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Whether your opinion is positive or negative towards it, there is no denying that the 1990’s were, at the very least, an interesting time for American movies. Audiences were cynical and hip enough to buy into the cool Tarantino style that bridged the indie and the mainstream world in film forever. But they also wanted to escape and be reminded… Read more »

15 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

France has always been a trailblazer for European cinema. To begin with, it played a key role in the birth of film with the Lumière brothers’ shorts, while in the ‘20s it became prominent with the French Impressionist Cinema and in the late 50s a new generation of French directors arrived to turn everything upside down, creating the French New… Read more »

15 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

We are in a men’s public restroom. Where is it located? Apparently, it is placed somewhere in New Mexico. It has the same flicker of kind pity and wry loneliness all public washrooms have, but it is absent in the stinging smells of ravaged and ambulatory shit they all bear. Walter White is changing the diaper of his baby girl,… Read more »

14 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Short films remain, compared to their lengthier siblings, under-appreciated and unknown today. But, as anyone who’s ever seen an art film (or an exploitation film) knows, a lack of commercial appeal can bode extremely well for artistic potential. A seeming irony, there’s nothing shocking about this contrast at all: not having to find commercial success and not needing to appeal… Read more »

14 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In 2006 when Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) and Richard Roeper reviewed the movie Half Nelson together, they spoke about how people complain that there is “no more originality in movies”. They explain that in fact films are as original as they ever have been, “you just have to look for them”. In the modern age, post American Independent Renaissance… Read more »

14 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Comedy is the soul of man.” “Laughter is always the best medicine.” Those phrases reflect the importance of comedy. Hollywood has produced countless comedic movies, and the ones you’re about to read about are 20 of the best works of cinematic humor made since the days of silent film. We unfortunately cannot name all of the best comedy films in… Read more »

13 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Women in cinema – just like in real life – have been routinely victims of physical and psychological abuse, mistreatment and discrimination. Prey of sexism and its violent by-products, the big screen representatives of the female gender have faced multifarious threats and humiliation often without been given the chance to defend themselves. But there are exceptions to every rule and… Read more »

13 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are two main images that instantly rise to mind when the words “Serbia” and “Cinema” appear together: the controversial “A Serbian Film” by Srdjan Spasojevic and the face of one of the most talented directors that Europe saw born in last decades, Emir Kusturica. For now, let’s just forget the blood and necrophilia of the 2010’s film and focus… Read more »

13 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood and film enthusiasts alike have had a tumultuous relationship with Sean Penn over the years. In the 80’s, he was the ultimate “Hollywood Bad Boy”: drinking like a fish and smoking like a chimney all over the press, punching his way through photographers, and marrying his way through Madonnas. That image has quelled slightly with time, though it still… Read more »

12 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

What happened to Italian cinema? Is it really in a time of crisis? Italian cinema certainly has a great history behind it, and it is not always easy to live up to that legacy. From neo-realist masterpieces by Visconti and De Sica to Fellini, from the westerns by Sergio Leone to the birth of Italian noir, the cinema of “the… Read more »

12 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Question one: What do the films, Citizen Kane, Notorious, Chinatown, and Nashville have in common? Answer: They are all great films by great directors which all began as original scripts. Question two: What do the films, The Magnificent Ambersons, Rear Window, Rosemary’s Baby and M*A*S*H all have in common? Answer: They are all great films by the same great directors… Read more »

11 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

2014 has definitely been the year of biopics. True stories seem to have a great deal of charm for both directors and public, whether the subjects are well-known figures like Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” and Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” or individuals who return to prominence like Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” and John du Pont… Read more »

10 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” -Werner Herzog We snake through land and through life with enraged tenderness, sluggish and disoriented, ready to traverse, in disheveled and strange rampages, from humans to monsters, from miserable kings to furious slaves, from quiet mumbles to frenzied roars. We incinerate… Read more »

09 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

What is a psychopath? The word gets thrown around so casually these days that it’s nearly lost all meaning. Rather than being synonymous with “crazy” or “evil,” however, the term refers to a specific cluster of personality traits coupled with distinct patterns of antisocial behavior. It is not listed in the current version of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual… Read more »

09 April 2015 | 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 if you want it.” Whatever one’s motivation, the joy… Read more »

09 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Her probably should be mentioned in a discussion of Scarlett Johansson’s best films. However only her voice is in the movie. Too often, actresses are broken down by how beautiful they are. In the two Woody Allen films Scarlett Johansson has starred in, her lips are described as “sensual.” In both films is the same description. And yet it feels… Read more »

08 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The next list comprises twenty-five of the most controversial movies of the 2000’s. Some openly, others as a mere reflex of their time, each of the movies enlisted here pushed the boundaries of transgression by reviewing old fashioned or current uncomfortable subjects.   25. Visitor Q (Takashi Miike, 2001) Visitor Q is a very, very experimental movie about a pervert… Read more »

08 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

This technique has been used since the dawn of cinema to bring objects to life and manufacture magical worlds. Before the days of CGI, it was a primary way to produce special effects, in classics from King Kong, to Jason and the Argonauts, to Star Wars. It’s called stop-motion. It’s rumored that the legendary cinema pioneer Georges Melies accidentally discovered… Read more »

07 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once glorified art to this level: “Art as the single superior counterforce against all will to negation of life, art as the anti-Christian, anti-Buddhist, anti-Nihilist par excellence.” Here are 15 films influenced by Nietzschean philosophical theories such as Master-Slave Morality, the Will to Power, Apollo vs Dionysus, the Übermensch, Ressentiment and Eternal Recurrence.  … Read more »

07 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists