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British filmmaker Mike Leigh is known for his unusual directorial techniques. Using improvisation to shape his characters, dialogues, and storylines, Leigh usually begins his films with a rough outline of possible thematic directions and plot developments. Choosing not the disclose any information regarding plot or character to his cast members, Leigh introduces the actors to each other in the order… Read more »

12 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Children are often romanticized as living in a childhood paradise. The reality is that they too must grow up and development into adulthood. The films listed below examine the ways in which children’s perspectives are used to deal with heavy themes of life, death, religion, and war. From the comedic accounts of Christmas to heartbreaking depictions of war and oppression,… Read more »

11 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

With the recent ‘Winter Sleep’ by filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, many would have been surprised to hear that Turkey even had a film industry. Below is a list of 12 films to whet the appetite of any lover of film who is looking for a new taste in cinema. Note: The films on this… Read more »

11 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

First things first, the Bechdel Test rates films based on the criteria of containing at least two female characters who talk to each other about something besides a man. It’s remarkable (or unfortunately it might not be, seeing how our world works) how many films actually do not manage to pass this very simple set of rules. For those who… Read more »

10 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Non-English language horror cinema has always been an important part of the genre film landscape but never more so than the past quarter-century. The American film industry may look at foreign horror films primarily as targets for remakes but non-English language horror is a vital part of a genre that would be severely if not fatally diminished in quality without… Read more »

09 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists, test

“Everyone could play one role perfectly: himself.” – Vittorio De Sica In Italy, fascism and cinema had always been in a strange relationship. After millions of deaths, years of war and violence; fascism left only two positive things behind: Venice Film Festival and Cinecitta. Fascism, as a consequence of WWII, left thousands of people homeless in Italy; and of course, filmmakers… Read more »

09 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists, test

Cinema is well over a century old now and we have been blessed to experience the films of several masters over this time period. Breaking new ground was relatively natural in the early parts of the past century because of the relative youth of the art form. While cinema is still much younger than the traditional fine arts, it has… Read more »

08 June 2014 | Features, People Lists, test

Very rarely does a writer include a character in a film for a non-deliberate reason. Whether they symbolize some part of the theme or play a role in the plot of the film, every character that is presented contributes to the film. Sometimes even extras in the background who may not even be professional actors can influence the way a… Read more »

07 June 2014 | Features, Other Lists, test

Germany has been a vital contributor to the history of cinema right from the beginning, hitting the ground running when the first cinema for a paying audience in the world was opened in 1895 in Berlin. It was, however, during the interwar period that the social atmosphere relaxed and inspired film-makers created the Golden Age of German film-making. ‘The Cabinet… Read more »

07 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists, test

Disney films and romantic comedies can take you to “happily ever after,” but they rarely ever show you what comes next. The twenty films listed here represent intriguing, provocative, and sometimes problematic views on marriage, from the bitterness of George and Martha in Mike Nichol’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, to the sci-fi births of David Cronenberg’s The Brood and… Read more »

05 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists, test

If it wasn’t for Roger Corman, the Pope of pop cinema, the undisputed king of the B-movie, and one of the most prolific producers of all time, we may have never seen the work of many of the greatest filmmakers/actors ever. Who? You ask. Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, James Cameron, Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme, Peter Bogdanovich, Curtis… Read more »

04 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The post-WWII Japanese film industry has seen a slew of genres and massive changes throughout the decades from the new wave movement to the vitality of digital filmmaking devices reinventing the economic and cinematic approach therefore the studio systems and financial structure of filmmaking itself. In this time period many styles of “cult” films and genres came about by means… Read more »

03 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

It’s a fact. We have more filmmakers than we ever had in history and their numbers would only increase from now on. Film schools become more and more popular as well as the film festivals around the world. Fifty years ago it was very hard to own all the required equipment to create your own good piece of material, let… Read more »

02 June 2014 | Features, People Lists

Arguably one of the more under-appreciated roles in cinema is that of the costume designer. Costume designers’ stylistic contributions to the world of film and by extension to our own worlds is undeniable. Their work contributes to constructing the characters we love, enhancing the film’s setting via colour and texture, and in some instances transcends the screen and informs our… Read more »

02 June 2014 | Features, People Lists

Home Invasion has long been a sub-genre predominantly installed within the horror category and rightfully so. Home invasion occurs when someone unlawfully gains entry to a private dwelling in order to commit a violation upon the resident. In most instances the perpetrator’s intention is to cause psychical or psychological violence. Through evolution, we have ingrained the image of our home… Read more »

01 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Alongside Dracula and Frankenstein, Universal Pictures’ The Wolf Man stands as one of the more iconic movie monsters in history. While not the first attempt to bring the transformation of man to wolf to the silver screen, The Wolf Man is the quintessential werewolf film, the basis for werewolf films to follow. Outside of the 1941 classic, however, only a… Read more »

31 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists