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Understanding the mind has never been easy. When an ailment is not psychically tangible, it is easy to dismiss. This is especially true when you try to understand the minds of a population of individuals, who, until the last 100 years or so, were supposed to be seen rather than heard. Ever since the genesis of its practice, the relationship… Read more »

22 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The penultimate scene in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, represents what audiences feel when they look on the screen, and see the beautiful visual perfection of fusion of a specifically chosen palette of colours, whilst hearing Jeff Goldblum saying “That’s him Klaus” but instead of referring to the shark, he is referring to Wes Anderson. Anderson’s world has become… Read more »

21 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The amount of feature films shot in black and white has overwhelmingly declined since the 1960s, being replaced by a quick growing ratio of those shot in color. From that moment on, monochromatic photography or any kind of technique that goes against digital development has been used for effect, or sometimes cost. Either it being originally shot in color and… Read more »

20 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Rocked by terrorism, shifting cultures and morals, economic turmoil, and rapid technological change, the world has changed a lot since 2000 and stands wholly apart from the 20th century. Each and every year directors are capturing life as it is in the moment through a variety of lenses. Their scopes are big and small and their stories are all diverse…. Read more »

19 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Edward Norton was born in Boston in 1969. He first became widely known to the film world and the public upon his debut in Primal Fear (1996) for which he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. In fact Norton has been nominated for three Academy Awards, also for American History X (1998) and more recently, Birdman (2014)…. Read more »

18 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“All the world a stage”, or so goes the line from As You Like It, a notable quote from a famous play by the Bard of Avon, a.k.a William Shakespeare, the world’s greatest playwright and sonnet author. Though many may not have actually read the great author’s works or gone to many, if any, of the staged productions of his… Read more »

18 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Computer Generated Imagery can be an incredibly useful tool in realizing something that’s simply unable to achieve practically. Motion-capture suits can help bring characters to life, while other artists are able to create (or recreate in some cases) new worlds and settings. It’s also easy to abuse, and it’s easy to see how that gives CGI a bad reputation. When I… Read more »

17 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The definition of short film varies tremendously in terms of its length. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for example, considers it “an original motion picture that has a running time of forty minutes or less, including all credits”. While this list considers movies with running time of fifty minutes or less. It includes filmmakers of over ten nationalities but… Read more »

17 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

2014 saw a large number of foreign films invade the Western film market whether it be through the prolific film festivals of Toronto, SXSW, New York, along with many others, or the boom on the home video market, as well as many who had a harder time seeping into the limelight due to any number of reasons. With more films… Read more »

17 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A landscape has the ability to shape us. It has the power to influence our behaviors, our emotions, and our memories. A place (the right place) can inspire awe. It can motivate its inhabitant to explore and get lost within it. It can also inspire a fear of the unknown and uncontrollable, reminding us that we are still at the… Read more »

16 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Sam Peckinpah was one of Hollywood’s most controversial directors during the 60s and 70s. His films were known for their violence, which was more graphic and bloody than most people had ever seen before. This has caused many to find his films polarizing, depending on the viewer’s stomach for handling realistic and gory images. Peckinpah’s use of violence, however, was… Read more »

16 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Horror has always been a part of our lives; be it from the scary stories we used to tell and hear from our friends as kids, or our adult life anxieties – which are somewhat originated in our childish fears – it presents itself in the most diverse forms. It’s also in that context that horror movies live and breed,… Read more »

15 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction.” -Georges Bataille. Human beings… we are tangled individuals. We misunderstand people as much as others misunderstand us. We latch on to no duty and responsibility on responding for the nature of our behavior. This lack of justification for our actions, force us to navigate alone, through the… Read more »

15 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The phrase essentially speaks for itself, and all those who deride the term’s usage must be mostly, or entirely, speaking out of a reactionary mindset against its overuse and frequent inappropriate application: the term is a perfectly sensible and applicable one to the motion picture art. When can a cinematic product be considered a style over substance fare? To offer… Read more »

14 March 2015 | Features, People Lists

Some of the greatest screenplays every written have originated from other source material. And whether it be from a novel, a play, a short story or even a comic book, the art of adapting a piece of writing for the screen has become an art form unto itself. The Academy Awards are one of the few to recognize such an… Read more »

14 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film has been a hit with critics and audiences. It’s a comical drug-infused film noir set in the aftermath of the death of the sixties. Surfbands are trying to keep up with the breakthrough of psychedelia in popular culture, the use of mind-expanding drugs has lost any remaining sense of innocence and the terms ‘peace’ and… Read more »

13 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists