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If there is something we can undoubtedly say about films, it’s that they have the power to influence our mood. Since it’s the end of the year, and few can elude the temptation to make lists, promises to oneself and all sorts of plans, here is a little incentive to get you started: a list of films you might want… Read more »

30 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Travelling back in time to change fate has always been the dreams of mankind. Early in 1888, the great H. G. Wells wrote a short story about time travelling, it’s called The Chronic Argonauts. It predates his more famous time travelling novel The Time Machine by 7 years. The first notable film in this genre was the silent movie version… Read more »

29 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In the last few years, Matthew McConaughey has come to be known for tackling deeply philosophical and emotionally complex roles. Namely he played introspective Detective Rust Cohle, alongside the brusque yet charismatic Woody Harrelson, in the critically successful True Detective. Later in the year he played the space-bound pilot and torn father Cooper in Interstellar. Both of these characters remain… Read more »

28 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Rashomon, Akira, Tokyo Story, Ikiru, Ugetsu, Late Spring, Seven Samurai, Harakiri, Twenty-Four Eyes and Yojimbo. The list can go on and on forever, but today we will be focusing on the modern Japanese films that derive from the year 2000 and onwards. This list is not disregarding other movies, but giving breathing room for movies that we had never bumped… Read more »

27 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

First and crucially, the films explored in this list feature a story or sub-story told backwards. The first film to feature a sequence where the events happen in reverse was Jean Epstein’s “La glace à trois faces” (The Three Sided Mirror) in 1927, but the most well known use of this technique was made in a play in 1978 by… Read more »

26 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Comedy is probably the most subjective genre of film but with 2015 looming and the holiday quickly approaching, it is also the genre that tends to unite families and large gatherings. The universal language of laughter is the one that a majority of people will turn to in these fun filled weeks and so below are ten great options from… Read more »

24 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

2014 has undoubtedly been an incredible year for cinema. From satirical comedies to engrossing thrillers to thematically heart-wrenching tales, independent films flourished this year and have portrayed some of the best performances and most original storylines we have seen in years. Whether you’re looking for a laugh, a scare, or an intellectually stimulating experience, it is bound to be found… Read more »

23 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The original meaning of a “femme fatale” is at least as old as humanity itself. The symbol of a seductive, immoral female figure first emerged in the initial story of Adam and Eve. The femme fatale motif runs like a red thread in various literary works such a Heinrich Heine’s Loreley or the dancing daughter of Herodias in Oscar Wilde’s… Read more »

22 December 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Avant-garde is a term used to refer a series of manifestations that openly depart from the canons of the Status Quo. Though the eagerness to innovate can be traced through different stages of history, the emergence of Avant-garde manifestations occurred at the final stage of 19th century. Those manifestations met a golden age of development as well as periods of… Read more »

22 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The term “film noir” was first coined by French critic Nino Frank in 1946. It translates to “black film” in French and was referring to Hollywood crime dramas made in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The term was not accepted immediately, with these types of films usually referred as melodramas and not classified in a distinct category of their own. The… Read more »

21 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

This list contains those movies that were once the great idea of a foreign director. Now they’ve been taken in by American film makers and re-interpreted with American actors and a different cultural feel. Sometimes we watch movies and think instantly about a remake of them: what we would add, what they should have changed, what they did wrong. All… Read more »

20 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

During the 1960s the public interest in period spectacles (Jidai-geki), the famous film studio Toei produced at that time, slowly began to wane. The times had changed and Japan was in state of constant political turmoil. Extremist leftist groups emerged and students rose up to protest against the continuing American influence on their country, resulting in bloody streetfights between the… Read more »

20 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The 1980’s was seen as an unusual decade for movies. There were a lot of “popcorn” movies released that decade (popcorn movies were seen to have been started with “Jaws” in 1975), but independents and art house films were seen as being on the upswing. There was a true division in audiences also. The 16 to 24 year old crowd… Read more »

19 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Crazy, wild eyed, off the wall are just a few terms people would use to describe Nicolas Cage. His style of performance is like no other actor on this planet. He says lines that are just plain normal yet they make you question why he’s said them in that way. An actor that has divided critics and general movie goers’ opinions… Read more »

18 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When explaining why he dropped out of film school, Paul Thomas Anderson said “My film making education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I liked were watching, then seeing those films. I learned the technical stuff from books and mags…Film school is a complete con, because the information is out there if you want it.” Whatever one’s motivation, the joy… Read more »

18 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

After the Civil War, the South was no longer an epicenter of trade and commerce. Its failure to win the war plunged it into economic and technological turmoil from which it has arguably never fully recovered. For this reason, the South has long been considered to be backwards, anti-intellectual, poverty stricken, and highly religious. One way these ideas have been… Read more »

17 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In the history of film there have been a number of anni mirabili, years in which an enormous amount of quality movies were released. The great examples are 1939 (Gone With the Wind, the Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Ninotchka), 1960 (Psycho, L’Avventura, Breathless, La Dolce Vita), 1974 (Godfather 2, Chinatown, The Last Detail, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein), 1979 (Apocalypse… Read more »

16 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

This year’s movie Lucy was more the mise-en-scène than the plot: a colour palette and a pace that fans hadn’t seen for a while that just screamed from Luc Besson. Lucy was a massive international hit, financially and critically – though less so with the scientific community which sniffily took umbrage with the theory that 100% brain activity will turn you… Read more »

13 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Born in Minnesota, Winona Ryder made her film debut at the age of fifteen with David Seltzer’s Lucas. However, it was not until her first collaboration with Tim Burton two years later with the comedy fantasy Beetlejuice that Ryder was first properly recognised. In Beetlejuice she played teen Goth Lydia with a wicked dress sense and a penchant for speaking… Read more »

12 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists