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Out of all the directors working in mainstream cinema today, Christopher Nolan is proving to be one of the most interesting and compelling. Born in London in 1970 and of a British-American ancestry, this is a man who always aspired to make films, starting to experiment, very much like Steven Spielberg before him, at a young age with a Super… Read more »

10 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The human desire to procreate, to duplicate and to live beyond mortality is as old as humanity itself. From the oldest cave paintings to the latest 3D movie release, we have explored the nature of the human condition by expressing stories of who we are and the purpose of existence. With each passing generation, we pass on more than our… Read more »

09 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

After a six year absence from cinema screens, Quentin Tarantino released to the world his foray into global action cinema with an epic tale of revenge – Kill Bill. Told over two parts (or one Whole Bloody Affair), Kill Bill recounts the blood-soaked vengeance of the Bride (Uma Thurman), a former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who left… Read more »

09 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Famously called “the French Hitchcock”, Henri-Georges Clouzot did have a lot in common with the English director. Most of their films were acclaimed suspense thrillers, and they were very demanding with their actors, often resorting to physical violence. Besides, both had a thing for blonds. Clouzot’s films, however, were darker, showing the evil in everyday men and women, plus the… Read more »

09 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Seemingly able to play everything from stiff upper lip English gentleman to romantic leading man to light comedian with a twinkle in his eye, Colin Firth has seemingly become one of Britain’s most dependable actors. Moving easily between TV Miniseries and film, Firth has been one very busy actor for the last 30 years. Born in Grayschott, Hampshire, England in… Read more »

08 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The term “hauntingly beautiful” refers to a more poeticized aesthetic where there is an unusual intermingling of light and dark, both literally and subjectively. Black and white films have the potential to perfectly capture this marriage of binaries, offering both subtle and blatant juxtapositions in which polar opposites coexist perfectly with one another. These films contain extremes that are not… Read more »

08 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Over the last several decades, the horror genre has had its share of ups and downs. We’ve seen it transition from the otherworldly ghost and demon films of the 1970s, all the way into the rise of the slasher film with major Hollywood studios in the early eighties. With the success of big name franchises such as Friday the 13th,… Read more »

07 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

From the very beginning, documentary film and controversy were bound together. The first recognised full-length documentary, Nanook of the North, was Robert Flaherty’s record of a ‘real-life’ Inuit family, but even that early documentation of reality was built on deception, and artifice. Frederick Wiseman, whose films are considered the epitome of realism in documentary-making, has battled with censors and bans… Read more »

07 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The ladies have been rather vocal these days. Whether it is calling out our catcallers or coming out of the closet as feminists, women are making their presence known in a way they haven’t before. But things have not always been as such. Coming-of-age in general, though a beloved and fruitful subject can get a little hairy. Puberty is messy… Read more »

06 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

With the recent release of the first part of the final instalment of the “Hunger Games” franchise, “Mockingjay”, apart from the baggage and hype surrounding this particular set of films, it also puts a spotlight on the final performance of an actor that many consider to be one of the finest of his generation. That actor? Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)…. Read more »

05 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

From sworn enemies to loving sisters, and everything in between, films manage to create an intriguing array of female duos. The following list ranks 25 of the best female duos in cinema, which represent a wide array of friends, classmates, and relatives who antagonize, compliment, and love/hate one another.   25. The Devil Wears Prada (Dir. David Frankel, 2006) Based… Read more »

05 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Most modern Horror movies depend on a pretty manipulative modus operandis (from a cinematic point of view) to grab its audience: jump-scares. There’s nothing wrong with jump scares per se, they’re often the best part of an otherwise forgettable film. But the tough fact is that the overly-reliance on this easy to use but hard to master technique has overruled… Read more »

04 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The 1990s was a great decade for films. New blood was entering in the way of directors and there were some fine actors, both young ones just starting out, and people who had stage and TV experience making the leap to feature films. Every year seemed to have more and better films and Hollywood was marketing better than ever before…. Read more »

04 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There have been several positions about suicide. Arthur Schopenhauer depicted it as a lie even in a world marked by suffering. David Hume regarded it as a legitimate alternative that shouldn’t scare us to consider. Though we can agree or disagree with any of these extreme positions, we can accept with Albert Camus that suicide shouldn’t be a matter of… Read more »

04 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The owner of one of the most distinctive speaking voices in the world, actor Morgan Freeman was born in 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. He first came to prominence and the attention of the world via roles in the soap opera Another World and, most notably, in the children’s television show The Electric Company. He was something of a latecomer to… Read more »

03 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

This is a professional rugby player who became a stage mime, went on to win an Oscar, put his last penny in a film he truly believed in and then of course, went bankrupt. A director who was lauded more in foreign land than in his own country—at least when he was alive. Although Andre Bazin has ranked him with… Read more »

03 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Whether realizing the art form of filmmaking or not, directors and writers often use their preferred visual medium to tell a story. Ideologies, theories or whatever form of message is always decoded in this visual medium in hopes that the audience gets the message. The secret to making a successful film, especially when telling a story, is to avoid preaching…. Read more »

02 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Many film scholars have commented on how the decade of the 1970s has shaped up as a golden age of American film making. A lot of things did seem come into alignment during that period in order to produce a long list of important films. The list of factors can be speculated about, but among them would be social, political… Read more »

02 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There is no way that this list will be complete. Quite frankly, there are many, many great films that have been made about troubled childhoods and as a result plenty of good films dealing with the topic have not been included. Some of the movies that came to mind but were not included are Slumdog Millionaire, Precious (the lead character… Read more »

01 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists