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The true geek is a fussy creature, for he/she is rarely sated. During the 2000s, and decades prior, attempts by mainstream filmmakers to base films on beloved fictional properties pertaining to niche markets and fan-bases were often derided for their lack of interest or care. It was felt there was less interest in creating artistically successful adaptations and appropriations of… Read more »

12 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One of the main characteristics of magic realism is that it eludes definition. Sure, the Merriam-Webster dictionary offers a few definitions, including “a literary genre or style associated especially with Latin America that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction.” It’s a start. But as the genre has made its way into other art forms such as film,… Read more »

12 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

This list gathers some of the most controversial movies of the 1980s. A time of major commercial hits and the undeniable boom of the blockbuster formula, the 80s tend to be seen as disappointing when compared with the serious and imaginative cinematographic experimentation of 70s. The case of controversial and transgressive films seems to support that regard. Perhaps due to the… Read more »

12 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the most prominent filmmakers in contemporary cinema, not only in his own country, but worldwide. He has made nine feature films up to this moment, all of them written and some produced by him. In Denmark, he may only be less regarded than Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, and,… Read more »

11 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Back in the 1990’s there was a considerable cultural stir within the film community. Several companies, notably one owned by mogul Ted Turner, were indulging in a process called colorization. Simply put, this process took films created in black and white and added color to them (much as old post cards had once been colored). This was done in an… Read more »

11 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

With the release of the Wachowski siblings’ latest, Jupiter Ascending, the time seems right to re-examine those sibling partnerships which have yielded some of the finest works of cinema in recent (and not so recent) years.   15. The Hughes Brothers When Boyz in the Hood was released in 1991, its director, John Singleton, made history as both the first… Read more »

10 February 2015 | Features, People Lists

In 1968, Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey pushed sci-fi movies to a higher level. Suddenly this film genre (as many people consider it to be) could be eminent and profound. There were some other attempts before 1968 to make this genre look serious, but they didn’t get massive attention at the time. Besides Stanley Kubrick’s brand American name, there… Read more »

10 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One of the great composers when it comes to visual story-telling, Roger Deakins has found a solid position for himself next to the greats of cinematography. Born in Devon, England, Deakins studied at the National Film School. Soon after graduation he began work in documentaries that took him around the world from Australia to Africa. After doing many documentaries, Deakins… Read more »

09 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“It is not things in reality that the director should be interested in but the spirit in or behind things. Realism in itself is not art.” – Carl Theodor Dreyer Carl Theodor Dreyer is one of the most important figures in film history. He created a language unlike anyone before him and made truly transcendent pictures that, once seen, aren’t… Read more »

09 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One cinephile’s trash is another cinephile’s psychotronic treasure and a legendary haul of said treasure was created in the 1970s and 1980s. This was a landmark age for worldwide horror cinema before CGI domination, before the endless parade of remakes and before the Syfy Channel declared war on most of your favorite horror subgenres. There are still some high quality… Read more »

08 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Films have served as a gateway for people of all ages, races, orientations, and generations since the first public demonstration of a camera-projector system in 1895. Throughout the years, motion pictures have made audiences weep, contemplate, laugh, test social boundaries and dream with more color and imagination than ever before. The world of cinema is an organism unto itself, ever… Read more »

08 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“People have asked me if I am a ‘moral’ person. I usually reply that I am not. I am not perfect. But I am a person who is not afraid to show the dark and poor sides of Korean society. This is my moral cause. I could make much cleaner films than my previous projects, but I am afraid I might… Read more »

08 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. He has directed and contributed to many wonderfully made films since Alien was released, to critical and commercial success in 1979. His films are very atmospheric, and often depict well-known historical environments, such as in Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Robin Hood (2010). He has been nominated for three… Read more »

07 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Existentialism can be defined by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s phrase existence precedes essence. It means that, for existentialism, a man is not his own end, since human existence only happens when it is designed beyond itself. According to the philosophy of existentialism, a man exists before being, and must give his life sense, since he is only what he makes… Read more »

07 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Michael Caine is one of Britain’s most recognized and accomplished actors of cinema. Since his start, Caine has garnered six Academy Award nominations, winning two of them, as well as a multitude of other acting accolades and, in 2000, was knighted by the queen. Over his 60-year career, Caine has appeared in well over one hundred films. As an actor… Read more »

06 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Between 1947 and 1955 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed an honorary award to one film each year that they believed to be the best in international cinema. Beginning in 1956, the Academy turned the honorary award into an award of merit, thus creating the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Though controversial due to its… Read more »

06 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists