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Her probably should be mentioned in a discussion of Scarlett Johansson’s best films. However only her voice is in the movie. Too often, actresses are broken down by how beautiful they are. In the two Woody Allen films Scarlett Johansson has starred in, her lips are described as “sensual.” In both films is the same description. And yet it feels… Read more »

08 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The next list comprises twenty-five of the most controversial movies of the 2000’s. Some openly, others as a mere reflex of their time, each of the movies enlisted here pushed the boundaries of transgression by reviewing old fashioned or current uncomfortable subjects.   25. Visitor Q (Takashi Miike, 2001) Visitor Q is a very, very experimental movie about a pervert… Read more »

08 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

This technique has been used since the dawn of cinema to bring objects to life and manufacture magical worlds. Before the days of CGI, it was a primary way to produce special effects, in classics from King Kong, to Jason and the Argonauts, to Star Wars. It’s called stop-motion. It’s rumored that the legendary cinema pioneer Georges Melies accidentally discovered… Read more »

07 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once glorified art to this level: “Art as the single superior counterforce against all will to negation of life, art as the anti-Christian, anti-Buddhist, anti-Nihilist par excellence.” Here are 15 films influenced by Nietzschean philosophical theories such as Master-Slave Morality, the Will to Power, Apollo vs Dionysus, the Übermensch, Ressentiment and Eternal Recurrence.  … Read more »

07 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Bond… James Bond.” A total of six actors have uttered this line within the span of 50 years and 23 films. From his 1962 cinematic debut in Dr. No, to his most recent adventure in Skyfall (and soon Spectre), James Bond has retained his license to thrill in what has become the longest-running film franchise in cinematic history, save maybe… Read more »

06 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A film movement is a wave of films usually following a particular trend in cinema of the time. Most trending movements in cinema are regional but influence world cinema. These films have cultural origins usually influenced by national tragedy, popular culture, or social issues. Experimental techniques can be used to create the innovating filming styles. Boundaries in editing are also… Read more »

06 April 2015 | Features, Other Lists

Documentary films have been around since the earliest days of cinema. In a sense, they are the opposite of narrative films: fictional stories created in the mind of the writer, brought to life by the director, and starring a bunch of actors who are pretending to be someone else. Documentaries by definition are nonfiction, true-life stories presented to the audience… Read more »

05 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When Marlon Brando spent an entire month in a bed at the Birmingham Army Hospital in Van Nuys, California, just to prepare for his debut role as a paraplegic veteran in “The Men” (1950), he became on of the first and best examples of the extremes an actor goes to when preparing for a character. For Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver”… Read more »

05 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Just in case you needed more South Korean cinema, here is an additional article featuring 25 more overlooked South Korean films. If you haven’t checked out the first one, please do so — mainly just in case I might’ve missed something (as well as several other similar lists). Once again, I use the term “overlooked” incredibly loosely. Whether it be… Read more »

05 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Who doesn’t love The Twilight Zone? Whilst not the first of its type, The Twilight Zone television series, which consisted of unrelated stories from various genres like science fiction, horror, mystery, fantasy, suspense and thrillers, remains the most popular amongst these types of anthology series. Starting with the original television series, which ran from 1959 to 1964, the show has… Read more »

04 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Born to upper class Italian nobility in 1906, Luchino Visconti was raised in an environment of high culture, becoming involved in theatre and music at a young age. During World War II he grew critical of his lavish upbringing, joining the Communist party and focusing his films on the lower class of Italy. Visconti was also openly homosexual, having relationships… Read more »

04 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There’s something about Spain that seems to inspire filmmakers to dig deep into the darkest corners of their mind and create some hair-raising, bone-chilling, scream-inducing films. While there are a few films dating back to 1929, the 1970s were the dawn of great horror films produced in Spain, beginning with La Noche Del Terror Ciego (Tombs of the Blind Dead),… Read more »

03 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Youth is a pivotal point in one’s life. It’s when we start making our own decisions about ourselves and emerge into adulthood. As puberty takes over, our bodies mature, and our interest in sex begins to dominate. First sexual experiences usually occur, and with these experiences, a journey of self discovery. The films in this list explore the diverse thoughts,… Read more »

03 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

We’ve talked you through the French and Italian movies from Martin Scorsese’s list of 39 movies that every young filmmaker should watch. Now for the Germans. In many ways, this is a list that can be split into two distinct parts. Scorsese’s choices all come from either the Expressionist era (the main proponents being Fritz Lang and F.W. Murnau among… Read more »

02 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Japanese have a term, kenzoku, which translated literally means “family.” The connotation suggests a deep bond shared between people (or even animals) equivalent to that of blood – to kinship. This list not only takes this idea or feeling into consideration, but specifically praises the most out of the ordinary examples of such an idea. The following films are… Read more »

01 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

From Merriam-Webster.com: Father: 1a :  a man who has begotten a child; 2a :  one related to another in a way suggesting that of father to child; 3a: a person who was in someone’s family in past times. All of those words are true enough but, somehow, they don’t quite say it all. The father is the progenitor, the protector,… Read more »

01 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There’s something about first love. To be innocently in love without massive burdens of responsibility that comes with maturing into a fully grown-up person. Everything is in its place and things surely can’t get any better than that. Doubtlessly everybody sometimes think about the what if-s that come with thinking about first love. What if it lasted? What if we… Read more »

31 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ensemble films rely on a large cast of colorful characters in order to develop the themes of the plot. Ensemble comedies are a bit different from their dramatic counterparts in that they use the large celebrity casts as a background of zany characters to deliver continuous laughs as well as for story purposes. They differentiate themselves from other comedies due… Read more »

30 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

World cinema has seen an increasingly great number of overlooked and smaller features work its way onto the market over the past five years due to booming cinematic movements around the world, help of a stronger online presence both in the ability to showcase and discuss these features, and cheaper ways of making films. The hype and technology afforded filmmakers… Read more »

30 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists