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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Films in general are essentially a grandiose sum of all its parts, a combination of beats upon beats that result in a short experience that transports audiences deep into world of the filmmaker. When a filmmaker puts his heart and soul into every scene of a film, the final product would undeniably be something fantastic. The films on this list… Read more »

30 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Fiction is one of the most powerful inventions in human history. Humanity’s ability to create out of whole cloth entire separate realities and worlds that function either on the rules of our own reality or one constructed on separate complex rules has introduced the world to concepts that would otherwise never have existed. This has led to inspiration, invention, and… Read more »

30 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Many authors dream of that moment when Hollywood comes calling. But for a multitude of reasons, an author’s work cannot always be adapted to the letter. The creative licence used when it comes to adaptations is often praised by those responsible for the source material. However, there are times when this is not the case, and the adaptation becomes a… Read more »

29 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Cinematography is the aspect of filmmaking most unique to the medium. The camera has a relation to the spectator as well as what is being filmed; it’s the bare bones of the genuine language of cinema. The Academy Awards have honored films of beauty that deserved a golden statue in our millennia, while, as with any category or any given… Read more »

29 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film trilogies are something very recurrent in cinema history. Being three movies that follow the same story and making it easier to tell a longer narrative, or even movies from a specific director that revolves around the same theme or even the same place, in the years since the 21st century began, some very, very great trilogies were made. First… Read more »

29 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Were it not for a charismatic turn from Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley, The Final Girls) and some striking visuals (many cribbed from the Michel Gondry playbook, mind you), there’d be almost nothing to recommend about Jason James’ latest foray into familiar romcom territory, the thorny, over-written, and painfully prosaic new film, Entanglement. Following up 2013’s equally unsophisticated compendium of clichés,… Read more »

28 September 2017 | Reviews

What at first feels like a small story of sentimental family struggles set amongst a northern BC backdrop (the film was shot in Fort St. James) gradually unspools with painterly precision into a naturalistic, sensual, and considerably-sized poetic canvas in Never Steady, Never Still, the assured directorial debut from Kathleen Hepburn. An instantly gripping film, it’s buoyed by an astonishing,… Read more »

28 September 2017 | Reviews

Encompassing films from as early as the swinging 60s up to the present, this is the first out of three articles which take a brief look at thirty more or less obscure features and a few shorts coming from different corners of the world and deserving more attention, as the title suggests, with at least one representative for every continent…. Read more »

28 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film scores have defined our moviegoing experiences for decades. They have altered, manipulated, distorted, uplifted, haunted and underlined our perception of a particular work of cinematic art countless times. Would the fantasy of Harry Potter grow and get darker and richer, while preserving the childish whimsy and charm without John Williams’s brilliant score for “Prisoner of Azkaban”? Would the moral… Read more »

27 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Next year will be the 50th Anniversary of one of the greatest films ever to be put on the silver screen, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Made in 1968, Kubrick’s tour de force is an iconic piece of modern media art, with its immeasurable influence still being felt on contemporary directors and filmmaking ideologies even in the 21st Century…. Read more »

27 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Yorgos Lanthimos’ dystopian comedy The Lobster imagines a future where single people are sent to a hotel to find a romantic match and if they don’t find that match within an allotted time, they are transformed into an animal of their choice. While staying at the hotel, these singletons are subjected to various activities, shows, and lectures that emphasize the… Read more »

27 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Actors choose the roles they play on a multitude of criteria. Sometimes it is to work with a certain director or other actor, sometimes it is to play a particular character and other times it is for cold hard cash. Most actors will admit to having favourite roles that they have played, or roles that they feel have been pivotal… Read more »

26 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Time travel. Cue the ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’. Go backward and see history, correct a mistake, right a wrong. Go forward and see what becomes of you, someone you love, the world we inhabit. As legitimate scientific theory, time travel stands on shaky ground. As a storytelling device, it has inspired some artists to explore the human condition in profound ways,… Read more »

26 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Since the inception of art and literature, there have been works produced that have, for one reason or another, been labelled “dangerous”. In this list we attempt to bring together ten diverse films from different eras and places, from the humble beginnings of feature length cinema, right through to the near-present. Films that have brought controversy, expulsion, political tension, mental… Read more »

26 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Darren Aronofsky is the most underrated great director working in Hollywood today; he exists somewhere between David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski, David Lynch, and Luis Bunuel. He has crafted four masterpieces out of the seven films he’s directed, and even the other three have their own merits. All of Aronofsky’s films are about humanity and how fragile humanity is; most of… Read more »

25 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

When one considers Asian cult cinema, inevitably their mind will linger toward the Japanese, with the Pinku-exploitation films and directors like Wakamatsu, Miike, Sono etc. However, with a more thorough look, one would realize that Hong Kong has its own share of cult productions, with a plethora of Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest productions considered cult at the moment, although… Read more »

25 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists