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At its best, the cinematic art form is a completely immersive experience, taking us into created worlds and stirring deep emotional reactions. Understandably, the temptation is to only expose ourselves to films that reflect back to us our better selves and make our spirits soar. However, to do so is to overlook some of cinema’s greatest achievements. Some of the… Read more »

07 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2017 has undoubtedly been a banner year for queer cinema. Rarely has a single year boasted queer stories so great and LGBTQ characters so diverse and so realistic as this past year. The Sundance film festival kicked things off in January by premiering a handful of LGBTQ films that made waves all throughout the year. The following month, buoyed by… Read more »

07 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

To begin, the heading is of course shameless clickbait. No one can definitively say what the most perverse films are. Rather these are some perverse films. For many, these films will not even seem that perverse. However, all the selected films are in some way perverse, often in distinctive ways. By perverse, this article does not mean perverted. There is… Read more »

05 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Here’s something most of you have probably figured out already: things don’t always work out like they do in most movies. Sometimes you get the girl, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you get the girl and lose her within a short space of time. It doesn’t matter how much you love her. People have a mind of their own, they don’t… Read more »

02 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Greta Gerwig has had quite a year. Her solo directorial debut Lady Bird (2017) became the best reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes history while passing last year’s Best Picture winner Moonlight (2016) to become A24’s highest grossing film. Gerwig has also made history by becoming only the fifth woman ever to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best… Read more »

02 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Robert De Niro is one of the finest actors ever to appear in film. He is a respected icon whose greatest achievements include memorable turns in films like Mean Streets (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), and Silver Linings Playbook (2012), among others. Most frequently recognized… Read more »

02 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Frances McDormand is probably one of the best actresses in the past 30 years. She’s selective in her roles, but It’s very rare, if not impossible to find a weak performance of hers. In her entire career, McDormand has accumulated 5 Oscar nominations, including a win for the award of Best Actress in 1997 for ‘Fargo.’ She’s mostly known for… Read more »

02 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2017 wasn’t really the best year for horror films. With the exception of “Get Out,” “Raw,” and to a lesser extent, “Annabelle 2: Creation,” “Gerald’s Game” or “It,” there weren’t too many horror films worthy of being mentioned. However, when it comes to horror films, 2018 already looks more hopeful. Some classic horror films are getting promising remakes or sequels,… Read more »

02 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema, a fairly young art, has been a subject of fascination throughout its short history. It’s affected our lives more than any similar way of entertainment or creative expression, and has made its way into our homes rather quickly. We bonded with people we saw in movies. We cried and laughed with them like they were real. Side by side… Read more »

02 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists

There are many great directors who sometimes spend a few years without making a film and, as fans, we can only hope that they start working on a new project soon. With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 great filmmakers who haven’t made a movie in awhile. With projects in pre-production or not having anything on the… Read more »

02 February 2018 | Features, People Lists

Cinema, once deemed an invention without a future, has come a long way. From the one-minute movies depicting everyday life to feature films that dwell and reflect on the human experience across time and space, it’s a voyage made of movies that pushed the boundaries of their time, expanding a carnival attraction into an art form that influences the lives… Read more »

02 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

In continuing the gold mining for obscure films around the world, learning about different cultures through their rich artistic expressions, I’ve selected these 10 titles that deserve greater recognition.   1. A Pál utcai fiúk (aka The Boys of Paul Street) – 1969 Based on the work of Hungarian writer Ferenc Molnár, this is one of those films that once… Read more »

02 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The romance film genre can be defined as films that explore essential themes of love and passion. This can include romantic love, obsessive love, tragic love, first love and platonic love – to name just a few. The romance genre also has dozens of subgenres such as historical romance, romantic drama, romantic comedy and romantic thrillers. What all these subgenres… Read more »

01 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Every artist is apt to dip into the well of poetry and prose for inspiration, but sometimes a direct visual reference is desired; a pastiche of the masters that came before. As great filmmakers have inspired modern painters, so to have great painters influenced the mise en scène of directors and cinematographers throughout the history of cinema. Paintings are often… Read more »

31 January 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Roman Polański is one of the most distinguished Polish directors in film history and the only one who succeeded in mainstream American cinema. A graduate of the Film School of Łódź, the cinema visionary is an expert on the dark side of the human psyche and a master of ironic social observations. He is also a person whose life was… Read more »

31 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

What makes a good movie score? Is it how effectively the music pairs with the movie? Is it how easy the songs are to listen to by themselves? Determining what makes an effective score is a tricky task. Truthfully, it’s a combination of several elements. All of those elements were taken into account when compiling this list of the best… Read more »

30 January 2018 | Features, Other Lists