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“The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema; the only thing they lacked was the sound of people talking and the noises. But this slight imperfection did not warrant the major changes that sound brought in. In Many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema. They are mostly what I call ‘photographs of people talking.’… Read more »

18 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

We humans have a peculiar obsession with sending things into space. Be it photos, food, video games, books, novelty items, peoples’ ashes, iPods, we’ll eventually send one of everything into space.  The only movie known to have been sent into space is The Day the Earth Stood Still, a decision that makes sense when you think that maybe, out there in the… Read more »

18 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The 90s signaled the return to movie theaters, as the introduction of the multiplex drew audiences to cinemas once more. This trend gave an even bigger boost to anime productions than the 80s, with Hayao Miyazaki, Mamoru Oshii, and Satoshi Kon producing some of their trademark films during this decade. Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who had started… Read more »

18 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In cinema it can often be difficult to answer the question “Why?” Why do we aim to recapture terrible acts of violence or natural disasters on film? What’s the point? Well: Why do we dress men up as giant bats and have them battling circus freaks? Why do we watch cowboys wander a West that has long since had its… Read more »

18 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Could we say 2016 was a great year in film? It was a mixed bag, with a handful of good but not great blockbusters, and audiences finally voting with their wallets against a slew of generic and unnecessary sequels. Yet, like the last handful of annual passings, when there was a film that dared stand out and do something against… Read more »

17 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film critics and historians all agree that “The Godfather”, released in 1972, is one of the greatest films ever made. It plays somewhat like a Shakespearean tragedy as the youngest son, who’s been shielded from the family business of organized crime, must assume power as the Godfather to protect and keep his family together. The movie would go on to… Read more »

17 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Every generation hopes that they were the last one to experience war, poverty, natural catastrophes and the like. We all try to leave a livable planet for our grandchildren, yet the future now doesn’t seem any brighter than in the last century. Old historical patterns are still occurring, many nations are still at war, and this overpopulated planet looks smaller… Read more »

17 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Bong Joon-ho’s “Memories of Murder” is one of those rare films where great quality combines with commercial success. In that fashion, by the end of its domestic run, more than 5 million people have watched it, making it the most watched movie for 2003 in South Korea, and the fourth most watched of all time. “Memories of Murder” received screenings… Read more »

17 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

It was a wonderful time for horror, the 1980’s. With the home video market experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity, and the demand for new titles steadily growing, more filmmakers than ever before stood a fighting chance of having their films distributed and seen. In addition, a greater amount of overseas work was finding its way to English-speaking countries, further… Read more »

16 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

With the Academy Awards, it’s an old adage that it’s an honor just to be nominated. And that’s true: out of the scores of films produced and released this year, only a few receive the honor of an Oscar nomination. But even the winners of these awards can be debatable; more so are the losers, whose work was perhaps, in… Read more »

16 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The Coen brothers are the directors who brought us “Fargo”, “No Country for Old Men”, and other striking achievements that follow their distinct cinematic and narrative style. In their films, they manage to meticulously portray unique and intriguing characters. The dialogues are masterly crafted, often containing witty and black humor; they explore various philosophical themes; and the cinematography is mesmerizing…. Read more »

16 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

At the root of the horror genre lies a proclivity towards hyperbole in manifesting our fear of the unknown. For writers like David Cronenberg, domestic dramas about custody battles and marital unrest are simply too inexpressive to represent the dismal reality of dissolving the family unit or falling out of love. Such emotions, instead, deserve to be treated with shocking… Read more »

16 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The golden age of Polish film is often connected with the period of peak achievements of most famous directors in Polish film school in the 50s and 60s – Wajda, Munk, Kawalerowicz, Has, Konwicki – or with the “cinema of moral anxiety” that occurred in the 70s and early 80s with Zanussi and Kieślowski. The year 2014 brought the cycle… Read more »

16 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It’s an inevitable declaration in any conversation about the Academy Awards: “I hated it when they gave an Oscar to….” (insert undeserving film/director/actor). And why not? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts has shown alarmingly poor taste when it comes to celebrating films. This is, after all, the organization that doled out its highest honor to “Slumdog Millionaire,” Danny Boyle’s… Read more »

15 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Roman Polanski’s 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby is a product of a time of not only social upheaval in the United States, but one of massive artistic upheaval as well. Based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin, the film came about during a time when American cinema was undergoing a period of modernization marked by a… Read more »

15 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

This article may contain spoilers. In his twenty years as a film director, Denis Villeneuve has won dozens of awards and been nominated for dozens more. With the eagerly awaited upcoming release of Blade Runner 2049, and having just signed on to direct a new feature film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune, Villeneuve is poised to enjoy the… Read more »

15 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists