakers known as the ‘movie brats’. However, Scorsese’s print in American cinema isn’t just resumed to his fiction films – such as his crime… Read more »

30 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The 21st century has provided some of the greatest performances in film history by master actresses 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. Jennifer Lawrence Winter’s Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games, American Hustle, Joy, Passengers Perhaps… Read more »

30 April 2017 | Features, People Lists

Akira Kurosawa’s last epic was probably the most notorious entry in his vast filmography, since it was the most expensive Japanese film ever produced up to that point, with a budget of $11 million. It was also almost dropped for lack of funding, and the 75-year-old master lost his wife during the shoot, in an event that only stopped him… Read more »

30 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The film business isn’t always the easiest to navigate. While both actors and actresses have it considerably easier than most of us mere mortals, attaining and maintaining success in Hollywood can be a tricky thing, especially if you’re a woman, and even more if you’ve reached a certain age, like most of the actresses on this list. They’ve all had… Read more »

29 April 2017 | Features, People Lists

The cliché that fact can be stranger than fiction rings true in the case of these documentaries. Unbelievable characters, unexpected twists and general weirdness make this list a little unsettling when you stop to consider it is all really life drama. At times you feel like you are watching a Lynch, or Cronenberg film, but the fact that this all… Read more »

29 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“The whole idea of genre and categorising films is a critic’s construct. For me, I just try and make stories and see where they go, but there’s nothing wrong with horror; there’s nothing wrong with romantic comedies.” – Ben Wheatley In a relatively short period of time English filmmaker Ben Wheatley has proven to be a prolific and unpredictable filmmaker…. Read more »

29 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

2017 is filled to the brim with films casual moviegoers are clamoring for. They want their superheroes, their Jedi, and God forbid, their Minions. But only a handful of times in cinema have we witnessed films whose hype has captured the ethos of an entire generation or catered one of its highest peaks of fandom. And whether those movies crumbled… Read more »

28 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

After the Second World War came to a brutal end, the resulting damage from the global conflict left Europe in shambles and the world became divided into a dangerous East vs. West ideology. This newfound chaos meant both sides were always on the brink of starting the next world war at any moment, and the emergence of the superpower became… Read more »

28 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

If you are reading this list I realize that you must be familiar with Dan Gilroy’s neo-noir masterpiece Nightcrawler. As you have presumably already seen the film in question, I will not bore you with a detailed summary of the plot. Simply as a refresher, Nightcrawler follows the rise of Lou Bloom, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who uses his manipulative… Read more »

28 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It’s no secret that movie audiences both love and loathe manipulators. Glib, conniving schemers have thrived within the popular imagination for centuries, from ancient myths of gods ‘working’ one another to the Machiavellians of Shakespeare’s plays, right through to modern examples like Game of Thrones’ Remy Dalton and Frank Underwood from House of Cards. Clearly, watching someone cheat and charm… Read more »

28 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

With over $4 billion in theatrical box office returns alone, Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful–and influential–directors of all time. His work has spanned genres from historical drama to action-adventure to fantasy and science fiction, and more often than not he has created imperishable, popular works of art. The Spielberg style has become so recognizable and ubiquitous that… Read more »

27 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Park Chan-wook was born in Seoul and studied philosophy at Sogang University, where he aspired to be an art critic. However, after he watched Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”, he decided to become a director. His first two films, “The Moon is… the Sun’s Dream” and “Trio”, were low budget productions, with Park later stating that he is still ashamed of them…. Read more »

27 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There is a moment early in “Spider-Man 3” that offers a neat summation of the film’s fiery critical reception. It begins as sunshine is pouring into the apartment of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the “anonymous urban crime fighter” (as A.O. Scott brilliantly described him) known as Spider-Man, followed by a cloud of gloom bursting in: Peter’s girlfriend, MJ (Kirsten Dunst),… Read more »

26 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“John Carpenter is a filmmaker who is unashamed to stay within the genres he loves (horror and science fiction) and who practices his trade like a master craftsman.” – Martin Scorsese Often, and always with affection and esteem, American filmmaker John Howard Carpenter (born January 16th, 1948 in Carthage, New York) is referred to as “the Master of Horror.” Although… Read more »

26 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Carrying on from Taste of Cinema’s recent list of the 30 Best Comedies of the 1980s is this similarly sentimental and purposefully playful look back at the 1990s. There’s a degree of idiosyncratic retrospection with the following list of populist funny films, each endearing and enjoyable in their own way. The 1990s saw, especially in North America, the rise to… Read more »

26 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists