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Poland was one of the first Eastern European countries to enjoy the new invention of cinema-and that happened before it was even officially a country. Though it was at the time divided between Russia, Austria, and Germany, Polish cultural live was thriving on national identity as a form of hidden resistance. Soon after first Polish films were made, Poland reemerged… Read more »

03 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When one sees a clip from auteurs such as Godard or Bergman, it is difficult to attribute it to the wrong filmmaker, as they have an unmistakable quality. But what of the oeuvre of Robert Bresson? Bresson made only thirteen feature films, but is often cited as a major film influence globally. His works vary greatly in style and subject…. Read more »

03 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Just as every great writer or painter delivers one trashy novel or disappointing painting, every great director in cinema makes at least one bad movie in his/her career. It’s inevitable. And while there are many great directors currently working, this list focuses on the ones who have commercial, as well as critical success. Directors whose names are known well enough… Read more »

02 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The spirit of the road has always been deeply embedded within American culture, dating all the way back to the founding fathers and their westward expansion. In the movies, the provenance of the road movie can be seen in the silent films of the migrating travellers and cowboy pioneers of the 1920’s. By the onset of the 1930’s the movies… Read more »

02 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

At the early stages of film history, the medium was mainly considered as a means of reproduction. No doubt, like photography embalms time, a key aspect of film is that it is able to record and conserve movement. However, theorists, such as Eisenstein and Karacauer realised early on that film is more than the simple reproduction of reality, and argued… Read more »

02 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The ongoing controversy about the Academy not nominating any actors and actresses of color for their performances in 2015 is slowly dividing the internet between those who accept the problem of an Academy fellowship comprised of mostly white, mostly older, mostly male members; and the ones claiming they did nominate black, latino and other minority people and movies when they… Read more »

01 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Although not as rich and varied as the Italian Comedy industry, French cinema compensates for the lack of variety with continuous growth in the quality of the films. These comedies, though, still include intelligent humour, innovative technology, musicals, and dramedies. Below is a list of the 20 most essential French comedies.   20. Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez series (Jean Girault,… Read more »

01 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Making any movie is usually an extremely collaborative effort. These days, ending credits for summer blockbuster films can run 10 minutes or more. Sometimes we take it for granted just because a bunch of people get together to make a movie, it is worth watching. Potentially, there could be so many factors which could change the end result of a… Read more »

31 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Far too often, the general movie-going public will rely on an IMDb rating or a Rotten Tomatoes score to determine whether a movie is worth their time. While these can offer a good idea of a movie’s consensus, it’s hardly the zenith of accuracy. Having a divisive audience reaction can easily bifurcate the ratings, and moreover, popular opinion. This kind… Read more »

31 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It’s hard to mention the genre Romantic-Comedy, let alone the NewSpeak term “Rom-Com”, and not gain a shudder or scream from most of the male species. Sugarcoated images of Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock flood the mind with contrived plots, unrealistic scenarios and all too many storybook happy endings. Sure, they make some people feel good, warm and… Read more »

31 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Apart from engrossing ourselves in horror movies we also like to pick up on something else within the film and that is the idea of a horror icon. Horror icons are largely born out of the same actor and actress starring in many films in that genre and over a period of time helps too, it kind of validates their… Read more »

30 January 2016 | Features, People Lists

With the golden age of television looming large over not only modern cinematic practices but exerting an omnivorously outward reaching hand toward film directors like never before, the time seems right for a look back on the film directors who have, pre-fame or post-fame, looked to the smaller screen as either stepping stone or sabbatical from the intoxicating lure of… Read more »

30 January 2016 | Features, Other Lists

These titles may not sound appealing, but considering the time and place they were conceived, it can give the viewer slices of what the golden years of Spanish horror were like; real horror in cinematographic terms. A lack of budget, lack of an established cultural environment, the industry, the audience and critic’s prejudices, and obstacles to adapt the genre to… Read more »

30 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Nagisa Oshima (1932-2013) is a leading figure of Japanese New Wave. If you haven’t seen any Japanese New Wave films, then don’t miss his classics. Most of the protagonists of his films are outsiders, and he is sort of an outsider in his home country because of the nature of his films and nature of himself as well. Strangely, he… Read more »

30 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood may be the global face of cinema, but France is where it all began. Clocking in at a lean 2 seconds long, Louis Le Prince’s debut feature Roundhay Garden Scene is usually credited as the first film ever made, shot way back in 1888. Shortly after, French directors such as the Lumière brothers and Georges Méliès continued to innovate,… Read more »

30 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

What exactly is a cult movie? The idea can mean different things to different people. The Merriam-Webster’s definition of a cult is a 1: small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous. 2: a situation in which people admire and care about… Read more »

29 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists