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  Capture the wind It’s there as Monica Vitti opens a slighted window shutter on a dilapidated shack on the Aeolian Islands in L’Avventura, his 1960 showpiece. It’s there again for Vitti in 1961’s intellectually stultifying La Notte just as it’s there for David Hemmings’ morally misplaced fashion photographer in Blowup (1966). It’s a frequently made halcyon vestige of Michelangelo… Read more »

27 June 2016 | Features, Reviews

Whilst cinematic biographies or ‘biopics’ have been present throughout the history of film, we have no doubt seen an influx in quantities over the past few decades as our curiosities and intrigue draw us to revisit fascinating periods of the past. Unquestionably darlings of the award season, biopics tackle a number of diverse subjects, most notably, politicians, musicians, innovative creators,… Read more »

25 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Something rather wonderful happened in the 1980s regarding the horror genre, among the slew of slashers which boomed in the first four years of the decade, horrors also became self-referential and were laced with comedy. They quickly became known as a sub-genre within the horror community named as the cheesy movie. The rules were pretty simple, group a bunch of… Read more »

24 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Bad movies have been around for a while, and so has the tendency to make a sequel of everything, and when those two are combined, something awful is often born. Occasionally, a movie comes along, that is so horrendously bad that one has to question how it was made in the first place. Unfortunately, sometimes these movies does well enough… Read more »

24 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Naturally, fashion has always, somehow, been a part of cinema history. Every film has in its own way been a commentary on, or portrait of, the clothes that were worn in the specific era which the film depicts. Many filmmakers have not focused on the clothes in particular, but others definitely have, whether it’s in an innovative and provocative way,… Read more »

24 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Catch, catch a horror taxi, I fell in love with my video nasty” – The Damned from “Nasty”, 1982 In the early 1980s, the United Kingdom’s National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association (NVALA), a family values and media-watch organization, went on a censorship campaign to ban and prosecute films for graphic violence and sexual content. In 1983, they devise a list… Read more »

23 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Adventure stories have always held a special place in the culture of society. They may not have the emotional impact of a complex drama or the titillation of a horror story but, however, they are the greatest way to provide the audience with a sense of wonder. The great strength of the adventure story is its ability to separate the… Read more »

23 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

pes•si•mism (ˈpɛs əˌmɪz əm) 

n. 1.the tendency to see only what is disadvantageous or gloomy or to anticipate the worst outcome. 2.the doctrine that the existing world is the worst of all possible worlds or that all things naturally tend toward evil. 3.the belief that the evil and pain in the worldoutweigh any goodness or happiness. “If man merely sat back and thought about his impending termination, and his terrifying insignificance and aloneness in the cosmos, he would surely go mad, or succumb to a numbing sense of futility. Why, he might ask himself, should he bother to write a great symphony, or strive to make a… Read more »

23 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Arrow Films label Nordic Noir & Beyond has become devoted to releasing Euro-crime television series such as The Bridge III, River, and Trapped. Their new release is a 3 DVD set titled The Fjallbacka Murders, which contains 5 feature length television dramas and a hit film, The Hidden Child, that were all novels adapted from bestselling Swedish author Camilla Lackberg,… Read more »

23 June 2016 | Features, Reviews

Underrated, underappreciated, forgotten – either way you describe it, these movies deserve more credit and viewing than they’ve had. The sci-fi genre boasts some of history’s biggest and most loved blockbuster movies of all time. Films such as “Alien”, “E.T.”, the “Star Wars” movies, and more recently, “Interstellar”, the “Star Trek” reboots and “Gravity” show that sci-fi is a genre… Read more »

22 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Gene Siskel once said “If you are going to remake a movie, then remake a bad movie.” A piece of advice that Hollywood often ignores, doing reboots, remakes and re imaginings every other month of the year. One such type of movie that often gets encumbered with dull remakes are those that fall into the foreign film category. It’s not… Read more »

21 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Television and cinema didn’t have a good relationship in the beginning. During the early ages of television, there weren’t any films shown on TV. In motion pictures, it was forbidden to show a television set. The major studios thought of television as the end of cinema. To fight the danger of television, a great deal of technological development occurred in… Read more »

21 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Some people know when it’s time to hang it up. Unfortunately, some don’t. These actors could use a wakeup call. Whether they are past their prime, not living up to their potential, or heading down a horrendous path, these actors should stop in their tracks and never step foot on a movie set again, at least not in a starring… Read more »

20 June 2016 | Features, People Lists

“My conceit was that my films would be, in the world of film-making, these emergent creatures that would be unprecedented and not able to have been predicted.” – David Cronenberg When Canadian director David Cronenberg was a child, he wanted to be a scientist. By the time he was in university, inspired by writers such as William S. Burroughs and… Read more »

20 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The combination of horror and comedy may seem like a relatively new cinematic concept with the virtual explosion of the subgenre during the 1980’s all the way up to now, but it actually originated with the silent film era. One of the first to mix both elements was a now lost picture called The Ghost Breaker (1914). Some others that… Read more »

19 June 2016 | Features, Film 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. The 2000s brought with them an age of franchises, sequels and remakes, but if you thought there was nothing worth watching, then… Read more »

19 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists