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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 | Uncategorized

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 | Uncategorized

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 | Uncategorized

If someone walks in on you while watching a kung fu movie, they’re likely to make a remark something along the lines of “What the hell are you watching?” There’s nothing to justify such a disdainful attitude—kicking others in the face while grunting and whooping loudly is a perfectly normal activity for most people, and the depiction of it in… Read more »

12 March 2014 | Uncategorized

YouTube has provided us with so many classics over the years; from cats doing silly things to people embarrassing themselves, YouTube has proven its worth. The great thing about YouTube is the people that use it, putting up videos as serious as their political views and as silly as them buttering the floor for their roommate. Today’s people are getting… Read more »

11 March 2014 | Uncategorized

No doubt over the past few weeks you have seen countless lists dedicated to Valentine’s Day. “The best romantic comedies!” or “Movies guaranteed to impress your date!” and the ilk have probably been crawling all over the news feed of whatever social media site you browse when you’re supposed to be working. Now that the holiday is over, however, all… Read more »

11 March 2014 | Uncategorized

Filmmaking has always been, and will always be, a process of collaboration and compromise, due to the meeting of art and commerce. Inevitably conflicts will arise between those involved, sometimes to the benefit, but often to the detriment of the works being created. Hollywood’s history is rife with stories of behind-the-scenes’ ego clashing between producers, directors, actors, etc., for many… Read more »

10 March 2014 | Uncategorized

A common complaint of movie critics and some viewers is that heroes and villains in film often lack in motivation. Villains often can get away with megalomania or some sort of disorder, but heroes usually don’t. This problem has plagued storytelling since the beginning, and it’s usually solved with the introduction of what we now know as a macguffin. Sir… Read more »

06 March 2014 | Uncategorized

Once in a while a talented director and actor will hit it off and continue working together on multiple films. A certain trust and bond develop and the multiple collaborations result in the pair growing together whilst getting better at the creative process involved in the art of film making, often leading them to make even better films , the… Read more »

05 March 2014 | Uncategorized

Some actors are well-publicized career switchers and use that to promote their directorial efforts. But more actors than you may know have taken the reigns behind that camera to mixed results. Here we find 20 films that were the directorial efforts of some surprising famous faces.   20. Gridlock’d Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall The movie: The overcoming drug addiction comedy/drama,… Read more »

05 March 2014 | Uncategorized

Being gay is big news right now! At the same time we have Michael Sam, a college football player entering the NFL draft aiming to become the first openly gay player in that league. Stealing his thunder was Jason Collins who became the first openly gay athlete in the major American sports when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets. While… Read more »

04 March 2014 | Uncategorized

RoboCop (1987) is a classic science fiction film, satirizing the consumerism and the sleazy corporate ethics of the Reagan-era. Wildly popular in its day, it spawned two sequels, a live-action television series, a mini-series, and several video games, comic books, cartoons and action figures. And countless rip-offs of which the most recent is Fox’s “Almost Human”. Its rightful place in… Read more »

04 March 2014 | Uncategorized

How To Get Nominated for an Oscar: 1. Be Meryl Streep. 2. Be handicapped. 3. Be dying. 4. Be completely alone…. through most of the movie. 5. Be the underdog who nobody thought would win or the person who helped the underdog win. 6. Be in a movie nobody ever heard of before the nominees were announced. 7. Be incredibly… Read more »

03 March 2014 | Uncategorized

Everyone knows Harold Ramis for his role as Egon Spangler in “Ghostbusters”. Actually, he was more than a gifted actor. As an accomplished comedy screenwriter and director, Ramis has a film career that deserves everybody’s veneration.  Comedy is a film genre that doesn’t always get proper respect. The truth is, though, if you take away all the jokes, comedy is actually a… Read more »

03 March 2014 | Uncategorized

The Academy Awards, as we’ve seen recently with the addition of 10 best picture spots, hasn’t been the most consistent with its nomination categories. Which makes sense as the ever-changing climate of movie making starts to reveal new aspects of technology and creative achievements to honor. Here is a trip down Oscar memory lane with award winners for statues that… Read more »

01 March 2014 | Uncategorized

As we have seen time and time again, the Academy of Arts and Sciences is not infallible. Made up of human beings (often with somewhat questionable agendas), the Academy has had its fair share of mis-steps and baffling snubs over its 86 year history.  Fortunately, they do recognize talent, even if they generally pass it up for something safer. Proving… Read more »

28 February 2014 | Uncategorized