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From early work with Paths of Glory to Lolita, to his coffee-black comedy Doctor Strangelove, the droog dystopia A Clockwork Orange, and later with The Shining and the unblinking stare into the Vietnam War with Full Metal Jacket, and in 1999, his final film, Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick is one of the most well-known names in cinema of all… Read more »

05 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The term “aspect ratio” describes the mathematical relation between the horizontal side of the screen image and the vertical one; for example, the ratio used for television is 16:9, which means that the proportion between width and height will always be 1.78 to 1 (if your tv screen is 16 inches long, its height will be of 9 inches). In cinema,… Read more »

05 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A man of overwhelming height and size, the charismatic John Goodman originally earned a name for himself depicting a collection of loveable and flamboyant characters in family entertainment. Despite being a constant, indispensable actor working in child-friendly capers, Goodman has also frequently lent his impeccable abilities to various other genres, creating a unique back catalogue of unpredictable and varying performances,… Read more »

04 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Martin Scorsese is often described as one of the most prolific and significant filmmakers of cinema history. His career spans over 45 years and in that time he has crafted countless masterpieces, from the gritty and brutal world of Mean Streets to the adrenaline fueled excess of The Wolf of Wall Street, he has accomplished more and left a larger… Read more »

04 April 2016 | Features, Other Lists

It is great when a film takes an unpredicted turn, or does something formally to provoke thought, or to shock. This is often the result of direction; it might be at a level of self-awareness not seen before, or a collage of different styles or genres. The narrative of a film may leave the audience in a compromised position, or… Read more »

04 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Joel and Ethan Coen were born in 1954 and 1957 respectively in Minnesota. From there, Joel went on to study film at NYU and Ethan to study philosophy (Wittgenstein in particular) at Princeton. After graduation, Joel began work as a production assistant before co-writing his first major film, Blood Simple, with Ethan. Little did anyone know at that point that… Read more »

04 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“The film I hope to be remembered by. I have a great fondness for Sorcerer, more than any other film… I consider it my most personal film and the most difficult to achieve… Basically lost for 37 years, its restoration is like Lazarus.” – William Friedkin   I can’t go on, I’ll go on In the dishabille, desolate swelter of Porvenir,… Read more »

03 April 2016 | Features, Reviews

The poster is an integral part in the overlap between film as business and film as culture. In the Pre-internet days, the function of the poster was a significant chunk of a film’s advertisement. It was primarily the first impression, a chance for advertising to generate public interest and draw in an audience before the film was in cinemas, occasionally… Read more »

03 April 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The term “coming-of-age” is a young person’s transition from being a child to being an adult, according to Wikipedia. A coming-of-age film shows the viewers this transformation. It is a standard way of telling the story through the eyes of an average teenager from an average family, going to an average school. It is considered easier to identify with a… Read more »

03 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“In my film, time is shattered.” – Alain Resnais   In search of lost time Wow. How enticing it is to consider and suppose that the cinema of the subconsciousness and of memory barely held breath before 1959, when French film director Alain Resnais intimately accepted the subject matter with fascinating affection in his first step feature, the monumental Hiroshima… Read more »

03 April 2016 | Features, Reviews

Let’s not kid ourselves, winning an Oscar is a life changing experience. As wonderfully portrayed in George Cukor’s A Star is Born, an individual actor can go from a virtual nobody to an overnight sensation within seconds. Yes, the Academy Awards seldom reflect actual quality, and yes the AMPAS (especially today) fail to represent the voice of our diverse generation,… Read more »

02 April 2016 | Features, Other Lists

If you are offended easily, this is not the list for you. Kevin Smith entered into the mainstream in 1994 along with some guy named Tarantino. His film, “Clerks”, was made on a shoestring budget of only $27,000 mostly by maxing out credit cards, selling his comic book collection and calling in lots of favors. He worked at the Quick… Read more »

02 April 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Of the major film movements that have been conceived so far, Third Cinema is currently one of the most generally overlooked. Its body of work isn’t as well known or as thoroughly dissected in film school classrooms as say French New Wave or German Expressionism, but historically and aesthetically speaking, it should be considered just as much. Nevertheless, one fairly… Read more »

02 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Anytime that a movie gets released and is popular or a huge success, some smaller studio is going to try and take advantage of that success and release its own movie that is somewhat similar. It has happened throughout cinematic history but wasn’t more prevalent than during the drive-in, exploitation, and VHS rental craze. Low-budget producers in the United States… Read more »

01 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The art of the movie parody is one that’s mostly lost nowadays. The last one to hit theaters, Marlon Wayans’ Fifty Shades of Black, was not only crushed by the critics but also mostly ignores by the public, grossing only US$11 million in its whole run. Spoofs were once a staple in Hollywood, though, especially after the works of the… Read more »

01 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Part of the magic inherent to a classic film is that there is no set formula for producing one. Virtually every genre, convention, tone, and method of execution available to the filmmaker has produced at least one masterpiece. Thus, there are no rules totally set in stone for an artistic masterpiece in cinema. Instead, inspired people simply have great ideas,… Read more »

01 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists