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Yearly Archives: 2018

When most people think of “BDSM”, they might immediately have an idea in mind about what it means. In the world of film, however, BDSM isn’t all whips and chains. Relationships can be depicted in different ways that are not heteronormative, often to great results. Before the recent popularizing of Fifty Shades of Grey, there were several other films that… Read more »

18 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

One of the great tricks of cinema is making the impossible seem not only possible, but effortless and incidental, “as if by magic.” Little do we know, as average movie goers, what great toils and sacrifices go into the production of a given film. Whether it’s a big-budget adventure film like The Lord of the Rings or a small independent… Read more »

17 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

That are truly many things that make a movie visually stunning. From the production design to the cinematography, among a lot of other things, many elements are used in film to make a composition. With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 amazing and visually stunning films that might not be as remembered as they should be. As… Read more »

17 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, the same performances are praised by the same group of people for everyone around the world to see. Everyone has heard about how wonderful Frances McDormand is in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Nobody would be surprised to learn that Daniel Day Lewis delivered another knockout performance in Phantom Thread. We all know who the critics and award… Read more »

16 March 2018 | Features, Other Lists

One of cinema’s penultimate strengths is the ability to transport audiences to a world separate from their own. A 90-minute reality crafted by countless talented individuals that provides a temporary, yet oftentimes, lasting form of escapism. A powerful film can not only transport audiences to another reality, but to someone else’s, beyond a mere superficial level, making us feel a… Read more »

16 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

There are a variety of reasons to watch movies and every good film leads or pushes us in a certain direction, whether it be emotional or intellectual, or towards sorrow or joy. Some films inspire, creating a belief in ourselves or some external idea. Such films lift us up or motivate us towards some specific action or feeling. The ten… Read more »

15 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Music has always been an important part of film, and there’s plenty of movies that make great use of their musical scores or certain song selections for key scenes. However, some directors manage to marry music and film so well that they’re widely recognized for the music they use in films just as much as for the movies themselves. There… Read more »

15 March 2018 | Features, People Lists

There are movies you watch, and while watching them may be a pleasurable experience, you never think about them or watch them again. There are movies that aesthetically fascinate you or impress you. And there are movies that overwhelm you. Those films you watch and never forget about them and watch them again and again, talk about them, think about… Read more »

15 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Many books have been written about structure in filmmaking and how to build a story. Many filmmakers follow such structures and make great films. Then there are those that throw such structures out the window and make up their own rules. They take a risk and it works out. Some of these films became instant classics, while others received a… Read more »

14 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The cliché generalization “the sequel is never better” has been disproven enough times that it has lost its credibility. The best sequels, however, are often direct follow-ups to the original. There are plenty of Part Twos that hold their own or more against their respective Part Ones – “The Godfather: Part II,” “The Dark Knight,” “For a Few Dollars More,”… Read more »

14 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

“You’ll learn to appreciate this more as you get older,” is something my father used to say and whenever he did, it would always make me groan. It always seemed like a lame excuse, something to say to young people when they have a dissenting opinion. Now, my father still has plenty of energy left to bug me with his… Read more »

14 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Some of the best movies ever made have been inspired by loneliness and isolation. There is still something to be said for the film that shines a light on the theme of alienation. By returning to this timeless concept, and taking a look at all the different lonely characters in film, there are lessons to be learned for our own… Read more »

14 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

It’s simple – we always root for the good guys and dislike the bad guys. But hang on, do we? Actually it’s not that simple and more than ever, audiences are finding themselves rooting for and supporting the bad guys, the villains, and the antagonists. But what is it that so attracts us to the dark side? (Darth Vader would… Read more »

13 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

A performance needs everything from subtlety to command. That is true, because a flat, one-dimensional performance just will not cut it when it comes to being believable and tangible. All of these following performances have small nuances to them, yet we are going to focus on their strengths that lie in how gravitational they are. When these characters want to… Read more »

13 March 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Within the category of narrative fiction film there is a broad range of directors who are either more devoted to film as art or to film as entertainment. Both art and entertainment serve legitimate functions for viewers but some directors manage to advance the art of cinema while still making enjoyable movies. Here is a list of directors that fall… Read more »

13 March 2018 | Features, People Lists

It is questionable if the IMDb Top 250 list of the best movies of all time is a decent calculator of which movies truly are the best. On more than one occasion, it seems as though the list would simply put down both the popular and acclaimed movies of their certain age. Also, it is a list that is focused… Read more »

13 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists