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The formula for a romantic thriller is simple. You have to have a femme fatale, a man willing enough to be duped, and the ever-constant threat of danger. Throw in an overarching conspiracy and you’re in for a rollicking good time. Combining both a fear and fascination with sex, and the worldview that romance (or lust and death) are always… Read more »

22 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The recent release of Overlord has reminded many people why the zombie genre is so popular. People just love watching the undead duke it out with the living, and who can blame them? Especially right now, when Oscar bait movies are being shoved down our throats, it may be nice to sit back and watch some movies about flesh eating… Read more »

21 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes a tight 90-minute film isn’t quite enough. Sometimes there are stories that simply cannot be told quickly. While it feels like the average length of movies in the cinema is increasing due to big budgets and perhaps the need to get value for money (it seems strange when a Marvel film comes in 140 minutes), a film breaching the… Read more »

20 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Everything builds upon something. In the earliest days of cinema, it drew inspiration from vaudeville and theater. If we go back down in history through operas and stages, we will end up in ancient times and in this case, ancient Greek theater. For their theater, it was based upon tragedies from family chaos, myths, epics, and so forth. Certain films… Read more »

19 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

A master class can be a bit paradoxical at times. This is the opportunity to introduce newcomers to the prime examples of a particular subject. Do we go with the blatantly obvious options, or do we give them cases that they would have never thought to explore? This is a concerted effort to attempt to do both. Today, we’re looking… Read more »

18 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Fans of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic, Suspiria, weren’t exactly pining for a remake, but in 2018 they got one anyway. Argento’s fellow Italian director, Luca Guadagnino, has thrown down the gauntlet with his reworking of the beloved horror shocker, and now the opinions are ours to form. Even though a 21st century Suspiria might have been the last thing that… Read more »

18 November 2018 | Features, Other Lists

I miss being traumatized by Disney. When I was 5 years old, nothing was more intense than Cinderella’s wicked stepmother’s green snake-eyes glowing in darkness. The stepmother Lady Tremaine psychological abuse of our heroine gave the otherwise cheerful “Cinderella” a flavor of horror that, in hindsight, was quite necessary for my development. Monsters like Lady Tremaine very much exist and… Read more »

17 November 2018 | Features, Other Lists

We just love prison break films. Sometimes they’re not convincing but still watchable, sometimes they’re philosophical, sometimes they’re just pure silly fun, or sometimes it’s just a metaphor for something else but we love them and not just for one reason. Sometimes it’s like watching a film about con men; we like to see how they’ll work their “magic”, what… Read more »

16 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Admittedly writing and publishing a cinema list that, in this case, purports to be a definitive listing of “the 25 Best Foreign Language Films of All Time” is clickbait that borders on trolling. Well, that isn’t that case at all, despite the fact that numerous international favorite filmmakers didn’t quite make the cut (alas, Robert Bresson, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne,… Read more »

16 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

It’s a bit hard to believe that. in a world with so many bad films, a good film can be overlooked or forgotten, especially if it was created by first rate artists, but it does happen. Sometimes film makers go out of fashion and even their best works can be swept aside. Sometimes a film maker is perceived as making… Read more »

15 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Starting in the art world of Paris in the 1920s by artists and poets such as Andre Breton, Guillaume Apollinaire and Louis Aragon, surrealism was adopting as a way of allowing the unconscious to freely express itself. Inspired by the dream theories of Sigmund Freud, surrealism foregoes rational explanation in favour of strange juxtapositions, illogical developments and non sequitur –… Read more »

15 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Being a one-hit-wonder is something that happens all the time in the music industry. Bands crack the code and create a chart-topping song, but a lot of the time, these bands have multiple other songs that are pretty good, if not better. But when it comes to directors and filmmaking, it’s a little harder to create a career-defining hit, and… Read more »

15 November 2018 | Features, People Lists

What is horror? The dictionary describes horror as “an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust”. These three approaches to horror represent three different styles of the horror movie. Horror movies designed to create a feeling of fear is what horror movie purists would refer to as a true example of a horror movie. However, the current state of affairs… Read more »

14 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Romantic love is one of the most tumultuous of emotions, ranging from elation to heartbreak in mere moments. It’s something nearly all people experience, making sad romantic films one of the most popular of film genres. Whether it’s the forces of society, illness, being married to the wrong person or simply unable to deal with one another, watching people made… Read more »

14 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

This is a man’s world. James Brown was right. Sometimes a male mind’s rationale appears on the surface of every man-made structure, norm, and pattern. Behind the surfaces, though, this is a woman’s world, too. No, a dynamic woman isn’t found behind every successful man. A woman, in a both rough and delicate cloth of emotion and creation, is found… Read more »

14 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Characters are at the heart of a film and without interesting, appealing characters, a film will inevitably fail to engage an audience. A memorable character can see a film elevated from good to great and even ensure that a film stands the test of time. Though we may often be able to sort characters into succinct categories – the protagonist,… Read more »

13 November 2018 | Features, Other Lists