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At this stage in the game it feels like Zhang Yimou, the most celebrated of contemporary Chinese directors, who rose to international prominence with his distinctive brand of visually lush romantic melodrama (1987’s Red Sorghum and 1991’s Raise the Red Lantern are amongst his most memorable early works) only to reinvent himself in the early aughts with his gorgeously reworked… Read more »

08 October 2018 | Features, Reviews

At this stage in his prolific and subversive filmmaking career, confrontational provocateur Lars von Trier’s brand is essentially one of polarization. Antichrist (2009) and Nymphomaniac (2013) are two of the Dane’s most recent examples of artful, dark, and indulgent films that managed to cut crowds right down the middle, and with von Trier’s latest detour into the abyss, The House… Read more »

08 October 2018 | Features, Reviews

October is here, and for many genre fans the month of Halloween provides an excuse to watch much more horror cinema. There is something oddly comforting about wrapping up with a hot drink on a cold, gloomy night and watching something that scares us; whether this be an old favourite or a first-time watch. This list simply aims to draw… Read more »

02 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The 21st century has offered the moviegoers tremendous new experiences. The last 20 years have been arguably the most productive years of cinema. Betwixt this explosion of new features, we have been blessed with some of the best movies ever made. Sadly, awards and public acclaim are not enough to make every good movie stand up to their value, whether… Read more »

02 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Argentinian enfant terrible filmmaker Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void [2009]) may now at long last finally have his masterpiece with Climax, an unimaginably beautiful nightmare mixture of ecstatic dance and horror most extreme. An absolutely mindblowing, and occasionally frustrating experience––this is Noé after all, the New French Extremity provocateur behind such tortuous endurance tests as I Stand Alone (1988) and… Read more »

01 October 2018 | Features, Reviews

“They’re so similar you can barely tell them apart,” says a yawning husband about to turn in, to his wife Marissa (Kathleen Quinlan), regarding two images she’s nitpicking over for a photo spread at the beginning of Isaac Ezban’s latest flashy sci-fi thriller, Parallel. For such a prosaic and off-the-cuff remark it’s an incredibly eerie and telling moment for the… Read more »

01 October 2018 | Features, Reviews

Some films begin with mystery, and some come roaring out of the gate. Having a great opening scene no matter what kind can be the most important part when an audience is considering staying for the ride or instantly checking out; for horror, it seems that the opening scene plays a large role when considering what type of film it… Read more »

01 October 2018 | Features, Other Lists

With all their shootouts and car chases and fist fights, action movies clearly exist in a heightened version of reality. The heroes and villains are very clear-cut and unambiguous, and the characters undertake death-defying stunts and come out without a scratch. It’s not the most realistic genre – but it has the potential to be most cinematic. A lot of… Read more »

01 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

It’s pretty clear by now that trilogies are important in film history. From The Godfather to the “Before” trilogy, good trios have proven worthy of the love of the masses. Sometimes it’s hard to complete a story in just one film. In that case, you make three. Three great stories, all complementing each other to a degree of visual and… Read more »

01 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

While critics and audiences have always had different tastes and opinions when it comes to certain movies, over the past few years it seems those differences have become overly radical. Nowadays, audiences seem to loathe movies that critics praise, and vice versa. If you were to pinpoint one movie over the last that started this great divide, then arguably it… Read more »

01 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema and France. Or is it better to say France and cinema? The birth of an infant motion picture dates from 1895, by the French Lumière brothers. But apart from giving rise to the whole foundation of arthouse cinema, including cornerstone films as “Un Chien Andalou” and “À bout de soufflé,” France has also focused its lenses on the world… Read more »

30 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Tell someone that you haven’t heard of the latest Marvel blockbuster and they would be hard-pressed to believe you. Even if you are not be interested in watching it, the odds are you will have heard all about it, seen it advertised various times and driven past billboards showing its release date. Of course, any film would want the marketing… Read more »

29 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

“It’s silly wasting time on something that doesn’t matter,” says a dreamy young woman with a fondness for balloons (Grace Van Patten) to an embittered and unemployed young man turned would-be detective named Sam (Andrew Garfield) in writer-director David Robert Mitchell’s surreal new film, Under the Silver Lake. It’s one of those almost throwaway lines of dialogue that, upon closer… Read more »

29 September 2018 | Features, Reviews

The best part of the overly ambitious sci-fi thriller Freaks is Bruce Dern as a creepy Mr. Snowcone ice cream man. At least, that’s what he appears to be at first, before too much plot overpowers a story that would work well as a graphic novel, but on the big screen it’s too much of an overstuffed grab bag of… Read more »

29 September 2018 | Features, Reviews

“Philosophical” is a word used so commonly that its definition merits frequent reinforcement. The word philosophy itself is formed from two Greek words: philo, meaning “love” and sophia meaning “wisdom”. As the love of wisdom, philosophy encompasses far more than a collection of personal opinions and intricate mental gymnastics. Asking more questions than it answers, true philosophy is never pedantic… Read more »

29 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

It goes without saying that a list of only 10 directors couldn’t contain all the great directors that every student or person interested in cinema must take into account so as to have a wider knowledge about cinema, so it’s understandable that there’d discrepancies. Great directors such as Abel Gance, David W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein, Murnau, John Ford, Yasujiro Ozu,… Read more »

29 September 2018 | Features, People Lists