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Every once in a while, you watch a great movie and notice this little thing in the opening credits  –  “Based On”, or maybe “Inspired By”, and in some rarer cases, nothing at all. These are the films where most seem to have forgotten to look down at those titles, and either don’t remember or haven’t seen the original cinematic… Read more »

12 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

One would think that concluding a movie would be the easiest part of screenwriting. The hero walks off into the sunset with his love interest, foes defeated, world saved and an extremely exaggerated character arc reached, only to do it all over again in the sequel. The complete opposite if you’re one of those pretentious types. And while the chosen… Read more »

12 May 2017 | Other Lists

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most renowned figures in the world of anime, and animation in general. In his capacities as director, producer, scriptwriter, animator, author, manga artist, and Studio Ghibli’s co-owner, he has shaped the field, and brought anime to the attention of the world audience as something more than a genre simply directed to teenagers. “Spirited Away”,… Read more »

12 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

A swelling of strings, a triumphant booming of horns, a delicate cascade of woodwinds, and a great percussive thunder, all bookended with soaring choirs and vocals. These are the old guard of film music, still as essential and iconic as ever. Even under barrages of parodies and imitators, this tried and true method of composing the accompanying music to almost every film in… Read more »

11 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Too often Harmony Korine is dismissed as a mere provocateur, the dubious character behind films like Gummo and Trash Humpers that are aesthetically, well, trashy. Detractors account for his success by referring to an experimental visual style and subjects that tend to be, as Variety called the Humpers, “riveting beyond rationality.” At the beginning of his career he reinforced the… Read more »

11 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

So far, the biggest money-making film this year is “Beauty and the Beast”, a Disney film that is a live-action remake of Disney’s own animation film. It’s basically a carbon copy of the original film, but with inferior musical renditions of the songs on the original soundtrack. We live in a time when Disney can just remake their own movies… Read more »

10 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Oscars have always been so much more than just the movies. Between the red carpet, the after-parties and the on-stage performances, discussion about the quality of cinema being honored has had to content itself with a subdued attention of mainstream audiences. Some years down the road, the memory of a certain artist holding an Oscar is less unambiguous than… Read more »

10 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Globalization is defined as a process of an international integration and interaction based on sharing ideas and products between different cultures. A few decades ago, it was a hypothesis and an economic strategy. In the 21st century, it is our everyday reality. Even though there are several great advantages to it, globalization also has a negative impact on people all… Read more »

10 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Leading up to the 2006 Academy Award ceremony, only two films were legitimately given a shot to take home the Best Picture award: Paul Haggis’ Crash and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. The presumptive favorite was Brokeback Mountain, and when Lee won Best Director for that movie, it only strengthened the argument that it would take home the night’s biggest prize…. Read more »

09 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“I am constantly standing outside and making people aware that they are always watching a film… At the same time, you are deeply and emotionally involved in it.” – Brian De Palma A controversial and towering figure in American filmmaking, Brian Russell De Palma (born September 11, 1940) is also one of the most divisive and misunderstood. A pivotal player… Read more »

09 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Why 11, you probably ask? Well, the answer is simple – eleven is a bit weirder than ten or twenty and you’ll agree it’s about time one of these weird lists got an odd number of entries. As usual, the movies are organized chronologically and arrive from various countries, tho’ Japan kinda imposes more than the others when it comes… Read more »

09 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Editing is a heavily overlooked aspect of films when it comes to casual audiences. Good editing makes the very existence of a film’s edits seem invisible; someone who wills to dissect movies will pay close attention to the pacing and cutting of a film. Either way, a film that is well edited will never distract you from everything else that… Read more »

08 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

For horror, superhero, and comedy fans, Sam Raimi is one of the most widely enjoyed filmmakers of the past 30 years. He’s created two popular original characters and franchises (Darkman and Evil Dead) and helmed the first Spider-Man trilogy in the 2000s. Besides this, Raimi has directed 15 full-length features, many of them great successes in their own right. Raimi’s… Read more »

08 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Cannes Film Festival dictates what movies we talk about for the following year, and indeed, for many years in the future. It was here that the Romanian New Wave first came into public eye, here that directors like Michael Haneke or Lars von Trier premiered their biggest projects and here that we found the year-defining films like Toni Erdmann… Read more »

08 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Before CG, 2D or 3D simulation to create massive crowds, Hollywood relied on extras—real people who laboriously had to be controlled, clothed, fed and paid (nowadays, from $50-$100 per 8 hours on the set, depending on the budget, of course). These are those that assemble the huge armies in great land battles. Or the crowd that gathers in the plaza… Read more »

07 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Long story short, gangster films became quite popular during the 1930s. Having started out here and there at the end of the roaring 20s – for instance, Josef Von Sternberg’s “Underworld” (1927) – gangster films reached a full-scale production during the 1930s mainly because of The Great Depression. For one, people needed entertainment that provided them with an escape from… Read more »

07 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists