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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Back in 2012, while promoting “The Master,” actor Joaquin Phoenix created a bit of controversy calling the Oscar’s “bullshit.” Noting that, pitting people against each other is the stupidest thing in the world. And to be honest, it’s not hard to see his reasoning. There’s no way that any awards show will satisfy everyone; after all, everyone has their own… Read more »

17 November 2017 | Features, People Lists

Apart from other David Lynch creations such as “Mulholland Drive,” “Eraserhead, “Blue Velvet” or “Lost Highway,” there are not many films that encapsulate the essence of “Twin Peaks.” And even between Lynch’s works, “Twin Peaks” stands out. It is hard to frame this TV show into a single genre. It can be labeled as a mystery series, but at the… Read more »

17 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Some directors know what works for them, whether it be a signature style, working within a certain genre, hiring the same crew or, in the case of a certain few, relying on the same group of actors for the majority of their films. It is not difficult to understand why a director might reuse actors for different features. Understanding an… Read more »

17 November 2017 | Features, People Lists

This Best Picture nominees list is likely to be one of the harder groups to sift through (the only other one off the top of my head that may be this tricky in the near future is the 2011 year that features the films of 2010). In all honesty, the films between 5 and 1 are borderline interchangeable, to the… Read more »

16 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Growing up is hard to do. And for some, it’s even harder. Many things can define our childhood and adolescence, and determine who we ultimately become as adults. These may be the friends we spend time with, the circumstances in which we are raised or the experiences that we undertake. Or it could be something else entirely. What can be… Read more »

16 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

What’s in a flop? That much dreaded result when a costly film just doesn’t find its audience, or is mauled via word of mouth. Regardless of the whole spiel that a movie is “a collaboration of hundreds,” when the results go south someone has to be stuck with the blame, and the easy answer is that it’s the director’s fault…. Read more »

15 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film discussions on the internet have become a fight of extremes: if you were to believe some reviewers and commentators, every movie that comes out is either an absolute masterpiece or unredeemable trash. The truth, however, is a little more complex. The fact is that almost every movie has both good and bad elements to it. It may be poorly… Read more »

15 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Some films are remembered, some forgotten. Some are praised and some are not. The odd thing is that initial reactions may well not count in the long run concerning a film’s ultimate reputation. There are also degrees of fame, rejection, praise and damnation. A well-made film may be little known and seen but loved by the few who did find… Read more »

15 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Once more, let us delve in the key word in the title a bit. What is controversial, in terms of cinema? The easy answer would entail films that have been banned from their country of origin, or even other countries. The ones that had their directors ostracized would be another, as would the ones that challenge “normality,” breaking taboos in… Read more »

15 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Perhaps the most lauded superhero film ever, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight set what many consider to be an unreachable bar for all that followed. Indeed, many superhero films have tried to recreate its serious and brooding tone, to emulate its narrative and moral complexity, to outshine its captivating performances, in particular Heath Ledger’s now iconic Joker, with varying degrees… Read more »

14 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

How do you explain the truth when it has been said for you? The best films, let alone animated ones, seem to take the words right out of your mouth. You feel as if a filmmaker has miraculously bridged their past present to your future present, all to make you feel more understood and a little less insane. Great animated… Read more »

14 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“Films use light and color to tell a story in a special narrative way,” says filmmaker Martin Scorsese, adding that such storytelling techniques “…deliver a strong emotional and intellectual impact on the viewer… [This realization] made a very strong impression on me and has affected how I try to use color in all of my films.” The following list, a… Read more »

14 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

What makes a cinematic movement a new wave? There are many loose definitions for the term “new wave”, but when applying it to national cinemas, two things are clear: a cinematic new wave is a movement that is distinctively different to the dominant mode of filmmaking of its home nation and its main goal, in every iteration, is to rejuvenate… Read more »

14 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

When it comes to the superhero movie thing, villains are the fuel that keeps them burning bright. The best superhero movies tend to have a great villain at the center. Sometimes a great villains can be stuck in a mediocre movie, or a great movie can have a mediocre villain. It tends to be rare when those cases happen, as… Read more »

13 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The art of cinema has always been the most controversial of expressions. Authors, painters, sculptors, poets, and musicians all freely craft their spirited mosaics without fear of being censored. Still a relatively young art form, it is held as common belief that there are some things that should never be allotted to the screen. Sex, murder, gore, and even something… Read more »

13 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Since his debut with Following, Christopher Nolan has steadily produced a body of work that will no doubt secure his place amongst the pantheon of brilliant directors. As a filmmaker, Nolan has pioneered new ways to tell stories, to stage action set pieces and has reimagined the modern day blockbuster. This groundbreaking approach to filmmaking has brought him much critical… Read more »

12 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists