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There’s a long tradition of exciting fantasy cinema and the following list looks to nail down the very best of the genre. While it’s fair to say that a list of this nature is bound to reveal some of the writer’s biases (I grew up in the 1980s and I’ll be the first to tell you that a lot of… Read more »

12 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

A hypnotic atmosphere is a challenging task for a filmmaker to achieve. One must have a vision and a truly unique style of filmmaking to have the audience intrigued and have them lose themselves in awe while watching a movie. Most of these movies are dark, eerie and ominous while maintaining an irresistible charm that keeps the viewer captivated. Sort… Read more »

12 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The Oscar ceremony is less than a month away now and the race is relatively open. Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’ won big at the Golden Globes, pushing it to be many people’s favourite to triumph at the Oscars too. Strong competition comes from auteur Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ and Jordan Peele’s astonishing debut feature ‘Get Out; it’s a diverse… Read more »

11 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists

While looking back on the thriller genre in 2017, one might discover some interesting tendencies to look out for in years to come. First of all, there’s an increase of first class, character-driven thrillers without the use of unrealistic and over-choreographed action. Simultaneously, the surreal and metaphorical finds their way into the genre. It’s interesting to see influences of David… Read more »

11 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema is one of the youngest art forms in the world, and yet it is subject to a very complex history where its form and conception has constantly changed. It started as entertainment novelty and eventually evolved into an art form as respected as the other arts. The history of cinema has been shaped by many different countries, whose films… Read more »

11 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

People take IMDB way too seriously. The message boards being wiped away are proof positive of that. The miserable little trolls that navigated those boards were just awful, turning the site into such a cesspool that IMDb got rid of them all together. There were conscious efforts to over-rate or under-rate movies ratings on the site. Newer releases get a… Read more »

10 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The screenplay is the core element of a movie. It is the place where everything builds up on: the direction, the acting, even the post-production. While it is true that a good director can make a good movie out of a bad screenplay and a good actor can make a flat written character round, it is still important that those… Read more »

10 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

To be perfect is to be without a flaw. It’s an old truism that nobody’s perfect (per “Some Like It Hot,” a pretty perfect film itself, though not one to be discussed here). Though there are very absolute standards for perfection in some areas, perfection can also be a subjective thing. Are there films without flaws? This article hopes to… Read more »

10 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2018 Best Picture Oscar Nominees Ranked From Worst to Best

2017 was groundbreaking for Hollywood and the film industry in several ways, slightly devastating, even – amongst the sex scandals and the rise of streaming as rival to cinemas, it was almost as if the precedent had been twisted in ways that will see much change in the coming year. But… Read more »

09 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Alfred Hitchcock once stated that in filmmaking, “Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions.” In this sense, to evoke emotions has always been a goal for filmmakers. The question is how this can be achieved. The following list contains some of the most emotive films of all time. The subjects… Read more »

09 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Lately, everyone has been talking about Kevin Spacey being replaced by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s All The Money in the World. With only weeks left before the film’s release, Scott went back and reshot all of Spacey’s scenes with the new actor. That alone is enough to make this a trend-worthy topic. Now Plummer is receiving countless award nominations… Read more »

08 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Remakes hold a special place in the heart of every movie fan, often more akin to hate than love. The announcement of the remake of a beloved movie is almost always met with considerable resentment. Fans are anxious to see the outcome and feel betrayed when their expectations are let down. Needless to say that everybody has a different view… Read more »

08 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Before the rise of streaming services, cinephiles had a limited number of options to choose from. There were the movies out in theaters that week, maybe a retrospective or two, what we could catch on TCM, or the good old neighborhood video rental store. On demand streaming is a godsend, but with convenience also comes a new set of problems…. Read more »

08 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

In the 21st century, the Academy has awarded great performances, and also some that are less great. The new century had two ‘firsts’: the first black actress and the first French speaking actress – Halle Berry and Marion Cotillard respectively – to win the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. All kind of personalities parade through these Oscar… Read more »

07 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists

At its best, the cinematic art form is a completely immersive experience, taking us into created worlds and stirring deep emotional reactions. Understandably, the temptation is to only expose ourselves to films that reflect back to us our better selves and make our spirits soar. However, to do so is to overlook some of cinema’s greatest achievements. Some of the… Read more »

07 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2017 has undoubtedly been a banner year for queer cinema. Rarely has a single year boasted queer stories so great and LGBTQ characters so diverse and so realistic as this past year. The Sundance film festival kicked things off in January by premiering a handful of LGBTQ films that made waves all throughout the year. The following month, buoyed by… Read more »

07 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists