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There’s no shortage of movie scenes intended to shock, horrify, or disturb audiences, especially within certain genres (horror being a big one). Some scenes, however, have withstood the test of time, almost taking on a life of their own outside the film. Many of the most memorable of these are either physically visceral or emotionally devastating (or both), dealing with… Read more »

29 May 2018 | Features, Other Lists

It’s been over a half-year since The Last Jedi divided America. One side frantically applauded it for breaking away from the norms of the series and delivering a resonating finish. The other side cursed it for its agendas, its Mary Sue, and the disrespect of Luke Skywalker. Oh, and the sea cow milking. That too. But while the TLJ argument… Read more »

28 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Most of the greatest things in life involve great challenges, and this also applies to some films. Though there are many films that are great precisely because the clearness they have and the sense of lightness that one has when seeing it, there are others that are different. There are films that, in order to create a moving experience, need… Read more »

28 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Even the best directors make mistakes. It’s not like Ridley Scott expected Alien: Covenant to gross a lousy $74 million domestically. Sometimes the most successful directors fail to drawn in a crowd. Whether that’s because of poor reviews, bad marketing, lack of interest, or some combination of the three, it’s hard for any director to deliver slam dunk after slam… Read more »

27 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

“The cinema substitutes for our gaze a world more in harmony with our desires.” ― André Bazin There is clearly a connection between sensuality and nature, so that cinema finds a vast palette with which to convey passion and desire. Sensuality is all about creating and building tension, and thrives on atmosphere, subtext, and evocative imagery. It hints, alluding to… Read more »

27 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When people talk about “the death of cinema,” one of the key things they usually attribute it to is the idea that the movie star as we used to know it is now meaningless. With the advent of social media, the decline of people watching talk shows live on TV, and movie stars feeling too accessible, the concept of the… Read more »

26 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

This list/article is the third in a series attempting to argue that for cinema to be and to be taken seriously as an art form, it must forgo and move beyond Hollywood-like vis-ual-based ways of meaning-formation, understanding, etc. into actor-, face-, dialogue-, voice-, emotion-, body-, character-, feeling,-, psychology-, and tone-based ones. Readers are strongly advised to read my previous two… Read more »

26 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

In June 2017, Lucasfilm’s president, Kathleen Kennedy, finally did what many cinephiles were hoping would eventually happen: assign one of the Disney owned Star Wars films to a powerhouse filmmaker. Throughout 40 years of Star Wars fandom, auteurs like Guillermo del Toro, David Fincher, Steven Spielberg, and David Cronenberg had come close to the job, but for a variety of… Read more »

25 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Here is a list of 10 films that won’t teach anyone how to act or how to perceive life. The films presented in this list are no moral tales or films that are “sending a message.” Instead, these films present reality in such a way that each viewer perceives them with a different meaning, as their virtue is what and… Read more »

25 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The Cannes Film Festival has just ended, the awards had been given, and here we go with the reviews about the movies that premiered there, in competition or in one of the numerous screenings in the most important film festival of the planet. First of all, let’s define the research fields: the outcome is based on film reviews of English… Read more »

25 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Compared to directors, the time an actor spends working on one film is substantially much shorter. By the time that one film is released, that same actor could have worked on multiple films that somehow end up being released within the same year. If they’re lucky enough to be in demand, and lucky enough to be cast in great films… Read more »

24 May 2018 | Features, People Lists

“Opening Scenes of films must be gripping and should hook the audience’s attention right away”. This mantra has been advocated by successful screenwriters and film experts alike for quite a long time. And it’s entirely true. Try remembering the very first scene of your favourite films and you will notice how brilliantly most of them managed to grab your attention… Read more »

24 May 2018 | Features, Other Lists

There have been plenty of pre-summer blockbusters worth noting, and several more will come over the next few months. Meanwhile, the US release dates for indie films at such festivals as Cannes won’t arrive for some time. But what about respected 2018 movies audiences have completely passed up on? Between westerns, thrillers, dramas, and more, there’s a collection of films… Read more »

23 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

A “cult movie” isn’t exactly something easy to define. To achieve cult status, a film should have some degree of cultural influence in the works that came after it, but not too much as to become a mainstream hit. It should also have an innovative spirit, or a unique point of view, or simply be so damn bad it’s impossible… Read more »

23 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

One of the biggest mistakes I made while writing for this site was underplay how many great male performances were awarded at Cannes. The 25 only captured a small fragment, so here is a kind of recompense for that in the form of a small list of honorable mentions: Paul Newman, Anthony Perkins, Fernando Ray, Forest Whitaker, James Spader, Michel… Read more »

23 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The thriller genre is one of the most beloved and popular movie genres. It is connected to the audience’s penchant for being thrilled while watching the tensest and deadliest situations that could ever happen to an individual. Preferably in a nice, comfortable movie theater seat. Movies on this list are psychological thrillers, which disturb us with their presentation of the… Read more »

22 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists