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IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, is something of the audience’s Rotten Tomatoes. The movie-centric website features all the information you could ever desire about every film ever made, and it also gives users an opportunity to rate those movies on a star-system of 1-10. The website’s user-base is decidedly mainstream – some of the highest rated films on IMDb include… Read more »

16 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In January 2014, the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote a piece titled, “As Indies Explode, An Appeal For Sanity”, in which she bemoaned the fact that there were too many films being released right now, most of them lackluster, forgettable and just plain bad movies. Salon followed up with another piece on what they’re calling America’s next Wal-Mart, which… Read more »

15 June 2015 | Features, People Lists

Technicolor films go way back. The process was the world’s second color process when it was invented in 1916, after Kinemacolor had first hit England back in 1908. From its introduction to the mid-fifties, Technicolor was the most widely used color process in Hollywood although the first three incarnations of the process, from 1916 to 1932, were based on a… Read more »

15 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In the novel ‘Slaughterhouse 5’, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. said that writing an anti-war book is like writing an anti-glacier book. Both are inevitable, so what’s the point? Au contraire mon frere. Please remember the graffiti from May of 1968 as French students nearly toppled their government: “Be a realist! Expect the impossible!” David Mamet pointed out that war is always… Read more »

15 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most influential horror writers of all time, expanding the genre of Gothic literature and creating the earliest detective stories. Poe wrote during the early 19th century in New England and was a strong supporter of the romantic movement which he utilized to create dozens of popular short stories and poems. His interest in… Read more »

14 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Mel Brooks’s comedic talent and gift for parody has given the world some of the funniest movie ever created, making fun of various subjects, some serious and others who had it coming, Brooks gave a comedy a twist of absurdity which was welcomed and needed. His filmography is full of classics cult favorites though he has had a few setbacks… Read more »

14 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Friendship is one of the most important things in life. It is also a major theme and inspiration for beautiful and diverse films. From war movies to family comedies; they all draw some of the plot line’s backbone from this unique feeling that is friendship. Remember Red and Andy Dufresne sitting on the rooftop and drinking beer? Remember Thelma and… Read more »

13 June 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 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Sir Ian McKellan once remarked that his fellow wizard and onscreen antagonist Sir Christopher Lee robbed the world of a great Shakespearian voice when he opted to forgo the stage for the shadowed halls and dark moors of Hammer. While Lee does acquit himself admirably as Artemidorus opposite Charlton Heston’s Marc Antony in an early 70s film of Julius Caesar,… Read more »

12 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

For this list the term British director refers to directors whom have either been born in Britain or have lived and directed most of their work within the United Kingdom. The Sovereign European state, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has a vast history, from Druids, Roman occupation and Viking raids to being in control of a… Read more »

12 June 2015 | Features, People Lists

Sci-fi horror is undoubtedly one of the most interesting genres in cinema. It’s no wonder that so many filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts have so much love for the genre. Sci-fi at its heart is already quite spooky; the fundamental fear of the unknown, people’s willingness to explore things that they don’t quite understand. Therefore, combining sci-fi with horror was a… Read more »

11 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The tradition of foreign directors plying their wares in tinsel town is a story as old as Hollywood itself. Utilizing all the current technology available, filmmakers are now able to mount handsome productions from anywhere in the world. More and more Hollywood is going after these directors instead of the other way around. With recent examples of Del Toro, Jackson,… Read more »

10 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It’s the night of your first date with someone fresh and new. You are excited/nervous about your movie night that you planned. If you picked any of the movie below, you might not get a kiss at the end of the night, second date, or they might even run out of your place. A bad first date film is usually… Read more »

10 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most perplexing aspects of Japanese cinema is the contradiction between repressed formality and lurid subversiveness. Where else, apart from in Japan, would you find titles such as Eros In Hell, Shogun’s Joy of Torture and Beautiful Teacher in Torture Hell? The stereotype of the stoic, dull and excessively polite Japanese salary-man who keeps schoolgirls panties in his… Read more »

10 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are few things creepier than horror movies that involve children. Whether it’s standard jump scares or hair-raising tales of Gothic horror, the mere imagery of children in these movies are terrifying. The presumed innocence of children usually adds to the feeling of dread one feels while watching these films. The idea that either a child has been hurt or… Read more »

09 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The word Nihil is Latin root of nihilism. Nihil means nothingness. Commonly nihilism is employed in the expression of Nietzschean philosophy, connected with Übermensch or eternal return theories. Sometimes it is forgotten that Nietzsche promoted a “good” nihilism, as a starting point for new values; on the other side of the coin is the “bad” nihilism, embodied by the Marquis… Read more »

09 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

George Miller is a madman. There is no way around this. He is certifiably insane and he would most likely be conducting illegal experiments on small rabbits or infant children if he handn’t been given the opportunity to make the few (but overwhelmingly influential) series of films he has written, directed, and/or produced (more times than not, all three) in… Read more »

08 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Many films (and TV shows, especially these days) revolve around an antihero – a character who is, shall we say, lacking in your typical heroic qualities. Some, such as Borat, Dirty Harry, and Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, to name just a few, are oddly likable despite their flaws. The ones on this list are not those people. Ranging from the… Read more »

08 June 2015 | Features, Other Lists

There’s a timeless quality to black and white films that movies in color can’t quite achieve. They possess an ethereal, almost other-worldly dimension; one that only seems to exist in black and white films. Although there were several films released in color prior to 1932, that was the year that Technicolor introduced a new color process called “Process 4.” This… Read more »

08 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists