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Often, tracking the natural transitions of a director, or any artist can be quite clearly defined, by the stages of their works. It isn’t at uncommon to cite specific periods and segments of a filmmaker’s output, be they determined by their nation of residency, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Luis Bunuel or Roman Polanski, or determined by the consistent traits dividing… Read more »

25 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In the early days of cinema, filmmakers were still finding their footing. The still camera was still a relatively new invention, let alone the motion picture camera. Understandably, a lot of people were hesitant and confused about its potential powers. Thomas Edison, for example, never saw the artistic power it contained, and believed cinema would never be more than a… Read more »

25 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

To think about Finnish Cinema without the name Aki Kaurismäki coming to mind is almost impossible. Together with his brother Mika, Aki has brought film in Finland ever more notoriety. Personality dictates his camera movement and plotlines, while his writing is as sharp and no-nonsense as it could be. The constant tones of emotional opacity in his dialogues and the… Read more »

25 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It’s a late Friday evening, you’re just settling in after a week of heavy work, and you don’t feel like going out. Why not settle in with a nice horror movie? Ponder the twisted minds that come up with the eerie, atmospheric world with the demons and the slashers and…wait, what was that sound? Oh never mind, it was probably… Read more »

24 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The 1990s were a decade of money, mega-spending and special effects, but it was also the time for different approaches opposing to this paradigm. The digital revolution led to experimentation in digital-video films and imagery, aided by famous actors and a boost in eccentricity. Some filmmakers, such as the ones on this list, were an exception to the rule when… Read more »

24 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are some exceptional cases when a good actor/actress was born that way. Some of them were on the most wanted list in their first try in movie industry. Some of these natural born talents are still remembered; some are almost or totally forgotten. But a goal on the first shot is always something cool to be mentioned.   20…. Read more »

23 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It’s my belief that you can learn over a hundred things from watching a single Stanley Kubrick film. Kirk Douglas called him a “talented shit”, referring to Kubrick’s exasperating perfectionist streak; he was famous for doing take, after take, after take until he got exactly what he was looking for. He was a firm, sometimes obsessive, director who wouldn’t move… Read more »

23 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

As a sixth Mission: Impossible movie comes our way this year, we are again reminded as to why, complain as we might, we still love Tom Cruise. You’d never believe he’s approaching his 53rd birthday as he once again becomes über secret agent Ethan Hunt trying to take down the Rogue Nation, a sort of anti-Mission: Impossible Force that may… Read more »

22 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Films about art and artists” covers a variety of things, from biopics about artists dead or imagined, to documentaries on living ones. However, the best of them are the ones that are able to teach us something about the medium they depict, or about the people who create it. These films portray artists as compelled to create from an inner… Read more »

22 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

David Lynch has a cinema of his own, a cinema so familiar yet strange that can only be described as Lynchian. His trademarks are his fascination with dark secrets of small cities, his taste for low/middle frequency noise, dark and rotting environments, distorted characters, a polarized world (angels vs. demons, Madonnas vs. whores), debilitating damage to the skull or brain,… Read more »

21 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

While there have always been thrilling and exciting movies since film began, action as a distinct genre did not emerge until the later half of the 20th century. Action movies quickly became one of the most popular genre of movie in Hollywood, ruling box offices and attracting big stars and budgets. The excitement and testosterone of the films are also… Read more »

20 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Today, animation is a profitable and influential industry. Due to the rise of CGI, it could be argued that most of today’s cinema is really animation. When the word “animation” is mentioned, most think either Disney or Japanese anime. But the rest of the world has a long and proud animated history as well. It’s particularly true for the continent… Read more »

20 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are many different forms of both success and failure in the film industry. A film may be considered a failure for financial underperformance, critical disapproval, or fan disillusionment. Other films are just so poorly released and distributed that, regardless of merit or lack thereof, the film simply is not seen by many people. Thus, both a Box Office smash… Read more »

19 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Geographic proximity of USA and Canada, as well as Hollywood’s dominance in the world of cinema constantly blur the lines between the cinematographies of these two countries. As American film industry is considerably stronger and richer than the Canadian one, Canadian actors, directors, producers and other film workers often end up being involved in projects South of the border and… Read more »

19 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Jean-Pierre Melville was born Jean-Pierre Grumbach, in Paris, France, in 1917, to a family of Alsatian Jews. During World War II he joined the French Resistance and adopted Melville as his nom de guerre after Herman Melville, his favorite American author. When the war was over, he decided to keep it. Prior to the war, however, Jean-Pierre Grumbach was a… Read more »

19 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

I wish South Korea would make more genre films. It’s not that they don’t — in fact, they’ve made some great thrillers, action films, and have lately hit big with large-scale historical dramas. There are other genres, such as comedy and romance, but recommending a title from either of those is tricky. I’ve found that most audiences who enjoy South… Read more »

18 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of films that address the themes of anarchism—some favorably (like most the films listed here) and some unfavorably. There are, as well, dozens of respected lists of “anarchist films.” While almost every recent list of films and anarch thought lists V for Vendetta, one version or another of the story of Sacco and Vanzetti,… Read more »

18 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Soon after finishing his film Viridiana (1961), a peculiar approach to the struggle to maintain the religiously regimented life of a nun contrasted with the possibility of a carnival world in upside down state, just like a feast of beggars, Buñuel told that he would adapt the novel Là-bas (1891) by Joris-Karl Huysmans (the title was translated sometimes as the Damned, and in others, as Down… Read more »

17 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout history, all-powerful leaders and tyrants have shaped the world and its many empires. There have been many works of film and literature depicting life of the common man during these leaders’ reign and the suffering of the people. Less common is a film that directly addresses the lives of these dictators and their exploits on a close, personal level…. Read more »

16 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are times when characters leap right out of the pages of comic books and onto the silver screen as a direct result of the actors portraying them. There are the occasional miscasts, but more often than not, the actors are appropriate for their roles, sometimes being ideally cast. Casting choices in comic book films have a strong tendency to… Read more »

15 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Whether your opinion is positive or negative towards it, there is no denying that the 1990’s were, at the very least, an interesting time for American movies. Audiences were cynical and hip enough to buy into the cool Tarantino style that bridged the indie and the mainstream world in film forever. But they also wanted to escape and be reminded… Read more »

15 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists