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William Hurt, a virtual unknown, shot onto the big screen in 1980 with Altered States and quickly became one of the most important actors of the decade. He starred in some of the biggest and most thoughtful films of the time. However by the end of the decade, severe personal problems including a highly publicized palimony case, allegations of abuse,… Read more »

17 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In the 1960s, a large number of new, young directors in France started making films that offered a fresh perspective on existing techniques and attitudes about the medium of film itself. They influenced the rest of the world with their interest in film history and created reflexive, modernist work that pushed the boundaries of the medium and arguably changed the… Read more »

17 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A movie poster full of stars with different outfits and peculiarities is very tempting for the audience. But even more so, for the producer, who thinks that casting a variety of attractive actors, giving at least one good scene each and scattering thin stories together can deliver a hit. That may be true, but it doesn´t mean that the result… Read more »

16 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

As a late outcome of the lax censorship forced by the countercultural manifestations of the 1960s, the increasing recurrence of violent films in the late 60s anticipated the 1970s experimentation with extremism in cinema. Sometimes consciously, others as a mere result of circumstances, the 70s were rich in productions that further crossed the already transgressed boundaries of good taste, through… Read more »

15 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Cate Blanchett, born in Melbourne, Australia in 1969, became a star in her native Australia almost as soon as she graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in 1992. She starred in several stage plays and television shows before making her first film in 1997. As early as 1998, she was seen as a star thanks to her Academy… Read more »

14 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Surrealism, then, neither aims to subvert realism, as does the fantastic, nor does it try to transcend it. It looks for different means by which to explore reality itself.” ― Michael Richardson Surrealism is one of the most influential cultural movements of 20th Century. It is a method of art, by means of which, artists seek access to their unconscious… Read more »

13 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

2014 saw a terrific array of popular sci-fi, horror, dark-comedy and thriller films, from Interstellar to Nightcrawler to The Babadook to Gone Girl. This list aims to shed some light on twenty films which perhaps were overlooked by audiences or did not garner the critical acclaim they may have justly deserved. What titles may you have included on such a… Read more »

12 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In recent decades both film scholars and fans of vintage cinema have championed two unique film movements. One of these is the so-called “pre-code” school of films, pictures created before the censorship guidelines caused movies to become much more circumspect. The other movement, which has been of great public interest much longer than “pre-code”, would be the sub-genre known as… Read more »

11 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Popularly referred to as “hagsploitation” or “psycho-biddy” cinema, the genre of the Grande Dame Guignol was born, unintentionally, in 1962 by horror film director Robert Aldrich. After his sensational hit, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, starring screen legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, a string of “older women in peril” films rushed into production, with companies such as Hammer… Read more »

10 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Heists are always interesting to watch onscreen, which is probably why Hollywood likes to make so many movies involving them. It’s always a great rush to see how they pull off the heist, and run away with the cash in hand and the girl underneath the arm. Yet, some of the very best heist movies don’t exactly end how we… Read more »

09 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The past five years have marked a changing time for British Film, increased cuts to sources of funding since the global recession are perhaps what has resulted in the number of co-productions within this list. Pinning down an exact theme or trend is difficult but there does seem to be a slightly more innovative shift away from more recognisable and… Read more »

08 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Nonlinear narratives comprise a vast amount of narratives that do not tend to follow the direct causality pattern of their depicted events. Generally speaking, such amount responds to the variety of available resources, from flashbacks to anarchic deconstructions, narrators have to constitute nonlinear exercises. Experimentation with non linear narratives in Cinema can be traced to the Silent Era but especially… Read more »

07 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It is always fascinating to see how The Academy votes in any given year. Certain genres go in and out of fashion, and the group that votes the Best Picture has changed over the years, from the early years when The Screen Extras Guild was allowed to vote to a more narrow range of voters today. The voters tend to… Read more »

06 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Writers make the world better. They give us stories of love and horror and they live to inspire others. Every author is a vessel that contains the new worlds about to be born. Can you imagine a world without H. G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Salinger, Woody Allen or J. K. Rowling? To make us dream, feel, and change, they had… Read more »

05 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Jeffrey Leon Bridges has been in the acting business since the age of 5. Coming from an acting family, he first appeared before the camera is in an episode of his father Lloyd Bridges’ TV show Sea Hunt. Since that time he has appeared in perhaps 150 films and TV shows. Along the way he has turned in a long… Read more »

03 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It’s easy to point to a director and pinpoint their prime output to the span of a decade or two. Many directors have a fiery, potent period of energy and rage that burns brightly and then explodes (for directors who die young, or who ceremoniously renounce the field) or fade away (for those who continue to release films but grow… Read more »

02 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists