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Dreams are the sleeping routine for most of humanity. One takes a physical rest from the world and from their fears and desires, only to encounter these same elements of existence in magnified or softened versions. Distorted universes and members of one’s life, sometimes added to old regrets and wishes, or simply the absurdity of an action that one would… Read more »

11 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Some years ago, young filmmaker Colin Levy had the enviable opportunity to meet Martin Scorsese. The meeting itself isn’t as important (at least not to cinephiles) as what happened afterwards. Three weeks after the meeting, Scorsese had a list sent to Levy. On the list were 39 foreign films that Scorsese thought every young filmmaker should watch and learn from…. Read more »

11 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Not long ago, a question was posed to me: which current filmmaker has yet to reach their magnum opus, their masterpiece, their finest, a title indicative of all their cinematic talents? This question was applied under the, apparent, logic wherein a filmmaker begins his or her career weaker than they eventually wind up, at least throughout their prime years. Now,… Read more »

10 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Although we’re only fifteen years into it, so far the twenty-first century has given birth to some of the most original and trailblazing crime films the world has seen to date. Whether you’re looking for a mind-blowing mystery from any corner of the Earth, the global film market is swift to remind us that crime is still able to create… Read more »

10 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most versatile film actors of the contemporary age is undoubtedly Naomi Watts. Born in Shoreham, England in 1968, she is a skilled performer who possesses the ability to utterly dissolve into any character, and as a result she invokes empathy from the viewing audience. Watts is the daughter of Myfanwy Edwards, a Welsh antiques buyer, and Peter… Read more »

09 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In the optimistic forecast by a Enlighten and Positivist person, from the eighteenth or nineteenth century point of view, the twentieth century will emerge as a universe in which faith would be purged, expelled from their usual points of reference by human reason and the Science explanatory potential. Fighting institutions remained active until the early nineteenth century, as the Inquisition,… Read more »

09 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He and his family then relocated to Springfield, Missouri, where he attended high school before enrolling in University of Missouri in 1982. Pitt originally majored in journalism, but after appearing in a few amateur plays he found himself bewitched by acting. After bit by the acting bug, Pitt dropped… Read more »

08 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The last five years have been an interesting time for South Korean filmmakers. A slew of debut filmmakers found themselves not only making successful first and sophomore films, but a few actually annihilating the box-office numbers that Bong Joon-ho’s The Host had set almost ten years ago. Speaking of, he along with two of the nation’s best and brightest released… Read more »

08 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Robert Downey Jr. has recently become one of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars with his blockbuster hits like The Avengers, but he has been an active part of the industry since the 1980s. Known for his witty charm as well as his ability to sink himself into a role, he has become one of the most versatile performers working today. Having… Read more »

06 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

For better or worse, Japan has gained a reputation for pumping out “weird” cinema. For a country that has produced filmmakers like Yasujirô Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi, it’s an unfair label. However, Japan’s difficult history and relative isolation from the rest of the world has certainly led to a unique and varied crop of filmmakers throughout its decades of film… Read more »

06 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“The theme of the journey,” Federico Fellini once stated in an interview, “is one of the great foundations of the art of narration.” This idea proves true in road films, both literally and figuratively. Movies that emphasize both an inward and outward journey, on a conscious level, constitute a genre in which people travel, often to escape, vacation, see something… Read more »

05 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Although rare; anthology films consisting of multiple acts and directors started as early as the 1930’s when vaudeville acts were cut together. Essentially these omnibus films are short films cut together and marketed as a feature film. What differentiates them from watching 90 minutes worth of short films is that they were made in conjunction with the final project in… Read more »

04 March 2015 | Film Lists

Years ago, Vanity Fair magazine began running a series of articles on film. Perhaps the most popular was “The Film Snob’s Dictionary,” a mini-series that eventually became a small bookIet contained cheerful, mirthfully malicious entries that were both real and humorous. It lampooned the fact that many film (or cinema, but never movie) fans all knew the “right” films and… Read more »

03 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A double feature can be defined as two different films with similar theme, style, substance or ideas. It can consist of two twin movies from one director like The Wrestler and Black Swan or Goodfellas and Casino, where the same themes are executed with the same style—fleshing out one intriguing subject. They can be two extremely similar films like Fearless… Read more »

02 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are plenty of moving documentaries (The Fog of War, Harlan County, USA, Michael Apted’s Up series ) and plenty of fine rock ‘n’ roll films (American Graffiti, Backbeat, Almost Famous), but there are only a select number of really excellent rock ‘n’ roll documentaries. Given the built-in commercial appeal of the subjects, it’s been all too easy to make… Read more »

01 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“New Wave” was a term initially used to describe a handful of directors attached to the Cahiers Du Cinema magazine and the movies these young filmmakers were making in a period ranging from the 1950s until the 1970s. However, this term has since become synonymous with a much more diverse period in French film history. Although the Cahiers crowd of… Read more »

01 March 2015 | Features, People Lists

There are many different components that make up the eccentric style of a Wes Anderson movie. The use of distinctive color patterns, perfectly symmetrical shots, and a similar menagerie of obscure actors and A-listers have all become characteristic of the visionary filmmaker. Arguably more distinct, though, is his heavy focus on character development, and the recurring themes of family dysfunction,… Read more »

28 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Does the actor make the movie, or does the movie make the actor (neither is true, but let’s pretend one is)? To build a case for the actor as the supreme cinematic being, the straw allows us to drink from the cinematic fountain, you need not look any further than the work of Joaquin Phoenix. Beginning acting at a young… Read more »

27 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Seoul born and raised, Park Chan-Wook studied philosophy at Sogang University, where he ran a film club, and then began his career as a film critic. His articles allowed him to gain a position as assistant director on a few films. Park-Chan Wook began his career as a feature director in 1992 with his film The Moon is the Dream… Read more »

27 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists