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Exploitation films have always been seen as the sleazy underbelly of cinema. They have been looked down upon by critics and have never received the recognition they deserve. They are undervalued for the major role they have played in influencing and changing modern cinema. The Motion Picture Production Code was set in 1930 and gave Hollywood moral censorship guidelines that governed the… Read more »

06 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Opening a film in a great way isn’t always the toughest thing to do in filmmaking, you can even argue that it’s not even the most important thing, many directors like their story to unfold slowly. It’s not always necessary to grab audiences’ throats from the very beginning, what an opening scene should do is giving the viewer a sense of… Read more »

05 November 2014 | Features, Other Lists

These days it seems like whether you turn on the TV or venture out to the theatre, there is going to be a comic book superhero being brought to life to entertain audiences and make tons and tons (and tons) of money. Modern technology has made it possible for the super powered folks who were relegated to comic book pages… Read more »

04 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

We all know the Oscars are not fair, but they seem to wield so much power over popular tastes that it’s fun, and necessary to complain about the voters from time to time. Not everyone can win, of course, but when we look at a list like this, you have to wonder, why don’t those guys get their act together?… Read more »

04 November 2014 | Features, People Lists

Named greatest male star in the history of American cinema by the American Film Institute in 1999, Humphrey Bogart is without a doubt one of the biggest stars of the silver screen and of Hollywood’s golden era. In a career that spawned almost three decades, he appeared in about 75 feature films (85 credits in total if one includes television… Read more »

03 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema is the conversion of many forms of art, but theater is probably what could be considered its most direct ancestor. Though film has far surpassed the limitations of the stage, every now and then it manages to find new stories using only the bare essentials when it comes to narrative: the performers. Through the study of the complexities of… Read more »

03 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Tall, striking and well-mannered, Denzel Washington seems to have been around Hollywood forever, popping up as a lead in a blockbuster every few years. Since the mid 80s he has risen to prominence in Hollywood, and is constantly cast in leading roles. He is almost 60 (in December), but still looks very much the same age as he always has,… Read more »

02 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Music video directing is the vehicle that many of our current generation of filmmakers rode before attaining their status as accomplished film directors. 80’s MTV glamorized music videos in what became a sort of renaissance for those interested in creating artistic videos in a short, musical form. Its influence can’t be measured in the manner it propelled so many directors… Read more »

01 November 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Films can be considered offensive or obscene for a variety of reasons, whether it be extreme violence, or controversial subject matter, and while most films in this vein are exploitative, a select few are evocative. Obscenity is merely a way of communicating to the audience, much like sight gags or witty dialogue, and the films on this list use this… Read more »

31 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

From the dawn of mankind, human beings have used art, myth, and nightmare to challenge fears and to express them. This is the world of myth, fantasy, and horror that Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro works from. Del Toro takes the monsters that haunt our psyches and makes them terrifying and misunderstood. The monster is an outsider peering into the… Read more »

30 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

For decades, serious film snobs looked down on kung fu movies as cultural trash, a kind of mindless detritus imported from the Pacific Rim to clutter grindhouse movie theaters and fill out the programming line-up on late night TV. This was an odd position to take—if ever there was a genre that embodied the highest ideals of pure cinema, the… Read more »

29 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Photo: Jay Brooks/Saga In the early 1980s, German filmmaker Werner Herzog shot a film named ‘Fitzcarraldo’ in the jungles of South America, battling against forces of nature as formidable as hostile tribes, and an egomaniacal actor. In that film a 340 ton steamship is moved up and over a hill without the aid of special effects. This ostensibly insane skirmish… Read more »

29 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The job of a character actress is to add spice and flavor to a movie so that audiences won’t notice that they have eaten this same meal a thousand times before. They may be comic actresses, or British, or old, or they might look just look too normal. Otherwise they are too iconoclastic, too weird: rebels working within the system…. Read more »

28 October 2014 | Features, People Lists

Writer/Director John Hughes (1950-2009) was, without a doubt, one of the leading lights in cinema in relation to his depiction of teenage life. From the 1955 Nicholas Ray film “Rebel Without A Cause” onwards, the plight of being young and trying to find your way in the world has been a constant in cinema. Hughes was distinct in the way… Read more »

27 October 2014 | 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 the motivation, the joy… Read more »

27 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Deeply rooted in Haitian Folklore, zombies have become well-known horror creature spanning from literature, comic books, cinema, and more recently T.V. Zombies have prevailed in popular culture due to our immense fascination with death. It comes from a ritual in Haitian Voodoo religion in which a corpse is reanimated and controlled by the bokor (a type of priest). The word zombie… Read more »

26 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In this day and age, it is hard to recommend a film that someone has not seen or heard of. However, it can happen given how many films are made each year and released each week; many not even making it into the cinemas, just ending up on straight-to-video release. The following 20 suggestions to y’all, my fellow cinephiles, are… Read more »

26 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Courtroom dramas have been popular for a long time. Starting off as radio shows in the 1930’s, television soon followed suit in the late 1940s, when the medium overtook radio as the most popular at home past-time. It wasn’t long before the genre was also well established on the silver screen, with the late 1950s and early 1960s being particularly… Read more »

25 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The thriller genre was going full steam in the late 1970’s, with the large scale success of John Carpenter’s low budget film Halloween in 1978 propelling the thriller genre forward into the 1980’s. Thrillers were generally made up of more conventional crime films and murder mysteries, or slasher films such as Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street…. Read more »

25 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists