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The Rolling Stones have broken so many records over their astonishing 50-plus year career; raised so many bars and left so many lesser bands eating their dust that there isn’t much left to say about them. One aspect of their tenancy as The Greatest Rock and Roll Band In The World™ that’s often overlooked though is their contribution to cinema…. Read more »

15 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Wes Anderson is probably the most discussed director of the last few years. Like most indie directors gone mainstream, he’s amassed a large amount of detractors. Most of their complaints revolve around the fact that he does exactly the same thing, over and over again. While acknowledging that complain as a flagrant oversimplification, we could as ourselves: isn’t that what… Read more »

15 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

As Alejandro Jodorowsky tells about his never made Dune, his energy radiates through the screen with an irresistible strength. Watching Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary directed by Frank Pavich, we do not get the impression that Dune was a failure or a doomed project. On the contrary, Jodorowsky’s passionate commentary speaks of an exceptionally inspired work, during which a diverse group… Read more »

14 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The birth of cinema was a natural consequence of the era of hedonistic prosperity that arose in the Western countries at the end of the XIX century. In may have been called the Gilded Age in the United States, or Belle Époque in Western Europe, but it was present on both sides of the Atlantic, and both sides have their… Read more »

14 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The theater is arguably the first form of entertainment dating back to Ancient Greece and Ancient China. People love the theater; they love to laugh, they love to cry and they love to find themselves in the portrayals of others. The importance and significance of the theater has always been a hot subject for debate; what need is there for… Read more »

13 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A trolley barrels down train tracks. Near the end, you see that it’s set to hit 2 people tied to the tracks, a young man and his wife. You stand by a switch, which can change the tracks and divert the train eastward. However, on those tracks is a young boy whose shoe laces are stuck under the rails. What… Read more »

13 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Born in Wales, in 1937, Anthony Hopkins was made a Commander of British Empire in 1987 and knighted at Buckingham Palace in 1993 for a career dedicated to the arts. The actor was influenced by Richard Burton, another awarded and well-known Welsh actor. Here is a list of some great movies from this brilliant and versatile actor with an intense… Read more »

12 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, once said that if a filmmaker is ever in a slump as to what will be the next hit movie, they should look for a hit play. If only the Hollywood of 21st felt that way. Studio writers would have to develop compelling characters and storylines that were raw and real. In theatre, if… Read more »

11 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Most of us love a great science fiction movie. We can sit in the cinema for 2 hours and totally forget about the reality that awaits us outside. For these two hours, we are in a world of the unbelievable & unimaginable. As exhilarating as these films are, even more exciting is thinking of the possibility that anything we are… Read more »

11 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Since the birth of cinema the average shot length (ASL) of films has been getting shorter and shorter, and when we talk about ASL (if you don’t know) we’re talking about how long a shot lasts before cutting. The lower the ASL, the more separate shots a film contains. To give you a practical example, Spun (Jonas Åkerlund, 2002) has… Read more »

11 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

This is a very subjective list which does not aspire to a universal or official cataloging of its topic. It’s an assembly of movies which compiles some features and peculiarities which provoke a certain feeling of despair in the spectator. This includes striking emotions which haunt the viewer before the film is a memory. There might be those whose emotions… Read more »

10 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Only a small number of actresses make as diverse and bold range of choices as Nicole Kidman. Her elegance, fearlessness and passion bring an incredible mix of old Hollywood with modern sensibility. She has spent the last two and a half decades swinging between extremely brave (e.g. she has never used a body double for her nude scenes) and fascinating… Read more »

10 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In the last few years we have seen the number of complains about the lack of good female roles increase. Audiences are not satisfied with the archetypes, that once were considered the norm, for portraying women in cinema and are looking for movies in which the woman isn’t exclusively an accessory. Recently there has been a big change in that… Read more »

10 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a fantastic work of anthropology. In it he outlines the idea of “The Hero’s Journey”, which has 17 “steps”. Campbell postulates that all cultures share these 17 fundamental steps in their mythologies and stories. Storytellers have used Campbell’s ideas to make some of the most iconic literature and film in recent… Read more »

09 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

2010 was a great year for Asian cinema with excellent efforts such as Takashi Miike’s old school samurai film 13 Assassins, Korean thrillers including I Saw the Devil and The Man From Nowhere, and the Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. There are also some more obscure films worthy of recognition such as the Korean… Read more »

08 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists