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If you are a film hero, or at least a protagonist, having a sidekick is the only way to go. They can perform a variety of functions including: a. Accompany you on your brave adventures b. Be there to explain complex situations c. Laugh at all your jokes d. Be the comic relief e. Take the brunt of the damage… Read more »

20 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“[Dead Man] is the Western Andrei Tarkovsky wanted to make.” – J. Hoberman   The Place of Dead Roads Ohio-born Indie auteur Jim Jarmusch refurbishes the black-and-white Western the way a 19th century Native American might see it––as a murderous and genocidal head trip heralding the deadly homecoming of capitalism. Woven into the light threads of this gossamer nightmare is… Read more »

20 November 2016 | Features, Reviews

The decline of the major studios that had started in the previous decade continued in the 80s, with Toho, Toei, Nikkatsu, and Shochiku barely hanging on. The lack of funds started a new trend, the direct-to-video productions, that drew many new artists due to the creative freedom it offered. Akira Kurosawa continued shooting masterpieces, while another Kurosawa, Kiyoshi, started drawing… Read more »

20 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“I respect my audience, and I assume they come to the theatre with a certain level of intelligence, but I don’t pander to them. I feel like, ‘Look, I’m going to take you somewhere, you can go or not go, but here is where we’re going’. I like that attitude when I see movies.” – Steven Soderbergh   The stars… Read more »

20 November 2016 | Features, Reviews

One of the most controversial American directors in the history of cinema, Brian Russell De Palma also remains one of the most divisive and poorly understood. Part of the influential New Hollywood wave of filmmakers, De Palma has been perfecting polemical and exhilarating cinema since the 1960s. To his critics he’s been labelled a misogynistic chauvinist, a sell-out, and a… Read more »

19 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Every good movie fan knows that the Oscars are a flawed award ceremony at best, and a total travesty at worst. As the year draws to a close, however, speculation about who’s going to grab more nominations and, later, more statuettes at the Academy Awards is inevitable. Let’s distance ourselves from that for a moment, and think about the great… Read more »

18 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In July 1597, a barber named Luca testified in court in a case of a missing dagger and cloak, he said: “This painter is a stocky young man…with a thin black beard, thick eyebrows and black eyes, who goes dressed all in black, in a rather disorderly fashion, wearing a black hose that is a little bit threadbare, and who… Read more »

18 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

For a film to be a great accomplishment, vision is required. Also, the transposition of vision to an artistic form must be adequate. Nicolas Winding Refn succeeds in both aspects in his “The Neon Demon”. The film follows a teenage model on the rise in the world of fashion. The idea is nothing new, it has been used numerous times,… Read more »

17 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The world of Japanese animation often tends to be really and quite deliciously weird. Some angels lay eggs, while the others smoke. Cute little girls take people to hell. Ghosts live and contemplate in their shells. Paprika has a flavor of dreams and nightmares. Kittens are the main ingredients of a surreal soup. And so on… On the other hand,… Read more »

17 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When reading the title of this list , some of you are probably thinking :”What? Really? What kind of list is this?”.So please, allow me to explain: It feels like the average length of films nowadays is getting longer for no real good reason. While it used to be an hour and a half, that was the average film length… Read more »

17 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (which shall from this point on be denoted as “BvS” for convenience purposes) was one of the most anticipated films of 2016. Featuring the Dark Knight and Man of Steel together on the screen for the first time, as well as being the live action cinematic debuts for Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and… Read more »

16 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

With movies like “Pulp Fiction” and “Schindler’s List”, the 90s were a great time for those who appreciate good movies. Many even consider the 90s to be the third golden age of cinema, with directors like Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith entering the scene and reinventing movies in a whole new light. It was also a time when experienced directors… Read more »

16 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Many people didn’t see Trump’s election coming. It was even laughed about up until people walked into the voting booths, regardless of the fact that Clinton’s numbers had been dwindling steadily for the past few weeks. Now this is the world we live in whether we like it or not, and as we have seen over the past few days,… Read more »

15 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There are lots of questions and answers about the present and the future of American filmmaking. Independent movies became exciting again after a decade of rom-com indies that were as boring as their fake folk soundtracks, and mainstream cinema put some of its dirty money once again on great actors and actresses in search of meaningful characters. New directors acknowledged… Read more »

15 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Lars Von Trier, the Danish director and screenwriter behind such films as Melancholia (2011) and Antichrist (2009), is a controversial figure in the world of contemporary cinema. Half of the 14 films he has directed and written from 1977 to his most recent film, Nymphomaniac, in 2013, follow a female protagonist, and feature such contentious themes as sexuality, society and… Read more »

15 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Without a doubt, 2016 has been a rather troubling year. If you’re a political junkie, you’ve seen the restructuring of a new world order and whatever world comes next, and you know it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. If you’re a cinemagoer, you have seen a few of your favorite superheroes letting you down (“Batman v… Read more »

14 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists