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There are two main images that instantly rise to mind when the words “Serbia” and “Cinema” appear together: the controversial “A Serbian Film” by Srdjan Spasojevic and the face of one of the most talented directors that Europe saw born in last decades, Emir Kusturica. For now, let’s just forget the blood and necrophilia of the 2010’s film and focus… Read more »

13 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood and film enthusiasts alike have had a tumultuous relationship with Sean Penn over the years. In the 80’s, he was the ultimate “Hollywood Bad Boy”: drinking like a fish and smoking like a chimney all over the press, punching his way through photographers, and marrying his way through Madonnas. That image has quelled slightly with time, though it still… Read more »

12 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

What happened to Italian cinema? Is it really in a time of crisis? Italian cinema certainly has a great history behind it, and it is not always easy to live up to that legacy. From neo-realist masterpieces by Visconti and De Sica to Fellini, from the westerns by Sergio Leone to the birth of Italian noir, the cinema of “the… Read more »

12 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Question one: What do the films, Citizen Kane, Notorious, Chinatown, and Nashville have in common? Answer: They are all great films by great directors which all began as original scripts. Question two: What do the films, The Magnificent Ambersons, Rear Window, Rosemary’s Baby and M*A*S*H all have in common? Answer: They are all great films by the same great directors… Read more »

11 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

2014 has definitely been the year of biopics. True stories seem to have a great deal of charm for both directors and public, whether the subjects are well-known figures like Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” and Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” or individuals who return to prominence like Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” and John du Pont… Read more »

10 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” -Werner Herzog We snake through land and through life with enraged tenderness, sluggish and disoriented, ready to traverse, in disheveled and strange rampages, from humans to monsters, from miserable kings to furious slaves, from quiet mumbles to frenzied roars. We incinerate… Read more »

09 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

What is a psychopath? The word gets thrown around so casually these days that it’s nearly lost all meaning. Rather than being synonymous with “crazy” or “evil,” however, the term refers to a specific cluster of personality traits coupled with distinct patterns of antisocial behavior. It is not listed in the current version of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual… Read more »

09 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When explaining why he dropped out of film school, Paul Thomas Anderson said “My film making education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I liked were watching, then seeing those films. I learned the technical stuff from books and mags…Film school is a complete con, because the information is out there if you want it.” Whatever one’s motivation, the joy… Read more »

09 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Her probably should be mentioned in a discussion of Scarlett Johansson’s best films. However only her voice is in the movie. Too often, actresses are broken down by how beautiful they are. In the two Woody Allen films Scarlett Johansson has starred in, her lips are described as “sensual.” In both films is the same description. And yet it feels… Read more »

08 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

This list comprises 25 of the most controversial movies of the 2000s. Some are openly controversial, others are a mere reflex of their time, but each of the movies listed here pushed the boundaries of transgression by elaborating on older or current uncomfortable subjects.   25. Visitor Q (Takashi Miike, 2001) “Visitor Q” is a highly experimental movie about a… Read more »

08 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

This technique has been used since the dawn of cinema to bring objects to life and manufacture magical worlds. Before the days of CGI, it was a primary way to produce special effects, in classics from King Kong, to Jason and the Argonauts, to Star Wars. It’s called stop-motion. It’s rumored that the legendary cinema pioneer Georges Melies accidentally discovered… Read more »

07 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once glorified art to this level: “Art as the single superior counterforce against all will to negation of life, art as the anti-Christian, anti-Buddhist, anti-Nihilist par excellence.” Here are 15 films influenced by Nietzschean philosophical theories such as Master-Slave Morality, the Will to Power, Apollo vs Dionysus, the Übermensch, Ressentiment and Eternal Recurrence.  … Read more »

07 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Bond… James Bond.” A total of six actors have uttered this line within the span of 50 years and 23 films. From his 1962 cinematic debut in Dr. No, to his most recent adventure in Skyfall (and soon Spectre), James Bond has retained his license to thrill in what has become the longest-running film franchise in cinematic history, save maybe… Read more »

06 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A film movement is a wave of films usually following a particular trend in cinema of the time. Most trending movements in cinema are regional but influence world cinema. These films have cultural origins usually influenced by national tragedy, popular culture, or social issues. Experimental techniques can be used to create the innovating filming styles. Boundaries in editing are also… Read more »

06 April 2015 | Features, Other Lists

Documentary films have been around since the earliest days of cinema. In a sense, they are the opposite of narrative films: fictional stories created in the mind of the writer, brought to life by the director, and starring a bunch of actors who are pretending to be someone else. Documentaries by definition are nonfiction, true-life stories presented to the audience… Read more »

05 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When Marlon Brando spent an entire month in a bed at the Birmingham Army Hospital in Van Nuys, California, just to prepare for his debut role as a paraplegic veteran in “The Men” (1950), he became on of the first and best examples of the extremes an actor goes to when preparing for a character. For Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver”… Read more »

05 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists