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Joel David Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Jesse Coen (born September 21, 1957) grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Jewish parents. Their mother, Rena, was an art historian and their father, Edward, was an economist. Joel and Ethan’s legendary career in film has garnered 13 Oscar nominations for the pair and four wins. Classified as “genre-busters”, their earliest… Read more »

08 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Since the beginning of storytelling, the ‘mysterious stranger’ has been one of the most common thematic catalyst, with storytelling using the character to show a change in others. The plots of stories focused on the arrival of strangers hinge on the effect that their presence has on those they visit, often bringing out traits that people had repressed or tried… Read more »

08 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The director. Ever since the French New Wave painted the director as the person with the paintbrush, painting their vision on the screen, everyone has had a serious obsession with the director. No other crew member gets anywhere close to the amount of attention a director does. Even horrible directors can keep making movies if they sell, especially male directors,… Read more »

07 June 2016 | Features, People Lists

There are works of art that not only capture their moment but also change the language of the art itself. Fellini’s 1964 masterpiece, 8 ½ is one of these. When it was released in Italy, it received mixed reviews and was seen by many as Fellini’s further betrayal of his neorealist roots and the Neorealist movement (after La Dolce Vita)…. Read more »

07 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Vampires, they suck the good out of life. Yet they are so darn cool. They have been evil, scary, erotic, funny, and have existed in cinematic history for practically one hundred years now. They originated from folklore and were later popularized in literature such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Polidori’s The Vampyre. The first film version of the vampire was… Read more »

06 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Our century has a new trend concerning the ending a screenwriter chooses to give their film: the love-it-or-leave-it open ending. An open ending seemingly leaves it up to the viewer to finish up the story; the final scene is not comprised of a goodbye or a dramatic explosion, but rather something so normal it could be part of the middle… Read more »

06 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“We are asleep. Our Life is a dream. But we wake up sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein Ludwig Wittgenstein was an Austrian-British philosopher of logic, mathematics, and language. He has been described as one of the foremost innovators of the philosophy of logic of the 21st Century. In addition to his philosophical works,… Read more »

06 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The Japanese term (dai)kaiju refers to a film genre that features giant monsters, usually attacking humanity or fighting other similar creatures. Toho’s Godzilla (the Japanese title is actually Godzira) is the most renowned character of the genre, with other famous entries including Tsuburaya Productions’ Ultraman and Daiei Film’s Gamera. All of the above characters spawned a number of films with… Read more »

05 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Go to Michael Shannon’s Wikipedia page and scroll down to his filmography. Then, go ahead and count how many 2016 releases are on the horizon for him. If you didn’t know his name before, you probably should be the time the year ends. From indie Sci-Fi productions like Midnight Special to noir love stories like Frank & Lola, Michael Shannon… Read more »

05 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Horror fiction has been a vital part of bookstores for generations: Frankenstein and Dracula have more movie versions than Jesus, and it’s clear to see why. The characters are iconic, changing with each new iteration while (hopefully) maintaining the core of what made their original novels so beloved. Movie-Dracula may have grown a giant black collar, and Movie-Frankenstein may have… Read more »

04 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes, I feel we carry some kind of twisted prejudice against big blockbuster films. Yes, most of them are truly rubbish – done with zero thought or care for the actual quality of the craft, catering to audiences worst impulses and saying nothing interesting about or to us. There are a few of them, though, that really stand out, and… Read more »

04 June 2016 | Features, People Lists

“Antisocial personality disorder, sometimes called sociopathy, is a mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior.” – The Mayo Clinic… Read more »

04 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“All art is autobiographical.” – Federico Fellini “The films I made are as autobiographical as fiction can be.” – Jean Eustache “Well, I mean, isn’t everything autobiographical? I mean, we all see the world through our own tiny keyhole, right?” – Jesse Wallace (Ethan Hawke) talking about his art in Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunset” (2004) Ever since the very beginning… Read more »

04 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When two people gather in a room to talk things through like adults, what happens in mostly pretty standard; if everything goes right, both individuals shake hands and go back to the world with a smile on their faces and one reason less to worry. However, in the movie world, when you see a dialogue-heavy scene coming, you know it’s… Read more »

03 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Great films to watch at Midnight: this is different from the popular term given to b-list cult films, ‘Midnight-Movies’, like The Room, Eraser Head, and Pink Flamingos. This is for the films that thrive on the romanticised, abstract, vibe that Midnight reverberates; that time when it’s not quite today but it’s not quite tomorrow, when you’re too sleepy to do… Read more »

02 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A road trip movie’s plot typically revolves around a group of characters taking a trip from one point to another, making stops along the way and having various things happen to them. They may run into unusual people and places along the way and all of this tend to teach or resolve some issues with the characters by the end… Read more »

02 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists