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As demonstrated throughout this list, there are many elements that define a film as “beautiful”. Often, these elements coexist within the work evoking an emotional reaction from the viewer. In these films, our world is redefined, examined and presented to us as a challenge to understand new levels of our existence. All of these movies are available on Netflix Instant,… Read more »

15 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The hype for any superhero film is driven by two aspects; the hero themselves and the antagonist they are to take on. From there, the movie spreads its wings into three acts incorporating the following: hero is introduced to a problem, hero endures problem, and finally the hero (hopefully) resolve the problem. It is from there that you can how… Read more »

15 February 2014 | Features, Other Lists

What is a fragmented film? That is not an easy question. A film may be fragmented by its inner structure, a narrative that doesn’t follow a traditional path. However, some non-linear films do follow a common path, albeit with flashbacks. Can those films be considered fragmented? The idea of a fragmented film we explore in the following entries is that… Read more »

14 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The wrongly accused man, the rebel that can’t be caged, and the prisoner of war trying to get out alive; there are so many types of relatable characters that exist in the “prison break” sub-genre. At their best these movies play on our deepest psychological fears. The thought of being locked away in sub-human conditions, sadistic and malicious wardens and… Read more »

13 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The word cinematography literally means ‘to record movements’. A director relies on their cinematographer to manipulate the mood and implication of a shot. For example; you might not think that there’d be many ways to film a person walking down a corridor – but what if that corridor had seedy red lighting? What if the person cast a long dark… Read more »

12 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

I had trouble defining the term “non-traditional” actor. Finally I settled on the idea that a “non-traditional” actor was someone who didn’t start off on the acting track and yet somehow, through fame in another area (sports) or by accident or necessity ended up playing great characters. I am disqualifying singer/actors like Elvis, Sinatra, Cher and Madonna. Sometimes I intentionally… Read more »

10 February 2014 | Features, People Lists

The Asian continent has spawned some of the greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema – Akira Kurosawa, Wong Kar Wai and Yasujiro Ozu to name but a few. As is the case with any passion in life, the further you delve into it, the richer the rewards. This list spans films from as early as 1964 to as recent… Read more »

09 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

2013 was a rare year in which the total number of truly great films released was so unbearably high that once the Oscar nominations were released, it became nearly impossible to guess which film would win. But there’s a stark difference between which film will win, and which film should win. The nine nominations for Best Picture all deserve their… Read more »

08 February 2014 | Features, Other Lists

We all love to discuss the successes of the great directors. But even the best stumble every once in a while. Looking at the failures of great craftsman of cinema can be just as fun of a conversation. We found a few titles that reminded us that no great director is always on his game.   20. Scoop – Dir. Woody… Read more »

07 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

2013 was an overwhelming year for independent cinema with various film festivals producing award winning future classics. As the top ten lists begin to halt we look forward to 2014 for another year of screen artistry; cinema doesn’t take a break. This list is not concerned with what major studios in Hollywood are churning out but instead interests itself with… Read more »

06 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

To many, the Oscars are the highest prestige a member of the film industry can receive. Ranging from actors to cinematographers to visual effects creators, the awards have been designed to be designated to those who most deserve them in their respective category. Of course this is all theoretical, and while the Academy does often distribute its trophies accordingly, the… Read more »

02 February 2014 | Features, Other Lists

If a film makes 100 million at the box office it’s safe to assume that it has been a hit with audiences (regardless of whether or not the film makes any profit). Despite critical hatchet-jobs, these films made well in excess of double that figure; each making an obscene amount of money. This list demonstrates that film critics have no… Read more »

31 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Animation is usually seen as an inferior form of filmmaking. Maybe because it started as something aimed almost exclusively at kids. Maybe because it involves a bit less the craft and the crew that we associate with traditional filmmaking. Whatever the reason, animations is usually taken for granted, and people only know of Pixar and Dreamworks, and may have heard… Read more »

30 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Lo-Fi Sci-Fi is an emerging genre of the last decade or so inspired by Mumblecore and budgetary constraints. The name is derived from ‘Low Fidelity’ and ‘Science Fiction’, seemingly meant to convey the low budget, amateur approach of filming a Science Fiction movie. This is not to dumb down the genre at all but portray its indie status devoid of… Read more »

29 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

After you’ve topped the charts, made it on MTV (back when they still played videos at least) and reaped in your millions off of that one-hit wonder, the question is always: “What’s next?” Well your manager may firstly recommend trying your hand at another album, another tour, a television guest spot, but after all that then what? That’s when we… Read more »

29 January 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Soundtracks are sometimes called the “little sister” of Cinema, they are often considered LESS than the photography or the plots. This interpretation, so deep into our minds, has led several soundtracks to be just “company” for the actual film, however, thanks to very good musicians and good judgment on compilations, there are some excellent soundtracks over the decades. This time… Read more »

28 January 2014 | Features, Other Lists