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Jean-Luc Godard is one of the most well-known figures of La nouvelle vague, or the French New Wave. Filmmaker, screenwriter and critic, he started as a writer for the influential Cahiers du Cinema, like Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivettes, Eric Rohmer and Francois Truffaut, who are also influential directors of the movement. Andre Bazin, the theorist and co-founder of the magazine,… Read more »

20 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

So there you are, watching and enjoying your movie, and a supporting character shows up that makes you sit up and think: “well dang – that was pretty annoying. Then it happens again. And again. With the same character. Pretty soon all you’re thinking about the movie is how annoying that man/woman/Rastafarian-Gungan is, and not about the movie. Some annoying… Read more »

19 January 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Minimalism has been around since the 1960s. Every form of art has, since then, explored the concepts of minimalism. The main idea of the minimalist art is to reduce the concept being conveyed to its core, to strip it of all the useless parts, and to end up with the idea in its purest form. In terms of minimalist storytelling,… Read more »

19 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Daniel Craig was one of two actors, after Timothy Dalton, whose acting credibility was as much a deciding factor in his casting, as well as his looks and public persona. But where Dalton´s films disappeared from U.S. cinemas almost as quickly as they arrived into them, Craig brought Bond four of the most successful films the fifty year series has… Read more »

19 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Beware the ides of March.” -William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (2.3:103) What exactly makes a tragedy tragic? Is it that is was inevitable or that it was avoidable? Is it the result of divine will or the result of human error? Many see tragedy as a dead art form, one which belongs to the Ancient Greeks and to the Elizabethans: theatre-goers… Read more »

18 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In the years just after the Second World War, cinema seemed to flourish in response to the new world order so fitfully being born. (Studying film history, it often seems that the worst of times stimulates the best in film makers.) It appeared that every nation of Europe and Asia affected by that conflict gave birth to some new movement… Read more »

18 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Following on from the male ensemble landscape films came to represent Australian cinema during the 1970s and 80s and the subsequent reaction to them in the 1990s, Australian cinema has gradually branched out during the last fifteen years. A far more diverse cinema that has adopted genre film, albeit often in a social realist format, Australian film can no longer… Read more »

18 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

With the advent of commercially marketed films, in the early 1900s, there were public calls from religious groups for government regulation of the film industry. According to the ACLU’s webpage on film censorship, beginning in 1909 a National Board of Censorship representing various Protestant denominations was established and called for the regulation of commercial films. The powerful Women’s Christian Temperance… Read more »

17 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Jennifer Connelly was born in New York’s Catskill Mountains on December 12, 1970. Most people recognize her from “Requiem for a Dream”, but she took part in many films before that. She is an only child and she was raised by her father Gerard and her mother Eileen in a religious Catholic household. She began modeling at 10, appearing on… Read more »

17 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

After a year full of so many documentaries about compelling topics, it is difficult to compile a list of the ten best documentaries of 2015, but there are certainly a few that stood out. While many of the films were biographical films of well-known personalities, there were also a few that succeeded in bringing forward powerful stories of ordinary people…. Read more »

17 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, A tale of a fateful trip That started from this tropic port Aboard this tiny ship.” “Gilligan’s Island” is probably not considered at TV classic, but it was part of the escapist 1960s charm which also brought us Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. It’s hard to believe the show ran… Read more »

16 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

From a story of a princess enchanted by sleep to a tale of children lured to a house made of confectionary, fairytales have long inhabited the minds of readers and film-watchers throughout the ages. Revered by adults for their powerful moral strength to warn children of the veritable dangers of life and loved by children for the enchanting worlds conjured… Read more »

16 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

What makes the news of Alan Rickman’s death from cancer at 69 especially tragic, beyond the immense talent and stirring compassion, was the fact that he would have continued to work far beyond that. A man who was enormously devoted to his profession of acting and directing who would have continued to amaze, enthral and surprise us for years. He… Read more »

16 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The Horror genre has always had a loving home in Great Britain, tracing back to the founding of production company Hammer Horror in 1934. In the early years, they based their work solely on original classic novels, such as Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” and until the 1970s, they dedicated most of their time to producing sequels to… Read more »

16 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The sad truth is, there’s never going to be a year when everyone is completely satisfied with the Academy Award nominations. Though they’re generally pretty predictable assuming you follow sites like Gold Derby, there are always going to be some left field choices. This year is no exception. Like every other year, there were some surprising inclusions and some baffling… Read more »

15 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Cillian Murphy is one of the most underrated actors of his generation. He has taken part in some of the most iconic movies of the 21st century and he should be given more chances to prove his versatile talent. He was born on May 25, 1976, in Douglas, Ireland. He started studying law at University College Cork but he dropped… Read more »

15 January 2016 | Features