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Film discussions on the internet have become a fight of extremes: if you were to believe some reviewers and commentators, every movie that comes out is either an absolute masterpiece or unredeemable trash. The truth, however, is a little more complex. The fact is that almost every movie has both good and bad elements to it. It may be poorly… Read more »

15 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Some films are remembered, some forgotten. Some are praised and some are not. The odd thing is that initial reactions may well not count in the long run concerning a film’s ultimate reputation. There are also degrees of fame, rejection, praise and damnation. A well-made film may be little known and seen but loved by the few who did find… Read more »

15 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Once more, let us delve in the key word in the title a bit. What is controversial, in terms of cinema? The easy answer would entail films that have been banned from their country of origin, or even other countries. The ones that had their directors ostracized would be another, as would the ones that challenge “normality,” breaking taboos in… Read more »

15 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Perhaps the most lauded superhero film ever, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight set what many consider to be an unreachable bar for all that followed. Indeed, many superhero films have tried to recreate its serious and brooding tone, to emulate its narrative and moral complexity, to outshine its captivating performances, in particular Heath Ledger’s now iconic Joker, with varying degrees… Read more »

14 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

How do you explain the truth when it has been said for you? The best films, let alone animated ones, seem to take the words right out of your mouth. You feel as if a filmmaker has miraculously bridged their past present to your future present, all to make you feel more understood and a little less insane. Great animated… Read more »

14 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“Films use light and color to tell a story in a special narrative way,” says filmmaker Martin Scorsese, adding that such storytelling techniques “…deliver a strong emotional and intellectual impact on the viewer… [This realization] made a very strong impression on me and has affected how I try to use color in all of my films.” The following list, a… Read more »

14 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

What makes a cinematic movement a new wave? There are many loose definitions for the term “new wave”, but when applying it to national cinemas, two things are clear: a cinematic new wave is a movement that is distinctively different to the dominant mode of filmmaking of its home nation and its main goal, in every iteration, is to rejuvenate… Read more »

14 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

When it comes to the superhero movie thing, villains are the fuel that keeps them burning bright. The best superhero movies tend to have a great villain at the center. Sometimes a great villains can be stuck in a mediocre movie, or a great movie can have a mediocre villain. It tends to be rare when those cases happen, as… Read more »

13 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The art of cinema has always been the most controversial of expressions. Authors, painters, sculptors, poets, and musicians all freely craft their spirited mosaics without fear of being censored. Still a relatively young art form, it is held as common belief that there are some things that should never be allotted to the screen. Sex, murder, gore, and even something… Read more »

13 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Since his debut with Following, Christopher Nolan has steadily produced a body of work that will no doubt secure his place amongst the pantheon of brilliant directors. As a filmmaker, Nolan has pioneered new ways to tell stories, to stage action set pieces and has reimagined the modern day blockbuster. This groundbreaking approach to filmmaking has brought him much critical… Read more »

12 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

This article is here to explore and talk about some of the best male performances in the history of film. From a tramp in a silent film to a quiet hitman, and from a man who plays chess with death to a ruthless oilman, this list has some of the greatest actors of all time. Please, let’s not forget the… Read more »

12 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

An original screenplay doesn’t adhere to the rules of adaptation, which often lends the subsequent original film more novelty than the latest production of a New York Times bestseller. In the 21st century, countless innovative screenwriters have taken real life or a really great idea and set the foundation for refreshing genuine cinema. They’ve missed a few, but an excess… Read more »

11 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

So many films made every year and so little time to see every one of them. That is, unless your entire profession depends upon watching as many films as possible during a year, and doubly so if you are a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. After all, it is members of this organization that decides… Read more »

10 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Equally influenced by Steven Spielberg’s family-adventure films, 80s nostalgia, Stephen King’s novels and John Carpenter’s retro synth soundscapes, “Stranger Things” was one of the best received shows of 2016. Not only did it gain a lot of popularity in a very short time, but it already feels like a classic. Last week, the second season was released on Netflix and… Read more »

10 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout the history of film, the term “Masterpiece” gets thrown around rather frequently, loosely even, with common names like Citizen Kane and Casablanca coming to mind, being praised for their level of innovation and general greatness. Though such films are undeniably great, there are a few black sheep (that will not be named) which are undeservingly bestowed that term, even… Read more »

10 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

So here is my list of the winners of the Best Director Oscar for the current millennium. Now before you start saying that it is completely wrong, can I just say that this is my opinion in an opinion piece. If it is different from yours then so it goes, it’s allowed to be! I’m not a cinema scholar; my… Read more »

09 November 2017 | Features, People Lists