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A film’s aesthetic and visual palette can largely determine its mood, feel and even themes. Production, costume and art design all massively contribute to a film’s look, as well as the cinematography and directorial choices. Some filmmakers use visual extravagance and excess for no real point, making their films feel emotionally vapid and pointlessly indulgent (Baz Luhrman and Tarsem Singh… Read more »

19 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Many science fiction and futuristic films take place far, far out in the future showing us dazzling possibilities of what life on Earth may be like hundreds or even thousands of years from now. Will we be floating in large spaceships fighting hideous monsters like in the Alien films? Will there be a Star Fleet with a USS Enterprise? Will… Read more »

19 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The March release of The Grand Budapest Hotel, within its limited release, has already reached the highest takings for any independent film in 2014. Wes Anderson has enjoyed mainstream success, most significantly since the Royal Tenenbaums (2001), and Grand Budapest sets a new bar for the ambitions of “independent” films. What Anderson has managed to do is completely sell his… Read more »

18 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Every great hero needs a great villain to face and eventually defeat … but true villains are rarely keen to get their hands dirty, they are the thinkers, the evil geniuses … wrestling in the mud with the good guys is above them. That is where their brooding henchmen come in, they step out of the shadows and form living… Read more »

18 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Religion (mainly Judeo-Christian religion, Hollywood has not evolved that much) is trending this year. Three major Bible-themed motion pictures come out in 2014. Son of God with a pretty Jesus (Diogo Morgado), takes his turn getting nailed to the cross. Noah (Russell Crowe) will definitely need an umbrella soon. And Exodus stars Christian Bale as Moses, who goes from conning… Read more »

17 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Vivian Kubrick, daughter of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, collaborated with her father on a number of his films. As a teen she directed a documentary for the BBC, The Making of The Shining. She captured footage during the shooting of Full Metal Jacket, intending to create another doc, but wound up scoring the movie instead (under the pseudonym Abigail Mead)…. Read more »

17 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

In recent years, television has slowly stretched its beautiful, large wings. It’s successfully been proving itself as the new medium for filmmakers to use as their easel. Its “seasons” of episodes generally give writers a more flexible time schedule for character development. A character can be developed over numerous episodes and audiences can see the process take place gradually –… Read more »

16 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

The internet is littered with lists which tell you about the one bad movie a good director made during their career but there’s not that much to be found when it comes to good films made by not so good directors. In this list you’ll find ten of those. Some of the chosen directors will be controversial whilst others will… Read more »

15 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Art is a unique endeavor, in that we don’t always immediately like it. The first time we taste ice cream, we know it’s sensational. Doing the dishes is instantaneously a crapshoot chore. The consumption of art, however, often requires patience, and that is especially true with film. For reasons vast and far-reaching, we don’t always like a movie the first… Read more »

15 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

You probably see this coming after our greatest cinematographer list last week, we just have to make a film composer list to go with that one. Music is possibly the most under-appreciated aspect of a film and unless we really listen for it, most of us go unaware of just how much music can make or break a moment, scene… Read more »

14 March 2014 | Features, People Lists

They go by many names … Hitman, contract killer, assassin, enforcer … But WHAT they do is always the same, they kill people for money. They are the inevitable foe many movie characters over the years have had to face after making bad choices or deciding to stand up for what they believe in. Some of these killers have almost… Read more »

14 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Some call it a genre, others a movement, or even a fashion statement, but however one defines noir, with its signature femmes fatales, wisecracking tough guys, and dramatic, high-contrast cinematography, its appeal never seems to wane. Though its origins are in German expressionism and French crime films of the thirties, film noir has always been a distinctly American film movement,… Read more »

13 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

For many Vincent Price is that twisted uncle that in the recesses of our minds we can recall, but have never met, as he was part of a lot of people’s formative years growing up. He was a journey man popping up on various B-grade horror films, afternoon schlock, variety shows and even an episode or two of Batman and… Read more »

13 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

If someone walks in on you while watching a kung fu movie, they’re likely to make a remark something along the lines of “What the hell are you watching?” There’s nothing to justify such a disdainful attitude—kicking others in the face while grunting and whooping loudly is a perfectly normal activity for most people, and the depiction of it in… Read more »

12 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

YouTube has provided us with so many classics over the years; from cats doing silly things to people embarrassing themselves, YouTube has proven its worth. The great thing about YouTube is the people that use it, putting up videos as serious as their political views and as silly as them buttering the floor for their roommate. Today’s people are getting… Read more »

11 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

“The Emperor” Akira Kurosawa could be called a man of all genres, all periods, and all places, bridging in his work the traditional and the modern, the old and the new, the cultures of the East and the West. During the whole of his career, Kurosawa made thirty pictures, alternating between or even combining the two principle categories in Japanese… Read more »

11 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

No doubt over the past few weeks you have seen countless lists dedicated to Valentine’s Day. “The best romantic comedies!” or “Movies guaranteed to impress your date!” and the ilk have probably been crawling all over the news feed of whatever social media site you browse when you’re supposed to be working. Now that the holiday is over, however, all… Read more »

11 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Filmmaking has always been, and will always be, a process of collaboration and compromise, due to the meeting of art and commerce. Inevitably conflicts will arise between those involved, sometimes to the benefit, but often to the detriment of the works being created. Hollywood’s history is rife with stories of behind-the-scenes’ ego clashing between producers, directors, actors, etc., for many… Read more »

10 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

T.V. science fiction has its long share of great fictional drug use such as ‘the white’ from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, but this list is about fictional drugs use in film. Some film allude to drugs but all of these on this list are used in some significant way in the film and aren’t just afterthoughts to establish that… Read more »

10 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists