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Filmmaking isn’t about just pointing a camera at talented actors. It’s a collaborative medium employing the use of sound, music, lighting, cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, special effects and screenwriting. Every now and then a filmmaker will use one of these filmmaking tools in a style so deft and so innovative, that it inspires, delights and influences all filmmakers that come after… Read more »

21 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Journalism and journalists have been the focal points of many great films. The reporters and news men/women who maintain a sense of journalistic integrity are often times tormented (either internally or externally), and those without it are frequently presented as morally bankrupt, but professionally successful.   15. Anchorman 2 This is a broad comedy that expands the universe of Ron… Read more »

20 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

What makes a documentary significant? What does it take to draw the audience in and care about the same issue as the director? Sometimes the film focuses on things that may be upsetting or involved controversial people. Other times we may find ourselves just enjoying a light hearted story that just makes us happy and regains our faith in humanity…. Read more »

20 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

“You can’t spend the rest of your life crying. It annoys people in the movies.” – Oscar Madison (“The Odd Couple”, 1968) There is a line from “The House That Dripped Blood”, the third in a series of anthology films from Amicus Productions, which went like this: “That’s what’s wrong with present-day horror films. There’s no realism. Not like the… Read more »

19 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Fans (and possibly casual movie goers) may have noticed a trend in the superhero film genre; that the third entry in any trilogy (or quadrilogy) ends up being noticeably weaker than its two predecessors. It’s a strange phenomenon that can possibly be explained by the fact that either ideas run thin by the time these franchises reach their third film,… Read more »

19 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The Oscar is always a fun guessing game to play. We analyze the nominees for months until the actual day comes and there is nothing left to do but just sit and watch it all go down. Most people these days calk up the Awards to a fun fantasy evening where Hollywood pats itself on the back for a job… Read more »

18 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Music in movies has always been just as important as the direction and screenplay. They can be truly defined by their scores, while music-less films are often boring and uninteresting. And sometimes films can use a particular song very well. So if scores define a film, then a song can and does define a scene. There are always plenty to… Read more »

17 January 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Netflix offers exactly 700 horror movies for instant streaming, including some of both the best and worst examples of the genre. We pored through creature features, slashers, and tales of zombies, vampires and werewolves to find 20 films that are scary-good. These are frightening films for sure, but most will give you something more than just a cheap scare.  … Read more »

17 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Have you ever noticed how many movies are set in or around either New York or Los Angles? Cinematically speaking, metropolitan areas like Chicago and Dallas are regularly portrayed as “small towns”. There are however a large number of movies in communities with populations of less than a few hundred thousand people. These films can tell the type of intimate… Read more »

16 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Some movies are meant to be seen with friends. Others are meant to be enjoyed as “date movies”. But some rare films turn the movie going experience into a two-plus hour exercise in awkward tension. These films forgo the basics clichés of most love stories and typically devolve into the dark underworld of human relations. The following are 13 films… Read more »

15 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The great psychos of cinema have been everything from downright disgusting to charismatic wordsmiths that make you feel that they might be fun to go out with. We love them and hate them almost equally. Today we take a look at the most brilliant psychopaths in film, the special breed whose intelligence is only seconded by their insanity. Spoiler Alert!… Read more »

13 January 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Here are some great films which often do not seem to get the attention they sorely deserve. They come from famous directors, or directors that have at least enjoyed some degree of success. Whether they were small-budget debuts, box-office bombs, critically panned, overshadowed by the director’s previous or future work or simply never caught on with their contemporary audiences –… Read more »

12 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When we look at all that’s come of films to this very day, you can see a wide variety of different influences mixed together to create what we know and love. Many genres and film types have all been introduced in the past at some point or another with this article aiming to point out 10 particular films that influenced… Read more »

11 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Indiscernible and usually overlooked, the lighting of a film set is all too often an unappreciated art form. The tireless work of a skilled lighting technician typically goes unnoticed by the movie going masses and, when done properly, that’s the way it should be. Natural yet synthetic, subtle yet bold, the final product should effectively be a paradox: an unseen… Read more »

10 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Having a Demonologist girlfriend has its upsides, when writing a supernatural thriller for example or discussing various myths and legends she’s right their with the answer. It does also mean that watching most horror movies is rendered impossible as she squirms in the corner trying not to shout angrily at the TV as screenwriters callously abuse the myths and lore… Read more »

09 January 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Most movie goers view films to be entertained and escape from reality, so it is not hard to understand why most films have completely unrealistic endings. Every now-and-then a movie comes along that has an ending so realistic, it often leaves us shocked. WARNING: this post is about realistic endings so, if you don’t want to see a spoiler on… Read more »

08 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists