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You’ve probably seen countless lists on countless websites dealing with this same topic using slightly different wording and you’ve probably noticed the same titles coming up over and over again. Indeed some ‘underrated’ or ‘forgotten’ sci-fi films are so often described as such that they’ve become the opposite. Coherence or George Lucas’ THX 1138 have found dedicated followings largely through… Read more »

07 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Every film buff (or filmgoer, film lover– whichever is your preferred moniker) is constantly searching for more films to seek out. The promise of a good movie list, either by committee or by a single author, is not that you find something or someone who has your exact taste, but that you might discover something brand new to fall in… Read more »

07 June 2015 | Features, Other Lists

A double feature can be defined as two different films with similar theme, style, substance and/or ideas. It can consist of two twin movies from one director like Stalker & Solaris, El Topo & The Holy Mountain or Onibaba & Kuroneko, where the same theme’s are executed with the same style – fleshing out one intriguing subject. They can be… Read more »

06 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

As of 2015, the slasher is in no place to write home about, but it was never a genre to cherish in the first place. It was more like a genre to hope for, and to run from. The first true slasher, John Carpenter’s Halloween, is a godsend and one of the great films of the modern era, a cruel… Read more »

05 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Studio Ghibli is company that means quite a bit to many individuals. With a near spotless filmography, the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata have inspired many artists and filmmakers in sheer craft, creativity, and storytelling. Personally, I haven’t a met a person that only likes one or two Ghibli films—it’s usually a handful, if not the entire library…. Read more »

05 June 2015 | Features, Other Lists

For generations, murder mysteries have been one of the most popular and entertaining forms of art to the public. Detective stories from noir writers and mystery legends like Agatha Christie became cultural icons. Today, murder mysteries are most commonly manifested in the throng of crime TV shows like Law & Order and CSI. The murder mystery movies throughout history have… Read more »

05 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It’s a proven and well known fact that Hollywood and English speaking cinema in general attracts actors, directors and screenwriters alike. It’s like a giant honey pot that draws in the best of what the rest of the world has to offer. Everybody comes to this world in order to „make it” and become successful. Directors and screenwriters usually have… Read more »

05 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Like horror, there’s a universality to the action genre that transcends language and culture. I find that the best action films engage viewers despite the plot. As someone who grew up in the east (sort of), I had access to the best of Hollywood, but also Asia and Europe as well. Even seeing foreign language films without subtitles didn’t ruin… Read more »

04 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Traditionally, the Hollywood Western was one of the most preeminent and stirring of genres. Set in the late 19th century, attentive to Old West myth-making, folk heroes, and morality tales, it was an altogether American invention. In Hollywood’s Golden Age the Western was exceedingly popular, nothing else was as rootin’, tootin’, and crowd pleasin’. Directors like John Ford and Howard… Read more »

04 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

From authentic 50s diners to renaissance fairs, it seems that wherever we turn, someone is cashing in on the notion that the past is something to be experienced again. To do so, one must make the past attractive, or at least highlight its more alluring aspects. Still, what works for some, doesn’t work for all: not everyone would let a… Read more »

04 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A director is often supposed to be someone of experience with several working years in the film business and who uses the knowledge acquired through time to excel at making fine films. Sometimes there are cases where the strength and irreverence of youth, combined with talent, genius, and inventive power, can replace the old shaman figure stereotype with someone far… Read more »

03 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Film is a medium that is able to capture history as it happened and preserve the images of the past. Hence, since its invention, it has been an instrumental means of recording the most important events of human history, especially the atrocities of war. Besides documenting however, film also offers the opportunity to construct entirely or partly fictional stories. On… Read more »

03 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are features that, in the collective unconscious, are typical of womankind : weakness, frailty, fickleness. Most of all, as trivial as it seems, what really makes a woman different from a man is motherhood: even nowadays, in a technologically and scientifically advanced world, the idea of pregnancy and giving birth keeps its original sense of mystery and inexplicableness. From… Read more »

02 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

This list springs from Tom Hanks’ s latest appearance on The Late Late show, in which, in a dynamic pairing with James Corden, the couple showcased every Tom Hanks film in under seven minutes. In a flurry of wigs and smeared make up, the majority of Hanks’s career was laid before the watching public and it emphasised both the star’s… Read more »

02 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The classic 1940s/1950s era of film noir produced some true cinematic treasures such as Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past (1947), John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly (1955) among others. After that period passed, the grim heart of the great dark crime films of that era carried over into subsequent decades and continues to… Read more »

02 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

This is a list of actors to watch in the coming years; actors who have worked with noted directors. They will be referenced in relation to not only well-known movies but also indie films. The following list proposes a template by which to judge these promising young actors, focusing on acting skill and both on past experiences and future projects…. Read more »

01 June 2015 | Features, People Lists

A double feature can be defined as two different films with similar theme, style, substance and/or ideas. It can consist of two twin movies from one director like Stalker & Solaris, El Topo & The Holy Mountain or Onibaba & Kuroneko, where the same theme’s are executed with the same style – fleshing out one intriguing subject. They can be… Read more »

01 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Some of the best films push us to our limits and challenge our preconceived notions of sexual norms and mores. They go beyond the typical boy-meets-girl trope and delve into deep-seated, complex, Freudian narratives of sexual identity. Part of enjoying a drama or thriller is deconstructing what motivates the main characters to make the choices they make. Our most basic… Read more »

01 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

World War I was one of the most formative events in the 20th century, leading to the establishment of international committees and was one of the first truly worldwide struggles. Many alliances were formed between countries, uniting the citizens of many nationalities in a common plight. The Allied powers, (Britain, France, Russia and the Unites States), and the Central powers,… Read more »

31 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists