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When Roman Polanski’s first American film, Rosemary’s Baby, made its way onto the silver screen in 1968, the country itself was in a mass of political and social turmoil. This era of unrest did not exclude Hollywood. Driven by the growing youth counterculture that made a calling card out of outspoken defiance of the order and reason of the previous… Read more »

20 August 2014 | Features, Reviews

There was an excellent documentary a few years ago about Australian cinema called “Not Quite Hollywood”. Directed by Mark Hartley, what made this doco unique is that it didn’t address the ‘new wave’ of Australian cinema that included films such as “Picnic At Hanging Rock” and “My Brilliant Career”. It did something wildly different. “Not Quite Hollywood” looked at what… Read more »

19 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When the 1940s and World War II ended, Europe began to go through a regeneration—not just through its landscapes and cities, but via cinema, and the films produced throughout the continent. As the 1950s thrived, the world watched a transformed Europe where “New Wave” had begun in France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and—in this case—Britain. Out of these New Wave movements, however,… Read more »

19 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

What is it with cinephiles and independent cinema? A quick look at any respected critics best of the year list or, indeed, participation in conversation with any good film buff will quickly lead one to realise that indie films are generally more favoured and acclaimed than blockbusters. Why? Because, generally, they are made without the financial expectations if a big… Read more »

18 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Master of visual storytelling, Wes Anderson is an American film director and screenwriter whose films are known for his unique artistic sensibilities. The geometric concept, meticulous color schemes, quirky characters and dialogue, dead-pan comedy and camera movements are basic elements to help the audience recognize any Anderson film. There are other elements worth mentioning that bring attention to his work… Read more »

18 August 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Every profound story contains an effective back story, and Stephen King’s narratives are exceptional. The prolific “master storyteller” provides just enough information to allow the readers to sink their teeth into the scenario. Though many literary scholars may disagree, King is comparable to nineteenth existentialists such as Fyodor Dostoevsky or Franz Kafka, and is aptly admired by countless adorned fans… Read more »

17 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

At this time more so than any other in film history, it is easy to be overwhelmed with film viewing choices. With the flood of new releases available to audiences in both cinemas and especially at home, it is now easier than ever for excellent horror, crime and suspense thriller films to slip through the cracks. The 16 films discussed… Read more »

16 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

For over five decades, no other filmmaker has shaped the history of film and film craft as Francis Ford Coppola. Hardly any other career has been traversed in such a unique way from glorious, commercial success to financial disasters. After several years of working with major studio systems, Coppola stepped into the independent film business and founded the movie studio American Zoetrope… Read more »

16 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In many Western circles, animated film is fundamentally affiliated with child-friendly films spawned by the likes of Disney and Pixar. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Toy Story, the capability of animation to portray imaginative worlds in imaginative ways has enriched childhoods for several generations. Of course, animation has not been limited to Disney nor to children, and… Read more »

15 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema has produced some rough diamonds and some that are like a composite of a beautiful crystal and a rusty nail. They have become known in the modern lexicon as “marmite movies”; films that polarize critics and audiences alike. Like the substance itself, marmite is either so good it’s part of your taste buds or it’s so bad it tastes… Read more »

14 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

A mockumentary, a combination of the words “mock” and “documentary”, is a film (or television show) in which is certain subject is spoofed by relaying fictional events in a documentary-like manner as if they are real. The subject of the mockumentary is thereby parodied, although often the very form of documentaries themselves is also spoofed in the process. They often… Read more »

14 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The musical genre has been one of the most successful film genres in the history of cinema. The genre has been around since the early 1920s. Once silent pictures started to fade away and talkies began to take over Hollywood, it was only natural that music and film would be blended as one. In 1927, Warner Bros. released Alan Crosland’s… Read more »

14 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Like countless others across the world, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Robin Williams. To me, this man was an utter lightning bolt in human form. An insanely gifted comedian and actor, his light shone twice as bright as most of his contemporaries. Born in 1951, Williams was a star pupil at the Juliard School… Read more »

13 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In Japanese cinema, often one comes across films that are incredibly difficult to categorize. Are they science fiction? Horror? Comedy? All of the above? A lot of the time, when one encounters this fascinating area of Japanese cult films, the answer is yes. For the amateur cinephile and aficionado alike, it is exactly that hard-to-pin-down, out-of-the-ordinary quality that drew them… Read more »

12 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.” The poet Rainer Maria Rilke, long known as a voice of the most ineffable of human solitudes and longing, has much to offer in ways of understanding the work of Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai. Rilke,… Read more »

12 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

For every motion picture that graces our screens, there are untold numbers of projects that have never seen the light of day. Some scripts and concepts die quietly, unable to arouse the interest enough investors to become reality. Others sound like a dream on paper, but for one reason or several, never come to fruition. Others still get midway through… Read more »

11 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Distinguished by his incredibly intense, emotional style and powerhouse acting, Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the best actors of his generation. He has been in more great films than any other actor his age, which is clearly reflected in his filmography that boasts plenty of classic films and iconic roles. His characterized niche is searching, finding, and achieving exceptionally challenging… Read more »

10 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

During the silent era, where segregation was prominent, a small circuit of theaters for African Americans developed. The reason behind this was the multiple protests held by African Americans who wanted better representation in the motion picture industry. These uprisings were in part inspired by the controversial film The Birth of a Nation (1915), which featured the Ku Klux Klan… Read more »

10 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Troma Entertainment has been synonymous with violent exploitation comedies for nearly 40 years with little sign of stopping. Most recently, the studio released “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1” which received some of their best reviews in years. Troma isn’t for everyone, but the company champions low-budget filmmaking and the belief that anyone can make a movie. Much like… Read more »

09 August 2014 | Features, Other Lists