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When you say “foreign film” or “world cinema”, most people (at least some of the people who live in the United States) immediately think of a French or Italian film, or maybe a Japanese animation. Seldom do people think of Latin America. And it could be argued that this is because the output of films in Latin America has always… Read more »

25 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The high school movie is an American cinema staple, consisting of great classics from the likes of American Graffiti, John Hughes’ “brat-pack” films (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Dazed and Confused and many others. This cinema tradition continues to this day, with movies such as Juno and The Perks of Being a Wall Flower making a big impression… Read more »

25 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The great thing about art is how it can be interpreted in different ways. There’s nothing better than looking at a piece of art such as a painting or novel and walking away with something in mind about what it means to you. Each person sees art in different ways. Some may like it and some may not. Either way,… Read more »

24 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Good news for all Stanley Kubrick fans! There is a new documentary which is about the making of the masks in Eyes Wide Shut. In Kubrick’s last masterpiece, Dr. Bill Harford (played by Tom Cruise) wears an androgynous mask, as its creator Franco Cecamore specifically intended. This reinforces the theme that Dr Harford’s increasingly ambiguous relationship with his sexuality, spawned… Read more »

24 March 2014 | Features, Industry Insights

The concept of remaking a film is an interesting one to think about. Is it respectful to the original’s legacy, or disrespectful? Remakes really vary in quality – some are great, even better than the original source material, and then some are just awful – insulting, and just plain disrespectful to the original. Some stories are so classic that they… Read more »

22 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Darren Aronofsky’s latest film Noah hits theaters on March 28th. Predictably, the film has already garnered lots of controversy, before it’s even out; three Middle Eastern countries have banned it, Christian groups have threatened to boycott it, test-screening have resulted in troubling reactions, and Aronofsky has been struggling for his artistic rights with Paramount since the beginning. Despite the fact… Read more »

22 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Film is an art form which combines many various disciplines and a good film is not necessarily a film that looks good. But there is no denying that film is first and foremost a visual medium and that making your movies look beautiful can never really be a bad thing. Below you will find twenty directors who all have made… Read more »

21 March 2014 | Features, People Lists

Few would argue that the past decade’s constant stream of horror film remakes has not been detrimental to the genre as whole. The vast majority of these remakes are completely unnecessary and while there is absolutely no substitute for genuine creativity or fresh takes on horror material, bright spots do exist in the field. Classics like Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the… Read more »

21 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Production designers, or art directors, are responsible for the look of a film. They often have a simple question to answer; will the narrative’s setting work better by being created in a studio, or by being filmed out on location? It’s important to remember that everything that you see on screen in a film has either been placed there deliberately,… Read more »

20 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

A film’s aesthetic and visual palette can largely determine its mood, feel and even themes. Production, costume and art design all massively contribute to a film’s look, as well as the cinematography and directorial choices. Some filmmakers use visual extravagance and excess for no real point, making their films feel emotionally vapid and pointlessly indulgent (Baz Luhrman and Tarsem Singh… Read more »

19 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Many science fiction and futuristic films take place far, far out in the future showing us dazzling possibilities of what life on Earth may be like hundreds or even thousands of years from now. Will we be floating in large spaceships fighting hideous monsters like in the Alien films? Will there be a Star Fleet with a USS Enterprise? Will… Read more »

19 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The March release of The Grand Budapest Hotel, within its limited release, has already reached the highest takings for any independent film in 2014. Wes Anderson has enjoyed mainstream success, most significantly since the Royal Tenenbaums (2001), and Grand Budapest sets a new bar for the ambitions of “independent” films. What Anderson has managed to do is completely sell his… Read more »

18 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Religion (mainly Judeo-Christian religion, Hollywood has not evolved that much) is trending this year. Three major Bible-themed motion pictures come out in 2014. Son of God with a pretty Jesus (Diogo Morgado), takes his turn getting nailed to the cross. Noah (Russell Crowe) will definitely need an umbrella soon. And Exodus stars Christian Bale as Moses, who goes from conning… Read more »

17 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In recent years, television has slowly stretched its beautiful, large wings. It’s successfully been proving itself as the new medium for filmmakers to use as their easel. Its “seasons” of episodes generally give writers a more flexible time schedule for character development. A character can be developed over numerous episodes and audiences can see the process take place gradually –… Read more »

16 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

The internet is littered with lists which tell you about the one bad movie a good director made during their career but there’s not that much to be found when it comes to good films made by not so good directors. In this list you’ll find ten of those. Some of the chosen directors will be controversial whilst others will… Read more »

15 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

For many Vincent Price is that twisted uncle that in the recesses of our minds we can recall, but have never met, as he was part of a lot of people’s formative years growing up. He was a journey man popping up on various B-grade horror films, afternoon schlock, variety shows and even an episode or two of Batman and… Read more »

13 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists