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Before getting into this list, it’s key to explain and clarify what we mean by silence. In this case, silence is not precisely the absence of sound or noise, but the bare minimal use of overly composed scores, sound effects, and commercially used music. A scene that uses silence to amplify tension is a scene that mostly relies on its… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There is no film more important in the history of cinema than Citizen Kane. One only needs to look at the films being made after it to understand its influence and how far it impacted the industry as a whole. If anyone says it is undeserving of its praise, they have either yet to see it or they lack a… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Before starting this list, a distinction has to be made: In this list the definition of Soundtrack means specifically that it’s not an original score. Original music composed for a film will not find its way on this list and even if some of the films on the list have had original music composed for them, it’s not win the… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The subject of American remakes of foreign movies is a difficult one, mostly because there’s such a stigma around it. Whenever cinephiles hear that a great foreign film is being remade by Hollywood, reactions vary from wary to outright furious – American audiences’ unwillingness to watch a movie with subtitles has produced the “need” for so many dreadful attempts at… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Taking a date to a movie can ultimately be a dicey proposition. Big fan of goofball comedies? Well obviously you lack intellectual depth. Proponent of sappy romances that always end happily ever after? In this case you most likely have a massive stuffed animal collection and wedding wish-box based on your Pinterest feed. Using this logic, what might the following… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Film casting is a delicate process that can virtually make or break the finished product. Playing it safe leads to flat and predictable outcomes able to be seen by audiences a mile away. This has much to do with certain actors being associated with certain roles (the bad guy, the hero, the ingénue, etc.), and as a result going this… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Stephen King is one of the most celebrated American horror writers of the past 40 years. Since his first published novel in 1973, “Carrie”, King has written more than 55 novels and more than 200 short stories. With an author so productive, it only makes sense to adapt some of his works into movies. Several great movies have been adapted… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

While the current cinematic world worships at the altar of “The Auteur,” the end credits of a film reveal and confirm that the vision of one can only be realized and produced by the hands of many. Unlike other mediums such as art and the written word, which are often produced by a single hand or the hands of the… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Campy films don’t appeal to everyone, but there’s certainly a devoted audience for that brand of kitschy artifice and over-the-top style. For those who can appreciate some excess in their art, these ten underrated masterpieces of camp are absolute must-sees.   1. Barbarella (1968, Roger Vadim) There’s a fun test of gender equality in films – an alternative to the… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Spooky action at a distance “Well, that certainly was visual,” deadpans an ashen yet elegant Eve after watching an amiable confrere disintegrate in a cistern of acid. Eve, a vampire, played by the exquisite Tilda Swinton, is one half of an immortal dyad, whose husband, Adam, is portrayed by an incurably cool Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive. Written… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Reviews

Klaus Kinski was an amazing character actor with distinctive facial features who was best known for taking on any role available regardless of the quality, as well as his violent temper and behavior during productions and his working relationship with director Werner Herzog. He would often take on second-rate European films for the large paycheck, resulting in his performances often… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Music in films are usually a tool that filmmakers use to highlight the drama and action happening in movies, especially if the lyrics fit the situation on screen. It is fair to say that popular films and music often go hand in hand if one is connected to the other. While they both may be successful commercially, it is the… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Alternate reality is a topic that every writer and director wants to work with and write about. It is an abstract concept that includes a parallel universe, a place where different actions of a different species take place. It may also refer to humans, as we all are living in a different reality that is separated by a single quantum… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In the arts, there are a few age-old themes that have persisted throughout the centuries. One can find these themes in plays, poetry and songs from the works of Homer to the modern era. They persist because they are universally relevant, because every society understands them, no matter the time or place. They are the reason why Oedipus Rex resonates… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Is it possible for a person to not only filter his thoughts through a film, but also to manage something that is “other” from him, unexplainable through the conventional notions of meaning and sense that are common to society? To do the impossible and escape the cages of human perspective and achieve a point of view that is inhuman, devoid… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release of the complete Female Prisoner Scorpion collection, featuring legendary cult movie actress Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood and Stray Cat Rock series) as the stoic and deadly prisoner who comes to be referred to as Scorpion. This exploitation series falls under multiple subgenres including women in prison films, revenge films, and Japanese pinky… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Reviews