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Cynicism is arguably one of these personality attributes that can make a film hero genuinely memorable. Cold realists, witty commentators and detached scepticists have been traditionally selected by directors and screenwriters that want to give a spicy sardonic tone to their movies. They are the ones that usually get most of the catchy lines and their harshly uttered proclamations are… Read more »

15 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

From the Soviet era and after, eastern Europe has provided countless narratives about possible futures, from the political to the comical, to the downright horrifying. While the communist project faltered and ultimately failed, a sense of excitement or fear about change (revolution) has always been intrinsic to the ideological landscape. Below is just a small selection of the futures that… Read more »

15 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In 2015, Christmas comes a week early – if you care about Wookies, Ewoks and whether or not Han shot first. In which case, you should stop reading now. For the rest of us, particularly those that thought that Boba Fett was a type of cheese, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is just another sequel, and even though… Read more »

14 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Many of the most popular science fiction movies have had an earlier basis in literature. In some cases, the connection has been close, and the authors have even had a hand in the creation of the film. In others, the films depart from the specifics of the books and modernize them for new audiences. Now let’s take a look at… Read more »

13 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

For those who don’t know, Franz Kafka is one of the major authors of the 20th century. His novels and short stories are filled with anxiety, surrealism and persecution. He uses these feelings so the reader can be shocked by the cruelty of the world and of society, but, most of all, by man, who built the two, and who… Read more »

13 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Very similar to guests, there are actors who were amazing at one time but have long since overstayed their welcome. Others weren’t welcome in the first place, yet we allowed them in and they promptly overturned the punch bowl and destroyed the t.v. This list will detail actors/actresses who people seem to inexplicably love and those who were amazing at… Read more »

12 November 2015 | Features, People Lists

“You want me to respect the law? Then make the law respectable,” spits a frustrated Maud Watts, played with equal parts tenderness and tenacity by Carey Mulligan (An Education, Shame) in Sarah Gavron’s pulse-pounding period drama, Suffragette. Maud is a fictional working-class mother and laundress in London’s East End, who in 1912 finds herself swept up in the women’s suffrage… Read more »

12 November 2015 | Reviews

Asian cinema has entailed extreme films, almost since its conception, incorporating themes and concepts that, at least to the eyes of individuals in the West, seem improbable. Japanese filmmakers are the definite masters of the style, mainly due to notions resulting from the atomic bomb. However, there is representation in the field from Korea and Hong Kong as well. Expectantly,… Read more »

12 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It would be easy to presume that horror movies were made more for men than for women. How many times have you seen in the movies and perhaps in real life of a woman screaming and hiding in her lover’s arms when a scary and gory scene comes up. “Is it over, tell me when it’s over,” they say. Well,… Read more »

11 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The film industry has a long history of examining, depicting and frequently criticising the fourth estate. The way in which films examine the nature in which our information stream operates can often say more about society and culture than one ever imagined. They have sometimes also taken a look at how the media interacts with crime, and how the two… Read more »

11 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema has evolved into one of the most important art forms of the past 100 years. While most audience-friendly fare is characterized by an adherence to traditional narrative arc, formulaic characters, and specific genre, there is also a strong tradition in filmmaking to “break the mold” and show people something they’ve never seen before. The following are ten films that… Read more »

11 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Who among us has not tried – at least once in his life – to find a treasure? To become rich overnight and not have to worry about anything anymore. When we are little, the chase is better than the catch because what matters the most is the journey, even though it leads to no treasure. When we are grown-ups,… Read more »

10 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Most people know, nothing is black and white regarding morality and good films tend to leave us with at least a sympathetic emotion towards villains. Sometimes, you can just say ‘I hate this villain’, but if someone isn’t Skeletor levels of cartoony evil, well, you find yourself battling with who to root for. Still, there are other times where you… Read more »

10 November 2015 | Features, Other Lists

Stanley Kubrick casts an impressive shadow. It would not be hyperbolic to say he’s one of the most influential film directors of all time. In his lifetime, he directed an enviable stretch of films that encompass a multitude of genres, from sci-fi to erotic thriller. Any true connoisseur of cinema has their favourite Kubrick film, be it piercing satire of… Read more »

10 November 2015 | Features, People Lists

The French New Wave could very well be the most important movement in cinema history. There is a good chance you have heard of this movement, but you may not be familiar with just how influential it was, how many rules it broke and exactly how they did it. As Quentin Tarantino said about the movement: “Whatever books that said… Read more »

10 November 2015 | Features, Other Lists

People often get offended when you call their favorite movies “overrated” due to the huge misconception regarding the word. The word is unjustly associated with something being totally unworthy of praise while it totally is not the case. The term overrated simply means that something gets more praise than it deserves. It doesn’t negate the fact that it could in… Read more »

09 November 2015 | Features, Film Lists