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Dating a cinema student can be tricky. Their realm of expertise is borderline esoteric, given that the average person’s perception of cinema rarely ventures beyond the horizon of Hollywood. Cinema students, however, are of a different breed. They watch silent films, black and white films, foreign films; films that require thought and introspect, films that avoid shortcuts and nutshells, films… Read more »

14 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, movies are released that simply don’t live up to expectations. If box office numbers and reviews are anything to go by, 2016 has been an especially disappointing year for many filmgoers. It seems as if most of the hotly anticipated titles have bombed while the smaller movies have pleasantly surprised viewers. In other words, we’re still getting good… Read more »

13 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Most people watch films as a form of recreation and entertainment. The reason why people watch films relates to escapism and a break from stressful reality, but there are films that do not offer these gratifying benefits. Films are often used as instruments for directors and writers to bring and show us different places, where we witness unfamiliar and distinct… Read more »

13 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

After over a half century of Europe dominating the initially nascent, then fully mature, art houses of the world and then being a major factor in the video-film era, where does the continent and its film makers stand in the second decade of the 21st Century?  Well, the world had turned several times and new ways and new stories from different… Read more »

13 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

You can flip every conversation or forum on the Internet, and you’ll be able to find a debate about who should/will play James Bond next after Daniel Craig announced he was done playing the iconic character. Even bookmakers are taking bets (right now, Tom Hiddleston is in top position).  But the most important question for me is this: who’s gonna… Read more »

12 July 2016 | Features, People Lists

Each and every person has an element of escapism in them, whether their deserved distraction from the monotonous grey matter of day to day life is travelling, reading, blogging, shopping, undertaking sports, attending gigs, poetry, meditation or losing yourself in cinema (which subsequently results in writing articles on the internet), we all have the same common urge to surround our… Read more »

12 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Sound, unlike the image, doesn’t force itself upon you. It very rarely forces any perspective; you are free to explore auditory stimulus without intervention by the artist – who’s constantly shifting your view, and limiting your focus. At least, that’s the image it’s given itself. The beauty of sound comes from the way filmmakers have used it: if you don’t… Read more »

12 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Swinging Cheerleaders, which is from director Jack Hill. Hill had become known in the seventies for his films that focused on tough female characters, including Switchblade Sisters, The Big Doll House, Coffy, and Foxy Brown. After making two blaxploitation pictures, he was offered financing to make a movie with the… Read more »

12 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

For one of the most liveable and most advanced nations in the world, Australia has very rarely made a splash with its films, with most Australian recognition in the cinema down to the actors that make a name for themselves quickly before moving to America. The likes of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Chopper, and Animal Kingdom… Read more »

12 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Not all great films end neatly. Many directors choose to end their films abruptly or with unanswered questions, forcing audiences to watch, rewatch, and obsess over them until they can make sense of it for themselves – and sometimes even then the film is still inscrutable. For a filmmaker to not reveal all their cards to the viewers is a… Read more »

11 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Romantic love is complicated, yet it is very commonly portrayed in film as a well understood phenomenon with clearly defined boundaries. Films tend to adopt idealized notions of romantic love in which specific criteria are met, thereby qualifying romantic love as such. For example, romantic love is often viewed as unconditional. This means that one loves a person for who… Read more »

11 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As early as the 1930s, Hollywood made women in prison films as melodramas with minimal action and means to portray the pathway to a righteous life with titles such as “Ladies They Talk About” and “Hold Your Man”. By the 1950s, with the influence of pulp novels, many features like “Caged”, “So Young, So Bad” and “Women’s Prison”, would take… Read more »

10 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Towards the end of Ex Machina, I remarked to my viewing partner that we were watching Ava as a human, to which she responded in the affirmative. And so, Ava had passed the Turing test, invigilated by oblivious participants from beyond the fourth wall. From psychological microcosms to philosophical thought experiments, Alex Garland had really done his homework. Covering the… Read more »

10 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

Steampunk is a curious subgenre that comes from a combination of fantasy and science fiction, often creating products with a heavy cult following. While in American cinema it hasn’t always received fair treatment, in Europe and Asia it has created great classics. With heavy influence from auteurs such as Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, it has a very particular… Read more »

10 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Coming of age is a necessary and fascinating part of life. It’s awkward, messy, and almost never goes the way we planned. First loves, new friends, and the kick start to life ambitions – this time in a person’s life often shapes what they like and who they’ll become. Lucky for us – cinema has been there to capture every… Read more »

09 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Anton Yelchin was a gifted and charismatic young actor whose recent tragic death robbed the film community of a bright talent. Coming from a refugee family fleeing Soviet Russia, Yelchin was six months old when he moved to California. Starting his career at just nine for the indie flick A Man is Mostly Water before methodically moving through the independent… Read more »

09 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists