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China has a proud history of filmmaking. The first Chinese film was made in 1905, ten years after the birth of film in France. In the 1920s, Chinese big cities saw hundreds of film production companies established. Port city Shanghai played a crucial role. It was home to more than 140 production companies and also the birth place of China’s… Read more »

09 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

As our readers seemed to enjoy the last list of ten classic masterpieces from ten different nations, we decided to do a follow-up. Just like with the previous list, if you are a serious film buff, you might have already seen all of these films but maybe there are some you haven’t. And if your appreciation for film is a… Read more »

08 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Few feelings create more anxiety than the sense of being trapped in a small space or unable to move or escape. Even if you’re not a full-blown claustrophobe, almost everyone can relate to that inner panic that floods in when placed in such a situation. It is a testament to the power of cinema that certain movies can often make… Read more »

07 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There are many great directors within Horror’s rich history. Whenever you see shambling, brain-hungry zombie movies, we have George Romero to thank; for every nonsensical Italian movie with no discernable ending, we fondly remember Lucio Fulci; and for every low budget, zip-up monster, we tip our hats to Roger Corman. But when it comes to dream-like realities, black-gloved killers and… Read more »

07 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There is a common misconception that all feminist films are about butch women who actively hate men and fight for equal rights/abortion laws/equal pay/etc. This one-dimensional stereotype doesn’t do justice to the complex elements that are at work in feminist films. For instance, feminist filmmakers are not only concerned with content, but they can also challenge the notions of heteronormative… Read more »

06 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Alfred Hitchcock made 53 films, some of them among the most acclaimed films in the history of cinema. But Hitchcock had occasional misfires, films that either did not connect with audiences or for some other reason have been little seen since their initial release. Although not all of Hitchcock’s films are equal, virtually every film that the director made have… Read more »

06 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Since the early seventies, Jackie Chan has been entertaining us all with his fast and furious style of fighting and fearless attempts at dangerous stunts. We all are probably familiar with some of his movies and if were being honest; they are all similar to each other in many ways, but we don’t watch his films to be awed by… Read more »

05 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

True Crime is a major genre in cinema, most likely because the heroes and villains are readily apparent. However, without a sure hand guiding the screenplay, these films can easily fall flat. The writer has to take a laundry list of facts and chronological events and from them shape a compelling dramatic conflict while (hopefully) staying true to the essence… Read more »

04 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

As alluded to in the introduction to my previous articles on the best neo-noir films of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, getting cinema lovers to agree as to what films should be called horror films, suspense thrillers, classic film noir and neo-noir is a difficult if not impossible task. The equally Herculean task of determining the best films in a… Read more »

03 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema could be grouped into two very general categories – art cinema and mainstream cinema. Of course, there are many films that don’t really fit into either one of those groupings, as well as movies that could be considered both mainstream and art house. However, art films do generally tend to be weirder and more daring, further exploring psychological and… Read more »

02 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier is one of world cinema’s most daring and polarizing filmmaker working today. The self-proclaimed enfant terrible is a provocateur both behind the camera, as a writer and director who incites audiences and critics with his controversial brand of cinema – and in front of the camera, where his public persona stirs up journalists in his… Read more »

02 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Criticism has always played a central role in humanity’s evolution; even when we haven’t sought it out, it’s always been there. Social criticism is the basis of satire, and irony is often the main weapon used to attack certain norms that have become instilled in our daily realities. Perhaps satire, as a film genre, has not been given the recognition… Read more »

01 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Films that deal with the supernatural can be categorized under two broad heads. The first are the horror movies that are ‘good’ in the conventional sense. You will be reluctant to watch them in the dark, and would prefer having someone else in the room while watching these flicks. The other is the ‘so bad that they’re good’ category –… Read more »

01 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When it comes to bleak stylish thrillers and crime films, it’s hard to beat the South Koreans nowadays and all the movies listed below are fine examples of that statement. Whereas the South Korean film industry had been heavily state-regulated until the late eighties, the first fully non-government funded film, Marriage Story, appeared in 1992. Although films started to suffer… Read more »

30 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When it comes to the films of David Cronenberg, average movie-goers and critics alike either love him or hate him. There are tons of critics and censors out there that have dismissed Cronenberg’s films as “gross-out” cinema, purely created for shock value. Film critic, Roger Ebert, once referred to one of Cronenberg’s films as “reprehensible trash.” Sure, if one looks… Read more »

30 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

During his lifetime, Alfred Hitchcock was thought of as a master showman who kept his audiences entertained with suspenseful movies and quirky TV shows. Since his death in 1980, Hitchcock’s legacy has been reappraised by both scholars and the general public, and he is now thought of as one of the most significant – if not THE most significant –… Read more »

29 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Post-WWII France was a different environment for French cinema. Government funding and lighter cameras provided new opportunities for aspiring filmmakers, whose innovations – along with the general climate of European arthouse cinema – would help usher in a new modernist phase of filmmaking. Critics appropriated the term “Nouvelle Vague” – a phrase coined by L’Express journalist Françoise Giroud to describe… Read more »

29 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Everyone might have a different reason for liking a horror movie. Some enjoy the way it scared them. Some enjoy the violence and gore. And for others, it’s the characters and performances that keep you coming back. Here we take a look at the 25 best performances by an actor or actress in a horror film. Some played the protagonists… Read more »

28 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes, a good way to understand movies is to simply watch movies. The best way though, is to watch movies about movies. It’s joyous when a film can be show the audience a portrait of the filmmaking process, or an insight into the industry – and some of the greatest films are about films. It’s a fascinating subject to explore,… Read more »

27 April 2014 | Features, Film Lists