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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 | Features, Other Lists

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 | Features, People Lists

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 | Features, Film Lists

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 | Features, Film Lists

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 | Features, Other Lists

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 | Features, Other Lists

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 | Features, Film Lists

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 | Features, Other Lists

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 | Features, Film Lists

If I had a dollar for every local band version of “Living After Midnight” I’ve heard in my life… I’d have about $15.30. Ba-dum-pum (spelling?) Almost every teenager with a dream and a pick (or a drumstick) has wanted to be in a band. That is why movies depicting dreams not deferred, but realized, are so incredibly appealing. So break… Read more »

27 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

It goes without saying that Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. Known as the Master of Suspense, Hitchcock had a special touch to each of his pictures that made him stand out as a director. This list represents the techniques and methods he used that made his movies stand out. It’s these little details that stood… Read more »

26 February 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Everyone loves a twist in a film, so why not have the twist in realising: “Hey, we never found out their name!” The common link which ties these movies together is that their main characters’ real names are actually never mentioned. This leaves the character void of an identity and creates an aura of mysteriousness.  So without further ado, here are 20… Read more »

25 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

It is always a tragedy to lose a Hollywood icon, serving inspirations and role models to the youth who look up to the actors in hopes of following their Hollywood dreams.  Not all actors are fortunate enough to live long lives, but all on this list left a big imprint on Hollywood during their career.  Here is a list of… Read more »

22 February 2014 | Features, People Lists

Long take. One-shot. Oner. Continuous take. Different terms for the same principle: An uninterrupted (or seemingly uninterrupted) shot in a movie. And with these shots come various difficulties. Lengthy dialogue which needs to be memorised. Difficult choreography of all the moving elements in the frame. Various lighting conditions. Hard working conditions for the cinematographer but also for other crew members…. Read more »

21 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Genre is a useful, if sometimes problematic tool for cinema; a film may contain many influences, styles and concepts meaning that it cannot be simply called, for example, a “horror” film. What if this “horror” film contains a lot of humour and makes the audience laugh as well as shriek? Well then it is a “horror-comedy” or “black comedy” –… Read more »

20 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists

“Halloween” is considered by many to be the greatest slasher film of all-time and it re-defined the horror genre. It may not be the first film to get the slasher genre started, but it was one of the most important and spawned many similar films. “Halloween” inspired a lot of talented filmmakers and launched the careers of those involved, and… Read more »

19 February 2014 | Features, Other Lists