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The fact of the United States being a relatively young country may well have something to do with the contiguous fact that the country is often a bit slow to recognize and preserve key artifacts from its history such as buildings, documents,artworks and other things which provide of record of how and why the country came to be as it… Read more »

23 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema transports audiences into the minds of its director. We experience the director’s vision and depiction of the story. Most contemporary directors and production companies are under the assumption that the modern audiences lack the intelligence to construct their own interpretation and meanings behind what is happening visually and aurally and therefore usually rely on characters simply explaining what happened… Read more »

23 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Norwegian cinema is riding a brand new wave internationally. A growing amount of directors and actors are being exported, while back home we are finally getting used to the excitement of seeing our own productions not only partaking in festivals, but also receiving awards while there. Meanwhile distribution rights to popular Norwegian films have become more attractive on the market…. Read more »

23 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The thin blue line has been featured time and time again throughout cinema history. From hardboiled detective thrillers to intense character studies, corrupt police officers have been a fixture in movies. Sometimes we may root for the hero, the Boy Scout, the white knight who swoops in to clean up the crooked police department but there are those rare instances… Read more »

22 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Just like real life crimes, films about crime aren’t supposed to be uplifting. After all, they are films about people wrongfully hurting someone and the consequences of those actions. But even in a genre full of sadness and unpleasantness, there are a select number that are darker than the rest. From the start, these films are descents into the depth… Read more »

22 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In addition to writing a piece on the best, individual performances, this piece is meant to celebrate the best actors currently working in South Korean cinema. For this list, I chose 20 individuals—a mix of male and female. Most of these people had their start in television and some also work concurrently in both mediums. Don’t expect much young, hot… Read more »

21 June 2015 | Features, People Lists

Racism is the most troubling societal issue, it is the bane of our existence on this space rock, preventing us from becoming more understanding of each other and living in a world free of hatred and suffering. Once, there was no concept of racism at all, not because it did not exist, but because it was not considered to be… Read more »

20 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

For the United States of America it’s soccer. For the rest of the world it’s football. It is the most popular sport on Earth. In fact, in Europe, it’s not even a sport anymore, it’s a business; but that’s another story. The passion football stirs up in people’s hearts is incomparable to anything on this planet. In traditional football cities… Read more »

20 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When it comes to the action genre, women usually get short-changed. For the longest time, female characters are usually there in service to the male protagonists in some way — whether a lover interest, victim, etc.. It’s a issue that goes beyond Hollywood, and it’s only recently that things are starting to turn around in action. That doesn’t mean there… Read more »

19 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

No kind of music can offer more range of rhythms, melodies and harmonies than classical music. Complete in all musical elements, classical music often ends up being labeled as superior or elite art. These labels mix up more than help to understand music as a whole, ultimately leading to confusion and prejudice, segmenting the area for a restrict class lovers… Read more »

19 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Film noir was a genre (or, some prefer, a cycle of films) that thrived predominantly in Hollywood crime films in the early post World War II years, as men were returning from the military to their lives at home, and these films express the anxiety that many men felt about being displaced as workers, boyfriends, husbands and fathers during wartime…. Read more »

18 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In February 2015, on the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu dedicated the Oscar he won for Birdman to his fellow Mexicans and generally to all immigrants, defining the United States “an incredible Immigrant Nation”. During the new millennium, the issue of immigration became more important than ever and more urgent socially and politically…. Read more »

18 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout history, human knowledge has been handed down through the generations via storytelling. Today, most of the planet’s population has access to a near infinite number of sources for knowledge, but still only a handful of platforms for stories: the oral tradition (including songs and lyrics), the written word, the static visual arts (painting, sculpture and photography), and film. Films… Read more »

17 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

With the release and love of Mad Max: Fury Road all over the world in recent weeks, it is hard not to think of Mel Gibson. Obviously, the character of the post-apocalyptic road warrior Mad Max Rockatansky started Gibson’s career decades ago. Since Gibson is now much older (and possibly because he currently has a much rockier career), the new… Read more »

16 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, is something of the audience’s Rotten Tomatoes. The movie-centric website features all the information you could ever desire about every film ever made, and it also gives users an opportunity to rate those movies on a star-system of 1-10. The website’s user-base is decidedly mainstream – some of the highest rated films on IMDb include… Read more »

16 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In January 2014, the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote a piece titled, “As Indies Explode, An Appeal For Sanity”, in which she bemoaned the fact that there were too many films being released right now, most of them lackluster, forgettable and just plain bad movies. Salon followed up with another piece on what they’re calling America’s next Wal-Mart, which… Read more »

15 June 2015 | Features, People Lists

Technicolor films go way back. The process was the world’s second color process when it was invented in 1916, after Kinemacolor had first hit England back in 1908. From its introduction to the mid-fifties, Technicolor was the most widely used color process in Hollywood although the first three incarnations of the process, from 1916 to 1932, were based on a… Read more »

15 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In the novel ‘Slaughterhouse 5’, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. said that writing an anti-war book is like writing an anti-glacier book. Both are inevitable, so what’s the point? Au contraire mon frere. Please remember the graffiti from May of 1968 as French students nearly toppled their government: “Be a realist! Expect the impossible!” David Mamet pointed out that war is always… Read more »

15 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most influential horror writers of all time, expanding the genre of Gothic literature and creating the earliest detective stories. Poe wrote during the early 19th century in New England and was a strong supporter of the romantic movement which he utilized to create dozens of popular short stories and poems. His interest in… Read more »

14 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists