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Rotten Tomatoes has become one of the most popular sites for film fans. As you probably already know, Rotten Tomatoes gathers film reviews from all over the world and generates scores based on the percentage of critics who liked a certain film. Rarely are there films that manage to get a 100% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating, meaning every critic said the respective… Read more »

28 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Newcomer Julia Jedlikowska wonderfully portrays the naive, tender, and somewhat somnambulistic teen Luna, who pines for and later will try to extricate her dreamy classmate Giuseppe (Gaetano Fernandez, also making his screen debut), in Italian directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s haunting, rhythmic and slowburning new movie, Sicilian Ghost Story. Early on in this hard-hearted fable of adults brutally infringing… Read more »

28 September 2018 | Features, Reviews

French filmmaker Jacques Audiard (2009’s A Prophet, 2015’s Dheepan) may not seem the obvious choice to make the big screen adaptation of Patrick deWitt’s beloved, prize-winning 2011 historical novel about a pair bickering siblings who earn a living as hitmen in the Wild West of the 1850’s. In fact, reading deWitt’s “The Sisters Brothers”, with it’s picaresque pearl-on-a-string narrative, colorful… Read more »

28 September 2018 | Features, Reviews

Matthew McConaughey had some of the most fascinating career paths in recent Hollywood history probably. After his feature film debut with a highly memorable role in “Dazed and Confused”, he rose to stardom as a leading man with his dramatic turns in films like “A Time to Kill” and “Contact”. In early 21st century, McConaughey became best known for his… Read more »

27 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Even though it has always had a vast fanbase, horror as a film genre has been widely disregarded. Why? Because the macabre, blood, sweat and gore were too good for the refined tastes of the upper class. Apparently, none of them has seen Macbeth. The horror genre was belittled for a long time and was forced to live in the… Read more »

27 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Few were the ones who dared to trace an explicit line between fine acting and inferior acting. Even those who did, like Russian master theater director and actor Konstantin Stanislavski, limited their explanations to the interior process (if the actor lives his or her part, instead of mechanically performing it, the result will be more authentic and therefore more engaging… Read more »

26 September 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Autumn, indisputably the best time of year, is finally upon us. The air is crisper, the weather is cooling down, and the smell of freshly fallen leaves fills the streets. This beautiful trifecta blends together to create the perfect atmosphere for spending a day on the couch with a bucket of popcorn and a good old-fashioned horror movie marathon. When… Read more »

26 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Few things are more compelling than when a big screen hero strays from the virtuous path and embraces their inner bad guy (or girl). It’s such a pathos-laden character arc, whether we’re witnessing the final damnation of a once noble soul, or merely an instance of temporary moral realignment prior to a hard-earned moment of redemption. Over the years, filmmakers… Read more »

26 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Films can gain cult status in many different and distinguishable ways. The first and foremost key element is the horde of loyal followers who want to watch, quote, and dress up as their favorite characters time and time again. When film fans think of cult classics, the midnight showings that get played at the local independent theaters every other weekend,… Read more »

26 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Crime thrillers are ones that can stick out on a viewer’s mind for a variety of reasons. They are not just crime films and it is wrong to label one as such. Yes, this sub-genre of crime films can fall into Pre-Code gangster pictures, Film or Neo Noir to Poliziotteschi to police or serial killing procedural, gangster B Movie, Yakuza,… Read more »

26 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Since 2010 there has been an overwhelming abundance of superb cinema released around the globe. Everyone has their favourites, and for some of you, these aren’t always the most popular predictions. When it comes to producing top ten of the year lists the majority of people’s choices tend to highlight more obscure releases, encouraging their friends or readers to seek… Read more »

26 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

How quickly can you distinguish a classic from a curiosity? Genuine taste is revealed not through its second-hand worship of established works of art, but by its ability to discern the timeless qualities in both the new and the vintage. Curiosities and classics present themselves side by side in the art market, and a savvy consumer must constantly practice critical… Read more »

22 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2018 has treated us kindly with big-budget releases like Deadpool 2, Black Panther, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. It’s even more impressive to see more modestly budgeted movies performing exceptionally well at the box office. Movies like Crazy Rich Asians and A Quiet Place don’t seem like guaranteed successes, but they have managed to make quite a splash following their… Read more »

22 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

To cinephiles, the director is often the central figure in filmmaking, so we tend to watch and discover films on that basis. So, the usual way of understanding film history is by selecting some names as cornerstones. As expected, the reasons why some names are most famous and respected than others are controversial; those reasons tend to be regarding the… Read more »

21 September 2018 | Features, People Lists

Now in its 37th year, the 2018 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival (September 27th – October 12th, 2018) just may be the brightest, most eclectic and engaging cinematic celebration yet. Among the five largest film festivals in North America with screenings from 70 countries, VIFF promises to have something intriguing and exciting for everyone from genre fans to… Read more »

21 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

There are so many great films that are widely agreed upon as essential; pieces of work that should be seen. However, every single cinema lover has their own list – films that they often recommend to people because they feel they are important. Although many can often justify their recommendations, it essentially comes down to taste and preference. This piece… Read more »

21 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists