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Monthly Archives: July 2017

South Korean cinema has been on the rise for a couple of decades now, with its impact having already become a global phenomenon, both in terms of quality and commercial success. This prowess has been highlighted in the last decade, where their number of great films is greater than ever. In that fashion, winnowing 25 among them was a very… Read more »

30 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Most filmgoers probably first heard of Raw (or Grave, as it’s known to its original francophone audience) by way of its notoriety as a film that provoked physical distress among its viewers due to its exaggerated gory nature. Unfortunately, the downside of this publicity is that the film will likely drive away many fans of world cinema whilst also attracting… Read more »

29 July 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait ’till mom finds out, buddy!” – Sam Emerson (played by Corey Haim)   The children of the night. What music they make! The late Norwegian literary historian, mythographer, and professor, A. Asbjørn Jøn notes in his essay “From Nosferatu to Von Carstein: shifts in the portrayal of vampires,” that director Joel… Read more »

29 July 2017 | Features, Reviews

Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian writer and director born on May 7, 1972. In his teenage years he joined the Youth Cinema Society of Isfahan, where he started making short films in 8mm and 16mm. In 1998 he received his bachelor’s degree in theater from University of Tehran’s School of Dramatic Arts and a few years later he got his… Read more »

29 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

A cinematic Easter egg is hardly an essential element for a good movie; in fact, several mediocre films contain great ones. Yet it does represent that fun factor which lends a film production some extra points. Whether it be a blatant joke, a sly reference, or a hint some secret connective tissue between filmic universes, they’re always worth mentioning and… Read more »

28 July 2017 | Features, Other Lists

To nobody’s great surprise, Paul Verhoeven recently professed himself unimpressed with the remakes of Total Recall and Robocop, claiming they missed the light tone of the original films. “They take these somewhat absurd stories and make them much too serious. I think that is a mistake,” the filmmaker said. “Both those movies needed the distance of satire or comedy to… Read more »

28 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

As the premiere of Christopher Nolan’s new movie “Dunkirk” has arrived, here is a selection of films that have some connections with this movie – some of them even quoted by the director as direct influences – and brilliant war films from the history of cinema that should definitely be watched before Nolan’s film. In “Dunkirk”, a very visual movie… Read more »

28 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Everyone has their own list of the worst films they have ever seen. I’ve always found this question a bit challenging, especially because there are some factors that should be taken into consideration. First, is the film at least entertaining? If a film is so awful that it is funny, does it still remain one of the worst? If so,… Read more »

27 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

For those that remember, the 2000s were a relatively dark and difficult decade: with terrorism on the rise, large wars on multiple fronts occurring across the globe, and a financial crisis that crippled economies across the globe, things were looking grim. And appropriately enough, in this environment this decade produced a number of pretty great dark comedies. It seemed that… Read more »

27 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

James Cameron is one of the biggest directors of all time, arguably the biggest to make his bones in the 80s, and a man who is still able to command astronomical budgets that are paid back ten fold every time out. It’s become an industry standard to say “Why bet against Cameron?”, but it’s true. Every time out, the dude… Read more »

27 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The word ‘masterpiece’ is often hyperbolically overused in the world of art, and even in cinema. It should not be used lightly, especially considering the large amount of high quality films that emerge from contemporary (post World War II) cinema. Differentiating ‘masterpieces’ from the lower tiers of film quality can be difficult, with art being subjective and often opinion based…. Read more »

27 July 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Film noir was a staple of cinema from the 1940s to the late 50’s. Many of these films were cheesy or overly melodramatic, but also many gems were made that are considered some of the best films ever made. As the years waned on, film noir evolved into neo-noir with films that were more edgy and violently graphic. Recently, the… Read more »

26 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

After the original three-season run of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek on NBC television, it looked highly unlikely that there would be any more of it to come. After so many episodes, ideas had run out and the show was stuck, as the USS Enterprise had been so many times, without even impulse power to drive it forward. Only Roddenberry kept… Read more »

26 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When Ian Fleming’s first spy novel “Casino Royale” hit bookstores in the UK in 1953, the world was introduced to the soon-to-be iconic British spy James Bond. The book detailed the exploits of the martini-drinking secret agent with a license to kill, becoming an instant hit in the publishing world, and soon more novels would follow. Fleming was a former… Read more »

26 July 2017 | Features, People Lists

Before the Samuel L Jackson/Eugene Levy ‘comedy’ The Man reached multiplexes, Jackson suggested it be screened for victims of Hurricane Katrina, who protested that they’d already suffered enough. Having survived one disaster, they were in no mood to sit through 83 minutes of lame action and flatulence gags. Joking aside, there really are comedies so flat and dispiriting that returning… Read more »

26 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Australian director Peter Weir has had a fairly long and distinguished career as a true master of his craft, earning him a wealth of award nominations and wins across the thirty odd years he has spent creating some of the most wonderful, life-affirming cinematic yarns of the period. Of course, there’s actually a fair amount of variety to Weir’s output… Read more »

26 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists