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It’s really odd thinking that the Cannes International Film Festival, known for rewarding the very best films in the world, has never awarded some important directors with the biggest prize, Palme d’Or. This list includes artists who have made impact with their films, have been recognized -some of them might even have written cinematic history- but none of them has… Read more »

15 March 2017 | Features, People Lists

Sam Mendes’ directorial debut American Beauty was nominated for eight Oscars in 2000 and won five of them (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography). It was a shockingly brilliant showing for a first-time director. When Mendes followed it up with the graphic novel adaptation Road to Perdition, starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman and… Read more »

14 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Stanley Kubrick’s obsessive level of detail was both a blessing and a curse, in that the films he made rank as some of the best of all time, but there are only thirteen of them. Nevertheless, his relatively scarce output has lead to a relative consistency between each film that few other directors can match. Even from his very first… Read more »

14 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In the words of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, “Tarkovsky for me is the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” Needless to say, Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky is considered to be one of the most prolific and leading filmmakers in cinema history…. Read more »

14 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

WARNING: Massive spoilers lie ahead. If you have yet to see Logan, please do so before reading this review. You’ve been warned. Since 2008’s The Dark Knight, there have been a select few astonishing superhero films. God knows there’s been enough to choose from. Some favorites of comic lovers and general audiences alike include Captain America: Winter Solider, Guardians of… Read more »

13 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

20th century sci-fi was about looking forward to the future and wondering at what it may be like; now that the future is here, and we live in a world of cellphones and wireless internet, the expectations of what constitutes “good” sci-fi have risen dramatically. No longer beholden to the old, hoary tropes of alien invasions and fantastic inventions or… Read more »

13 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Out of all the inventions of humanity, God is certainly one of the most elusive ones. Since we’ve began to think, we’ve wondered about the meaning of being; we want to know why life exists, why we as individuals exist, and we want to know what is death and if there’s anything after it. Many philosophers have tackled the issue… Read more »

13 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The 1990s were a great decade for film: with a booming film industry, all genres seemed to be back on the table to be optioned and made into film, and the tightly constructed, ingenious genre of the thriller found itself gaining prominence once again. As an antidote to the increasingly dominant blockbuster action fare that started at PG and ended… Read more »

12 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There’s no denying the fervent fan base of the horror genre, with a handful of directors flourishing and rising to the most respected ranks within the genre’s ballpark. Yet, it’s a double-edged sword, since the rest of the industry regards scary movies as the ghettos of celluloid, and even for those hall-of-famers, it’s extremely difficult for them to break out… Read more »

12 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Nothing has grabbed an audience and pulled them to the edge of their seats quite like a car chase. Even gunfights and martial arts have nothing on it. Done right, a cinematic car chase can define a movie and make it a classic. Lots of things can set a car chase apart from its competition: how it defines a genre… Read more »

12 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“[David Cronenberg] has been, film for film, the most audacious and challenging director in the English-speaking world.” – J. Hoberman   Murder ballads Toronto, Canada’s most incendiary favorite son, director David Cronenberg’s name is synonymous with a cinematic subgenre he essentially created––”body horror.” And certainly his deft psychological thriller from 2005, A History of Violence, presents no short supply of… Read more »

12 March 2017 | Features, Reviews

“Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” is a South Korean movie directed by Ki-duk Kim and starring Yeong-su Oh, Young-min Kim, Jong-ho Kim, Jae-kyung Seo, and Yeo-jin Ha. Released in 2003, the movie follows the life of a Buddhist monk, taking place in a monastery in the middle of a forest. We follow him as he grows up while the… Read more »

12 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The Dark Knight is often considered the best superhero movie of all-time. It’s tightly-constructed, as smart as it is entertaining, and has the most interesting supervillain. But what it isn’t is a close resemblance to any of the comics, as the Nolan brothers took more creative liberties than most. While no superhero movie could ever take an issue of a… Read more »

11 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Naturalness is the greatest requisite of comedy. It must be real and true to life. I believe in realism absolutely. Real things appeal to the people far quicker than the grotesque. My comedy is actual life, with the slightest twist or exaggeration, you might say, to bring out what it might be under certain circumstances.” – Charles Chaplin Since the… Read more »

11 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“The crowd there leans a little right,” warns Tad (David W. Thompson), a sketchy Portland promoter, to Pat (Anton Yelchin) and his noisy punk band, The Ain’t Rights. Normally they’d never take such a shady gig but they’re on the ass end of a tour that’s put them in the hole and so they reluctantly agree, thus setting up rather… Read more »

11 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Leftism, as a political and social view, can mean many things. Initially, the left and left wing were terms developed to describe the anti-monarchy movement going on in France prior to the French Revolution. The pillars of leftism from this time period onward have been concepts of social equality, organized labor, nationalization of resources, and the abolition of systems that… Read more »

11 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists