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Editing is a heavily overlooked aspect of films when it comes to casual audiences. Good editing makes the very existence of a film’s edits seem invisible; someone who wills to dissect movies will pay close attention to the pacing and cutting of a film. Either way, a film that is well edited will never distract you from everything else that… Read more »

08 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

For horror, superhero, and comedy fans, Sam Raimi is one of the most widely enjoyed filmmakers of the past 30 years. He’s created two popular original characters and franchises (Darkman and Evil Dead) and helmed the first Spider-Man trilogy in the 2000s. Besides this, Raimi has directed 15 full-length features, many of them great successes in their own right. Raimi’s… Read more »

08 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Cannes Film Festival dictates what movies we talk about for the following year, and indeed, for many years in the future. It was here that the Romanian New Wave first came into public eye, here that directors like Michael Haneke or Lars von Trier premiered their biggest projects and here that we found the year-defining films like Toni Erdmann… Read more »

08 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Before CG, 2D or 3D simulation to create massive crowds, Hollywood relied on extras—real people who laboriously had to be controlled, clothed, fed and paid (nowadays, from $50-$100 per 8 hours on the set, depending on the budget, of course). These are those that assemble the huge armies in great land battles. Or the crowd that gathers in the plaza… Read more »

07 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Long story short, gangster films became quite popular during the 1930s. Having started out here and there at the end of the roaring 20s – for instance, Josef Von Sternberg’s “Underworld” (1927) – gangster films reached a full-scale production during the 1930s mainly because of The Great Depression. For one, people needed entertainment that provided them with an escape from… Read more »

07 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“A movie I really love is Barton Fink… I feel like there’s so much in there, you could watch it again and again.” – Charlie Kaufman   Lost for words For a fact one of the Coen brothers’ most sideways mash-ups, Barton Fink synthesizes entertainment industry satire, film noir, the surreal, Künstlerroman designs, and the stark psychological horror of Roman… Read more »

07 May 2017 | Features, Reviews

Born in 1969, Bong Joon-ho was raised in an artistic family, since his father was a designer and his grandfather a noted author. This fact was a major factor in his decision to become a filmmaker, a goal he’d focused on since middle school. He majored in sociology at Yonsei University in the late 1980s and a few years later… Read more »

07 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Films such as Blood Feast (1963), Love Camp 7 (1968), A Bay Of Blood (1971) and The Last House On The Left (1972) were either never formally submitted to the British censor or refused a certificate and, until the arrival of video, remained unseen in a country that considered Hammer Films the ne plus ultra of gore. The novelty of… Read more »

06 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The general concept of change can really divide people, especially when it comes to artistic endeavours. Whether these changes are due to trends that are a way for the artist to move with the times, or simply for the artist to get out of their comfort zone and try something different, viewers will react differently. Some viewers want more of… Read more »

06 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Here we have another reboot-esque sequel, another of the string of hot film franchises from the 80s and 90s getting revived for a quick buck and for everyone to very quickly forget ever happened. However, “T2 Trainspotting” joins the ranks of the likes of “Mad Max: Fury Road” as a successful sequel after all these years; a film that’s able… Read more »

06 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“Hell is other people” Sartre said, and is in that cynical spirit where many of the best horror films find their voices. While demon and poltergeist flicks today dominate the genre, there has always been a contingent of filmmakers who seek to forego otherworldly threats, presenting us instead with an enemy from which we have no possible means of escape:… Read more »

05 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

As moviegoers, films are an escape for many of us. We have a bad day, so we put on a good film. Life is changing in a troublesome way, and a night at the movies temporarily gets rid of that pain. The theater and living room are both safe havens from the turmoil we face in our lives. The people… Read more »

05 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Poetry, disabled people, magical realism, social critique, mysticism, outrageous imagery, violence, copious amounts of blood, tarot cards, fake prophets, spiritual healing, blasphemy and anger are just a few of the characters, tropes, and motivations we can find the portfolio of one of cinema’s greatest demolishers and iconoclasts. Filmmaker, artist, writer, playwright, poet, mime, tarologist, spiritual guide, and comic book artist,… Read more »

05 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Coen Brothers are one-of-a-kind filmmakers: this duo has created alternately some of the best comedy and drama films in the past 30 years without compromising their inimitable vision. These siblings are two of America’s premiere directors, and it seems the American spirit is represented in their work: always reinventing genres while also mixing seemingly incongruous ones together to form… Read more »

04 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Some of the most memorable classics in film history were financial disappointments upon first release. Citizen Kane, Wizard of Oz, and several others can be counted on that list. But there’s also the other side of the cinematic coin, films that crushed the box office, thereby doing the same to any critical reviews. These are the worst films ever to… Read more »

03 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood studios weren’t interested in making Bond films. They were ‘too British’. It was Albert “Cubby” Broccoli who saw the value of Ian Fleming’s novels as potential feature films. Broccoli, a native of Queens, New York was living in London at the time, taking advantage of the subsidies offered to people willing to make films with British casts and crews…. Read more »

03 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists