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It’s not uncommon to see “Prometheus” on the list of the biggest cinematic disappointments, and for a very good reason. It had everything going for it, all signs pointed to something special, and it was an origin story of the classic Xenomorph creature, directed by the man who introduced us to this creature two decades before. Ridley Scott returned to… Read more »

16 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

To make a feature film is a high mountain to climb, and to enjoy a critical success or cult reputation for said film is an ideal payoff for that back-breaking experience. Yet, a handful of times after breaking through, several directors have dropped off the face of the earth. At times due to frustration, fatigue, or just plain indifference, let’s… Read more »

16 April 2017 | Features, People Lists

With series like “Chef’s Table” on Netflix and the Japanese “Midnight Diner” franchise, food media’s experiencing a renaissance on streaming services these days. Both series are beautifully constructed, but they’re bite-sized morsels. For some heartier helpings, look no further than food movies. Few genres are as specific and mouth-watering. To make a good food movie, you’d best have some delicious… Read more »

16 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There’s nothing else. Just us, and the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark. All right, Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up. – Norma Desmond Hollywood had never been so faithfully depicted before as in Billy Wilder’s production of Sunset Blvd. Remembered today, as a noir icon – right alongside Wilder’s other major title Double… Read more »

15 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“Believe it or not, Eraserhead is my most spiritual film.” – David Lynch   In heaven everything is fine Defensibly David Lynch’s most forcible film, Eraserhead was the curious realization of more than five years of spasmodic shooting and postproduction assembly. Captured in furtive black-and-white, pushing arresting chiaroscuro lighting, and occupying a post-industrial wasteland backdrop, Eraserhead would become not just… Read more »

15 April 2017 | Features, Reviews

There’s nothing Hollywood producers love more than a scandal. Give them a big, juicy story that they can stamp a “truth is stranger than fiction” tagline on, and they’ll be turning out a movie before the ink on the newspaper headlines are dry. Luckily, the resulting “based on a true story” films are often excellent, here are some great examples… Read more »

15 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

A surprising number of blockbusters were hits with critics over the first three months of this year. The sendoff to the Wolverine and the sequel to John Wick garnered a lot of attention with their stylish grit. Beauty and the Beast destroyed all at the box office, The LEGO Batman Movie proved to be a worthy and comical take on… Read more »

14 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

It is a fact that nowadays that there are many films getting released and most of them are, unfortunately, bad or just mediocre. Although, it could be said that 2016 was a pretty good year for film and “Arrival” (2016) definitely contributed to that. What makes it such a good movie, and maybe one of most the underrated ones of… Read more »

14 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

None of the following performances are bad. This is not your usual list of bad accents. If this was one of those lists, we would have Tom Cruise insisting that you like his hat. We would have Keanu Reeves telling you where the bastard sleeps. We would have Nicolas Cage… just being Nicolas Cage. However, not every bad movie accent… Read more »

14 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Birthed in 1984 in the aftermath of upset parents seething from the surprising dark and disturbing aesthetics explored in such PG-rated movies as “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Gremlins”, the ratings board decided to come up with a middle ground between the all-ages and mature ratings, which is known as PG-13. At first it was an interesting… Read more »

13 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Nestled between the celebration of tradition and retrofitted nostalgia of “La La Land”, and the progressive iconography of “Moonlight”, “Manchester by the Sea” was the most classical of the standout films at the 2017 Oscars. It’s a film that builds on older screenwriting structures, but does so with the ability of its director, Kenneth Lonergan, who has been deservedly praised… Read more »

13 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Charlie Kaufman is considered to be one of the most visionary filmmakers of our time. His ‘weird’ but poetic narratives have led him to create incredible and uniquely original films. His works explore philosophical themes such as identity crises, mortality, and the meaning or purpose of life, often in a metaphysic or parapsychological level. Even though he is clearly inspired… Read more »

13 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Confrontational provocateur Lars von Trier has, over a prolific filmmaking career now bridging nearly four decades, amassed an admirable, distinct, powerful, and frequently polarizing body of work. The Danish born firebrand is recognized, even by his detractors, for his numerous technical innovations, his willingness to experiment, and his fondness for upending genre conventions. Von Trier is also identified with his… Read more »

13 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

If the 1980s was a decade about anything, it was one of excess: a supercharged economy afforded artistic enterprises to be produced that normally would have been ignored, if not outright abandoned, were it not for the gigantic amount of money flowing at the time. As such, many avenues of creative expression were funded–as long as they promised to turn… Read more »

12 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The talkies. Film remains a visual medium, but dialogue is where screenwriters flash their artistic magic on the screen. There are countless rules (more like guidelines) to writing dialogue. It’s valuable to learn them, because great dialogue breaks a few rules, but breaks them properly. The following films have outstanding dialogue, and each one offers a unique lesson for aspiring… Read more »

12 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Now that the Oscars are out if the way, we can look forward to the time of the year in which movie studios tend to release their big budget action blockbusters. Where Oscar season is a time for actors and directors to flaunt their talents – like a overachieving child desperate for for more accolades despite the fact the living… Read more »

11 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists