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Billy Wilder was born in Austria in 1906 and after a brief career in Berlin as a journalist, he began to work as a scriptwriter in the active German film community of the 1920’s. As many others did, the Jewish Wilder emigrated to America in 1933 when Adolph Hitler came to power, and he arrived in Hollywood in 1934 unable… Read more »

15 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Editing is a selection process. Sometimes hundreds of hours of footage are captured, and we only end up seeing around two hours of it. It’s also a language that has rules. When done badly it can cause boredom or, even worse, confusion. The importance of editing cannot be underestimated. According to acclaimed film writers David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, the… Read more »

14 May 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Austrian film director and screenwriter, Michael Haneke is one of Europe’s most prominent and controversial auteurs working today. He began his career in television and theatre and it wasn’t until late in his career at the age of 33 that he began working in film, with his 1989 cinematic debut Der siebente Kontinent [The Seventh Continent]. From then on his… Read more »

14 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Mario Bava (b. 1914—d. 1980) was an Italian filmmaker whose work has influenced that of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Francis Ford Coppola, among a score of others. He’s also credited with indirectly spawning the slasher film craze of the ’80’s. Sort of a jack-of-all-trades in the Italian film industry, working as a cinematographer and special effects designer as well… Read more »

13 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Tim Burton has become the poster boy for all things gothic and weird in modern cinema. If one really looks into his body of work, there is a sort of formula within the majority of his films that he abides by, and it goes something like this: an oddball, misfit character is somehow thrown into new territory. This oddball, misfit… Read more »

12 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The Western is one of America’s unique contributions to culture. It reflects American history and has helped shape the nation’s view of itself and how it others see it. However, the history of the Western is so pervasive, that some of the most remarkable films of the genre were actually made in Europe – specifically in Italy and Spain with… Read more »

11 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

With the success of Bryan Singer’s X-Men in 2000; the door was opened, and the modern superhero film era began. Fast forward to two years later where Columbia Pictures and Sam Raimi released Spider-Man and it was cemented. Here, in the present, we have the benefit and sometimes dissatisfaction of witnessing our beloved heroes of comic book lore triumphing on… Read more »

11 May 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Hollywood, home of the US film industry, houses the world’s oldest and largest film studios. Frequently working on budgets greater than $100-200 million dollars, directors within the studio system benefit from a level of security rarely found in the independent film making world. Yet in spite of the obvious difficulties in competing with the studios, many of the best features… Read more »

10 May 2014 | Features, People Lists

From Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, to Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence – there has never been any shortage of ‘beauty with brains’ in the tinsel town of Hollywood. Kate Winslet’s turn as ‘Rose’ in ‘Titanic’ was the starting point of a hugely successful career. Even unconventionally beautiful actresses (think: Halle Berry) have managed to wow audiences with… Read more »

10 May 2014 | Features, People Lists

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