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Distribution and Production company A24 has brought an excitement to the film industry that has not been seen in years. A24 has helped to revitalize American Independent cinema while generating somewhat of a cult following due to their efforts. Founded in 2012, the company has already received 24 Oscar nominations as of 2018, including wins for Best Visual Effects (Ex… Read more »

20 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

This is a list of films that capture the audience’s attention almost as soon as the first image fades in from black. These images are so arresting that they carry us through the whole film and reflect something important about the film as a whole. Warning: Spoilers   1. Cache The ambiguous mise-en-scene of Cache perfectly matches the ambiguity of… Read more »

20 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

If you want to make an extremely controversial film, there are a number of easy things filmmakers can do – insult religious groups, have over-the-top explicitly sexual scenes that are compared to the likes of pornography, offend governments, glorify extreme violence, or just freak the hell out of the public, among a number of other things. Now, there have been… Read more »

20 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

It is in the interest of any aspiring filmmaker to strive for originality in storytelling, above all else. Cinema is an art form in which no single iteration of a story formula is truly unique. Hence, it is up to the filmmakers to find new and expressive ways to tell stories that are otherwise anything but fresh. With that being… Read more »

19 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

We live in the cinematic world of sequels. The number of releases that are prequels, spin-offs or follow-ups to existing movies seems to grow every year, and it has become a main trait of commercial cinema to plan franchises that can last for years and years. The quality of these sequels can vary within a franchise, and a bad sequel… Read more »

19 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

A lot of filmgoers are of the opinion that the movie industry shouldn’t bother with remakes. Great movies are great for a reason – they don’t need to be remade, because the best version of them already exists – and movies that are less than great aren’t worth remaking anyway. Still, in certain cases, the themes and ideas of a… Read more »

19 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Time flies. For a movie buff, the hasty seconds of time count as cinematic experiences. But life is one and only, while cinema is formed by infinite pieces of colors, shadows, and thoughts. Would it ever be possible to watch all of the existing good films and the ones to come? Arguably, not.  Even if one dedicates a lifetime to… Read more »

19 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Platonic love is something that almost everyone has gone through. It’s a type of love, or close relationship that is nonsexual. It is named after Plato, though the philosopher never used the term himself. Platonic love as devised by Plato concerns rising through levels of closeness to wisdom and true beauty, from carnal attraction to individual bodies to attraction to… Read more »

18 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The genre of horror makes its profits from the exploitation of real human fears and unimaginably disturbing events. Using established and innovative techniques with cinematography and soundtrack to amplify patterns of human fear, films of this genre make their success by knowing what will really make their audience cringe. Thematic subgenres of natural/eco-horror, serial killer thriller, monster movies, and more… Read more »

18 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

A minimalist film score is something that uses a repetitive rhythm and pattern, some being prolonged and others being quick and neurotic, but nonetheless still important to a film. The small additive that even a simple score can add to a film is boundless and can resonate with the viewer more than the actions on the screen might be able… Read more »

18 September 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Fictional characters often serve as stepping off points for us to better understand both ourselves and the people around us. After all, Rodion Raskolnikov’s moral struggles in Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” has been known to give readers a more impactful insight into depression than many a psychology textbook. The more vivid, specific and intimate a character’s development is, the greater… Read more »

18 September 2018 | Features, Other Lists

The title of a film is perhaps its most important marketing tool. How many times have you wanted to watch a film solely based on its cool, mysterious, or unforgettable title? Even if you aren’t that adventurous, there’s no denying that the title of a film plays a part of importance. Of course, a terrible title won’t deter anyone from… Read more »

17 September 2018 | Features, Other Lists

It’s fair to say that sci-fi cinema has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Once deemed fodder for children and little more, science fiction has lost its baby teeth, grown up, and gotten big and this has never been more evident than in the last few years with big hits like Arrival (2016), Gravity (2013), Interstellar (2014), and The Shape… Read more »

17 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Labeling a film ‘ahead of its time’ before allowing it to breathe in the collective consciousness can be a bold endeavor. All that can be extruded are the themes and motifs working towards the possibilities of a brighter or more dismal future. Who are we, where are we going, and why? It is true that art reflects life and life… Read more »

17 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When making a film, the director has something to say, express or use the cinematic language as their canvas. Sometimes a film needs to be of epic proportions such as length or time to make that statement bold. On the contrary, some filmmakers are gifted in a way they can express and / or state what they want in 90… Read more »

17 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Mickey Rourke is one of the most fascinating living figures of American cinema. Many actors – Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Adrien Brody and many more idolize him, Elia Kazan called his Actors Studio student audition as the best audition piece he’d seen in 30 years. He didn’t rise up to the straight stardom in 80s but he had… Read more »

16 September 2018 | Features, Other Lists