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Looking at the ten films featured on this list, one can identify two distinct patterns regarding what’s happened to the western in the last fifteen years. The first is that westerns have become louder, pushing the genre’s exhilarating gunplay to explosive extremes in order to keep up with the modern day blockbuster. The second is that westerns have become quieter,… Read more »

21 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The study of metaphysics has almost 25 centuries of existence, when Aristotle wrote a book called “Metaphysical” about causation, form, matter and existence. According to the Greek philosopher, metaphysics isn’t just about transcendence, but in this list we will mainly focus on this subject: what’s beyond physical and material. For that reason, it’s important to know the differences between transcendence and… Read more »

21 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Anyone who has ever been a teenager at some point heard the following words from a knowing adult: “These are the best years of your life”. Anyone who can remember being a teenager knows that’s a complete lie made up by old people because they can’t remember anything. A select few had great times during their high school years, feeling… Read more »

20 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have proven themselves to be a formidable pair within the world of cinema. Few directors and producers can depict a day in the life of people who are living on the outskirts as deftly as the Dardennes. The brothers are originally from Belgium. Their hallmark style focuses on individuals who are struggling to get by from… Read more »

20 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes we are moved by literature and we want to share our findings with our friends, only to realize that they have completely missed the point. On the other hand, that point is only our point and it is possible that it is us who lost it. Because of this, some of my friends and I have the habit to… Read more »

19 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Suffice to say, this list goes into detail contrasting different elements of plot and character between each of these works and their original inspirations, so if you are unfamiliar with one of these and prefer to remain that way, skip on down the line.   10. Aladdin (1992) Based on “One Thousand and One Nights” “One Thousand and One Nights”… Read more »

19 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Since Thomas Edison first showcased the kinetoscope for the Japanese in 1896, Japanese cinema has maintained its position as one of the top benchmarks of world cinema. Combining a rich, unique artistic culture with a bloody feudal history, Japanese cinema has always been able to find the ultimate balance of light and shade; the perfect amount of whimsy and solemnity… Read more »

19 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Punk rock genre is easily one of the most diverse music genres, and that’s largely because of how it spans so many different subgenres; like hardcore, post-punk, Taqwacore, and protopunk. Even today, punk continues to expand and remains a popular genre of music. Much like any subculture there are often movies that try and capitalize on this genre- this… Read more »

18 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Even though once considered taboo, depression is a common theme in cinema and so is a central subject in many great films. This list narrows the huge spectrum of unhappiness by limiting it to endogenous depression and that caused by traumatic experiences, bad relationships, or anxiety. The list intentionally does not include depression that is due to addiction or disability… Read more »

18 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Blockbusters and Hollywood movies in general are the order of the day. There is an abundance of films made in the USA throughout the world. However, many of the foreign gems of recent years are obscure in many regions. Here is a list of some meaningful European and Asian films which deserve a chance to shine.   1. Head-On (2004,… Read more »

18 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Let’s try to set the record straight. More has been written about Kubrick – on his films, about his person, extracting his methods – than any other motion picture director in history. The Shining has in fact sparked a fervent cottage industry of books, blogs, and documentary films all to its own. There are dozens and dozens of fan sites… Read more »

17 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Queen of Suspense! Dame Agatha Christie is the best selling novelist of all time, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. She has sold roughly 2 billions copies of her work, and her estate claims her works come in 3rd for most-widely published books, behind only the works of William Shakespeare and The Bible. She is also the… Read more »

17 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“The End of the Humanity”… a theme immediately scary. Fright is almost like a baton of manipulation in the hands of a good craftsman in this medium, and brewing a thrill is quite an achievement. Exploiting this primal response, thanks to the amygdala, has given us some great works of cinema. But often this vision of “wipe-out” has been explored… Read more »

17 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Rolling Stones have broken so many records over their astonishing 50-plus year career; raised so many bars and left so many lesser bands eating their dust that there isn’t much left to say about them. One aspect of their tenancy as The Greatest Rock and Roll Band In The World™ that’s often overlooked though is their contribution to cinema…. Read more »

15 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Wes Anderson is probably the most discussed director of the last few years. Like most indie directors gone mainstream, he’s amassed a large amount of detractors. Most of their complaints revolve around the fact that he does exactly the same thing, over and over again. While acknowledging that complain as a flagrant oversimplification, we could as ourselves: isn’t that what… Read more »

15 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists