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It’s a crying shame when a film has all the makings of a masterpiece, only to fall apart in its final moments. But what of the opposite? What of those films that appear backed to the corner of the ring? What of those films that, at the final desperate breath, throw a surprise jab to the left and a hard… Read more »

22 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Music has the tremendous ability of evoking feeling from within our innermost depths. It can induce longing, passion, and strength. It can even defy articulation. Ludwig Van Beethoven famously expressed that ‘music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.’ Music is uniquely visceral. Whereas much of cinema’s arsenal operates on the basis of arousing the intellect, music arouses… Read more »

21 January 2019 | Features, Other Lists

Now that the Best/Worst of 2018 lists are slowly running out, let’s focus on what 2019 has in store for us. Quite a few great, renowned directors are releasing a new feature in the year to come. Some of them are coming back after years of silence, while others have only just released their previous film; some are on a… Read more »

21 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The Hollywood Western was once one of the most preeminent and stirring of genres. Set in the late 19th century, attentive to Old West myth-making, folk heroes, and morality tales, it was an altogether American invention. In Hollywood’s Golden Age the Western was exceedingly popular, nothing else was as popular and directors like John Ford and Howard Hawks made some… Read more »

21 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Who loves feeling sick to their stomach? Well, sadly we all tend to voluntarily aim to experience nausea on an often enough basis. We go on roller coasters. We watch intense sporting events that go down to the wire. We read a scary book. Then, there is cinema, where we actively enjoy watching films that turn our stomachs and create… Read more »

21 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

We can never get enough of our favorite actors, so when they take on multiple roles in the same film, it’s a cause for special celebration. Assigning more than one character to a single actor is both a gamble and a sign of ultimate trust in his or her talent. Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it flops, but when it… Read more »

20 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

By its very nature, the profession of director calls for a combination of unique qualities. To bring the vision to screen in the fullest capacity, the director must be a leader, an artist, a tactician, a politician, a motivator, an economist-the list can go on and on. Few combine all those traits in equal measure, but a director must be… Read more »

20 January 2019 | Features, People Lists

The current cinematic age is not one of original ideas. Looking at the titles released every year, fewer and fewer movies feature a new story, idea or character. Instead, many of them are sequels, reboots, remakes, prequels, spin-offs, films from a “shared cinematic universe”, or new adaptations from an original material that already was the base for other movies. The… Read more »

19 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Every structure needs an outline. Every composition needs notes. Every fairytale needs a story. A film is what we see: its frames, its motion, its colors, and its shadows. A film is also what we listen: its melodies, its noises, its moments of silence, and its voices. Yet, what would even a well-done motion picture be without a good script?… Read more »

19 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

We all know that horrendous, creeping feeling that occurs when we are watching a movie with our parents and then… all of a sudden… there are two, or more fully naked people all over the screen engaging in some sexual act. Whether your approach to this problem is to ignore it and pretend it isn’t happening, to blush awkwardly and… Read more »

19 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

With over 200 originals and counting, Netflix’s homegrown film industry has gone from a nice extra to one of the main draws of its site. No longer do you have to organise a babysitter, drive to the cinema, pay for tickets and sit next to squawking teenagers; now new films are ready and available from the comfort of your own… Read more »

18 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Human beings are complicated creatures. We always have been and always will be due to an assortment of thousands of psychological actions, life experiences, and choices. As we see in cinema, this bleeds onto the screen, yet we are so compelled by these films and characters that they stick with us for a very long time. In this list are… Read more »

18 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

We’re almost a month into 2019, which means we’re slowly starting to distance ourselves from the year before so we can move onto this one. Moviegoers know that January is often the best time to catch up. At this point, new options include A Dog’s Way Home, Escape Room, and Replicas. Simply put, there’s not a whole lot to choose… Read more »

17 January 2019 | Features, Other Lists

It takes a unique skill to make a film with 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film must be considered to have no redeeming merits whatsoever: no interesting lines, no good acting, poor camerawork, poor editing and a morally wrong subject matter. Seeming as the service was created to provide an aggregate of critic’s views, to have every single critic to agree… Read more »

17 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Netflix releases a multitude of new films every year and 2018 was no different. From horrors to comedies, there was a film to suit every cinephile’s appetite. Netflix has become known as a platform for original filming, with Netflix’s original films also including films that were first screened in other countries which are then exclusively broadcast in other territories where… Read more »

16 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The year 2018 was not much of a special year for thrillers.  We hardly got any masterpieces but just like many other years, we still had some good, entertaining stuff that are worth checking out. Films like “Upgrade,” “Cam,” “A Quiet Place” and “Unsane” are more horrors than thrillers, so they don’t make into our list. We want to give… Read more »

16 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists