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Defined as “a persistent disturbing preoccupation with unreasonable idea or feeling”, obsessions can definitely drive us to a certain point where we literally can’t think of anything else. Why do we become obsessed? When does a fixation become an obsession? Obsessive behavior can be interpreted as an invasive feeling in ourselves that we can’t control. From brilliant people to serial… Read more »

12 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The score to any film is just as important as the story itself. Without music, the film has no life. Throughout Nino Rota’s career, he has brought a unique approach to each of his films through the clever use of instruments and the music he’s created around the characters. It’s impossible not to think of The Godfather films without humming… Read more »

12 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Walking the fine line between comedy and drama has always been a natural way of picturing life’s mood swings on screen. Thus it comes as no surprise that dramedies are one of the most prevalent merges of movie genres. Distinguishing comedy-dramas from films not easily regarded as such is certainly not the simplest task in the world, because, despite the… Read more »

11 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It’s difficult to predict when a film will be a hit. There are some ways to ensure success if the film is part of a successful franchise, but even then the public may react against it if the qualify of the film is middling. These days Hollywood loves tent pole films that they can build a franchise around. Original properties… Read more »

11 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

24 films. Six actors. A dazzling array of intriguing, beautiful women. Hundreds of immaculate automobiles, spellbinding set pieces, innovative gadgets, and countless vodka martinis (shaken, not stirred). Bond. James Bond. Ian Fleming’s seminal spy character, James Bond Agent 007 has been thrilling audiences for over 50 years. Bond and his impeccable English charm, ingenious wit, unparalleled sex appeal, and license… Read more »

11 May 2016 | Features, People Lists

Asian films have played an important role in the preferences of both Western audiences and filmmakers since the 1950s, when Akira Kurosawa’s films had a large impact in the United States, with auteurs like Sergio Leone, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese including him among their most important influences. During the 1980s, Hong Kong action films had a similar effect, while… Read more »

11 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

No matter how highly regarded a director may be, it is often not possible for all of their films to have such high acclaim (unless they’re Jean Vigo or Charles Laughton). Yet caution must be taken when approaching the “classics” of the celebrated directors, as sometimes their more esteemed films end up disappointing, whereas their lesser known work makes you… Read more »

11 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It’s evening and a violet shadow—pale—spreads over the city like ink dispersing in water. We’ve gathered at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver for a late night special preview screening of High-Rise, the fifth feature from British firebrand Ben Wheatley. “This is a film for audiences who want to see dogs being killed, and Tom Hiddleston naked,” deadpans Wheatley to the… Read more »

10 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

Pauline Kael was one of the most acclaimed, opinionated, and clever movie critics. Her reviews could be controversial and she left an impact on other critics such as Roger Ebert. She had a taste for violence in films, but only when it was purpose and she disliked movies she felt were superficial or manipulative. Here are a few films most… Read more »

10 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It’s one of the most complex and complete film industries in the world. The German language film industry is actually quite contrary to the norm, if you compare it to other film industries throughout Europe. There are five different stages of the German film industry that comprise its entire history, if we assume 1915 as a reasonable beginning for a… Read more »

10 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Evil dolls are right up there with clowns as one of those things that give a lot people the creeps. Under that theory, evil clown dolls would be the worst. They can be either made of plastic, wood or porcelain and be meant as toys or dolls for the amusement of children, for adults to collect or for those who… Read more »

09 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Sequels are everywhere in Hollywood. It’s a practical pastime of the trade that successful products get return trips, though this trek may not always prove as easy as it seems. Outlandish pitches, hack scripts, or even the genuinely clever follow-up have filtered through studio funnels, to the point where plans are eagerly announced to the public. Then, as if it… Read more »

09 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Is cinema as we know it dangerously close to extinction? This alarming question may seem over the top but it actually expresses a very real possibility; as the average movie costs and allowed budgets get outrageously larger, the relative profit studios make gets understandably lower. When a movie requires a budget of $140 million, as is the case for Captain… Read more »

09 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The word “horror” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “painful and intense fear, dread…” Not a surprising summation of what the Horror Film genre tries to instill. In the past decade, theatrical horror films have been dominated by the company Blumhouse Productions. Their spotty releases have included “Paranormal Activity”, “Sinister”, as well as the “Insidious” and “The Purge” soon-to-be franchises. It… Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There are numerous examples of popular movies that feature a nun as one of the main characters; this includes The Sound of Music, Sister Act, The Singing Nun, and Doubt. This list is not about those films. It deals mostly with the exploitative subgenre that is known as nunsploitation, one that was prevalent in Europe and Japan during the 1970’s…. Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Jonathan Demme is right now on what’s probably the last years of his career. The legendary filmmaker was born in New York in February 22, 1944, and has been directing since he was thirty, when he debuted with Roger Corman-produced comedy Caged Heat, a movie that set him on an early run of wacky action/comedy movies that did nothing to… Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists