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From the very beginning, documentary film and controversy were bound together. The first recognised full-length documentary, Nanook of the North, was Robert Flaherty’s record of a ‘real-life’ Inuit family, but even that early documentation of reality was built on deception, and artifice. Frederick Wiseman, whose films are considered the epitome of realism in documentary-making, has battled with censors and bans… Read more »

07 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The ladies have been rather vocal these days. Whether it is calling out our catcallers or coming out of the closet as feminists, women are making their presence known in a way they haven’t before. But things have not always been as such. Coming-of-age in general, though a beloved and fruitful subject can get a little hairy. Puberty is messy… Read more »

06 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

With the recent release of the first part of the final instalment of the “Hunger Games” franchise, “Mockingjay”, apart from the baggage and hype surrounding this particular set of films, it also puts a spotlight on the final performance of an actor that many consider to be one of the finest of his generation. That actor? Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)…. Read more »

05 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

From sworn enemies to loving sisters, and everything in between, films manage to create an intriguing array of female duos. The following list ranks 25 of the best female duos in cinema, which represent a wide array of friends, classmates, and relatives who antagonize, compliment, and love/hate one another.   25. The Devil Wears Prada (Dir. David Frankel, 2006) Based… Read more »

05 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Most modern Horror movies depend on a pretty manipulative modus operandis (from a cinematic point of view) to grab its audience: jump-scares. There’s nothing wrong with jump scares per se, they’re often the best part of an otherwise forgettable film. But the tough fact is that the overly-reliance on this easy to use but hard to master technique has overruled… Read more »

04 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The 1990s was a great decade for films. New blood was entering in the way of directors and there were some fine actors, both young ones just starting out, and people who had stage and TV experience making the leap to feature films. Every year seemed to have more and better films and Hollywood was marketing better than ever before…. Read more »

04 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There have been several positions about suicide. Arthur Schopenhauer depicted it as a lie even in a world marked by suffering. David Hume regarded it as a legitimate alternative that shouldn’t scare us to consider. Though we can agree or disagree with any of these extreme positions, we can accept with Albert Camus that suicide shouldn’t be a matter of… Read more »

04 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The owner of one of the most distinctive speaking voices in the world, actor Morgan Freeman was born in 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. He first came to prominence and the attention of the world via roles in the soap opera Another World and, most notably, in the children’s television show The Electric Company. He was something of a latecomer to… Read more »

03 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

This is a professional rugby player who became a stage mime, went on to win an Oscar, put his last penny in a film he truly believed in and then of course, went bankrupt. A director who was lauded more in foreign land than in his own country—at least when he was alive. Although Andre Bazin has ranked him with… Read more »

03 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Whether realizing the art form of filmmaking or not, directors and writers often use their preferred visual medium to tell a story. Ideologies, theories or whatever form of message is always decoded in this visual medium in hopes that the audience gets the message. The secret to making a successful film, especially when telling a story, is to avoid preaching…. Read more »

02 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Many film scholars have commented on how the decade of the 1970s has shaped up as a golden age of American film making. A lot of things did seem come into alignment during that period in order to produce a long list of important films. The list of factors can be speculated about, but among them would be social, political… Read more »

02 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There is no way that this list will be complete. Quite frankly, there are many, many great films that have been made about troubled childhoods and as a result plenty of good films dealing with the topic have not been included. Some of the movies that came to mind but were not included are Slumdog Millionaire, Precious (the lead character… Read more »

01 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Deodato, Argento, Bava, Fulci and Martino. All of these Italian filmmakers are masters of the horror genre, each producing their own unique masterpieces that will forever be significant to the genre and hold a special place in fans’ hearts until the end of time. While the mastery of the horror genre is an achievement that all of these filmmakers have… Read more »

30 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

From his days in ‘Take the Money and Run’ in 1969 to his recent 2014 film, ‘Magic in the Moonlight’, Woody Allen has consistently made films which make us laugh but far more than that, he has developed an appreciation for the subtlety of existential crisis and the absurdity of modern life.  Apart from The Marx Brothers there is another… Read more »

30 November 2014 | Features, People Lists

As a companion to our last piece on 30 of the best directorial debuts, we created a second list of an additional 30 great feature film debuts. This article may not be as flashy as the last list, but it includes a wide range of feature film debuts from underappreciated gems to surreal experiences. These directors all got their start… Read more »

29 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

One of the joys of cinema is looking beyond the ‘name’ actors on screen and concentrating on others that are best known as ‘character actors’. These are the actors and actresses that you might not necessarily recognise by name, but when you see them on screen, you say to yourself something along the lines of ‘it’s that guy’ or ‘her’…. Read more »

28 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In one of the safest ages of film in celluloid history, a time where movies are rigidly committed to maintaining cohesion and keeping that dreaded fourth wall right up, in tact, and galvanized in steel, nothing feels as alive and alert as something that displays the gall to look at us, the audience, and say “I know you are there,… Read more »

27 November 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Not everyone can win an Oscar, and awards are usually given in the heat of the moment at the end of a year before history can really judge, but it’s sometimes ridiculous to consider the lists of people that have won, versus people that have lost. Consider this list of fourteen of the greatest actors of Hollywood’s classic era. Each… Read more »

27 November 2014 | Features, People Lists

When explaining why he dropped out of film school, Paul Thomas Anderson said “My film making education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I liked were watching, then seeing those films. I learned the technical stuff from books and mags…Film school is a complete con, because the information is out there if you want it.” Whatever one’s motivation, the joy… Read more »

26 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists