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In cinema, there are conventions and techniques that help filmmakers create experiences for the viewers. These conventions appear in most films and are safe ways to create films. But there are times in which some directors develop a style of their own that lets them create films that are highly unique. Their cinema becomes a universe of their own in… Read more »

07 April 2018 | Features, People Lists

Oh, you do remember that dialogue between Randy and Mickey in “Scream 2” about the sequels. Despite the fact that movie franchises became popular around thirty years ago, viewers have different attitude towards it. Some say that the original film would be better off alone, without any further instalments, while others are anticipating the release of another sequel. On the… Read more »

06 April 2018 | Film Lists

“Each film brings out the moralist in the director and makes each of them a filmmaker of cruelty,” stated Truffaut in his introduction to Bazin’s “The Cinema of Cruelty.” Iconic auteurs, starting with Bunuel and his “Andalusian Dog,” have stressed the importance of cruelty in the shaping of society and released films that deployed their artistic efficacy in showing ways… Read more »

06 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Science Fiction cinema is usually an invitation to enter a new world or dimension. Metropolis was a statement on how modern day society needed to function in a dismal future setting. Blade Runner was a reinvention of the noir genre that incorporated a prediction of what may become of us. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial was a proposition, that perhaps we… Read more »

05 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The idea of toying with truth in a work of fiction is not new. For example, dramatic irony dates back to Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. And of course, Shakespeare popularized the concept of dramatic irony even further with works like Romeo and Juliet, and Othello. In a film, it’s easy to take what we are shown at face value. However, some… Read more »

05 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Every once in a while you get a performance from an actor that is so selfless and honed to perfection that they make everyone else around them better as a result. It’s not an easy task. Acting is reacting, as they say, and the best performances are the ones that play off of each other and challenge one another to… Read more »

04 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema is one of the most complex forms of art and many elements can make a film visually stunning. From the cinematography to the production design – and many other elements – a wide variety of things can make a film visually interesting. With that in mind, here is another selection of 10 visually stunning films that are worth checking… Read more »

04 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

As with every year, feature films have managed to gather a lot more attention than documentaries in 2017. Take “Icarus,” for example. It just won the Academy Award for Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars. However, it’s gotten 10 times fewer user ratings on IMDb than Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water.” We can only conclude that people don’t… Read more »

03 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Aside from directing, acting, writing, and all the other obvious aspects of cinema, another crucial component of film is the business side of things. The careful balancing of art and commerce is a fine line between a potentially great film or one that is lackluster. On one hand, if a movie is too personal to a filmmaker’s experience, or too… Read more »

03 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema has always been fascinated with how people think, behave, and feel. This extends beyond usual human behavior, and into the fascinating world of psychological disorders. These different emotions and behaviors, and how they manifest in interactions with others, has been explored in film throughout time. Film allows for the portrayal of the human psyche in real, relatable situations or… Read more »

02 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The Oxford online dictionary defines “stream of consciousness” as “a literary style in which a character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted by objective description or conventional dialogue.” Cinema rarely engages with the stream-of-consciousness technique in the same way that literature does, since most films do not aspire to that level of abstraction and subjectivity…. Read more »

02 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Profoundly unsettling and endlessly imaginative, Alex Garland’s Annihilation, adapted from the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s brilliant best-selling “Southern Reach Trilogy” (2014), presents adventurous viewers with a frequently hypnotic and sporadically heady miscellany of grandiose ecological parable and nerve-racking survival tale in deep sci-fi accouterment. Lena (Natalie Portman), a grieving biology professor and former U.S. Army soldier, is part of… Read more »

01 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

In 1978, the US saw the release of a book entitled The 50 Worst Movies of All Time (and How They Got That Way) by future conservative pundit Michael Medved and his cousin Randy Dreyfuss. Though there is no point in discussing the contents of this book or its quality, the tome unleashed a tidal wave of interest in bad… Read more »

01 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Every year since 1929, Hollywood has gathered together on one night of the year to recognise excellence in cinematic achievements. Twenty four awards are given out, with their recipients voted for by thousands of Academy members. The most sought after and recognised award is that of the Best Picture award with the nominees in that category considered to be the… Read more »

31 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

These are the greatest films of all time. They are the reason people watch movies. They fill you with joy, sadness, hope, laughter, and everything else you are suppose to feel. They are the reason directors even try to make films. They are the reason why you live life 24 frames a second. They are the only place true cinephiles… Read more »

31 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

It’s always great to see a movie with a stellar ensemble cast. Movies like The Help, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, and American Hustle benefit from excellent casts that eventually led them to being awards favorites. It’s less great to see a movie waste a talented cast. Contrary to popular belief, that actually happens far more than the average person… Read more »

30 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists