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The portrayal of the police and cops in cinema has both varied and changed throughout the years since films were first produced. Some of the earliest versions of the police were the Keystone Cops, a group of bumbling police officers from the silent film era. Then there were the gangster films of the 1930’s, which often showed the police as… Read more »

10 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As the 1980s dawned in the cinematic world it would turn out to be, to paraphrase Dickens, the best and worst of times. Though the era of expansive thought and experimentation looked to be over and many a great master of European cinema ended or wound down their careers, there were still some golden moments in that decade. However, not… Read more »

10 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It wasn’t this year that Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (whose first name is pronounced “Sarsha”, rhyming with “inertia”) brought home the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress. At 22 years old, to be completed next April 12th, Ronan is already on her second nomination, the first one being for Atonement, in 2008, at the tender age of 13. She has… Read more »

10 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“The ugly fallout from the American Dream has been coming down on us at a pretty consistent rate since Sitting Bull’s time — and the only real difference now, with Election Day ’72 only a few weeks away, is that we seem to be on the verge of ratifying the fallout and forgetting the Dream itself.” –Hunter S. Thompson, 1973… Read more »

09 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

With another Oscars season passed, and another set of winners names, there undoubtedly will now be the year long discussion wherein everyone voices their agreement or disagreements with the choices. Sometimes these choices seem all too obvious, and sometimes there is vehement disagreement, but most of the time many people can see what the Academy saw in the choices that… Read more »

09 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Unlike the wide open vistas of the United States, the European road trip has always been constrained by borders and hampered by a chequered 20th century history that made traversing the continent a difficult proposition for a large part of it. With that in mind, the European road movie often provides a very different proposition to the wanderlust of America,… Read more »

09 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When words fail, visuals speak. That is the case of some of the films listed here, but not all. For some, the fact that its cinematography and overall scenery stand out doesn’t mean that they’re incomplete. It only shows how not too often in the film industry we get to see powerful visual storytelling. Arguably, the cases here presented show… Read more »

08 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A successful film is more than the sum of its parts, but often within a powerful film, there are certain memorable scenes that speak to the strengths of the film itself. With countless movies released every year, crafting a memorable scene within a great film is no easy feat. Quentin Tarantino has become one of Hollywood’s most well-known and successful… Read more »

08 March 2016 | Features, Other Lists

It isn’t hyperbolic to say that French are best at making films. So, can it be hyperbolic to say that they are best at making romantic films? This list has tried to include the best French romantic films of all time, picking 25 out of so many. There can be hundreds, if we included all classic French romantic films. Just… Read more »

08 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

At the latest Academy Awards, Spotlight took home Best Picture but it’s director Tom McCarthy went home empty handed in his respective category, with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu being named Best Director for the second year in a row. This split between Picture and Director has become an increasingly common occurrence in the last five years but it was not always that… Read more »

07 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

For all its visual baggage of fedoras and femme fatales, film noir has acclimated quite well to the modern age. Musicals, westerns, and gangster movies have since come and gone, leaving these dimly lit crime drama to trudge on alone as part of the international psyche. Granted, the trenchcoats and “copper” talk have been swapped out for iPhones and sports… Read more »

07 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Commonly accepted standards of decency and rectitude vary wildly throughout the world and have changed enormously as the decades have passed. Foul language, blasphemy and displays of flesh that wouldn’t raise an eyebrow in New York, Tokyo or Paris today would have caused public outrage in Amsterdam, Chicago or London thirty or forty years ago. Britain in the 1980s, in… Read more »

07 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

For over 75 years, the Walt Disney Company has not only enthralled us with visual delights, but has also treated us to some of the greatest aural pleasures ever put to the big screen. From big Broadway showstoppers to pop music favourites, Disney animation has historically taken us to some of the places that only the best music can. The… Read more »

06 March 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The world of cinema suffered an immense loss recently with the death of Jacques Rivette (1928-2016), one of its greatest auteurs and theoreticians. Born in Rouen, France, Rivette moved to Paris in 1949 to become a filmmaker. But when he submitted his first short to the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques, Rivette had the honour (as did successful directors such… Read more »

06 March 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In an industry where the actors get the limelight, writer and director Quentin Tarantino has become a celebrity in his own right, despite predominantly working behind the camera. What makes him stand out from other directors are his personal touches: the extensive conversations on pop culture, eclectic soundtracks, the stellar performances he brings out of his actors, and of course,… Read more »

05 March 2016 | Features, Other Lists

To select the best scenes out of all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films is an extremely difficult undertaking. He is, without doubt one of the finest filmmakers working today. He has proved time and again his worth as an artist and a story teller by making such beautiful and varied films. He has a very particular way of getting fine… Read more »

05 March 2016 | Features, Other Lists