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A fair level of character conception and realism in film can be built on the several – sometimes contrasting, sometimes consonant – relations between humans and their environment. This often involves not only the contact with their urban imaginary, but also their relation to Nature and its various forces and manifestations of life. Animals are amongst the commonest elements of… Read more »

16 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When I usually recommend South Korean cinema to average watcher with a Netflix or Hulu subscription, I usually suggest something recent. While there is nothing wrong with the classics, I find as pure entertainment, there’s a lot variety when considering something from the most recent New Wave. While many consider the South Korean New Wave covering the late-90s into the… Read more »

16 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The very structure of dramatic storytelling, dating all the way back to Aristotle, consists of certain rules and expectations to which we’ve all become accustomed. One of the key components of a well-constructed story is the main character, or protagonist. The protagonist is often called the hero, but what happens when the protagonist is not so heroic? Just because we… Read more »

15 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There is just something about practical effects which CGI cannot replicate. Special effects wizards have been bringing directors’ visions to life since the dawn of cinema, occasionally winning awards for their efforts. Their talents play a tremendous role in capturing the audience’s imagination and leaving them in awe. They can thrill or even sometimes horrify the audience. . From the… Read more »

15 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Venice Film Festival, first held in August 1932, is the oldest film festival in the world. The main prize is the Golden Lion, which owes its name to the symbol of the city of Venice. This recognition is considered one of Europe’s most prestigious awards along with the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Golden Bear of the International… Read more »

15 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Remember when filmmakers created scares and suspense by not showing the viewer everything? The end result of many suspenseful scenes existed primarily in the viewer’s imagination. Think Hitchcock and Clouzot, for instance. But film fans over the years became more sophisticated and jaded. They wanted to rely on more than just their imaginations. Sub-genres began to crop up, like the… Read more »

14 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When explaining why he dropped out of film school, Paul Thomas Anderson said “My film making education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I liked were watching, then seeing those films. I learned the technical stuff from books and mags…Film school is a complete con, because the information is out there if you want it.” Whatever one’s motivation, the joy… Read more »

13 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Bearing in mind that documentary cinema represents events established as indexically real, it is comprehensible that this filmic form is permanently seen as ethically charged and deeply provocative. Death, as the ultimate void hampering our innate believe in immortality, seems to produce a cinematic contradiction. On the one hand, we are confronted by an overrepresentation of death and dying within… Read more »

13 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Voice-over narration is a technique commonly used in film, theatre or television productions in which a voice, that is generally non-diegetic, occurs in the course of a work’s narrative. Usually uttered by a character from within the work, voice-over typically aims to elucidate a story’s development and mise-en-scène, thus creating elements of structure and continuity. It can be used as… Read more »

13 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Red is probably the most charged of all primary colours. Reminiscent of roses, blood and fire and emblematic of love, passion and lust, colour red accompanies all of these things and situations in life that are intense, beautiful or mysterious. It is as known, as it is intelligible, that all colours function in a way that provokes human psychological responses…. Read more »

13 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The eighties were perhaps the most prolific decade for teen films since The Golden Age, the 1950’s. James Dean’s effortless “cool guy” vibe and the longing for a teenage rebellion was finally brought back to the big screen. And for once, these films didn’t belittle teenagers nor portray the struggle they lived seem petty or foolish. Teenagers were finally able to see a… Read more »

12 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Weird means ‘very strange’ or ‘bizarre’ in dictionaries. Its synonyms include words like outlandish, quirky, eccentric, idiosyncratic, surreal, peculiar, odd, zany, madcap, freakish and crazy among other things. So it’s a given that ‘weird’ will mean different things to different people. For the sake of this list, let’s go towards the more outlandish and bizarre end of ‘weird’ and focus… Read more »

11 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

During the seven year occupation following the Second World War the American military imposed an authoritarian regime of censorship on Japan’s film industry, wanting it to effectively clone Hollywood’s contemporary oeuvre. The big money stateside lay in film noir and studios such as Nikkatsu and Toei, smelling profits to be made, quickly latched onto the crime genre as an opportunity… Read more »

11 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Found footage is one of the most controversial, widely reviled forms of horror cinema; not because it is particularly confrontational like torture porn, but because the format itself is so different to the conventional cinematic approach of fictional narrative films. Found footage films attempt to imitate real footage by utilising shaky handheld camerawork in order to impart a sense of… Read more »

10 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Born in West Germany in 1955, Bruce Willis has remained a prominent A-list actor for nearly three decades. He has played everything from a foul-mouthed NYPD detective to a troubled psychologist; from a real-life superhero to two characters from the future. He is an extremely versatile actor who has proven his worth as a leading man as well as a… Read more »

10 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Mother (noun): 1 a female parent; 2 one’s female parent; 3 a mother-in-law, step mother, or adoptive mother; 4. A woman exercising control, influence, or authority like that of a mother. All of those words are true but somehow miss the fuller definition. A mother is the bearer of life, the nurturer of that life, the hub of the family… Read more »

10 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

May 9th, 2015 marks the 70-year anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. This human catastrophe has affected billions of people and its residues remain to this very day. Perhaps no other country was as scarred by it as Soviet Union, where the invasion of deadly Nazi forces coincided with the horrors of Stalinism. Here is a list… Read more »

10 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists