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Before the internet and YouTube, the ways that you became informed about cult cinema was from reading books, fanzines, and watching some beat up VHS copies of the movies. There were many great books that came out during this time, including a trilogy from author Danny Peary and a guidebook from Videohound dealing with cult pictures. There were also tones… Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

“You don’t know much about women, do you Stephen Meek?” – Emily Tetherow (played by Michelle Williams)   Go West, young ma’am “Oregon Territory, 1845” reads a rough-hewn hand-drawn title card that opens Meek’s Cutoff (2010), the fourth feature by 52-year-old, Miami-born filmmaker Kelly Reichardt (her sixth, Certain Women, hits select North American theaters later this year). Over the wailing… Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

Twelve films in and with the thirteenth hit the theaters recently, there’s no better a time to look back at one of the most impressive feats in modern cinema, aka the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and talk about the best of the best performances that have kept this ambitious interwoven world together.   10. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury –… Read more »

07 May 2016 | Features, People Lists

If you’ve ever visited a film school or “lazy towns” (as they are commonly known), you’ve seen them. Hundreds of guys directing and writing their own “cool” short films. Funny dialogue, a bunch of guns, and pools of blood swarm the screens of all the editing rooms in the building, until every production is indistinguishable from the next. It’s true… Read more »

07 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher, metaphysician, psychologist and aesthetician was a formidable influence upon the consciousness of 19th century Europe. His ideas have had a profound impact on the way we continue to relate ourselves to the world, and how our experiences shape our understanding of the nature of our symbolic representation of our innate will to action, and our… Read more »

06 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The Surrealist Movement was born in the 1920s with the aim to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality”. Eventually, it would seep into cinema as well, with Luis Buñuel acknowledged as the first filmmaker to embrace the cultural movement that was taking place. His collaboration with Salvador Dali in 1929, titled Un Chien Andalou, is regarded as… Read more »

05 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

This is a common topic of discussion among cinephiles: who are the greatest thespians working right now? A comprehensive list of such actresses would have to include living legends like Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and so on, of course, and while there should be recognition and appreciation of the talent of such brilliant professionals, how could one narrow… Read more »

04 May 2016 | Features, People Lists

Aleister Crowley, an English novelist, poet, artist and “ceremonial magician” has had a acute influence on art. However, this influence is woven within the context of his philosophical religious movement, Thelema, and the impact that it has had upon its adherents (both past and present). Thelema’s influence throughout the last century is an influence that is one that persists within… Read more »

04 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In today’s era of cinema, the horror movie is in somewhat of a dark place. Too reliant on jump scares and the tiresome, predictable tropes that were growing tiresome twenty years ago but are somehow still used. For a while the genre was weighed down with the horrifically terrible torture porn subgenre as people seemed to forget that excessive amounts… Read more »

03 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In a film climate that seemingly prioritises superhero films, sequels and commercial successes, driven and masterful directors are an invaluable commodity. Luckily, they are not yet extinct in the American filmic landscape. The phrase and concept of the “auteur” originated in France in the 1940s, and became more emergent in the 1960s. It proposes that the director of a film… Read more »

03 May 2016 | Features, People Lists

The artificial woman is a familiar trope in film. At its most crude, it can serve as a device by which the artificial woman is denied a backstory and is only capable of being viewed through the prism of the male lead’s desires and ambitions. Nonetheless, better entries in this milieu can present profound questions about gender, technology and romantic… Read more »

03 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Transcendental films are those which go beyond traditional films by altering the viewer’s state of mind. Great directors such as Terrance Malick, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Andrei Tarkovsky create profound filmic experiences by using film as a medium to express insight regarding fundamental aspects of human life. These films challenge the viewer’s perceptions of reality, death, morality, and a host of… Read more »

03 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The use of history in cinema is still an uneven playing field. Filmmakers are storytellers, and a good storyteller never lets the truth get in the way of an entertaining story. Much to the dismay of many historians, the facts in historically-based films are often distorted to accommodate artistic license and ensure commercial success. And let’s face it: these films… Read more »

03 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Since making his initial feature length film debut, the often overlooked and divisive “Bottle Rocket” in 1996, Wes Anderson has faultlessly continued to build an unstoppable momentum in his career. Through an impressive combination of smart screenplays, flawless casting, distinctive cinematography, and an adoring following of diehard fans, Wes Anderson has unquestionably excelled within independent cinema, spinning curious oddities that… Read more »

02 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Stanley Kubrick is one of the most well-known and well appreciated filmmakers in America’s history. His films have shaped and altered American cinema by pushing boundaries, breaking rules, and bringing a depth that most American filmmakers cannot bring to the table. In part, this success is due to Kubrick’s undeniable intellect and curiosity, and in part it is due to… Read more »

02 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The ninja or shinobi are a group that are universally known and yet still shrouded in mystery, due to the myth building that has surrounded them much like that of Robin Hood and his band of thieves [1]. Ninja first started to appear in Japan around the 15th century out of necessity because people needed someone to perform clandestine activities,… Read more »

01 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists