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Probably the most prominent member of the Fifth Generation of filmmakers that also included Chen Kaige, Tian Zhuangzhuang and Zhang Junzhao, Zhang Yimou has been shooting films that combine artistry with deep sociopolitical meanings since the 80s. His movies have netted awards from almost all the major international festivals, including Silver Lion and Golden Lion prizes at the Venice Film… Read more »

11 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Every year is an exciting one for the film fan since it brings the promise of a slate of new movies to enjoy, hate, critique and analyze. And while ripping apart a film is often good sport, the joy of watching a new film that surpasses expectations is really what keeps bringing the cinephile back to the theater. Although we’re… Read more »

10 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists

With 22 films currently in his career, and having won awards in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and many others, Kim Ki-duk is one of the most distinguishable South Korean filmmakers in the world, despite the extremity of his films, which have regularly caused him trouble. Since his first complete work in 1995, titled “Crocodile”, he has been writing and directing one… Read more »

10 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Stanley Kubrick is one of the most celebrated directors in film history and even though he has been dead for almost twenty years, his legacy lives on. Echoes of Kubrick can be found spackled throughout film and television history. Everything from adverts, to films, Saturday Night Live sketches and a plethora of media in between, Kubrick and his work are… Read more »

09 June 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Tony Kaye’s 1998 film about a reformed neo-Nazi trying to piece together his broken life after a stint in prison has lost none of its punch since its release. If anything, it remains as shockingly relevant in today’s society as it did in the pre-9/11 world in which it first aired. Besides the controversial subject matter, the production of the… Read more »

09 June 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the winner of four Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay) at the 2015 Oscars is one of the most interesting films released upon this decade. Following the story of Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton in a great comeback performance), a middle-aged actor who is mostly known for playing the iconic character… Read more »

09 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists

If we were forbidden from enjoying schlock, then the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger would never have become megastars. Movies that please critics are all very well, but where would we be without our guilty pleasures? Whether you’re watching Stallone fight Mel Gibson in a building rigged to explode or Arnie deliver dreadful puns after killing people, guilty… Read more »

08 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Many filmmakers are frequently asked to rank or name his or her favourite films, and this happens in order to understand the response these titles received, and to comprehend how these titles might have influenced their creative process and their films. However, this is also a great source to those who like to find new and different films they haven’t… Read more »

08 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Natural, Field of Dreams, Rudy, Remember the Titans, there many excellent films about sports that known as much for their smart dialogue and beautiful cinematography as they are known for the tender way they show what people love about sports. Unfortunately, for every Chariots of Fire and Hoop Dreams there is a movie where a member of the cast… Read more »

07 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists

For many fans of horror films, the movie “Suspiria”, released in 1977 and directed by legendary filmmaker Dario Argento, is one of the greatest horror films ever made. Its vibrant and colorful cinematography, unnerving soundtrack, and brutal use of violence make the film a standout from other films in the genre, and at times the film has an abstract art… Read more »

07 June 2017 | Features, Other Lists

From its creation in the late 19th century, Cinema has since developed into a loved and highly respected art form. Increasing artistic control lies in the power of the director of a film, whose individual style, techniques and motifs often define the result of a feature; similar to an author writing a book in his own idiosyncratic manner. The talent… Read more »

07 June 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Horror comedies are often a turn-off for critics and usually fail at the box office, making you wonder about the tastes of modern audiences. If ever a genre had the potential for send-up, it’s the one that spawned the immortal classics Unfriended, Ouija and Annabelle. Then again, it’s entirely possible that a modern crowd just doesn’t want to see horror… Read more »

06 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The history of film has a great tradition in glorious collaborations, where two elements mix together like hand in glove and create trademark excellence. Several examples jump to mind such as Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone, Joel and Ethan Coen, or John Wayne and John Ford – just classic team-ships that created a stunning… Read more »

06 June 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The year 2016 hasn’t been known as the most prolific year for thrillers, simply because there wasn’t a big Goliath-style movie released in this genre. But nevertheless, last year had some interesting treasuries up its sleeve, especially outside of the big-budget mainstream culture. This article contains spoilers.   10. Hush (Mike Flanagan) Often considered a horror movie, “Hush” could be… Read more »

06 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The allure of a prison escape film seems to permeate throughout our society. Even though we, the audience, are usually cheering for people that have probably committed heinous crimes, seeing them achieve their inevitable decampment is an exhilarating experience. Freedom and choice is an intrinsic value among all people, it is human nature to want to be free. So it… Read more »

06 June 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The world of Daniel Boyle, a twenty-one year old Mancunian, was changed forever after seeing Francis Ford Coppola’s rendition on the Vietnam War: “Apocalypse Now”. He knew what art could stand for and what it could do, but seeing this film proved to him that nothing could be as powerful as the majestic art of cinema. He would become a… Read more »

06 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists