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“The Emperor” Akira Kurosawa could be called a man of all genres, all periods, and all places, bridging in his work the traditional and the modern, the old and the new, the cultures of the East and the West. During the whole of his career, Kurosawa made thirty pictures, alternating between or even combining the two principle categories in Japanese… Read more »

11 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

No doubt over the past few weeks you have seen countless lists dedicated to Valentine’s Day. “The best romantic comedies!” or “Movies guaranteed to impress your date!” and the ilk have probably been crawling all over the news feed of whatever social media site you browse when you’re supposed to be working. Now that the holiday is over, however, all… Read more »

11 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Filmmaking has always been, and will always be, a process of collaboration and compromise, due to the meeting of art and commerce. Inevitably conflicts will arise between those involved, sometimes to the benefit, but often to the detriment of the works being created. Hollywood’s history is rife with stories of behind-the-scenes’ ego clashing between producers, directors, actors, etc., for many… Read more »

10 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

T.V. science fiction has its long share of great fictional drug use such as ‘the white’ from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, but this list is about fictional drugs use in film. Some film allude to drugs but all of these on this list are used in some significant way in the film and aren’t just afterthoughts to establish that… Read more »

10 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Adversity and danger in Sci-Fi movies more often than not comes form the deep space, or occasionally under the ocean … but every now and then the greatest threat of all is very much man-made. Computer advancement and the quest for Artificial Intelligence are things we strive for in the real World, every year making further progress and pushing the… Read more »

09 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Cinematographers – or ‘directors of photography’, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing – have been the unsung heroes of cinema since the year dot. If the writer is a movie’s synapses and the director is its heart, the DP is the eyes. Manipulating light, depth and perspective to elevate even the most simple stories into things of beauty,… Read more »

07 March 2014 | Features, People Lists

There are two kinds of dangerous movies in the world. Those are dangerous to watch, and those are dangerous to a certain group of people or even the whole society. Today we are talking about the latter, or sometimes both. The movies on this lists are so real, so convincing and so encouraging that they made some audiences think waaaay… Read more »

06 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

A common complaint of movie critics and some viewers is that heroes and villains in film often lack in motivation. Villains often can get away with megalomania or some sort of disorder, but heroes usually don’t. This problem has plagued storytelling since the beginning, and it’s usually solved with the introduction of what we now know as a macguffin. Sir… Read more »

06 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Ever since Psycho and its revolutionary use of a bathroom unit, and no it’s not a shower, it was a toilet for no film ever had shown a toilet at all, certain film have come across with bathroom scenes that stand out to most as defining said film. Now for this list, I’m covering all areas of the conventional bathroom,… Read more »

06 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

2013 has been a great year of female-driven films. In Hollywood, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the first movie with a solo female lead to be the year’s #1 film at box office since The Exorcist. In Europe, Blue Is the Warmest Color, a film about the romance of two lesbian lovers, took the highest prize at Cannes Festival…. Read more »

05 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Once in a while a talented director and actor will hit it off and continue working together on multiple films. A certain trust and bond develop and the multiple collaborations result in the pair growing together whilst getting better at the creative process involved in the art of film making, often leading them to make even better films , the… Read more »

05 March 2014 | Features, People Lists

Some actors are well-publicized career switchers and use that to promote their directorial efforts. But more actors than you may know have taken the reigns behind that camera to mixed results. Here we find 20 films that were the directorial efforts of some surprising famous faces.   20. Gridlock’d Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall The movie: The overcoming drug addiction comedy/drama,… Read more »

05 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Being gay is big news right now! At the same time we have Michael Sam, a college football player entering the NFL draft aiming to become the first openly gay player in that league. Stealing his thunder was Jason Collins who became the first openly gay athlete in the major American sports when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets. While… Read more »

04 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

RoboCop (1987) is a classic science fiction film, satirizing the consumerism and the sleazy corporate ethics of the Reagan-era. Wildly popular in its day, it spawned two sequels, a live-action television series, a mini-series, and several video games, comic books, cartoons and action figures. And countless rip-offs of which the most recent is Fox’s “Almost Human”. Its rightful place in… Read more »

04 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

How To Get Nominated for an Oscar: 1. Be Meryl Streep. 2. Be handicapped. 3. Be dying. 4. Be completely alone…. through most of the movie. 5. Be the underdog who nobody thought would win or the person who helped the underdog win. 6. Be in a movie nobody ever heard of before the nominees were announced. 7. Be incredibly… Read more »

03 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Everyone knows Harold Ramis for his role as Egon Spangler in “Ghostbusters”. Actually, he was more than a gifted actor. As an accomplished comedy screenwriter and director, Ramis has a film career that deserves everybody’s veneration.  Comedy is a film genre that doesn’t always get proper respect. The truth is, though, if you take away all the jokes, comedy is actually a… Read more »

03 March 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Oscar is coming tonight! Everybody is saying 2013 is probably the best film year in the last decade, so the expectations for the results should be high. Here are 22 names and faces most of which you will see on TV tonight. Before some of them grab the golden statue and make their names into Oscar history, here are 22… Read more »

02 March 2014 | Features, People Lists

The Academy Awards, as we’ve seen recently with the addition of 10 best picture spots, hasn’t been the most consistent with its nomination categories. Which makes sense as the ever-changing climate of movie making starts to reveal new aspects of technology and creative achievements to honor. Here is a trip down Oscar memory lane with award winners for statues that… Read more »

01 March 2014 | Features, Other Lists

As we have seen time and time again, the Academy of Arts and Sciences is not infallible. Made up of human beings (often with somewhat questionable agendas), the Academy has had its fair share of mis-steps and baffling snubs over its 86 year history.  Fortunately, they do recognize talent, even if they generally pass it up for something safer. Proving… Read more »

28 February 2014 | Features, Film Lists