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The horror genre gets a bad rap. Regrettably, that’s because many films within the genre believe they can skimp on one aspect of storytelling, such as characters or dialogue, and replace it with cheap pop ups. That would be like replacing witty banter with fart jokes in a comedy – it’s cheap. Scares are the horror genre’s punch lines, and… Read more »

07 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Released in 1985 to critical acclaim, Elem Klimov’s “Come and See” is not an underrated film – those who see it are quick to recognize its excellence. It is, however, a criminally underseen one, most likely because of where and when it was made (more on that later). Additionally, it has no big stars or familiar faces to speak of,… Read more »

05 September 2014 | Features, Reviews

Although it has its roots in Chinese literature, wuxia as a genre has grown to prominence worldwide almost exclusively through the medium of film. Starting as far back as the silent era and continuing to the present day, wuxia films tend to have certain aspects in common. They are always period, pre-20th Century stories, dwelling on the exploits of martial… Read more »

04 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

French-born filmmaker Francois Ozon is an auteur in his own right. He has obtained his proper education as a director in the prestigious film school La Femis where other great filmmakers such as Louis Malle, Alain Resnais, Andrzej Zulawski and Claire Denis have studied. There is subtlety in his films mixed with proper dramatics and satire. Sexual depravity is another… Read more »

04 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Let’s start by qualifying which types of film this article will include. First of all, we decided to focus on films which deal with the survival of a greatly diminished population after an apocalyptic event and not to include movies which deal with more or less functional rebuilt societies after such an event. Most of those we would actually classify… Read more »

03 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Horror films have always taken to the screen in bulk with various studios. The first that comes to most people’s minds would be Carl Laemmle and his Universal Studios that brought the “Classic” horror icons to the screen in form of Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, Frankenstein, and all of their sequels and counterparts. This trend picked up again in… Read more »

03 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There is a reason Alfred Hitchcock was, is and always will be regarded as the Master of Suspense: he perfected the genre, created its rules and instinctively knew as well, when to break them. Hitchcock left a legacy of Suspense-Thrillers, including his excellent silent work, which should be watched, studied and dissected by any serious student of cinema. But what… Read more »

02 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most acclaimed filmmakers of his generation, two-time Academy Award winner Milos Forman has left an indelible mark on the history of film. Rising to prominence during the Czechoslovakian New Wave movement, he would go on to transition into the “New Hollywood” era of the 70s with the likes of Spielberg, Lucas and Scorsese. Forman’s body of work… Read more »

01 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Godzilla may be the King of the Monsters, but there’s plenty of other great kaiju (Japanese for strange monster) movies out there to be enjoyed. The monster genre has always been popular – who can deny that watching giant monsters fighting each other and destroying cities is fun? There have been thirty Godzilla movies, from the 1954 Japanese original to… Read more »

31 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Existing beneath the razzle and dazzle of mainstream cinema are an underground community of cinephiles, who remain intent on subverting the conventional, and exploring the realms of cinematic capability. Fifteen of these individuals are listed below – a multicultural select few who specialise in an engagement with experimental filming techniques; creating alternative works that question the medium we so often… Read more »

31 August 2014 | Features, People Lists

Iranian Cinema is a rich and diverse cinema that has been in existence since the 1930s amidst oppressive regimes, censorship and even in the face of exile. The history of film as an art form in Iran dates back to the pioneering days of cinema when the first movie theatre opened in Tehran in 1904. Film was less than ten… Read more »

30 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

You never forget your first. Directing a feature film is no easy task, especially under the anxiety that your first film can potentially jumpstart or effectively kill your career. The amount of talent and leadership it takes to finish a feature film is impressive no matter how the finished product turns out. It is, therefore, appropriate to honor and commend… Read more »

29 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

American animator Don Bluth has had a long and varied career, but, over the last decade, awareness of his style, ambitions, and work have mostly receded from the pop culture radar. Which is unfortunate; because in addition to his unique style, Bluth was an animator unafraid to use the medium to explore concepts of class struggles, racism, the perils of… Read more »

29 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The term B movie was first coined in Hollywood’s Golden Age which ran from the 1930’s through till the late 1950’s. Double features were the norm, showing a main feature, usually a big budget studio picture with star names, and a B movie afterwards. The B movie would usually have a much smaller budget and no star names. The films… Read more »

28 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The moments between the moments. Most directors would be terrified of spending more than a couple of minutes there. Jim Jarmusch has made a career of it. He’s never been interested in making dramas or thrillers or any kind of genre movie for that matter, and in the process has fabricated his own genre: the deadpan black comedy. Jim Jarmusch… Read more »

28 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Film genres can easily become double-edged swords for any filmmaker. Although specific genres help viewers identify the similar patterns and tropes of a director’s creation, some filmic categories contain certain viewer expectations, which can inhibit the screenwriter, the director, and—ultimately—the film. Below is a list of films in which directors were met with the struggle of twisting, subverting, deconstructing, or… Read more »

27 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists