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In the last few years we have seen the number of complains about the lack of good female roles increase. Audiences are not satisfied with the archetypes, that once were considered the norm, for portraying women in cinema and are looking for movies in which the woman isn’t exclusively an accessory. Recently there has been a big change in that… Read more »

10 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a fantastic work of anthropology. In it he outlines the idea of “The Hero’s Journey”, which has 17 “steps”. Campbell postulates that all cultures share these 17 fundamental steps in their mythologies and stories. Storytellers have used Campbell’s ideas to make some of the most iconic literature and film in recent… Read more »

09 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

2010 was a great year for Asian cinema with excellent efforts such as Takashi Miike’s old school samurai film 13 Assassins, Korean thrillers including I Saw the Devil and The Man From Nowhere, and the Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. There are also some more obscure films worthy of recognition such as the Korean… Read more »

08 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn’t serve anyone, and it’s painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you’re magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people, so they can experience something of that person.” – Patti Smith Witnessing the tragic departure of a beloved one, whether it be a… Read more »

08 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Before we begin our list, a little understanding of the ground rules I used. As all lists are essentially imperfect and subject to biases, but I still honestly tried to strike a balance uniqueness and impact for any given actor, and consider the body of work as a whole. As Kubrick only directed 13 feature films and, of those 13,… Read more »

07 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

American films get the most attention. Be it the high-budget summer blockbusters or the independent productions to come out during award season, American Film has the spotlight. However, we must take into account that the majority of films worldwide are not produced in the United States, and that means many other great pictures are being created year round in the… Read more »

07 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The art of independent filmmaking has evolved considerably over the past few decades with a ceaseless collection of distinct and inimitable cinema. Although audiences distinguish most indie films as obscure treasures and cult favorites, numerous independent films from both past and present are equally as undesired and disregarded by moviegoers. Conclusively, here is a brief list of 20 impeccably crafted… Read more »

06 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Putting a film together is a symphony involving a great many people, and a hell of a lot of planning. But there are times when that planning could learn a trick or two from spontaneous moments that take place during a film’s production. Sometimes things are rethought on the day, and occasionally random events occur as the camera is turning… Read more »

06 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The science fiction and horror genres are some of the most popular genres of movies, so it’s no surprise that these two genres often times cross into each other- after all, science fiction and horror have to do with the fear of the unknown. Some notable examples include, Alien, The Thing and Frankenstein. Often times there are movies from this… Read more »

05 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

An exciting film category, overfull with potential yet often overlooked, is the portmanteau picture or anthology film. Consisting of several vignettes, often connected in thematic ways, or with the same premise or bookend situation, the anthology film can be a compelling, often outre experience, packing intense emotions and modes, never specific to any one genre, and often showcasing dynamic and… Read more »

05 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood horror is now an endless stream of remakes, sequels and general lack of originality. There are some exceptions – It Follows while being reminiscent of classic horror makes ordinary people a reason to be fearful, which is to be admired – but these are few and far between. The other side of the Atlantic is Europe: the land of… Read more »

04 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Aliens have been a major part of pop culture since the beginning of the 20th century, quickly taking over the science fiction genre and maintaining popularity due to the unlimited possibilities that the concept of extraterrestrials offered. Some stories about aliens revolve around the foreign civilizations and futuristic advances on far-away planets. While these tales can be interesting, this list… Read more »

04 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Earlier this year there was a lot being written and talked about regarding the issue of gender discrimination when it comes to female directors, especially in Hollywood. In May this year, the American Civil Liberties Union urged the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and a few other agencies to investigate Hollywood’s hiring practices for evidence of gender discrimination. Plenty of… Read more »

04 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Mumblecore as a genre is not particularly difficult to define. Primarily you have a small, intimate cast of characters, low budget production, in a film that relies heavily on dialogue to tell the story without the use of gimmicky plot devices or a great deal of action. Typically, the casts are not professional actors or actors with a small amount… Read more »

03 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are numerous reasons to go to the movies, but one of the most substantial is to see our favorite stars in the next big film that comes out. But it’s true that even stars can get typecast or stuck in a certain niche. That’s what makes it so rewarding when an actor plays against type, at least when they… Read more »

03 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Heavy metal music has always been either wholeheartedly embraced, its musicians revered as demigods by legions who worship them, or simply written off as nonsensical noise punctuated by screaming. Aside from rap, no other genre in music history is more adored and reviled in equal measures. Even during the 1980s (metal’s heyday as the most popular music in the world),… Read more »

02 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists