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The late 1960s kickstarted a tidal wave of creativity that splashed into the 70s. With the large shakeup of the old studio system, and radical and fresh material becoming profitable, several exciting new voices emerged from this era with a stunning pedigree. Yet the sharp left turn the film industry took in the 80s with a priority focus on big… Read more »

13 February 2017 | Features, People Lists

Romance films, like any genre, have their own following. While they might not host conventions like the horror and sci-fi crowds, but they are a dedicated lot that go beyond the stereotypical Jennifer Aniston admirer. Love, being the wide-reaching and motley emotion that it is, can’t always be relegated to the same fluffy story involving two or more thirty-something metropolitan dwellers meeting in… Read more »

13 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Sexual identity is something that is easy for some people to ascertain, but for others it can be a lifelong struggle between societal norms and growing up to be a different person than what we’d anticipated. Confused sexuality is an issue that many people go through, but only a few admit to it. This list presents characters who consciously or… Read more »

13 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Foreign language films in 2016 offered stories as diverse as the countries which they originated. Some of these unique films include a horror story from Iran, a comedy from Germany, and a story coinciding with the turbulent political atmosphere in Brazil. The year included two films from arguably the greatest actress of her generation Isabelle Huppert, and films from acclaimed… Read more »

13 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

According to Oxford dictionary, guilty pleasure is “something, such as a film, television programme, or piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard”. For this occasion, let’s paraphrase this idiom as the cinematic offerings which this writer likes (or even loves) and is not afraid to admit, while the critics, and… Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

After seeing Paterson, it would not surprise us to know that its director, Jim Jarmusch, is a great admirer of poets. Jarmusch has admitted to being a big fan of New York poets Frank O’Hara and Josh Ashbery. Even in his own time, Jarmusch has been a writer of poetry. His films reflect this quality, particularly in their visual style…. Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

If you were to ask a random sample of white collar workers from anywhere in the world what the last thing they want to experience at nine in the morning is, you’re likely to hear mention of inhumane fluorescent light, a pair of panorama-blocking cork boards, a near lack of color, frigidly-conditioned air, totally insignificant conversation, and the smell of… Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Annie Hall contains more intellectual wit and cultural references than any other movie ever to win the Oscar for best picture… no wonder it’s just about everyone’s favorite Woody Allen movie.” – Roger Ebert   La-di-da, la-di-da, la la A commercial and critical hit, and winning four of the five Academy Awards it was nominated for––including Best Picture of 1978––Annie… Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Reviews

If there was one person to hold up as the representative of auteur cinema in America, nobody comes close to Woody Allen. A neurotic existentialist Jew from Brooklyn, he found consolation from the banality of life through comedy. When he made films to express his irrepressible comic chops he soon found he enjoyed the process, ever expanding throughout the next… Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The 1950s are considered the Golden Age of Japanese cinema. The aftermath of World War II and particularly the atomic bomb, and the subsequent American occupation left the country scarred, but filled with inspiration and eagerness to start over. One of the most iconic films of this era is Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”, considered among the most influential movies of… Read more »

12 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Across a variety of genres, styles, and countries, Abel Ferrara has been a consistently stimulating director who, despite a deserved auteur status, has allowed himself to evolve, mature, and experiment over a filmmaking career that spans over 35 years. After all this time, certain characteristics continue to pop up in his films – sparklingly alive yet hot-headed dialogue, emotionally wrought… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film Noir as appointed by many sources is a film sub-genre that first developed in the United States as a fruit of many influences, first and foremost, German Expressionism and its filmmakers that fled Germany (amidst the rise of Nazism) to come to America, filmmakers such as Fritz Lang. However, French poetic realism was also a major inspiration to the… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Often we do not appreciate what we have in this life and take the things we do have for granted, our human greed constantly making us desire more when in fact we already have more than enough to lead a good life. The problem is that when we look around us, we often only think and see the people who… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In the history of cinema there are many films in which directors take on leading roles themselves, grabbing more attention, and one could claim authorship, through their simultaneous work in front of and behind the camera. For popular movie culture a slew of names are often mentioned when considering what filmmakers balanced these such jobs best, yet often times notable… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“I Saw the Devil” is one of the best samples (if not the best) of revenge-themed, violent, action thrillers that ever came out of South Korea, in a category with an abundance of entries. The film made its premiere in the United States at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and had a limited US theatrical release. It also received screenings… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Poetry in film can be a tricky thing. Often when something is described as “poetic” in cinema, it can refer to either the sweeping cinematography of a Terrence Malick or Peter Jackson epic, or it can refer to a contrived storyline about fathers and sons over multiple generations with plenty of Biblical allusions and a whole lot of death and… Read more »

11 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists