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Monthly Archives: October 2017

There is a scene early in “Blade Runner 2049,” Denis Villeneuve’s hypnotic and heart-bursting sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 future-shock detective movie “Blade Runner,” where two men crash through a wall. One is the bulbous Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), who is one of many humanoid robots known as replicants, and the other is the slender, trench-coat-wearing assassin known simply as… Read more »

31 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The American Civil War (1861-65) was a catastrophic moment in US history. From the moment Confederate troops opened fire on Fort Sumter to its conclusion four years later, almost a million young Americans lost their lives, often to friends, family or neighbours. Naturally this is fertile ground for cinema, and here are eight of the best.   1. Red Badge… Read more »

31 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

If you consider yourself a serious film fan, you must be familiar with at least a handful of essential undisputed masterpieces from every film genre, from horror to comedies and from Westerns to biographical films. This list concerns the latter category. The majority of cinema aficionados are likely to already be familiar with most of these films and if you… Read more »

31 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Shining” was released in theaters in spring 1980. The film opened to mixed reviews; Janet Maslin, film critic for the New York Times, gave the following critique of the horror film: “The supernatural story knows frustratingly little rhyme or reason. Even the film’s most startling horrific images seem overbearing and perhaps even… Read more »

30 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

When it was announced back in 2015 that Denis Villeneuve was attached to direct a sequel to the science fiction masterpiece Blade Runner public reaction was, understandably, mixed. Questions arose over whether Ridley Scott’s 80s classic really needed a follow up, let alone one that would be released so long after the original. However, when Villeneuve stepped up to the… Read more »

30 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most profound aspects of any art form is to provoke thought, to not only entertain audiences but to give us something to ponder over for hours, perhaps days after a short 90-minute experience. With that being said, ultimately, a filmmaker’s greatest aim and goal with their films is in fact, to not provoke thought, but emotion, to… Read more »

30 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“[The Cabin in the Woods] ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years. …by successfully analyzing tired formulas, it gives them new life.” – Eric Kohn, indieWire   To a new World of Gods and Monsters This whip smart horror comedy from scribes Drew Goddard (also making his impressive directorial debut) and… Read more »

29 October 2017 | Features, Reviews

Horror films are often resistant to criticism, either because the genre as a whole isn’t particularly highly regarded by “serious” critics or because many horror films are low-budget, poorly produced shock films that look to deliver on their implicit promise of graphic violence rather than creating a quality movie. And 2017 has been no different in this regard than most:… Read more »

28 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It is quite intriguing the feeling we have when a film stays in our head for awhile after we watch it for the first time and feel that – to quote a verse from a famous Neil Young song – “there’s more to the picture than meets the eye.” With that in mind, here is a selection of films that… Read more »

28 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

While historical movies can be most enjoyable, and a window onto another time, they are commonly inaccurate, which can spoil the fun. Some inaccuracies are designed to increase suspense or add exposition, in short, for dramatic reasons, and these are easy to forgive. In some cases movies may be both extremely realistic and contain many blatant errors at once. Others… Read more »

27 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

James Wan is one of the best horror directors working today. He has absolute command of the craft and has proven himself capable of jumping from big blockbusters to smaller genre fare with ease. Not many filmmakers are able to make their debut in such a massively explosive way as he did, jumping into the game with the game-changing “Saw.”… Read more »

27 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Olympics has the gold medal. The county fair has the blue ribbon. International film festivals have Golden Palms, Golden Lions and Silver Bears (yes, really). All of those represent the very best (at least in the opinion of someone or some body of people). However, the Olympics also has silver and bronze medals. Fairs give out red, yellow and… Read more »

27 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Darren Aronofksy’s latest film is designed to cause an emotional outburst of some variety. It is a nasty attempt to provoke a reaction from every single person watching it in the cinema, and he probably doesn’t care if that outburst is positive or negative: it is the reaction that counts. mother! focuses on Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem’s couple playing… Read more »

26 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Horror movies are already known for being filled with acts of murder, gory special effects, and disturbing stories. But even within this genre is a subgenre that goes further than the average horror film. Loosely connected under the label “extreme horror,” these films are unbelievably violent and explicit, often teetering on–if not outright garnering–an NC-17 rating for their content. Many… Read more »

26 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Zombie films have always been a horror staple of cinema. Victor Halperin’s White Zombie was released in 1932 and is often cited as the first zombie film. After that a steady slew of zombie films followed in the thirties, forties and fifties. The zombies in these films were mostly pale, slow moving, obedient and they certainly didn’t eat anyone. In… Read more »

25 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and many other great directors from yesteryear have controversially never won a best directing Oscar. How can some of the most influential and legendary directors in film history not be recognized for their directing talents by the Academy? They’ve arguably superseded some of the peers who took home the statute instead of them. Cinephiles… Read more »

25 October 2017 | Features, People Lists