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With 5-10 available Best Picture slots, there’s not enough room for every great movie. Every year, some of the best movies are left off the list. Let it be clear that a movie doesn’t need a Best Picture nomination to be one of the best movies of the year. 2014 gave us movies like Wild and and Nightcrawler which were… Read more »

27 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” Evil in any form is generally perceived as ugly in nature, but the Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, recognised that horror is far more complex than that. Today, many of the genre’s best filmmakers share Poe’s sentiment, finding beauty within the darkness of evil. Horror is primarily… Read more »

27 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The Japanese cinema industry is one of the few industries that still has a huge impact on the world cinema, keeping its own brand and characteristics while adding several other genres and features that enrich their cinema even more. They didn’t show contentment and conformation to the classic; they maintain a very respectful in-view to the classic directors, actors, genres… Read more »

27 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Mad Max: Fury Road has a 97 on Rotten Tomatoes and an 89 on Metacritic. It has won 116 awards, according to IMDB, and has been nominated for 123 – including an Oscar for Best Picture. Enough is enough. Yes, Mad Max is a fun, stylish film. No one disputes its entertainment value. But is it the best film of… Read more »

26 January 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Fans of indie cinema have always enjoyed a fairly rich smorgasbord of styles, themes, and genres. Indie can, naturally, refer to budgetary restrictions, and can indicate an “independance” from the major studio system. Yet, for many, Indie is simply a state of mind, an outsider spirit, and a dedication to quirkiness rather than Blockbuster convention. Here, we have 20 films… Read more »

26 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Editing is one of the most important steps in any filmmaking process, and yet, if it is done well, it will often be ignored. Hollywood taught us that a good montage was “invisible,” impossible to notice. These 20 examples defied the idea of montage as a passive construction and instead developed techniques to make this aspect not only visible, but… Read more »

26 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The Industrial Revolution brought us some of the greatest changes seen in human history. Everything started to develop and accelerating toward a new order. As a consequence of those changes, the human cities stared to grow and grow in a relentless expansion that has shaped the lives of millions across the world. In today’s globalized neo-liberal reality, the relationship between… Read more »

25 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” -Toni Morrison Why exactly would we watch a movie? We know it’s merely an imitation yet we allow ourselves to suspend all rationality and commit to people and spaces that don’t exist. Why? Metacinema attempts to answer that impossible… Read more »

23 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“It’s no use talking to me about art, I make pictures to pay the rent.” With all due respect to a legendary filmmaker, that famous quote from director John Ford is complete and utter hogwash. Ford may have been openly resentful of any analysis of his works and distrustful of intellectualism but his copious collection of films betrays a passion… Read more »

23 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As the world reverberated with the news of Iran’s lifted sanctions, the Fajr International Film Festival recently unveiled its official selection of films for 2016. With Iran predicted to become a major tourist destination in the coming years, it is only logical that interest in the country’s culture – and cinema – will become more widespread. Iranian cinema has already… Read more »

23 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

One has to think seeing yourself on the big screen has got to be a surreal experience in many ways. You are the most critical of yourself, the way you act, the way you move, the way you speak. Since actors make a living based a lot on their appearance and performance they would be their harshest critic. Actor Johnny… Read more »

22 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Cult films are known by many as films that are a bit south of the mainstream- and because of that won’t appeal to everyone. Normally it takes a couple of years for a movie to gain a cult following. For example modern films like Donnie Darko have a cult following because it was unconventional and was a film that didn’t… Read more »

22 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Quentin Tarantino exists within his own genre by this point, by blending the amalgamated knowledge of dozens of various films from numerous cultures and styles he has crafted characters of almost every variety imaginable. From scheming villains, redemptive figures, good Samaritans and unscrupulous killers he has written so many varying roles (and subsequently directed them) that there are numerous eligible… Read more »

22 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

With some 60+ feature films, shorts, documentaries and various other directed works under his belt, the cinema of Werner Herzog covers a vast landscape of worlds and peoples. He is one of the few directors whose name has given birth to its own adjective – one might describe a film as Herzogian just as one might describe a film as… Read more »

22 January 2016 | Features, Other Lists

From the very first days of silent films, movies were paired with music. Studios realized that in employing a cinematic score, they could illicit a stronger emotional response from the viewer. This have given rise to an industry of film score composers and orchestras. A score is also a basic concept of modern film theory. Soundtracks have now become so… Read more »

21 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Lest people forget, moviemaking is a business at the end of the day, and striking gold is like catching lightning in a celluloid bottle. As a result, movie execs and studio heads will often head back to the box office bowl looking to double dip – this is where sequels come in. Rarely are follow-ups to classic films comparable, and… Read more »

21 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists