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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s influential fantasy saga was one the most ambitious film projects ever made. Regarded as one of the most unfilmable book series ever written (including an alleged attempt by The Beatles with Stanley Kubrick), it took about eight years of continuous work for Jackson and his team to prove everyone wrong. Beginning in the early… Read more »

31 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In recent years, those who have an avid interest in vintage Hollywood films are inevitably drawn to two movements or periods in the history of American pictures. One is now tagged the “pre-code” era, the roughly five years of relaxed censorship at the dawn of sound in the very late 1920s and early 1930s. The other, which has been of… Read more »

31 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Some of the best, and most obvious, advice to give anyone trying to get into cinema is to just be patient, and pay attention at all times. It is axiomatic for sure, but this advice is even more prevalent when considering slow, meandering cinema. It can be tempting to wander off and lose focus, but remaining diligent is what is… Read more »

31 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Who doesn’t enjoy a good weird movie every now and then? When properly done, a strange film can excite the viewer who has grown accustomed to the standard mainstream fare to re-engage their passion for the medium or else encourage neophytes into delving deeper down the rabbit hole of more bizarre fare. The 90s was a boom time for film,… Read more »

30 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Last year ended with a huge sigh of relief as people experienced the joy of entering a new year and forgetting, or at least moving on from all the tragic events 2016 brought to the world. But even that cloud, as dark and grey as it was, had its silver lining – more specifically, one that illuminated and confirmed a… Read more »

30 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Looking at some of the best pairs of frequently collaborating actors and directors, i.e. Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski or Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina, there’s a clear chemistry that extents from the front to the back of the camera. The relationships we sometimes get a glimpse into… Read more »

29 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

No strangers to the prestige of the 70 year-old bonanza of cinema that is the Cannes Film Festival, most filmmakers aspire to get their films open there; an aspiration that even with the amount of controversy some experimental cinema generates there, remains undimmed. Controversy has become a part of Cannes, and even the infamous booing can often lead to unexpected… Read more »

29 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“I put my glass on the table, sat down facing it, and complained: This damned burg’s getting me. If I don’t get away soon I’ll be going blood simple like the natives… I’ve arranged a killing or two in my time, when they were necessary. But this is the first time I’ve ever got the fever. It’s this damned burg…. Read more »

28 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

It all started with a superhero in search of a paramour. During the preproduction phase of 2002’s “Spider-Man,” director Sam Raimi was looking for someone to play Mary Jane Watson, the copper-haired aspiring actress whose toughness and compassion make her the love of her knight in shining spandex’s life. It wasn’t going well, co-producer Grant Curtis later wrote in his… Read more »

28 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

When one makes a subject a vocation or merely an avocation, there is a danger that the individual may start feel that they pretty much know all there is to know about said subject. That danger seems to happen to those who love, study, and work in or with the film world to any great degree. It’s so easy look… Read more »

28 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Some people watch Star Wars and see the peak cultural touchstone of their young lives. Others see Spaceballs minus the parody. Somewhere in between the casual filmgoer has been exposed in some way to the monstrous film series that is Star Wars, be it an original, prequel, or one of Disney’s new attempts at further box office domination. While the… Read more »

27 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The most renowned Taiwanese director is considered among the greatest filmmakers of all time, in a rare occasion where an Asian director manages to be so successful in the West and particularly in Hollywood, having won two Oscars for his direction, and countless others from festivals all over the world. Ang Lee started his studies on the National Arts School,… Read more »

27 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

For moviegoers, the past 17 years have been rather generous in terms of blood thirsty monsters. If, by the end of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the standard Hollywood vampire had become almost human and most definitely sexualized, the ‘80s and ‘90s veered the current by adding an extra dose of “coolness” and some savagery to the mix. However, starting from… Read more »

26 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It’s the first word out of Paul Dano’s mouth the moment his character realizes he’s color blind and couldn’t be a pilot, thus breaking his vow of silence in the movie Little Miss Sunshine (2006). The same word that Emma Stone blurts out after Ryan Gosling takes his shirt off in Crazy Stupid Love (2011). It’s Hugh Jackman’s angry reaction… Read more »

26 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

One might say that 2016 is one of the weaker film year of this decade, and I have to agree to that. But that doesn’t mean the year lacks cinematic gems that are worth discovering. If you are a film buff who pays attention to new films around the world, it’s not difficult to find some really awesome movies that… Read more »

26 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In 1979, director Ridley Scott helmed a revolution in the sci-fi genre: “Alien”. With a few TV series and only one feature film on his résumé at the time, this revolutionary masterpiece had mixed reviews at the beginning, but ultimately became a landmark in horror and science fiction and one of the biggest franchises in film history. With a woman… Read more »

25 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists