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Sometimes with certain movies it can be more fun to root for the bad guys or to identify with antiheroes who behave in morally questionable ways. Wish fulfillment escapism of this nature is pretty normal, most people’s nine-to-five is seldom as exciting as, say, being paid a king’s ransom to “kill the president of Paraguay with a fork.” It’s no… Read more »

24 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In most cases, an actor’s resume is a great indicator of overall skill level. A plethora of underwhelming b-movies or lackluster indie films usually point to a performer that has little more to offer audiences than a warm body that can capably recite lines on cue. However, some actors seem to consistently go above and beyond their respective film histories,… Read more »

23 July 2016 | Features, People Lists

“Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them.” – Pauline Kael   I like to watch Tout de suite from its opening shot of a pea-soupy cemetery at sunset, a deliberately clichéd title font gauchely and accurately suggests we’re in genre territory. The camera pulls… Read more »

23 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

Lots and lots of lists have been written about the merits of great director’s feature film debuts. Of course that is no surprise, because what’s more fun than looking at a great filmmaker’s first film and finding the differences and similarities compared to their other work? In the history of cinema there have been many first films that have achieved… Read more »

23 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Since its earliest days, cinema has been endowed with a sense of glitz, glamor and elegance. For the stars, adored by scores of fans on the eternal red carpet, image is vital to success. Hand tailored suits and designer dresses glisten and sparkle enticingly from the outside. However, within the films themselves, costume design and style is as much an… Read more »

22 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A relatively common trope in horror films and psychological thrillers, the concept of human experiments is truly horrific due to the realities of their existence. From World War II Nazi experiments to the birth of psychology field testing, the implantation of testing humans has resulted in a lot of suffering, but also a lot of knowledge about human behavior. Therefore,… Read more »

22 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

This one is pretty self-explanatory. We have had some pretty bad films so far this year, especially because we are beyond the halfway point. These are some of my personal and overall critic and audience choices for some of the worst films of the year so far. If you like these movies, good for you, enjoy them with pride. I… Read more »

21 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

What innovative director Quentin Tarantino has done best since his inspiring emergence of 1992’s heist thriller, the fundamental “Reservoir Dogs”, is undoubtedly in the eye of the beholder, some would argue it’s his captivating storytelling and smart narrative direction, whilst others would debate it’s his unique, stylised flair, self-aware panache and ground-breaking helming that most significantly defines him. Whereas again,… Read more »

21 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

A great scene can do a lot for a movie. Even if the film itself is relatively unimpressive, a standout scene of great action, emotional drama or visual wonder can ensure that you never forget about that movie. With the New Hollywood age officially over directors across the world found themselves with slightly less control than their predecessors enjoyed. However… Read more »

21 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

As Jean-Paul Sartre said, “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” So what would happen if we didn’t have the feeling of a man being responsible of his own acts? We face the consequences of being human. In particular, the thought that relentlessly causes the necessity of being… Read more »

21 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As we all know, film used to be in a black and white format. This was due to the technological constraints upon studios and filmmakers between the late 1890’s and the early to mid 1950’s. In between that time, there were films that featured color (particularly Technicolor). By the mid 1950’s, though, color film became the norm in American and… Read more »

20 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Postmodernism is a movement that has permeated many forms of art as well as many facets of people’s lives today but its impact on the documentary genre of film is particularly profound and often over looked. In film, postmodernism is too often assumed the preserve of fiction films. This is because fiction films have fewer problems with postmodernism. Fiction films… Read more »

20 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We all need some inspiration in our lives at some time or another and being a film student you may find yourself stuck in the unfortunate stage of hitting a blank wall in the idea’s department. Whether you’re a writer/director looking to spark some extra imagination for a new script , a cinematographer seeking some visual flair or an editor… Read more »

20 July 2016 | Uncategorized

Cinema is an ever-evolving artform that uses picture and sound to deliver stories; make people laugh; express one’s self; educate the masses; or to send a political or philosophical message. If ever there were a little sibling to the cinema, it is without a doubt television. While the two mediums have a great deal of similarities, the vast majority of… Read more »

19 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Jim Jarmusch, an avid music listener, has always paid great attention to the soundtracks of his films. Unlike most American directors, the musical genres he implemented the most were psychedelia and drone music, along with a great affection for American black music. His soundtracks create a dreamy and ethereal but also nostalgic atmosphere that haunts all of his works.  … Read more »

19 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“I killed him because he was talking badly about Juan Alvarez, who’s my friend and I know what he was saying was a big lie.” – Max Aub (Crímenes Ejemplares, 1999) What does a killer feel? What makes him or her commit a murder? These are questions we have asked ourselves a thousand times, but we are never close enough… Read more »

19 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists