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The use of ultimates can be a dangerous thing. Calling anything or anyone something that generally ends in the suffix est, or some variation thereof, is almost like a call to arms. There will inevitably be someone(s) else who will assert that the item or person under the magnifying glass of being the best, the worst, the mightiest, etc. is… Read more »

01 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Given in its early days as a consolidation award for those movies not lucky enough to get the big one, it became the definitive third place once the Grand Prix was introduced. It is usually reserved for the most decisive features in the line up, ones that made the jurors sit long in the chairs, arguing. A retrospective look shows… Read more »

01 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Another year has gone by and with every year comes the discussion of snubs. This certainly isn’t a new thing either, the Academy has been snubbing great films ever since their first ceremony in 1929. And of course this year is no exception either. This year we have 8 Best Picture nominees and looking through them it’s pretty clear the… Read more »

01 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

It’s a sad truth that for many of the greatest directors to ever sit behind a camera, there is normally at least one poor film that they’ve made. For Martin Scorsese, it’s Boxcar Bertha, for Akira Kurosawa, it’s Sanshiro Sugata, for Alfred Hitchcock, it’s Mr and Mrs Smith and for Steven Spielberg, it’s… quite a few of his films, actually…. Read more »

31 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

According to science, virtual reality pornography is poised to become the greatest piece of entertainment in existence. Yet until that hallowed day comes, we will have to contend with movies. Usually when one charts the progression of cinema; it begins with “The Great Train Robbery” and ends with Jake Paul’s white boy raps. There are some nuggets of innovation in… Read more »

31 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

This has been observed that every year some of the films don’t toll well with critics and viewers. When they are caught by home video services, they are never able to build up more and more audience for their better rankings by their fans. This term “underrated” is regularly being abused when there is film talk. Most of the time… Read more »

31 January 2019 | Film Lists

2018’s Cannes Film Festival was dogged by gossip about the event’s fallout with Netflix, but this obscured a larger, more important narrative: 2018 was an embarrassment of riches for European cinema. Filmmakers on the continent have access to some of the best talent in the world. Since 2000, European film trends like New French Extremity, the Romanian New Wave, and… Read more »

31 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The film industry has long been a male dominated space. Although the notion does not truly hold good for on-screen presence, it certainly materializes for off-screen personnel, if one makes the effort to carry out a factual enquiry. The 21st century, though, has brought a completely changed picture to the forefront. Women-directed films have greatly increased in volume. The recent… Read more »

30 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

One of the greatest parts about being a film fan is that with film you fall in love with, there are ten more just waiting to be found. Considering films have been made since the beginning of the 1900s, there’s bound to be more than a few that will go unnoticed, but absolutely deserve your attention. The following films listed… Read more »

30 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Love is everywhere with all of its complicated sides. All the time, every year. This year was no different. Netflix had two surprising hits on their hands with “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Set It Up.” “Mamma Mia” got itself a much more disciplined sequel; those who love to see veterans enjoyed “Book Club”; and Winona Ryder… Read more »

30 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Whilst comedy in itself is a massively subjective genre – what one person finds funny, another person may not and vice versa. One thing that most of us can agree on is that when you see that a film is labelled as a comedy movie, you expect to laugh or at least find it mildly amusing. Of course, comedy is… Read more »

29 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

This is Part II of ToC’s exploration of fearless directors. If by any chance you, the reader, will think someone is missing, than relax-more is on the way. As always, knowledgeable feedback is welcome.   11. Glauber Rocha One doesn’t take on capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism with timidity. Rocha was a shining symbol of Cinema Novo movement, and both in… Read more »

29 January 2019 | Features, People Lists

Many cult movies have managed to gain critical success over the last years, but some of them are still unknown masterpieces waiting for the time to shine. Here is a list of 15 cult gems, that have either been forgotten or criminally underrated.   15. Singapore Sling (1990) Written and directed by Nikos Nikolaidis, this cult gem redefines the Greek… Read more »

29 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Originality in film , as in art, is something that many creators struggle with. Everything is made in this world, there is no possibility to be innovative, this seems to be discouraging for people who want to tell their story, but feel like it’s already been told. However for those who are well versed in the craft there is no… Read more »

28 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Human emotions comprise a maze which even the most brilliant minds have been unable to completely map. Emotions can be defined and listed, but their triggers and origins remain eternally unclear. Even the most stoic among us are occasionally confronted with our human susceptibility to unpredictable feelings that arise at inopportune times. Films have a unique way of prompting emotions… Read more »

28 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The year is over, and despite mixed reactions about the overall quality of films, most people can agree that there were some real gems in 2018. Nobody was doubting movies like First Man or Roma. People could tell that those movies would be a success, but what about movies that didn’t seem all that promising? That’s why this list has… Read more »

27 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists