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What it is about complex films that movie fans are so passionate about? Is in the puzzling nature of trying to figure out what, exactly, is occurring? Is it that we enjoy being challenged by a difficult narrative that’s resistant to easy interpretation and understanding? Or is it that we equate the complexity of a film with its quality? Perhaps… Read more »

10 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The year 2017 has been a great year, cinematographically speaking, and we’ve come to that moment of the year in which we decide our most liked films of the year. In this case, we are going to name some films that were definitely great; the difference is that these films were somehow difficult to notice and failed to catch attention…. Read more »

10 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It’s a known fact that B-movies from the the 20th century are a deep well of ideas for new or recent directors. The rediscovery of B-movies became more and more popular thanks to directors like Quentin Tarantino. Currently it’s no longer an isolated case, and many more directors are trying to catch ideas from old low-budget movies. High budget remakes… Read more »

09 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

IMDb’s ratings, voted on by the internet-surfing public, usually end up representing the majority opinion fairly well. With so many votes cast by the website’s visitors, anomalies are ultimately de-emphasized by the louder prevailing voices. On the site, a score of 7.0 or higher is usually a pretty good indicator of a movie’s popularity and overall quality. If a movie… Read more »

09 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“You’ll never work in this town again!” is an immortal slogan thrown around Hollywood, a scornful marking that makes working in that elite business just that much more difficult. For whatever reasons, these several actors enjoyed success at the top and then due to bad manners or just general maniac behaviour lost that top spot, becoming pariahs in the industry…. Read more »

08 December 2017 | Features, People Lists

To many (the undersigned included), “Breaking Bad” is the best television show of all time. The odyssey of Walter White, a chemistry teacher turned into a millionaire drug lord, is one of the most complex pieces of television ever made. With a total of five great seasons, this show will slowly make the viewer partner in crime with a good… Read more »

07 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In this era of hyper-production and hyper-consumption, it should come as no surprise that some, or rather, many pieces of cinema remain underseen, for better or worse. The hype usually does the trick, so we get the movies with the excessive amounts of attention and not the least affected by the negative coverage, and we get the movies with little… Read more »

07 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Mario Bava was, to put it simply, a genius. Not only did Bava direct the first ever Italian gothic horror movie, but he also contributed in the practice of founding the prolific subgenres of Italian Giallo films and slasher movies, becoming an inspiration for generations of filmmakers to come. Among these artists, Quentin Tarantino himself reprised many of Bava’s intuitions… Read more »

06 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

From the earliest days of cinema audiences have gathered to gaze at the flickering play of lights in movie houses, primarily to see their favorite glamorous stars. The dream factories in Hollywood were quick to catch on that the biggest names in Hollywood would reel in the biggest crowds and generate the biggest box office tallies. Soon gimmicky films, custom-made… Read more »

06 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Our interest in a filmmaker’s career sometimes makes us want to watch more content about them than just their movies and, with that in mind, here is a selection of 10 amazing documentaries about great filmmakers that you should definitely watch. As usual, it is never too late to remember that many things interfere in the titles chosen to be… Read more »

06 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The concept of pure and untarnished originality is a mythical one. No film has ever existed in a vacuum, completely free of influence. That would require the filmmaker to have absolutely no idea of the medium he is working in. Instead, movies have constantly been inspired by the ones that have come before them, as well as other forms of… Read more »

05 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The traditional definition of a theatrical prop is; any object that a character interacts with during the action of a scene. In film, props are that and yet so much more. A prop can be a small plot point, a central plot element, an offhand item or even a character in itself. Throughout film history, there have been hundreds of… Read more »

05 December 2017 | Features, Other Lists

What’s in a swear word? Why do we get such a thrill from using and hearing them? Is it the forbidden nature of the words? Or the beautiful way in which they roll off the tongue and add a little spice to a sentence? Whatever the reason, a large majority of us love them and cinema reflects this. Many claim… Read more »

04 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Memories are the tiny frail threads that hold our selves together. Unstable, unreliable, and often painful, they are glimpses into a past that is gone forever, or rewritten to change the present. Some memories never existed at all, while the rest are just copies of what once lived. They are ghosts, and we are the shadows of a ghost. Being,… Read more »

04 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Denis Villeneuve’s movie “Incendies” was his cinematic breakthrough and the last film in French that he made; it earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It is based on a play by Wajdi Mouawad, a Lebanese-Canadian who, among other projects, produced a trilogy of Greek plays by Sophocles. “Incendies” is a journey and a search for identity… Read more »

03 December 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Listen: being single can be pretty great. Romantic relationships, though glorified in all art forms, can also be incredibly messy affairs that lead to heartbreak, emotional distress, and worse. At least if you’re single no one can hurt you and there’s more wine available for yourself. And single people get short shift in films. If a character is single in… Read more »

03 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists