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The uncanny and the macabre were themes that cinema embraced from the outset. The cinematograph, after all was invented during the time of the Victorian Gothic renaissance, the popular bloody excesses of The Grand Guignol Theatre Company and Jack The Ripper. Germany was home to the first masters of horror cinema. Robert Weine’s 1919 Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (recently… Read more »

07 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When someone mentions “visually stunning films”, it’s easy to associate this with films that lack real content, and instead are based mainly on images without portraying anything truly significant. The fact that these films are so relevant visually doesn’t mean that they don’t still tell a great story. In fact, most of the films here are also considered some of… Read more »

07 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

It must have been all that pre-millennial tension. For one reason or another, 1999 truly brought out the best in cinema and film makers across the world. It saw great films from material that you would least expect, solid filmmakers step up to become excellent ones and some of the greatest films of the Nineties all in one year. 1999… Read more »

06 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Orson Welles was a polarizing figure in his lifetime, and was groundbreaking in three forms of media: the radio (his infamous War of the Worlds broadcast), theater (he was involved in the New Deal funded Federal Theatre project, and founded the Mercury Theatre) and film. Though some think his film career was largely an unfulfilled promise, that he may have… Read more »

06 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Just as one person’s trash is another’s treasure, one person’s nightmare is another’s pantomime. This is what makes cinema so richly rewarding and ultimately fascinating. It is an extraordinary art form that gives as equally as it takes, and the horror genre is no exception. In fact, the horror genre is arguably the most complex and difficult genre of them… Read more »

05 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Since the disbandment of the Soviet Union, Russian cinema has never been the same. The films in 90s and early 2000s still delivered that Soviet soul and themes we so much loved, but as the time progresses, Russian cinema took a different turn – toward Hollywood. Despite this change in style, there are still a lot of movies made that… Read more »

05 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Brazil has a long tradition in moviemaking: the art was introduced to the country in the early twentieth century, and during the first decades emerged local cycles in key states. From the 1940’s, Brazilian cinema gained strength, and established itself as a source of popular entertainment; during the 1960’s onward, the Cinema Novo craved to create a new Brazilian culture…. Read more »

04 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There are some films in this world whose main function serve to depress the viewer, to show-case the darkest, most lurid and sordid acts, the most desperate and strife-ridden lives. Why, for the love of God, would anyone wish to view these films? To remind ourselves that we are human. It goes without saying that every film in this list… Read more »

03 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

They may not be flashy, but any filmmaker will tell you that they can’t make a movie without good character actors. They are the best friends, the reliable sergeants, trusted deputies and essential confidants. Character actors are usually anonymous ‘types’ who can play a variety of characters, or idiosyncratic individuals who fit a certain mold due to physical characteristics or… Read more »

03 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Early cinema was less a known quantity bolstered up by professionalism and stately film-making than a playground of pure delight, a cavalcade of wonders experiencing the birth pains of newness to the world. In place of a defined set of filmic rules, men and women were free to exploit the unease of the medium to create works of wonder and… Read more »

02 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Anthology seems to be a suitable resort for Horror as a film genre. Normally composed by three or four short films interwoven by a primal or frame story, anthology horror films tend to find the positive reception and even critical acclaim commonly unusual in the genre. This may not be suppressive at all; regarding the role of the anthologies in… Read more »

01 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Increased cuts to sources of funding meant that by the 1980’s the British Film industry was struggling. Britain itself was undergoing social and economical change as structures and certainties of the past were fading, bringing prosperity for some and hardship for others – something many saw as being driven by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government. When viewed in retrospect… Read more »

01 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Before the time of midnight screenings for the newest summer blockbuster, the idea of seeing a film after dark had an entirely different meaning. Midnight cinema became popular in the late 1960s. Not to say there weren’t midnight films before, but the term was officially coined in 1968 with the release of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead…. Read more »

30 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Over the past decade, Jia Zhangke has secured his position not only as the leading figure of China’s “Sixth Generation” of filmmakers, but also as one of the world’s most important contemporary directors. Hailing from the small city of Fenyang in Shanxi province, Jia spent his free time on the streets, a self-professed hooligan of sorts, and it wasn’t until… Read more »

30 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Born in 1937, actor Dustin Hoffman has, over the past five decades, proved that you don’t have to be conventionally attractive to be a movie star. In a way, he gave rise to some of the more left of centre actors and actresses out there working today. Originally wanting to pursue a career as a pianist but flunking out of… Read more »

29 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

On October 6, 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Inherent Vice, an unprecedented adaptation of Thomas Pynchon, will premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival. Every available scrap of information to be found on the internet is being trawled by the ‘unofficial’ fan page dedicated to him: Cigarettes and Red Vines – the Definitive Paul Thomas Anderson Resource. (The… Read more »

29 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

With 2015 just around the corner, what better time to take a peek at the films you should be looking out for next year. And our focus here is on the movies that we think will be extra special when viewed in high definition. Therefore, you’re either going to need to take a trip to the cinema or experience them… Read more »

28 September 2014 | Film Lists

The history of soviet cinema began from the 1917 Russian and Revolution and ended somewhere in 1996. Even after the collapse of SSSR, the Soviet atmosphere could still be felt. The Soviet movie industry has spanned a lot of years and genres, starting from experimental avant-garde of Eisenstein, continuing with the focus on socialistic problems, and ending with the industrial… Read more »

27 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) or Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is a mental state characterized by two or more identities or personalities that control a person’s behavior, accompanied by memory impairment. We won’t get into great details when it comes to psychological definitions, nor symptoms, We’ll try to focus exclusively on movies and the way this state has been used to… Read more »

26 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists