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It is no secret that P.T. Anderson’s Magnolia borrows heavily from Altman’s Short Cuts. Typically with film there are subtle instances where a director will pay tribute to an idol but Anderson goes well beyond that with his personal favorite film, one he wrote a great deal of inside William H. Macy’s cabin, afraid to go outside because he’d seen… Read more »

25 June 2014 | Features, Reviews

Philip K Dick is one of the most prolific science fiction writers ever. He is probably most famous for his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which was the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s future noir masterpiece, Blade Runner. Yet, aside from novels Dick also wrote a huge number of short stories, many of which have made their way to… Read more »

25 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

James Maitland Stewart began his career in the early 1930’s and by the start of World War II was a successful leading man. His career as a leading man lasted until the mid 1960’s, when he began to gradually shift into more grandfatherly parts. Early on, Stewart was known for his earnest persona but in the 1950’s he began to… Read more »

23 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There is group of directors that defy the labeling of genres. Their films are often meditative, observational, minimalistic, and favors the mood or the atmosphere of the story. Most uninitiated filmgoers label them as boring, but the importance of their subjects and their socio-economic or psychological themes elevate them from most filmmakers of yesterday and today. This is Slow Cinema,… Read more »

22 June 2014 | Features, People Lists

It’s a well established fact that Indian taste in cinema is considerably different from Western taste. The different underlying notions of cinema in each of these cultures are the cause of this diversity in taste. But then there is an exceptional talent with a vision and scope so vast that it satisfies the tastes of cinema lovers across the globe…. Read more »

21 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Any mention of the Prison film, and minds and mouths both immediately wander toward The Shawshank Redemption. The Green Mile is also often mentioned, and even Silence of the Lambs gets a frequent nod. And whilst all obviously remarkable movies, a common trait amongst them remains their American production. Hollywood’s manufacture rate of the prison film appears to be vastly… Read more »

21 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Martin Scorsese has produced more cinematographic masterpieces than any of his contemporaries or indeed than any director alive today and is the most consistent director to come out of the ’New Hollywood Cinema’ trend which dominated the 1970’s and was the last ’Golden Age’ of American cinema. The range of his output is unmatched and his constant presence in documentaries… Read more »

20 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

If you’re ever looking to spark a heated debate amongst cinefiles mention the name Brian De Palma. Many will passionately say he is a technical genius and master of suspense with a keen eye for satire and intertextualization, while others will call him a misogynistic hack who can’t tell a coherent story. No matter how you feel about his work,… Read more »

19 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The cold war might be over long ago but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a good ol’ cold war movie any more. The period has inspired and given birth to plenty of first-rate films, mainly thrillers and espionage infused conspiracy flicks. It appears that the most fruitful periods for these types of movies were at the height of… Read more »

18 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

German director, writer, producer Werner Herzog is one of the most revered, versatile and influential filmmakers working today. A master of New German Cinema, along with filmmakers such as Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner and Fassbinder, Herzog’s work is a fascinating and poetic mix of captivating documentaries and epic fictional dramas. Despite the great diversity of Herzog’s films and their subjects,… Read more »

18 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Horror films have always had a bad reputation and aren’t genuinely respected as much as other cinematic fare. Some critics believe horror to be trashy exploitation and gore-filled nonsense, and while this may be true in some regards, to classify an entire genre as such and chastise them is unfair to the fans and the filmmakers behind them. Horror is… Read more »

15 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

After an unusual The Straight Story, the master of mind-blowing surrealism, David Lynch, came out with the highly acclaimed Mulholland Drive, a neo-noir mystery thriller which draws on dream interpretation. Frankly, the movie could be interpreted as an improved version of Twin Peaks: Fire walk with me. Both films share many motifs and themes as well as other elements, such… Read more »

15 June 2014 | Features, Reviews

There is no beating around the bush when it comes to Woody Allen. Director, actor, screenwriter, playwright and four time Academy Award Winner, he’s done it all. And with his 49th film, Magic in the Moonlight, gracing our screens later this year, it is impossible to ignore a man who has spearheaded American cinema for almost 60 years. But what… Read more »

14 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Now that the Godzilla reboot is raking in serious money at the box office, some of you out there may be wondering just where else to go to get your Godzilla fix. After all, we’re talking about a character who’s been around for more than half a century now, and there’s something on the order of thirty movies to chose… Read more »

14 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Like novels, plays, and other forms of art, movies sometimes have a lot more going on beneath their surfaces than it would seem. Writers and directors have often used the medium not just to tell stories, but to make moral or political points, and sometimes it’s this latter goal that’s actually the primary intention motivating a project’s inception. The following… Read more »

13 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Krzysztof Kieslowski has shaped the cinema of the past 35 years from his days of documentary filmmaking up to his international coproduction’s that would serve as his last testament to the cinema, which he loved and acknowledged throughout his filmography. From his early television films for Polish television to European art house fame, his cinema defined the self-reflexive nature of… Read more »

13 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The ‘new Hollywood’ era began in the mid 1960’s and lasted until the era of the ‘blockbuster’ took over in the late 1970’s. During these years, films were made by directors with unknown track records, often featuring stars and roles that didn’t fit into the traditional Hollywood mold. Here are 15 films that were made during the ‘new Hollywood’ period… Read more »

12 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

British filmmaker Mike Leigh is known for his unusual directorial techniques. Using improvisation to shape his characters, dialogues, and storylines, Leigh usually begins his films with a rough outline of possible thematic directions and plot developments. Choosing not the disclose any information regarding plot or character to his cast members, Leigh introduces the actors to each other in the order… Read more »

12 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Children are often romanticized as living in a childhood paradise. The reality is that they too must grow up and development into adulthood. The films listed below examine the ways in which children’s perspectives are used to deal with heavy themes of life, death, religion, and war. From the comedic accounts of Christmas to heartbreaking depictions of war and oppression,… Read more »

11 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists