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French-born filmmaker Francois Ozon is an auteur in his own right. He has obtained his proper education as a director in the prestigious film school La Femis where other great filmmakers such as Louis Malle, Alain Resnais, Andrzej Zulawski and Claire Denis have studied. There is subtlety in his films mixed with proper dramatics and satire. Sexual depravity is another… Read more »

04 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Let’s start by qualifying which types of film this article will include. First of all, we decided to focus on films which deal with the survival of a greatly diminished population after an apocalyptic event and not to include movies which deal with more or less functional rebuilt societies after such an event. Most of those we would actually classify… Read more »

03 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Horror films have always taken to the screen in bulk with various studios. The first that comes to most people’s minds would be Carl Laemmle and his Universal Studios that brought the “Classic” horror icons to the screen in form of Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, Frankenstein, and all of their sequels and counterparts. This trend picked up again in… Read more »

03 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There is a reason Alfred Hitchcock was, is and always will be regarded as the Master of Suspense: he perfected the genre, created its rules and instinctively knew as well, when to break them. Hitchcock left a legacy of Suspense-Thrillers, including his excellent silent work, which should be watched, studied and dissected by any serious student of cinema. But what… Read more »

02 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most acclaimed filmmakers of his generation, two-time Academy Award winner Milos Forman has left an indelible mark on the history of film. Rising to prominence during the Czechoslovakian New Wave movement, he would go on to transition into the “New Hollywood” era of the 70s with the likes of Spielberg, Lucas and Scorsese. Forman’s body of work… Read more »

01 September 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Godzilla may be the King of the Monsters, but there’s plenty of other great kaiju (Japanese for strange monster) movies out there to be enjoyed. The monster genre has always been popular – who can deny that watching giant monsters fighting each other and destroying cities is fun? There have been thirty Godzilla movies, from the 1954 Japanese original to… Read more »

31 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Existing beneath the razzle and dazzle of mainstream cinema are an underground community of cinephiles, who remain intent on subverting the conventional, and exploring the realms of cinematic capability. Fifteen of these individuals are listed below – a multicultural select few who specialise in an engagement with experimental filming techniques; creating alternative works that question the medium we so often… Read more »

31 August 2014 | Features, People Lists

Iranian Cinema is a rich and diverse cinema that has been in existence since the 1930s amidst oppressive regimes, censorship and even in the face of exile. The history of film as an art form in Iran dates back to the pioneering days of cinema when the first movie theatre opened in Tehran in 1904. Film was less than ten… Read more »

30 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

You never forget your first. Directing a feature film is no easy task, especially under the anxiety that your first film can potentially jumpstart or effectively kill your career. The amount of talent and leadership it takes to finish a feature film is impressive no matter how the finished product turns out. It is, therefore, appropriate to honor and commend… Read more »

29 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

American animator Don Bluth has had a long and varied career, but, over the last decade, awareness of his style, ambitions, and work have mostly receded from the pop culture radar. Which is unfortunate; because in addition to his unique style, Bluth was an animator unafraid to use the medium to explore concepts of class struggles, racism, the perils of… Read more »

29 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The term B movie was first coined in Hollywood’s Golden Age which ran from the 1930’s through till the late 1950’s. Double features were the norm, showing a main feature, usually a big budget studio picture with star names, and a B movie afterwards. The B movie would usually have a much smaller budget and no star names. The films… Read more »

28 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The moments between the moments. Most directors would be terrified of spending more than a couple of minutes there. Jim Jarmusch has made a career of it. He’s never been interested in making dramas or thrillers or any kind of genre movie for that matter, and in the process has fabricated his own genre: the deadpan black comedy. Jim Jarmusch… Read more »

28 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Film genres can easily become double-edged swords for any filmmaker. Although specific genres help viewers identify the similar patterns and tropes of a director’s creation, some filmic categories contain certain viewer expectations, which can inhibit the screenwriter, the director, and—ultimately—the film. Below is a list of films in which directors were met with the struggle of twisting, subverting, deconstructing, or… Read more »

27 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There have been many filmmakers who have surrendered an important part of their body of work to the search of the human soul. Tarkovsky tried or actually found it through a trip to the past, to the childhood of his characters. Ozu looked for it on the small details of everyday life, tradition, and family. Herzog has been travelling to… Read more »

27 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Built in London in 1931 Ealing studios are perhaps most immediately associated with producing a string of cosy black and white comedies in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Many of the following films epitomise the comedic cheer the studio still remains best known for. However, Ealing films also harbour a darker more rebellious streak, echoing themes and socio-economic complexities… Read more »

27 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The 1960’s began with a bang as far as thrillers go, kicking off the decade with Alfred Hitchcock reigning supreme as Psycho was released in the summer of 1960. By the latter part of the decade, the career of the ‘Master of Suspense’ was in decline, and young directors such as Roman Polanski came up to challenge Hitchcock for his… Read more »

26 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

During the 1920s art house cinema was beginning to gain its reputation as respectable filmmaking. This opened the doors for even more radical types of movies, one that would even question the basic narrative structure all films were following at the time. This was known as experimental or avant-garde cinema. They were usually short films produced outside of Hollywood to… Read more »

26 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There are film directors, there are great film directors and then there is Sir David Lean. More than any director, his career helped to define and propel cinema throughout the 20th Century. Like James Cameron today, David Lean showed the world with each new film what other filmmakers could only imagine – he took audiences to places outside the realm… Read more »

26 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Beginning centuries ago with the writings and exploits of the Marquis de Sade, France has had a long and unique love affair with horror. Drawing influences from years of surrealist paintings and deviant literature and influenced by the brutality of modern American horror films, a pack of new filmmakers has made themselves known with a new generation of definitively French… Read more »

24 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists