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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Every artist is apt to dip into the well of poetry and prose for inspiration, but sometimes a direct visual reference is desired; a pastiche of the masters that came before. As great filmmakers have inspired modern painters, so to have great painters influenced the mise en scène of directors and cinematographers throughout the history of cinema. Paintings are often… Read more »

31 January 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Roman Polański is one of the most distinguished Polish directors in film history and the only one who succeeded in mainstream American cinema. A graduate of the Film School of Łódź, the cinema visionary is an expert on the dark side of the human psyche and a master of ironic social observations. He is also a person whose life was… Read more »

31 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

What makes a good movie score? Is it how effectively the music pairs with the movie? Is it how easy the songs are to listen to by themselves? Determining what makes an effective score is a tricky task. Truthfully, it’s a combination of several elements. All of those elements were taken into account when compiling this list of the best… Read more »

30 January 2018 | Features, Other Lists

The cinematographer, or director of photography, is one of the three main collaborators of a director; it is the head of a whole department, and his or her work is sometimes hard to tell apart from the director. Thus, it’s hard to define what a cinematographer does and what they don’t do, since there are as many schemes of work… Read more »

30 January 2018 | Features, People Lists

In all honesty, this kind of list is impossible. Narrowing down the many names here was not only difficult: it was savage, too. So many wonderful female characters exist throughout film history, from different countries and all walks of life. There will be so many worthy characters left out. What we have tried to do here is look at a… Read more »

30 January 2018 | Features, Other Lists

The new year is well underway at this point. 2018 is proving to not be the mental cleanse we all wanted, as a new number at the end of the year doesn’t immediately reset the hellscape we still live in. But if there’s one thing we can rely on, it’s the cleansing power of cinema. Cinema for most is an… Read more »

29 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

A good piece of art should always provoke an emotional reaction, cinema is perhaps the best equipped of the arts when it comes to inducing emotions. It can achieve so through such a variety of ways, that even a bad film is likely to cause the viewer to have a reaction to it, most likely hatred. However, a film can… Read more »

29 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The kiss is the pinnacle of any romantic movie. It gains interest through three key questions: will they actually kiss, how will they kiss and when will they kiss? Spanning a variety of genres, the movie kiss is one of the most overloaded and cinematic of moments. It was in fact the subject of one of the first films ever… Read more »

29 January 2018 | Features, Other Lists

The most accessible cinematic stories are told through mainstream Hollywood. Where we are accustomed to re-treads, clichés, remakes and genre abiding films that recycle the cookie cutter formula. Once a director achieves a reputable status within the industry, they are given more creative freedom in their projects. Usually their products can go two ways; this list focuses on the films… Read more »

28 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

While IMDb’s Top 250 Movies list is questionable at times, it’s a pretty good indicator of what movies the “masses” love. Every now and then there are films that you would never guess would make their way onto the list. At the same time, there are a number of deserving films that are nowhere to be seen. That’s pretty much… Read more »

28 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Being really simplistic, we can divide cinema into two categories: films made by producers and films made by directors. While there are some shining exceptions, the films made by producers are often dumb and disposable; they are films that are seen as an investment, a business from which the producers can profit. This way of thinking in cinema has taken… Read more »

28 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Color has been present in filmmaking since its early days. Whether that be Elisabeth Thuillier’s handmade painting procedures, color film stock processes (like Technicolor or Eastmancolor), or modern digital color grading using computer softwares, color as a structural element has always been at the core of filmmaking as an art form. In this vein, the greatest filmmakers have used color… Read more »

28 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Although these famous directors have left their indelible mark on film history, their names have been absent from movie screens in recent years. There are many possible reasons why some of these big name directors may not be financially viable to make films anymore. Some have had a history of creative conflicts with studio heads, or their most recent films… Read more »

27 January 2018 | Features, People Lists

There are literally thousands of films produced globally each year and for various reasons, including; time, geography, and distribution, it is for all practical purposes impossible to see all the quality movies that are released. In addition, since major studio releases tend to dominate movie screens, the chances are slim that you will see that small independent gem, documentary, or… Read more »

27 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Although there are a number of awards ceremonies each year for films, the one that gets everybody talking is the Academy Awards—the gold standard of film awards. And each year, just as many deserving films receive nominations for their achievements, both technical and performance-wise, there are also plenty of surprises and snubs that get online outlets talking and film critics… Read more »

26 January 2018 | Features, Other Lists

For a lot of people in this world, an office job is just something they do to make money. Not everyone has achieved their deepest passion, instead trying to make do with sitting on their backside for eight hours a day (or more) filling in spreadsheets and merging emails. It can be a difficult cycle to escape, especially when bills… Read more »

26 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists