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In the past few years, Australian cinema has been on a grand rise, with big movies like Mad Max: Fury Road of last year and Hacksaw Ridge this year smashing international screens and winning multiple awards throughout festivals. Despite the international spotlight of many of the films, there are many smaller and independent films that are not really talked about… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Real life crimes have inspired some truly incredible films – Badlands, Bonnie and Clyde, Zodiac – but a number of respectable titles in this genre have slipped under the radar. Here are 10 overlooked True Crime pictures that set themselves apart:   1. Confessions of a Serial Killer (1985) A pivotal scene in Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre involves… Read more »

16 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Martin Scorsese is amongst the most famous and well-known of American film directors, creating works of both popular appeal and critical acclaim for five decades. But what separates Scorsese from other directors, in addition to his proficiency, is the way that his work almost always engages with larger questions and ideas, particularly those that can be understood as religious in… Read more »

15 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

2017 will give us a lot more of the same. You’ll have your sequels and your reboots at every corner. But which ones are the real deal and what others are waiting to fail the fanboys and dishearten the cinephiles? For now, the best ways of trying to figure that out are by looking at who’s involved, how well they… Read more »

15 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Many people complained about the lack of good films in 2016. While that may be partially true, when all’s said and done, this past year gave us some very interesting films for our viewing pleasure. The American big budget arena was mostly dominated by comic book adaptations, some of them good, and some not so good. The most important thing… Read more »

15 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film was once a fragile medium. Nitrate film stock, the industry standard during the early days of cinema history, was highly combustable and subject to decomposition. Before the advent of boutique home video retailers, film preservation was relegated to mostly prestige pictures. For decades, hidden classics wasted away in metal cans – all but forgotten. Thankfully, we’ve moved on to… Read more »

15 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

What compelled me to write this list has much to do with attempting to figure out what makes films “intimidating” in varying contexts. I didn’t want to make a list concerning films that are simply gross, bad or poisonous to the art of cinema but one that embraced the inaccessibility of artistic filmmaking in relation to known entertainment movies. In… Read more »

14 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Alfred Hitchcock is considered a visionary and impressive director for good reason. Not only did he create some of the most suspenseful films ever put on screen, but he collaborated with an incredible composer (Bernard Herrmann) on some indelible music, created new types of camera shots and angles with his directors of photography (most notably with Robert Burks), and coaxed… Read more »

14 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Love it or hate it, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was something of a boon for the Star Wars franchise. It served somewhat as a “soft reboot”– maintaining the universe of the prior six films but introducing new characters, new stories, and a jumping-off point for the franchise proper to be revitalized, both in the industry and with fans. While… Read more »

13 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Unlike the 90s, when movies were driven by good scripts and talented directors, the 2000s saw a shift by studios to movies that could produce large profits and multiple sequels, and in turn, drive profits in merchandising. CGI came into its own, turning many movies into nothing more than cartoons with a few live actors put in for good measure…. Read more »

13 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

2016 had more than its share of blockbuster releases, from Marvel and DC superheroes smacking each other around to Star Wars space operatics unfolding with seemingly limitless budgets and big name stars. And while such large studio fare gets most of the attention when it comes to audiences plaudits, lots of foreign-language films are largely ignored, as are indie-derived pictures,… Read more »

13 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There are many contenders for the best film to come out of the world’s most stylish nation. A case could be made for the slice-of-life Bicycle Thieves, the depiction of a couple on the edge of a nervous breakdown Journey To Italy, the ever-present paranoia of The Conformist, or the mystery without end L’Aventura. These are all masterpieces, conceived by… Read more »

13 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Weird, bizarre, or just plain odd: many films have been made in film history that push the boundaries of normalcy and present an utterly unique vision to audiences seeking outre cinema. But for every acclaimed Eraserhead or El Topo, there are dozens of films that slip through the cracks and fall into the often difficult-to-find realm of “cult.” These are… Read more »

12 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“The Counselor” is a 2013 film directed by acclaimed director Ridley Scott. The script is written by Cormac McCarthy, the author of novels “Blood Meridian”, “The Road” and “No Country for Old Men”, among others. The latter two were successfully transposed into films. McCarthy’s singular style and unique voice are vividly present in this film as well. The stellar cast… Read more »

12 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Every so often a filmmaker will come along and will simply be divisive. You’ll be likely to find just as many fans of his or her work as you’ll be to find people without a single good thing to say about them. You’ll read articles praising a director as a genius, or as an amazing visionary, and then you’ll hear… Read more »

12 January 2017 | Features, People Lists

For those (of us) who grew up in the 80s, that seemingly carefree, wonderfully campy era is fondly remembered, whether for many Saturday morning cartoons or for equally numerous cult movies of various genres. But, let’s leave the popular and the acclaimed aside for now and step into the zone of obscure cinema, one film per director and avoiding the… Read more »

12 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists