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This list gathers some of the most controversial movies of the 1980s. A time of major commercial hits and the undeniable boom of the blockbuster formula, the 80’s tend to be seen as disappointing when compared with the serious and imaginative cinematographic experimentation of 70’s. The case of controversial, transgressive films seems to support that regard. Perhaps due to the commercial… Read more »

12 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the most prominent filmmakers in contemporary cinema, not only in his own country, but worldwide. He has made nine feature films up to this moment, all of them written and some produced by him. In Denmark, he may only be less regarded than Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, and,… Read more »

11 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Back in the 1990’s there was a considerable cultural stir within the film community. Several companies, notably one owned by mogul Ted Turner, were indulging in a process called colorization. Simply put, this process took films created in black and white and added color to them (much as old post cards had once been colored). This was done in an… Read more »

11 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

With the release of the Wachowski siblings’ latest, Jupiter Ascending, the time seems right to re-examine those sibling partnerships which have yielded some of the finest works of cinema in recent (and not so recent) years.   15. The Hughes Brothers When Boyz in the Hood was released in 1991, its director, John Singleton, made history as both the first… Read more »

10 February 2015 | Features, People Lists

In 1968, Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey pushed sci-fi movies to a higher level. Suddenly this film genre (as many people consider it to be) could be eminent and profound. There were some other attempts before 1968 to make this genre look serious, but they didn’t get massive attention at the time. Besides Stanley Kubrick’s brand American name, there… Read more »

10 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One of the great composers when it comes to visual story-telling, Roger Deakins has found a solid position for himself next to the greats of cinematography. Born in Devon, England, Deakins studied at the National Film School. Soon after graduation he began work in documentaries that took him around the world from Australia to Africa. After doing many documentaries, Deakins… Read more »

09 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“It is not things in reality that the director should be interested in but the spirit in or behind things. Realism in itself is not art.” – Carl Theodor Dreyer Carl Theodor Dreyer is one of the most important figures in film history. He created a language unlike anyone before him and made truly transcendent pictures that, once seen, aren’t… Read more »

09 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One cinephile’s trash is another cinephile’s psychotronic treasure and a legendary haul of said treasure was created in the 1970s and 1980s. This was a landmark age for worldwide horror cinema before CGI domination, before the endless parade of remakes and before the Syfy Channel declared war on most of your favorite horror subgenres. There are still some high quality… Read more »

08 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Films have served as a gateway for people of all ages, races, orientations, and generations since the first public demonstration of a camera-projector system in 1895. Throughout the years, motion pictures have made audiences weep, contemplate, laugh, test social boundaries and dream with more color and imagination than ever before. The world of cinema is an organism unto itself, ever… Read more »

08 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“People have asked me if I am a ‘moral’ person. I usually reply that I am not. I am not perfect. But I am a person who is not afraid to show the dark and poor sides of Korean society. This is my moral cause. I could make much cleaner films than my previous projects, but I am afraid I might… Read more »

08 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. He has directed and contributed to many wonderfully made films since Alien was released, to critical and commercial success in 1979. His films are very atmospheric, and often depict well-known historical environments, such as in Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Robin Hood (2010). He has been nominated for three… Read more »

07 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Existentialism can be defined by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s phrase existence precedes essence. It means that, for existentialism, a man is not his own end, since human existence only happens when it is designed beyond itself. According to the philosophy of existentialism, a man exists before being, and must give his life sense, since he is only what he makes… Read more »

07 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Michael Caine is one of Britain’s most recognized and accomplished actors of cinema. Since his start, Caine has garnered six Academy Award nominations, winning two of them, as well as a multitude of other acting accolades and, in 2000, was knighted by the queen. Over his 60-year career, Caine has appeared in well over one hundred films. As an actor… Read more »

06 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Between 1947 and 1955 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed an honorary award to one film each year that they believed to be the best in international cinema. Beginning in 1956, the Academy turned the honorary award into an award of merit, thus creating the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Though controversial due to its… Read more »

06 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It is getting to be that time of the year once again. A favorite time of the year because of upcoming events. March Madness and the Academy Awards are nearly upon us. And it’s all sporty fun, pardon the intended pun. Each year we find ourselves looking at these huge events awaiting to see what will happen and the Academy… Read more »

04 February 2015 | Features, Other Lists

The popularity in recent years of war films such as Lone Survivor and American Sniper have demonstrated a resurgence of the war film genre. Few films were made in the years between Operation Desert Storm and the present, similar to war film production in the years during and after Vietnam. Public outcry or indifference serves as the most satisfying explanation… Read more »

03 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Put most concisely by Timothy Corrigan in his book on the essay film: ‘from its literary origins to its cinematic revisions, the essayistic describes the many-layered activities of a personal point of view as a public experience’. Perhaps a close cousin to documentary, the essay film is at its core a personal mode of filmmaking. Structured in a breadth of… Read more »

03 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Psychedelia in film is characterized by distortion (both in image and in sound), experimentation in narrative and editing, and sometimes drug-inspired hallucinations. Like the psychoactive drugs which produce heightened sensory perceptions and distortion, psychedelic films present to their audience an unfamiliar and/or dream-like view of reality. The following films use cinematography, narration, editing, sound design, and music to create worlds… Read more »

02 February 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Making it to the top is hard but staying there may be even harder. The ridiculous cliché ridden 1967 show biz camp classic Valley of The Dolls is a stupid, foolish film in very many ways but it does get at least one thing right: while making it to the top in “the business” is tough, the real struggle may… Read more »

01 February 2015 | Features, People Lists