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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Aesthetics drive certain films to the brink of being signature products. You think of these films, and you are immediately whisked away by memories of visual and audible splendor. Aesthetics within a film is only one aspect. What happens when the production and wardrobe play into the film’s artistic display? What if the post-production elements of a film even come… Read more »

30 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Celebrities have always been a recurring theme in the history of art. Many books, songs and movies – fictional or not – are based on celebrities. We can sum it up just by saying that fame is something interesting to be explored in art – and it is definitely explored a lot. So, in this article we have 10 films… Read more »

30 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In mid-September this year, the website “Medium” published a study by Yves Bergquist, the director of the Data and Analytics Project at the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center. The research was about the relationship between a movie’s critical reception and box office gains, and analyzed data from just the 21st century. The results were both expected and unexpected;… Read more »

29 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Frogs falling out of the black night sky. An oil well owned by a man possessed by greed blowing up. A drug-infused investigative endeavour. Two men fighting in a garden, rolling around on the grass – in love or repulsion? Dissecting the emotion that drives the characters or the storyteller in a Paul Thomas Anderson film is a futile task…. Read more »

29 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

From explicit gore to the sexually perverse, cinema has always dabbled in the provocative and the disturbed. William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist and The French Connection, once said, “if I wasn’t a director, I might have become a serial killer”. His words reveal so much about the craft and the kind of minds that champion it. Filmmakers have sought… Read more »

29 November 2017 | Features, People Lists

The stars of the Twilight movies have an unfortunate burden to carry. After starring in one of the most reviled series in recent memory, the actors and actresses have had to work extra hard to prove they are not actually terrible performers. While it’s true that none of the Twilight cast members delivered solid performances within that particular series, most… Read more »

28 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

As the most prestigious film festival of the year, it comes as no surprise that the best of the best come to the French south seaside to show the finest of what they have. Here the Hollywood elite clashes with the Asian and European giants, and the actors from independent fields or countries with a less famous filmography get their… Read more »

28 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It can be one of the most frustrating parts of moviegoing. You hear about the concept before it goes into production, you wait eagerly for the spell-binding trailer, you endlessly check the release date before finally going to see it, only for the film to fall massively behind on your expectations. What went wrong, you think — the idea was… Read more »

27 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

2017 has seen a great number of films released: big-budget blockbusters, sleeper hits, indie masterpieces, and (of course) a few truly terrible films. But there is only so much time in the day to watch movies, and watching new films, in particular, can end up being rather expensive. But which films truly deserve your hard-earned money and time? After all,… Read more »

27 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Now firmly established across the Atlantic, the following years would see Hitch establish himself as a true master of the medium, an auteur easily capable of switching comfortably between genres, from thrillers, to horrors and even comedy, his oeuvre became incredibly consistent and, for the most part, utterly brilliant. Here, in part two, we tackle the seventeen remaining films that… Read more »

27 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Mind-bending movies – stories that deliberately target the audience’s brain as their plaything, either by making us work through their abstract mysteries, or by pulling the rug from underneath the audience in its final moments, or taking us on a spiralling dream-like journey like no other film could. Let’s examine the best of the best from this exclusive sub-genre, with… Read more »

26 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The late film critic Roger Ebert helped popularize a word that describes one too many movies released these days, and that is the “requel.” A portmanteau of “remake” and “sequel,” a requel is exactly that – a sequel to a movie that rehashes its predecessor’s plot, despite technically taking place after its events. Let’s be honest with ourselves: when you… Read more »

26 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema holds such a high position of importance in our culture because of its ability to make us feel such a great range of emotions. We respond to films differently because of what we take from them and how we view them. Some films are simply cool. They have a style and a confidence about them; they want to entertain… Read more »

25 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Often the job of a film editor is overlooked. But when it comes down to it, the core pillars of filmmaking can be argued to consist of the screenplay (pre-production), the direction (production) and the editing (post-production). A bad edit can mean disaster for a film, whereas on the flip side, a good edit can elevate a film from good… Read more »

24 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

A moral dilemma is described as a decision-making problem between two possible moral imperatives, neither of which is unambiguously acceptable or preferable. The complexity arises out of the situational conflict in which obeying one would result in transgressing another. In film, as in life, we are often presented with moral dilemmas. The audience is sometimes presented with what seems to… Read more »

24 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

This article is here to explore and talk about some of the best female performances in the history of film. As always, many things interfere in the choice of the performances in an article like this one. But as usual, the main ones are memory and personal preferences. If you think any other female performance should be on this list,… Read more »

24 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists