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For every motion picture that graces our screens, there are untold numbers of projects that have never seen the light of day. Some scripts and concepts die quietly, unable to arouse the interest enough investors to become reality. Others sound like a dream on paper, but for one reason or several, never come to fruition. Others still get midway through… Read more »

11 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Distinguished by his incredibly intense, emotional style and powerhouse acting, Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the best actors of his generation. He has been in more great films than any other actor his age, which is clearly reflected in his filmography that boasts plenty of classic films and iconic roles. His characterized niche is searching, finding, and achieving exceptionally challenging… Read more »

10 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

During the silent era, where segregation was prominent, a small circuit of theaters for African Americans developed. The reason behind this was the multiple protests held by African Americans who wanted better representation in the motion picture industry. These uprisings were in part inspired by the controversial film The Birth of a Nation (1915), which featured the Ku Klux Klan… Read more »

10 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Troma Entertainment has been synonymous with violent exploitation comedies for nearly 40 years with little sign of stopping. Most recently, the studio released “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1” which received some of their best reviews in years. Troma isn’t for everyone, but the company champions low-budget filmmaking and the belief that anyone can make a movie. Much like… Read more »

09 August 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Studies show that half of all film school graduates are women, yet only 5% of them are working Hollywood directors. This is not only a problem in Hollywood, but everywhere in the world. There’s prejudice and difficulties akin to them, common stories of declined financing help and even production interruptions due to certain chosen themes and subjects in their work…. Read more »

09 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Abbas Kiarostami is a familiar name to many people around the world. Since countless internet sites about him exist. He is considered by many as one of the best filmmakers of cinema. The filmmaker is a source of pride, because through his films, Kiarostami manages to present a new, refreshing image of Iran, a poetic outlook one can’t find in… Read more »

09 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Filmmakers love to take inspiration from the Spaghetti Western. The genre, popular mainly from the late 1960s and the early 1970s, represented a decade’s worth of the most exuberant and stylized cinema. To this day, many filmmakers take stylistic cues from the genre’s many legendary moments. It was anchored in the idea of using the audiovisual experience unique to film… Read more »

08 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Michael Mann is someone whose films depict a certain level of realism, to some perhaps laborious, others necessary and then there’s the in between who go to see his films because of who is in them. Ultimately it is the director’s power to draw such big names, which could be seen to appeal to all three. He is also a… Read more »

08 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

A director’s vision is often seen as the guiding light of a production, but that doesn’t mean said vision is absolute. Very few in the industry have risen to the level where they have the privilege of receiving the almighty power of “final cut”. Frequently, other parties will have a hand in shaping the final version of a film; sometimes… Read more »

07 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema is made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of artists with different backgrounds, thoughts and visions working together to bring life to an idea, even if it’s just for a moment. Like any artist, filmmakers tend to have ideas that they keep revisiting, consciously or not. This fixation can be anything: a characteristic style, a personal subject, a… Read more »

07 August 2014 | Features, People Lists

To take a form like nonfiction cinema — as vast as it is experimental and as controversial as it is misunderstood — and whittle it down to 20 essential titles, seems almost an impossible task. It’s best to view documentaries not only for how fascinating a subject they depict or how uniquely they execute a vision, but also for how… Read more »

06 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The American Dream is probably the most pervasive idea in American culture. Work hard and you’ll become rich, successful and happy. It’s a notion that is repeated constantly in American pop culture. Still, the concept is just as routinely challenged as it is reinforced. Here are the top 10 films that redefined the American Dream:   10. Citizen Kane (1941)… Read more »

06 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Every actor and actress, no matter how successful, comes to the end of their career at some point. Sometimes they get to choose when they go by simply retiring but often their last work is only their last work because of their passing. Not every great star had one of their biggest movies be their last, such as Telly Savalas… Read more »

05 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston in Brussels in 1929. The daughter of a Dutch Baroness and a one-time honorary British consul in the Dutch East Indies, she spent her early life in Belgium, England and the Netherlands, where she lived in Arnhem under German occupation during World War II. After the war she returned to London and continued… Read more »

05 August 2014 | Features, Film 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 is you want it.” Whatever one’s motivation, the joy… Read more »

05 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Having recently written a piece on Al Pacino, considered by many as one of the heavyweights of acting in cinema, it would be a great disservice not to write a piece on Robert De Niro. That would be like Mick Jagger without Keith Richards, or bourbon without coke! Born in 1943, De Niro came to prominence in the early Seventies,… Read more »

04 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Artists come and go, but when one dies early in his career the questions are inevitable. Questions like, did he reach his potential? What other stuff he would’ve done? Was he destined for success or was he doomed to failure? Fortunately for fans of cinema, most of the greatest film directors ever have lived for a long time and we… Read more »

04 August 2014 | Features, People Lists

The thriller has been a mainstay genre for decades in movies and the 90s was certainly no exception. Among the most celebrated examples are films such as ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, ‘Se7en’ and ‘The Usual Suspects’. However, many highly notable thrillers were buried by straight-to-video releases, poor box-office returns and have since only managed to garner considerably smaller appreciation…. Read more »

03 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Portuguese cinema essentially refers to films directed by Portuguese filmmakers. Cinema was introduced in Portugal in 1896, and the first Portuguese film was a replica of the Lumière Brothers’ inaugural presentation about six months earlier. Portuguese cinema had, throughout its history, various phases which have always made it a very distinctive case within European cinema. In the 1930s, with the… Read more »

02 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists