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Part-time actor and full-time awesome person Bill Murray was one of the many performers of television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live to jump to the big screen. He turned out to be one of the most successful people to do it, building an iconic career with roles that have ranged from average sweet guy to chaotic yet hilarious to… Read more »

02 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Wes Craven – teacher, taxi driver, porno camera man, renowned director, reluctant “master of horror” – grew up in a fundamentalist Baptist household in Cleveland, Ohio. Compared to most directors, Craven was a late bloomer. He didn’t direct his first film until he was in his 30s. Yet, it was his background that ushered him into horror. From a young… Read more »

02 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When one thinks of the masters of cinema, Japanese director Akira Kurowsawa (1910-1998) would be towards the top of that tree. Ground breaking and innovative in not only the technical arena of the field, the way in which he used narrative has been a major influence on several subsequent generations of directors, including Roman Polanski, Nicholas Roeg and Quentin Tarantino…. Read more »

01 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

For as long as there have been movies, there have been comedies. As early as 1895, the Lumiere brothers ventured into the genre with short films. As the medium grew in popularity and availability, filmmakers on both sides of the Atlantic began exploring the comedic possibilities of full-length features, creating works and building careers that would stand in perpetuity. Like… Read more »

01 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Yasujiro Ozu is known for his profound examinations of family, generational gaps, and the schism between tradition and modernity. He began his career by making short comedy films for the Shochiku Film Company, and subsequently segued to his signature dramatic features. From his titles (such as Early Summer, Late Spring, and The End of Summer) to his imagery (such as… Read more »

30 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The 1980s was a pinnacle decade for horror; imaginations went wild, practical special effects were seeing a huge improvement, and on a whole – the envelope was constantly being pushed further and further. The momentum of the genres explosion gave birth to classics that are still held in high regard; films such as ‘Hellraiser’, ‘The Evil Dead, ‘Re-Animator’ and ‘The… Read more »

29 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Few names in cinematic history garner as much excitement and critical praise as Jean-Luc Godard. An innovative maverick and intellectual visionary, Godard was a pioneer of the La Nouvelle Vauge, or “New Wave” of the late 1950’s to late 1960’s. At a time when the Hollywood star machine was at it’s apex, Godard’s films were considered a sort of outlaw… Read more »

29 June 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Great short documentaries are hard to come by, even more so than narratives, but why? To assemble everything great we find in feature documentaries, into a short duration, without having the level of control found in narratives, makes it an almost impossible achievement. So when documentarians ARE able to pull off such feats, it’s important that they get the recognition… Read more »

28 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Every fan of animated film – in fact, any cinephile – knows the man’s work. Even if you are not fully aware of the name, on some level you know his work, and you probably already love it. With Hayao Miyazaki, you may be attracted to his work for its visual magnitude but you’ll stay for his impeccable storytelling. Making… Read more »

27 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The former Czechoslovakia marks one of the most exciting chapters in film history among the international crop of New Wave films. For a brief period in the 1960s, Czechoslovakia rode a progressive wave, as it sought to bring liberal reforms to the communist regime. Although the period was short-lived, with Soviet tanks and control snuffing out the momentum, the films… Read more »

27 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Clint Eastwood needs no introduction if you know the first thing about American cinema. The macho icon of movie stars, the symbol of masculinity, who has won the heart of million by his charismatic personality and great body of work, is unarguably one of the most successful Hollywood personalities. Writing the review of Gran Torino for Chicago Sun Tines, Roger… Read more »

26 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Many film fans feel quite fortunate to have grown up in their particular generation, and I am no exception. How lucky to be an eight year-old boy when the original “Star Wars” premiered! This franchise radically changed cinema in many ways. The technical wizardry of these movies incited audience curiosity, which gave rise to a sudden surge of behind-the-scenes documentaries…. Read more »

26 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

It is no secret that P.T. Anderson’s Magnolia borrows heavily from Altman’s Short Cuts. Typically with film there are subtle instances where a director will pay tribute to an idol but Anderson goes well beyond that with his personal favorite film, one he wrote a great deal of inside William H. Macy’s cabin, afraid to go outside because he’d seen… Read more »

25 June 2014 | Features, Reviews

Philip K Dick is one of the most prolific science fiction writers ever. He is probably most famous for his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which was the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s future noir masterpiece, Blade Runner. Yet, aside from novels Dick also wrote a huge number of short stories, many of which have made their way to… Read more »

25 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

James Maitland Stewart began his career in the early 1930’s and by the start of World War II was a successful leading man. His career as a leading man lasted until the mid 1960’s, when he began to gradually shift into more grandfatherly parts. Early on, Stewart was known for his earnest persona but in the 1950’s he began to… Read more »

23 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There is group of directors that defy the labeling of genres. Their films are often meditative, observational, minimalistic, and favors the mood or the atmosphere of the story. Most uninitiated filmgoers label them as boring, but the importance of their subjects and their socio-economic or psychological themes elevate them from most filmmakers of yesterday and today. This is Slow Cinema,… Read more »

22 June 2014 | Features, People Lists