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Johnny Depp stepped onto the big screen in 1984’s “Nightmare on Elm Street” and ever since then he’s been a staple on the small and the big screen starring in huge franchises, such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Alice in Wonderland”, and smaller cult films such as “Cry-Baby” (1990) and “Benny & Joon” (1993). However, for all the great… Read more »

08 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Movie endings are like the last sentence of a novel; it’s responsible for leaving a lasting impression on the viewer, regardless of whether it’s shocking, disturbing, depressing, or happy. However, there is one kind of movie ending that always stays with us long after watching the film, and that’s the ending that moves us into tears. When we watch these… Read more »

08 September 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Film is, to a noticeable extent, an ageist institution. There are seldom mainstream roles for ageing actors and actresses. In particular, very talented actresses have to compete fiercely for a very small selection of roles. Even when there are roles for these actors, they are usually relatively insignificant. Arguably, the lack of roles, and more pertinently, the lack of meaty… Read more »

08 September 2016 | Features, Other Lists

In order for a film to be made, it needs to get approval, or “the green light”, from a studio executive. The usual path to getting a movie greenlit is to have a meeting with a studio executive and pitch the film to them, and hope they say yes. However, with Hollywood being the crazy industry it is, it’s not… Read more »

07 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It seems like virtually every movie these days come with the ominous “based on true events” tag line. While this pronouncement should usually be met with a grain of salt, dramatizations of real occurrences can still serve to be effective, especially when they are based on events that diverge from the range of acceptable human behavior. The following films easily… Read more »

07 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Forbidden love is a tantalizing topic for cineastes, offering compelling melodrama, and escapist diversion with aplomb. Who doesn’t like to get swept up in passion’s throes, often while defying convention and shattering taboos? The following list looks at the best examples of proscribed affection and clandestine love, where the stakes are high and a box of tissues are requisite. Please… Read more »

07 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Aristotle said that “no excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.” It is that reason why there is often thought to be some sort of link between creative genius and madness and mental instability. While there are numerous instances of artists, writers, and musicians who lived a perfectly normal life, there are far more examples of ones that… Read more »

07 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

This has been an exciting century for the supernatural. New monsters have been invented, the found footage subgenre was revamped (until it became the laughing stock of horror), character development has become prominent in more and more films, and the new wave of filmmakers have made truly frightening films, from The Conjuring to The Innkeepers. Please note that this isn’t… Read more »

06 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Science fiction cinema is now the most commercially successful genre in film. From massive tentpole franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek, to the entire Marvel and DC universe, sci-fi has moved, in the last three decades, from being the playing ground of imagineers and rebels to the core of the output from Hollywood. With such a glut of films… Read more »

06 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The relationships between siblings can be some of the most complex with love and familiarity often intertwined with jealousy and resentment and a host of other emotions. This of course allows film makers to explore different aspects of such bonds. Below is a select list of films from around the world which highlight some of these emotions, from fifties Bengali… Read more »

06 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

These days, film studios are hoping to latch on to as many franchises as possible and run them into the ground or continually reboot/reinvent them in every way possible. This means, threequels will begin to even be hard to distinguish in long runs of these franchises. For example, in the current “X-Men” universe, there have now been six actual “X-Men”… Read more »

05 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In America, the NC-17 film rating (no one 17 and under admitted) is mostly a curse. Due to the nature of film ratings, if a film receives an NC-17 rating from the MPAA (the Motion Picture Association of America), it means your theatrical release would be very limited and the film might possibly tank at the box office. Films receiving an… Read more »

05 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“The ultimate cocaine movie.” – Nicolas Winding Refn   Season of the witch A nightmare fairytale fantasia from start to finish, the spine-chilling 1977 masterpiece from Italian auteur Dario Argento, Suspiria remains an unassailable experience in sensory cinema. With its crazily choreographed camera movements, striking operatic visuals and knowing nods to Hollywood classics, Suspiria is steeped in psychoanalytical themes and… Read more »

05 September 2016 | Features, Reviews

Often overlooked, when we talk about Romanian cinema, we talk about a very underrated part of international cinema. Even if some Romanian films achieved international recognition, they were not enough to make the audiences truly interested in finding more about other works from these Romanian directors, because those praised films most often show a very dark country. They either talk… Read more »

05 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We live now in the age of the jump scare, the age of Insidious and V/H/S, the age of mass-produced horror with all the artistry of a tin of baked beans. The horror genre is dominated by massive franchises that are all much of a muchness, with the only difference between any two films being what kind of ghost is… Read more »

04 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood’s “Golden Age” (spanning from the late 1920s-1960s) solidified many standards of cinematic narrative, aesthetic, cinematographic construction and performance and studio systemization. The effects of the standardization of film-making during this time still reverberate to this day, influencing the films, writings and art of today’s most celebrated filmmakers, critics and screenwriters. The hold that the Hollywood Golden Age has upon… Read more »

04 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists