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It is arguably the most covered award in the cinematic world, so it is no surprise when hundreds of bloggers globally post their predictions online for who will win the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards. Earlier this year, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ snatched the top prize, pleasing some and upsetting others. Many thought that while ‘Birdman’ was a… Read more »

25 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Every time someone enters the movie theatre and sits on the chair, for the next two or three hours, they are induced to the act of delusion. When the screen lights up and you experiencing watching a film, your life stops existing and you give your time to someone else completely new, who lives on the other side of the… Read more »

25 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

While the tourists often prefer Venice, Rome is where the real action is, at least as far as cinema is concerned. Rome is the home of Cinecittà, the studio that gave rise to the vast majority of Italian films that have lasted the test of time; and many Hollywood films have been shot there too. Apart from that enviable cinematic… Read more »

25 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Magic has always held an intriguing role in both fiction and real life. Stemming from legends of wizards and mystics, the concept of magic began to grow in the view of humanity, encompassing all unexplainable powers and stories. From medieval folklore to modern wizarding novels, magicians have been at the heart of the fantasy genre for as long as it… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Classic Hollywood is synonymous with major star power and each star had a persona that they built up thanks in part to the studio system. Henry Fonda was America’s mouthpiece reflecting the sentiment of the common man. Cary Grant was the epitome of a suave gentleman who could woo any lady on the screen or in the audience. Elizabeth Taylor… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Other Lists

The term “damsel in distress” is a vapid expression to be sure, along with “femme fatale” or the more recent trope of the “manic pixie dream girl.” What these arguably sectarian euphemisms point to is cinema’s steady association and obsession with womanhood in different and distinctive modes. Certainly there have been times where film has cast an objectifying gaze upon… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The relationship between cinema and psychoanalysis is as old as these two institutions themselves. Psychoanalysis was invented by Sigmund Freud at the end of the 19th century, at the same time that the first films were being created by filmmakers like the Lumiere brothers, George Méliès and Thomas Edison. Freud’s first book, On Aphasia, was published in the 1890s, a… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Whether we like it or not teachers will always be part of our lives and shapes us in one way or another. They are the one who educate us, enlighten us, punish us, becoming, over the years, some sort of second parents. During a person’s lifetime, many teachers and educators drift in and out but a selected few find their… Read more »

23 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

While there is no shortage of charismatic, layered lead characters in cinema, the supporting characters steal the spotlight in most cases. Whether they are best friends, demonic creatures, horrible bosses, loving parents or ruthless criminals, the people who take part in someone else’s story tend to draw the audience’s attention more often the narrative’s hero. Any writer could dig deep… Read more »

23 August 2015 | Features, Other Lists

It is well known that some outstanding Hungarian figures made a great impact on the development of technology in the 19th and 20th centuries, ultimately on the formation of our contemporary world. Life would be very hard to bear or experience without the usage of the digital computer, plasma television, antibacterial disinfection or simply the ballpoint pen, just to name… Read more »

23 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Around a quarter of the way through a typically riveting Season 2 episode of The Sopranos, Dr Jennifer Melfi reiterates a vivid nightmare she has had to her own psychologist Elliot Kupferberg (played by Peter Bogdanovich). Kupferberg stares at her, and asks her quietly – “Why do we like rollercoasters Jennifer? Scary movies?” Melfi knows the answer: “To experience the thrill… Read more »

22 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Looking at the ten films featured on this list, one can identify two distinct patterns regarding what’s happened to the western in the last fifteen years. The first is that westerns have become louder, pushing the genre’s exhilarating gunplay to explosive extremes in order to keep up with the modern day blockbuster. The second is that westerns have become quieter,… Read more »

21 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The study of metaphysics has almost 25 centuries of existence, when Aristotle wrote a book called “Metaphysical” about causation, form, matter and existence. According to the Greek philosopher, metaphysics isn’t just about transcendence, but in this list we will mainly focus on this subject: what’s beyond physical and material. For that reason, it’s important to know the differences between transcendence and… Read more »

21 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Anyone who has ever been a teenager at some point heard the following words from a knowing adult: “These are the best years of your life”. Anyone who can remember being a teenager knows that’s a complete lie made up by old people because they can’t remember anything. A select few had great times during their high school years, feeling… Read more »

20 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have proven themselves to be a formidable pair within the world of cinema. Few directors and producers can depict a day in the life of people who are living on the outskirts as deftly as the Dardennes. The brothers are originally from Belgium. Their hallmark style focuses on individuals who are struggling to get by from… Read more »

20 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes we are moved by literature and we want to share our findings with our friends, only to realize that they have completely missed the point. On the other hand, that point is only our point and it is possible that it is us who lost it. Because of this, some of my friends and I have the habit to… Read more »

19 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists