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Probably the most world-renowned Japanese cult filmmaker, Takashi Miike is also one of the most prolific, having directed almost 100 films since 1991. Taking advantage of the “V-Cinema” (straight-to-video films) boom of the 90s, Miike managed to break into the industry, eventually producing “Shinjuku Triad Society” in 1995, his first theatrically distributed film. Since then, he has become one of… Read more »

24 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Nearly every movie star has, at least, one film they regret. For some, it is a small budget, often straight to video fiasco that happened early in their career while they were desperate for work. For others, these movie roles were chosen after the actors were well-established and were empowered to say no. Horrible jokes, overly convenient movie plots, and,… Read more »

23 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

For the last eighty years, Walt Disney Studios has been the dominant force in animated musicals. Since 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney has churned out cartoons about singing flowers, singing rats, singing fish, singing frogs, and all sorts of other lovable vermin who can’t stop themselves from bursting into song. Sure, there have been other studios who’ve… Read more »

23 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There’s something about twins… Having someone in the world that looks exactly like you, and with whom you probably spend most of your childhood and, exceptional circumstances aside, your later life too, is something that has provoked filmmakers’ minds all over the world. And telling a story about twins is not only a technological and narrative challenge for the directors… Read more »

23 April 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Ah, the movie business – where no idea is new and similar plots are practically everywhere. Yes, The Incredibles is Watchmen for kids, George Lucas has confirmed that Star Wars was heavily influenced from Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress. The Lion King can easily be seen as the animal version of Hamlet and there are so many action movies that… Read more »

22 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

If one thing can be said of the Hollywood studio system, it’s that you had a lot of chances to make a good movie. John Ford made well over 50 movies before he made Stagecoach, a game changing masterpiece, usually making two or three movies a year. It also doesn’t hurt that filmmakers like Ford, Wilder, and Hitchcock started playing… Read more »

22 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema can be considered an orchestrated consequence of several arts. Since its birth, the audiovisual medium has imbibed and borrowed from arts that infiltrate by virtue of seniority and experimentation. Over the course of its evolution from amusing spectacles to cultural statements, cinema has witnessed directors who bear profound sensitivity, encompassing its miscellaneous parentage. This parentage obviously includes stage, music,… Read more »

22 April 2016 | Features, People Lists

Either you love Quentin Tarantino or you hate him. The director’s work is recognizable for his trademarks—or his routines, depending on your point of view—including: long, powerful dialogues and/or speeches; frequent use of violence and dark humour; and, of course, larger-than-life characters. But when it comes to these characters, success ultimately hinges on casting. After all, who can imagine any… Read more »

21 April 2016 | Features, People Lists

“We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” – Stephen King Horror movies seem to promote a strong reaction either way. You either love them or hate them. For those who enjoy them, there are also many subtle genres within horror to enjoy like suspense, thriller, gothic, gory, campy, body horror, ghost horror, monster movies or… Read more »

21 April 2016 | Features, Other Lists

You would be hard pressed to find a music act that has had as big of an influence as The Beatles. Being active as a band for just ten years, the variation and massive success of their work (that experimented with pop ballads, hard rock and psychedelia) has led to their immortal and untouchable stature within the history of music… Read more »

21 April 2016 | Features, Other Lists

When it comes to the yearly awards season, namely the Academy Awards, things get a little claustrophobic. The number of films that end up getting nominated is a small number given the potential, with last year’s Oscars showing the echo chamber the voters are in, as out of a possible 48, only 19 different films were nominated for the awards… Read more »

21 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There is no term for the fear of drowning because, if there were, it would probably be “everyone has this.” There’s aquaphobia, which is pretty self-explanatory, but there’s another phobia, thalassophobia—this is the fear of deep, dark water specifically. Sufferers of thalassophobia will feel uneasy at the thought of being a distance from land, or panic whilst far from the… Read more »

21 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema has been interested in the outer reaches of space ever since the beginning of the medium. George Melies’s Un voyage dans la lune/A trip to the Moon (1902) is probably the first film that tackled the theme of space exploration, and, ironically, humanity is still not able to get pass the Moon. In cinema, however, astronauts have discovered strange… Read more »

20 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Though he did have a few detractors when he was on Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995, nothing could have prepared us for the career New York-born comedian Adam Sandler would go on to have. The public keeps enabling him, with his films performing relatively well for comedies, especially in the franchised Grown Ups and in team-ups with other… Read more »

20 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The crime film is probably the most popular type of film genre, yet may not actually be considered a genre at all. It is an element that is contained in many other film genre and subgenres; such as gangster films, film noir, prison films, caper films, westerns, lawyer films, police films, comedy, slapstick, and so many more. It can pretty… Read more »

20 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

On the surface, writing and directing a feature film are two wildly different gigs. The image of a closed-off writer typing away in a dark room directly contrasts with the bombastic ideal of the director sporting a megaphone and a viewfinder. But if one looks closer, such responsibilities have more in common than meets the eye. Both traffic in a… Read more »

20 April 2016 | Features, People Lists