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Some of the greatest screenplays every written have originated from other source material. And whether it be from a novel, a play, a short story or even a comic book, the art of adapting a piece of writing for the screen has become an art form unto itself. The Academy Awards are one of the few to recognize such an… Read more »

14 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film has been a hit with critics and audiences. It’s a comical drug-infused film noir set in the aftermath of the death of the sixties. Surfbands are trying to keep up with the breakthrough of psychedelia in popular culture, the use of mind-expanding drugs has lost any remaining sense of innocence and the terms ‘peace’ and… Read more »

13 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A decade that saw a reconfiguration of the world order and the beginning of the overcrowding of technology, the 90’s meant also an interesting balance in cinema. Carrying the 70’s conscious creativity and the 80’s blockbuster settlement, the 90s were rich in productions that became a matter of interest to diverse audiences. Controversy surrounding 90’s movies seems to illustrate that… Read more »

13 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When used as an adjective to describe a film, the word “complex” usually means one of two things. The most common use refers to a movie with an intricate plot structure that defies conventional storytelling; think of the non-linear narratives of Pulp Fiction (1994), Memento (2000), and Michael Clayton (2007). These films are all original and brilliant in their ability… Read more »

12 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Dreams are the sleeping routine for most of humanity. One takes a physical rest from the world and from their fears and desires, only to encounter these same elements of existence in magnified or softened versions. Distorted universes and members of one’s life, sometimes added to old regrets and wishes, or simply the absurdity of an action that one would… Read more »

11 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Some years ago, young filmmaker Colin Levy had the enviable opportunity to meet Martin Scorsese. The meeting itself isn’t as important (at least not to cinephiles) as what happened afterwards. Three weeks after the meeting, Scorsese had a list sent to Levy. On the list were 39 foreign films that Scorsese thought every young filmmaker should watch and learn from…. Read more »

11 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Not long ago, a question was posed to me: which current filmmaker has yet to reach their magnum opus, their masterpiece, their finest, a title indicative of all their cinematic talents? This question was applied under the, apparent, logic wherein a filmmaker begins his or her career weaker than they eventually wind up, at least throughout their prime years. Now,… Read more »

10 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Although we’re only fifteen years into it, so far the twenty-first century has given birth to some of the most original and trailblazing crime films the world has seen to date. Whether you’re looking for a mind-blowing mystery from any corner of the Earth, the global film market is swift to remind us that crime is still able to create… Read more »

10 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most versatile film actors of the contemporary age is undoubtedly Naomi Watts. Born in Shoreham, England in 1968, she is a skilled performer who possesses the ability to utterly dissolve into any character, and as a result she invokes empathy from the viewing audience. Watts is the daughter of Myfanwy Edwards, a Welsh antiques buyer, and Peter… Read more »

09 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In the optimistic forecast by a Enlighten and Positivist person, from the eighteenth or nineteenth century point of view, the twentieth century will emerge as a universe in which faith would be purged, expelled from their usual points of reference by human reason and the Science explanatory potential. Fighting institutions remained active until the early nineteenth century, as the Inquisition,… Read more »

09 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He and his family then relocated to Springfield, Missouri, where he attended high school before enrolling in University of Missouri in 1982. Pitt originally majored in journalism, but after appearing in a few amateur plays he found himself bewitched by acting. After bit by the acting bug, Pitt dropped… Read more »

08 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The last five years have been an interesting time for South Korean filmmakers. A slew of debut filmmakers found themselves not only making successful first and sophomore films, but a few actually annihilating the box-office numbers that Bong Joon-ho’s The Host had set almost ten years ago. Speaking of, he along with two of the nation’s best and brightest released… Read more »

08 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Robert Downey Jr. has recently become one of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars with his blockbuster hits like The Avengers, but he has been an active part of the industry since the 1980s. Known for his witty charm as well as his ability to sink himself into a role, he has become one of the most versatile performers working today. Having… Read more »

06 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

For better or worse, Japan has gained a reputation for pumping out “weird” cinema. For a country that has produced filmmakers like Yasujirô Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi, it’s an unfair label. However, Japan’s difficult history and relative isolation from the rest of the world has certainly led to a unique and varied crop of filmmakers throughout its decades of film… Read more »

06 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“The theme of the journey,” Federico Fellini once stated in an interview, “is one of the great foundations of the art of narration.” This idea proves true in road films, both literally and figuratively. Movies that emphasize both an inward and outward journey, on a conscious level, constitute a genre in which people travel, often to escape, vacation, see something… Read more »

05 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists