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Yearly Archives: 2018

That seems like a pretentious title, and I hope that it does not come off that way. Many mainstream films are delightful classics for the masses. We have golden age works like Casablanca, and game changers like The Godfather. We have film franchises like Star Wars and the Harry Potter series. There are so many films that are adored by… Read more »

24 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

IMDb ratings have recently been at the center of some controversies, especially because of groups of “fans” that took it upon themselves to storm the ratings of films like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and the “Ghostbusters” remake to make them lower. The ratings have always been an inexact tool to say the least, as they express popular rather than… Read more »

23 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Films, in the sentimental human memory, may be portals to another time and space. In the dusting collection of porcelain chinoiserie, in the tangle of billowing lace curtains, or in the neglected wooden cupboard of a cellar pantry, there is an opportunity of temporal teleportation for the nostalgic visionary. Through tactile sensibility, the ghosts of the past race into recall…. Read more »

23 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The term “perfect” is always met with opposition. If we are talking about a meal, a human body, a sunset, or a film – there are going to be some differences of opinion and hopefully some altercations. God, we all love a good altercation. There is nothing better than a solid upper cut or a stretched out collar on a… Read more »

22 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

An interesting thing about good things, be it good food, good books, good movies or anything as such, is that you never get satisfied with them at once. So when you eat something good, your quest for good food doesn’t end, it only aggravates. In a similar fashion, we are never satiated with only a handful of good films and… Read more »

22 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes the greatest films are the ones that you may not be able to bring yourself to watch. It can be hard for them to capture our full attention because of their unorthodox and groundbreaking storytelling or visual style. Or because they touch a nerve. Or because they are simply too appalling. For any given reason, a film may be… Read more »

22 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Every great hero is defined by his nemesis. A true villain is not only characterized by his own evilness, but often he also has a direct link with the protagonist. In other cases, the villain is an independent force who goes his own way and simply finds the hero on his path. The genres with the clearest hero/villain dynamics are… Read more »

21 June 2018 | Features, Other Lists

The faithful, just like most of us, love a good source of confirmation bias. Like the sensitive democrat and republican, they don’t want to question their beliefs. Reality must be what they choose it to be. Nobody wants the universe to be a mystery. Everybody wants to coast through life thinking they know enough about what lies between heaven and… Read more »

21 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

There are many reasons to look forward to summertime. Good weather (unless you’re in Australia where winter is coming), vacation time, time to relax and catch up with things that have escaped you throughout the first half of the year. But of course, like the rest of the year, summer is also a good time to watch new films, and… Read more »

20 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema’s charm springs from its diversity. In their unlimited entirety, the quality cinematic creations move upon a tremendous canvas of colors and shadows, defining a multiform world of intellectual and entertaining moments. This mystical world is meant to agree with every philosophical orientation and satisfy even the most demanding aesthetic senses. Even though a motion picture commonly doesn’t exhibit a… Read more »

20 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

France. The birthplace of cinema. The center stage of cinematic innovation for generations. With revolutionary movements emerging over the years, ranging fromAbel Gance’s poeticism in French Impressionism to the radical nature of Godard of the Nouvelle Vague to the more obscure, modern names like Leos Carax of Cinema du Look. Regardless of the amount of changes cinema faces over the… Read more »

20 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Times are tough. Either you hate who is in power in your respective area, or you have to deal with everyone that hates your representative. Political and social turmoil has reached some sort of a high in this new millennium so far. Getting your own place is harder than it has been for decades. Jobs are being replaced by robots… Read more »

19 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The seed of existentialism is often addressed to Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, who described the human condition as an individual struggle against time in which angst plays a primary role. Since Kierkegaard, many philosophers have tackled the human condition through philosophy to try to understand the nature of suffering, fulfillment, etc. By the time that cinema became a mature art… Read more »

19 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

In April of this year, animation director and pioneer Isao Takahata passed away at the age of 82. This news may have gone over the heads even of casual anime viewers in America, who predominantly associate Studio Ghibli with the elegant fantasy films of Hayao Miyazaki. Although Miyazaki does have a movie slated for a 2021 release, Takahata’s death marks… Read more »

19 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Already we’re at the midpoint of 2018 (where does the time go?), and anyone of the opinion that it’s been a mediocre year at the multiplex just wasn’t looking hard enough. Why even narrowing the titles down to a workable 20 titles was no small feat – I cringe at the many worthy films that didn’t make the cut and… Read more »

18 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Lists made regarding the opinion of cinema critics are one thing, but lists from the audience are another, that’s for sure. We approach the 250 top ranked movies on IMDb bearing that in mind. Even though the site informs us that there is a weighted vote – not all votes have the same importance for the arithmetic outcome – it… Read more »

18 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists