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Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Friday the 13th franchise has become one of the most iconic horror franchises in history. It’s 12 entries deep into its 37-year existence and has permeated pop culture in a myriad of ways, from references in music and other movies to all kinds of merchandising and comic books. Most recently, it has been resurrected, this time in the video… Read more »

31 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Velvet Underground and Nico is tumultuous on the first listen, and it was much more difficult when it first came out 50 years ago. Many years later, the album was seen as one of the greatest innovators of contemporary music. I start this film article with an album’s history, because it can sometimes be easier to measure the evolution… Read more »

31 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Steven Soderbergh is an incredibly prolific director: with his first feature film, sex, lies, and videotape, becoming a literally game-changing indie hit in 1989, Soderbergh has had a wildly successful career as both an indie and mainstream director, having produced 27 films since then and still directing–despite adamantly insisting that he’s retired. Soderbergh is a one-man production team, working as… Read more »

31 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Love is the one of the more recurrent themes in art. It is thus more prone to cliches in storytelling. As ironic as it is, the fact that this is a feeling everyone can relate to is actually the reason why the cultural industry has taken advantage of it so much that it got to the point of, to a… Read more »

31 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Everybody loves Simon Pegg. It’s not only the geeks who have a soft spot for the British actor, but anyone who’s ever seen any of his films. He’s humble, smart and a fine actor who’s provided some of the best laughs in over a decade. You’ll be hard pressed to find another well respected and likable actor (other than Tom… Read more »

31 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Often overshadowed by the likes of James Bond and Jason Bourne, Ethan Hunt isn’t generally thought of as a true icon of the spy thriller genre. But beyond Tom Cruise’s nonstop quest to quench his ego, he’s produced and starred in one of the most consistently satisfying action film series of the past two decades. Though they’ve evolved – or… Read more »

30 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

For as long as movies have been around, people have complained about their influence on viewer behavior. Even going back to the silent movie era, moral watchdogs have criticized and chastised the cinematic medium for promoting antisocial behavior and goading individuals into imitating the onscreen debauchery and mayhem. The Lon Chaney movie London After Midnight was blamed for the murder… Read more »

30 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Following the article where we explored the directors who started their careers with a masterpiece, this one is dedicated to approaching some of the best last films in a director’s career. As usual, many things interfere in the choice of the titles of this list, but are mainly personal preferences (and even memory). If you know any other final film… Read more »

30 August 2017 | Features, People Lists

Since the beginning of movie industry there has been a constant effort towards the evolution of soundtracks. First there were small orchestras which played live some classical pieces while the movie was projected. Then original soundtracks started to be composed by pioneers such as Victor Herbert. In the 30s and 40s the soundtrack industry flourished and names such as Max… Read more »

29 August 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Ahh, the 70s! This decade means a lot to me as it was when I first started going to the cinema on my own to see the films I wanted to see rather than accompanying my father or aunt. My way of spending the holidays was to go along to the cinema for the first showing of the day. Back… Read more »

29 August 2017 | Features, People Lists

The borough of the Bronx in New York City is known for two major contributions to the world of entertainment: it’s the birthplace of hip-hop, and it’s also the stomping grounds of legendary film director Stanley Kubrick. Surprisingly, for such a revered filmmaker, Kubrick had a rather small filmography with only 13 films, and many cinephiles will claim his greatness… Read more »

29 August 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The treasures of world cinema reach deep into universal themes, offer insights about the world, and are themselves invaluable experiences. This list compiles masterpieces across a variety of genres such as horror, animation, and biography from around the world. Famous filmmakers like Mario Bava, Michael Haneke, and Paul Verhoeven have their places in the list beside other lesser-known, yet equally… Read more »

29 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Zack Snyder is a divisive and polarising filmmaker. His ambitious action sequences and big budget effects are often praised, but more often than not he is seen as favouring style over substance. Whether you are a fan of his films, or whether you cannot stand them – Zack Snyder certainly has his own individual flairs, favoured techniques, and unique visual… Read more »

28 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The 90’s is often referred to as one of the weakest decades in film history. It was a time when cinematic excess reached unforeseen peaks of insanity with films like Cutthroat Island and Waterworld, movies that cast an ugly shadow over many smaller, more modest efforts… but it was hardly a cinematic dead zone. While genres like horror, action, and… Read more »

28 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“The Disaster Artist” is finally due to come out at the end of 2017. Most people do not need an introduction to the calamity production known as “The Room”, but “The Disaster Artist” will surely invoke at least the tiniest bits of interest for the few who are not familiar with the cult classic. That situation is a bit different… Read more »

28 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

You might say that around the world, Europe is mostly known for their dramas. But still, being the great continent for cinema that it is (and always was), and having many voices that spread out through a vast variety of genres, of course this place would produce many great romantic comedies, which are the main theme of this article as… Read more »

28 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists