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Film Noir and Crime Films were very popular on the 40’s. These films portrayed with gritty realism the life and activity of criminals and those around them. Typically, these films focused around bank robbers or gangsters, other times morally bankrupt characters working outside the law, forced by desperation into making all the wrong choices, most times leading to nihilism or… Read more »

17 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The 2000s was a very hit or miss decade. The original content that was created might have been good, but it was too far and in-between. Meanwhile this was the decade that brought strong interest to foreign cinema, especially when it came to the horror genre- seeing how the more original horror movies were coming from places like Japan, South… Read more »

16 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The cinema of former Czechoslovakia, as well as of current Czech Republic and Slovakia, is, perhaps, the richest and most visually striking of all Eastern Europe. Even though fun-as-bricks Commies have tried the best they could to stifle it, the zany and wonderful artistic visions found a way to reach the audience. From the very beginning, the traditions of visual… Read more »

16 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The art of parody began in Ancient Greece and started out as the altering of famous epic poems to change the subject to a lighter, more comedic one. Satyr plays often parodied tragedies, consisting of a whole cast of actors dressed as satyrs. Satire was a safe way to tackle a variety of issues, as even the gods themselves could… Read more »

15 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most rewarding and contrasting cinematic detours for audiences is the chamber piece, sometimes referred to as a chamber drama or chamber film. This diversified genre is discernible by its use of a small cast of characters, often meshed over a short period of time, and in a limited environment, often times just a single location. Also, though… Read more »

15 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

If female directors are a minority, then even more rare are female horror directors. It’s hard to find a reason for such a lack of production, considering the importance of the female figure in horror cinema. Maybe, because of this fact, women find it hard to jump behind the camera. Even with relevant exceptions, in horror movies women are mostly portrayed… Read more »

14 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Where do all the lost films usually go to be discovered? In the heyday of the home cinema (VHS, Beta or Laserdisc), circa mid-1980s, independently owned stores would stock titles that Blockbuster and other chains wouldn’t. Some would wind up on various television channels late at night or eventually go straight go to DVD, before Youtube and other online services…. Read more »

14 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ever since Thomas More coined the term “utopia” in 1516, in order to name an imaginary island community in his treatise, it became associated with every literary attempt at envisioning a society which is profoundly different in one or more aspects from our own. However, given the fact that More imagined his Utopia as a generally favorable place to live,… Read more »

14 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

We’ve had some pretty good movies come out this year. From Mad Max: Fury Road to Inside Out, the first portion of 2015 has been pretty great. Looking forward to the rest of the summer and the award season, there are some highly anticipated features that will be hitting our screens. Franchises will continue, franchises will end, and maybe we’ll… Read more »

13 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The United States just experienced a remarkable month of June, specifically with regard to the incredible strides made in LGBT rights movements. The month was already designated as Pride Month, marked by parades, demonstrations, and celebrations in cities all across the country. And when the Supreme Court voted by a 5-4 majority to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states,… Read more »

13 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Martin Heidegger’s book Sein und Zeit (Being and Time) has been all the rage in philosophy for the last century, with every work since either referring to it or intentionally ignoring its message and impact. While incredibly dense, it is clear that Heidegger’s project was quite pointed, and his criticisms of the last two millennia of intellectual thought are potentially… Read more »

13 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Our growing fascination with technology has spawned a plethora of films highlighting a variety of sci-fi gadgets and futuristic technology that we can only dream of. Many ideas presented in tech films from decades past have come to fruition (especially in telecommunications). As our technology grows in its complexity, so have these films grown in their intricacies and ability to… Read more »

12 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Disability on film is fraught with danger for filmmakers. From the portrayal of the victimized, invalided “cripple” or a romanticised and heroic cliché of triumph above adversity, both pictures painted can often be exploitative and alienating; especially to the people with disabilities whose lives filmmakers are attempting to convey, hopefully with a degree of sincerity. However, the following films are… Read more »

12 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The term ‘Lolita’ refers to an under aged, seductive girl, who often becomes the sexual obsession of a much older man. Originating from the character in the popular Vladimir Nabokov novel of the same name, multiple films have taken on some kind of variation of her and Humbert Humbert’s relationship. With the upcoming film “Diary of a Teenage Girl” having… Read more »

11 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema’s love affair with news is a long and storied one. The association between the two goes back to the early 20th century, when newsreels would often air before the main feature in a cinema, as television had not yet supplanted its necessity. In fiction, newspapers and news articles have been used repeatedly, as images of spinning newspapers and paperboys… Read more »

11 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists