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Vittorio De Sica was the great protector of Italian neorealism. His work was far from the philosophical musings of Rossellini and the operatic dramas of Visconti; his works had a genuine empathy for the poorest in society, and could depict their lives with a sense of tragedy and simplicity that best suited his period. Of course, his style was vastly… Read more »

12 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967) is considered by many as the painter with the cinematic eye. Born and raised in a bourgeois New York neighborhood, the painter took an early interest in depicting American Life. Starting with early black and white etchings and finishing with paintings that took a prominent place in American culture, the realism of Edward Hopper has… Read more »

11 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“One of the most polarizing movies in recent years.” – Richard Roeper   Stranger in a strange land Geometric circular shapes coalesce and converge in an abstract play of light and gloom, almost like a constellation or the orbital trajectory of planets, until, looming large, a sinister eye seems to burst into being, staring directly at us, the audience, or,… Read more »

11 November 2016 | Features, Reviews

From Easy Rider (1969) to Dazed and Confused (1993) to Ted (2012), the stoner subgenre has maintained consistent popularity and cultural relevance since its debut. In the 1970’s, when Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong broke taboos by normalizing and glorifying the use of cannabis on-screen, this particular subject matter became a choice motif in comedy film. While the majority of… Read more »

10 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Movies are very powerful art form. Some movies people love with a passion, others people hate with a passion. And sometimes their passionate hatred is so strong that it endures long after the film is released. It’s time to give these films their due. These films provide a very unique experience, but for some reason, they’ve been widely panned by… Read more »

10 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Maybe I’m sick, but I want to see that again.” – Pauline Kael   It’s a strange world, isn’t it? Feigned amidst the well-manicured lawns and white-picket fences of small-town America breathes David Lynch’s darkly disturbing Blue Velvet. Shaken by a quickening dream logic and the upsetting affections of a bad-tempered film noir from the Decade of Conformity, the 1950s,… Read more »

10 November 2016 | Features, Reviews

Widely recognized for his philosophically inclined adaptation of Masamune Shirō’s manga Ghost in the Shell, Mamoru Oshii is not only one of the most important anime directors out there, but a full-fledged auteur as well. Even when he is in a prankster mood (Assault Girls) or trying to get the best out of Kazunori Itō’s dull script for Patlabor movies,… Read more »

09 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Some people rave about movies they were captivated by because of how it made them feel, rather than having an engaging story. This could be because of the tone set by the music, the cinematography, the lighting, and the intensity of the performances, and many other factors where the screenwriter may not have had much input. Movies can enamor people,… Read more »

09 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Released in 1941 Citizen Kane would eventually go on to be known as the ‘greatest film of all time’, it made a star of its director (also lead actor & ‘co-writer’) Orson Welles. Nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories, one can be forgiven for forgetting it didn’t actually win Best Picture (that went to John Ford’s How Green Was… Read more »

08 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Film is the most hybrid of art forms, taking ideas and traditions from many sources.  Perhaps the medium it owes the most to is the legitimate theater, being another platform for performing expressions of art. One long observed motif of the theater is the tradition of giving the production’s lead or prime featured player a grand entrance. This is understandable… Read more »

08 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

If you watch a film often enough, you are bound to notice its flaws. Most of the time, this flaw is easily forgivable. Sometimes, however, this little flaw becomes a bit more problematic. So much so it might start to make you cringe. In this list, we are going to look at a collection of great films that do have… Read more »

07 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“No Country for Old Men”, the 2007 movie directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, can be seen as a diagnosis of a century in which we live. It portrays nihilism in its essential form, and of all the movies of this century, it does so most truthfully and vividly. The film is based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy, which… Read more »

07 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The mechanism of the human mind has always been the center of discussions and a topic of controversy. From ancient Greek philosophers to Freud, mental health has been debated a lot. There are still many things we don’t know about the functions of the mind, and the general public is often undereducated about the disorders linked to it. Many films… Read more »

07 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Indie film is experiencing something of a renaissance these days, thanks to extensive media coverage of film festivals, a variety of movie sites that provide free publicity for films, and widely available streaming services that make movies more accessible than ever before. Indie films do not have a lot of money behind them and in many situations do not get… Read more »

06 November 2016 | Features, People Lists

“I’m watching [Chungking Express] and all of a sudden I start crying –– tears started falling, about three different times during the movie. I was like, why am I crying? And it’s because my feelings for this movie run so deep –– I’m crying not about the movie, I’m crying because I’m just so happy to love a movie this… Read more »

06 November 2016 | Features, Reviews

Game theory can be described as the study of how rational, interdependent agents act in closed systems that require them to interact through conflict or cooperation. By analyzing them in a formal, logical, structuralized manner, game theory seeks to understand the different strategic paths of decision-making. In sum, it’s the study of games; simple or complex, stern or frivolous. Whether… Read more »

05 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists