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Ah, the 1980’s, an era of rapidly increasing budgets and musclebound screen heroes like Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, Norris, Lundgren; a time when Jason Voorhees and John Rambo simultaneously captured the world’s collective imagination. It was also the decade of Cannon Films, a production house that cranked out low-to-medium budget action films with astonishing regularity. Led by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan… Read more »

19 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

As a character actor John C. Reilly is no stranger to the type casted role, the unloved husband, the sidekick or the best friend. But through those roles he still exhibits an artistry of character development formulated out of comedy and realism. His roles in the following films share similarities and differences in his characters but ultimately all of them… Read more »

19 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Rashomon” is one of Akira Kurosawa’s most famous films, and is now considered one of the greatest films ever made. It is a very significant production for the Japanese movie industry since it marked its entrance to the world stage, a move that proved the prowess of Japanese cinema in the best way possible. “Rashomon” went on to win the… Read more »

19 March 2017 | Uncategorized

Typecasting is when an actor keeps receiving the same types of roles. Usually this has a negative connotation, as most actors don’t want to be associated with only one type of character. Of course, there are some actors who love to play “the bad guy” or “the quirky girl”, and audiences love to see them in those roles. But then,… Read more »

18 March 2017 | Features, People Lists

If you are the man with the money and somebody comes to you and says he wants to make a film that’s four hours long, with no stars, and no women, and no love story, and not much action either, and he wants to spend a huge amount of money to go film it in the desert – what would… Read more »

18 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Whether you’re 13 or 33, you’ve probably heard the phrase “you’ll understand this when you grow up” a million times. Some people use it to justify their irrational behavior, while others simply try to protect you from the inevitable throes of life. Indeed, some of these voices put too much emphasis on age as a catalyst for maturity. However, there… Read more »

18 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Financial success is not always a strong indicator of the quality of a film. Moonlight, which won Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards, has net a mere $22 million at the box office, while Batman Vs. Superman: The Dawn of Justice, a multiple Razzie award-winning film that was panned by critics, net around $873 million. Here are some examples… Read more »

17 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Musicians are an odd sort: the type of drive, creativity, and ambition that pushes a musician to the heights of success are also often accompanied by large egos, a singular vision, and absolute faith in one’s abilities. As in many creative fields, a combination of these traits are often necessary to survive and attain success; but they can also lead… Read more »

17 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Gossamer-like, lovely and wistful, The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) thrums with the dual dispositions of the sublime Golden Age director Ernst Lubitsch and the jam-packed chapter and verse of Stefan Zweig. In this calorie-rich and joyously effete film from writer-director Wes Anderson one will find his most exhaustive and exuberant picture to date. The Grand Budapest Hotel exists in a… Read more »

17 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

When Inception was first released, it was praised as one of the most original and daring blockbusters in years. A thriller that was as cerebral and full of ideas as it was taut and suspenseful, Inception managed to be both a crowdpleaser and a critical success. Christopher Nolan was always known for his puzzle-box narratives — think the reverse-narrative of… Read more »

17 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Like many cynical cineasts, I have a rather conflicting relationship with the Oscars. On the one hand, it can be nice seeing your favorite filmmaker win, and if you have an innate fascination with the Hollywood establishment to begin with, it’s essential viewing. But on the other hand, you know none of it really matters. If your particular choice wins,… Read more »

16 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

It is safe to assume that nearly everyone has cried from the emotional power of a film. Sometimes these are tears of sorrow, as the viewer empathizes with a character’s tragedy. Other times, the tears come from an overwhelming rush of emotion, as a response to the sheer beauty or joy of a scene. This potential for emotional impact that… Read more »

16 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The case has been made that foreign films are essential to increasing a person’s ability to empathize, and therefore everyone, not just lovers of cinema should watch them. Seeing somebody completely different from you experiencing something completely human is important, since understanding is what brings the people of the world together. This sentiment though can only be true if films… Read more »

16 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In the macabre and entrancing first scene of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City,” a woman in a scarlet evening dress (Marley Shelton) and a man in a black business suit (Josh Hartnett) chat on a massive balcony overlooking a vast and shadowy metropolis. It’s a gushingly romantic encounter and for a moment, you think it might be the… Read more »

15 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The beauty of acting is that there is rarely an outright awful actor, because any performer can have good roles and bad roles. Even the actors you may like the least will have a performance that will catch you off guard and will, perhaps, even win you over. In that same breath, the opposite effect applies to acting as well,… Read more »

15 March 2017 | Features, People Lists

You know that feeling you get when you watch a movie or even a simple scene that is so cool and badass that the hairs on the back of your head just stand up? When you watch John Wick dispatch an horde of thugs with one handgun; when you see Dan Stevens calmly knocking out rowdy bullies in The Guest?… Read more »

15 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists