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Colour, in film, has gone on quite a journey: from the trivial and fanciful use of colour in early cinema, to the tonal and emotional, then the realistic and over-sober, and back to its comfortable middle-ground of visceral engagement. The first uses of colour came in the form of film tinting, whereby a part of black and white film would… Read more »

24 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The Fab Four are the most famous band in pop history, yet they also have a large presence in the history of film. From their classic 1964 flick A Hard Day’s Night through the zany pop art of 1965’s Help! and onto the whimsical psychedelia of both Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and the animated Yellow Submarine (1968), The Beatles were… Read more »

24 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Underground horror is the epitome of independent cinema. Shot on shoestring budgets, mostly self-distributed, and reliant on word-of-mouth for promotion, these films are as DIY as you can get. With the constraints that come with operating on a limited budget, it’s easy to dismiss these films as amateur and incompetent, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Underground horror… Read more »

23 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Many refer to Kate Winslet as the natural heir to Meryl Streep’s Oscar tradition. In fact, at 40 years old and on her seventh nomination for the Academy Awards, Winslet is not far behind Streep, even though the American actress already had two statuettes (out of eight nods) at home by that time on her career. The fact is they… Read more »

23 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Great movie quotes become part of our cultural vocabulary. When you consider that any phrase from American film is eligible, you realize this is our most subjective topic to date. We expect nothing less than a war of words as we reignite interest in classic American movies.” – Jean Picker Firstenberg (President Emerita, American Film Institute) Love movies? Me too…. Read more »

22 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Motorcycles in films have been present since the silent film era involving iconic silent era stars such as Charlie Chaplin in Mabel at the Wheel (1914) and Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. (1924). It wasn’t until the formation of a biker subculture and the popularization of outlaw biker clubs that films about such groups began to show up in popular cinema…. Read more »

22 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

At least as popular as thrillers, South Korean romance films have also secured a large following, both within the country and internationally. Furthermore, in terms of quality, they have nothing to envy from their thriller counterparts. Due to their commercial success, romance films are produced constantly in South Korea, with many of them actually following the same script and direction… Read more »

22 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We’ll always have Paris Just the other day someone asked me what’s my favorite movie. It’s never an easy question to answer, my claim can change from day to day, from season to season, my mood or the colour of the sky can be a decisive aspect to how I’ll defend or deny my choice. But if there’s one film… Read more »

22 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

The martial arts film genre is where Asian productions definitely lead the way, with more entries in the category than one can count. Those from Hong Kong are definitely the most renowned, but as you are about to see, there are a plethora shot in countries like Thailand, Indonesia, and other southeast Asian countries. Here is a list with a… Read more »

21 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The human brain seeks patterns. While we praise creativity and inspired art, a new work is rarely an entirely novel invention. Painters study the work of other painters; the patterns of nature inspire architects and writers reimagine old stories they heard from their parents as kids. Creative work is based on repetition and variation; while the artist cannot help, but… Read more »

21 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Movie monologues are always a gamble. Stripped of fancy camerawork and the crutch of computer-aided imagery, it reduces the artform to it’s most basic expression. Screenwriters and actors come together to crystalize a thought in riveting real time, risking the ridicule of a heavy-handed assesment gone wrong. Whether a speech, a mission statement, or a final musing from a fed-up… Read more »

21 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Jodorowsky’s “Dune”, the monumental groundbreaking motion picture never made, wasn’t the end of the “Dune” adaptation project. Of course, David Lynch’s version is considered a big disappointment, but regardless, one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written got its own feature film. It’s too bad that another sci-fi milestone, William Gibson’s cyberpunk trademark novel “Neuromancer”, hasn’t landed onscreen to… Read more »

20 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Ed Harris is credited on IMDb with this statement: “By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time.” And with 99 acting credits to his name, his versatility is available to a wide range of audiences in a slew of monumental films. Although… Read more »

20 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In the early 1990s, academic B.Ruby Rich coined the term “New Queer Cinema” in “Sight and Sound” magazine to describe the movement of queer independent filmmaking. The term “queer” was used to include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender identities and experiences, along with fluid sexuality and non-traditional understandings of sexuality. The term has evolved with new trends entering the spectrum… Read more »

20 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Mankind has always pondered the meaning of his existence. Different thinkers throughout history have sought to establish man as maintaining a unique and significant status in the cosmos. Theologians imagine that man is created in the image of God, thus he derives his value from his likeness to a perfect being. Aristotle argued that man is unique in virtue of… Read more »

20 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We all know about the directors who only make one good film or one masterwork, we enjoy listening to their brief time in the spotlight and lament at what might have been if every entry in their filmography was as critically acclaimed as their singular masterpiece. But some directors go a step further, where they only make one film, period…. Read more »

19 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists