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It’s a fact. We have more filmmakers than we ever had in history and their numbers would only increase from now on. Film schools become more and more popular as well as the film festivals around the world. Fifty years ago it was very hard to own all the required equipment to create your own good piece of material, let… Read more »

02 June 2014 | Features, People Lists

Arguably one of the more under-appreciated roles in cinema is that of the costume designer. Costume designers’ stylistic contributions to the world of film and by extension to our own worlds is undeniable. Their work contributes to constructing the characters we love, enhancing the film’s setting via colour and texture, and in some instances transcends the screen and informs our… Read more »

02 June 2014 | Features, People Lists

Home Invasion has long been a sub-genre predominantly installed within the horror category and rightfully so. Home invasion occurs when someone unlawfully gains entry to a private dwelling in order to commit a violation upon the resident. In most instances the perpetrator’s intention is to cause psychical or psychological violence. Through evolution, we have ingrained the image of our home… Read more »

01 June 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Alongside Dracula and Frankenstein, Universal Pictures’ The Wolf Man stands as one of the more iconic movie monsters in history. While not the first attempt to bring the transformation of man to wolf to the silver screen, The Wolf Man is the quintessential werewolf film, the basis for werewolf films to follow. Outside of the 1941 classic, however, only a… Read more »

31 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Film noir, which had begun in the 1940’s, continued into the 1950’s, although there were obvious changes to the style. Gone were the hard boiled detective stories of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade, replaced by more unpredictable, violent figures like Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer and stories that emphasized psychological character studies. The stories become more widely varied in terms of… Read more »

30 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There are several factors that can create anticipation leading up to the releases of certain movies. Often, it’s the sequels (and sometimes prequels) to wildly popular films that get people excited, though adaptations of bestselling novels and comic books have been awaited with almost equal degrees of enthusiasm, especially in the last couple of decades. A variety of other contributors… Read more »

29 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Born in Spain and exiled for a majority of his career, Luis Buñuel created a filmography of works that ranged from surreal Parisian shorts to psychosexual Mexican features (and everything in between). His films commonly attacked institutions (religion, society, bourgeois culture) and reconstructed narrative language (often at the expense of spatial/temporal continuity). Buñuel’s direction and style elude finite readings, leading… Read more »

29 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Zombies could easily be classed as movie monsters rivalling the likes of Vampires, Werewolves and Ghosts. Their infiltration into the cinematic playing field has been slow and disjointed, much like the creatures themselves. The golden era of zombie movies was probably the 1980s when a plethora of these movies rose up to greet eager cinema fans, but then they slowly… Read more »

28 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Last weekend the world was given the first blockbuster of the year in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, but the blockbuster season truly started with the release of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The film marks Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise after an eleven year absence, and although X-Men: First Class and last summer’s The Wolverine was a step… Read more »

27 May 2014 | Features, Reviews

Let’s start this list with a disclaimer. The term “essential” in the title of this article applies only to those who are into Takashi Miike’s films and know what they might be in for. For all those who aren’t familiar with the works of the extremely prolific Japanese director yet, it will be very touch-and-go as plenty of his work… Read more »

26 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

With the 67th Cannes Film Festival coming to a close – the three-hour Turkish drama Winter Sleep directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d’Or as Bennett Miller, Julianne Moore, Timothy Spall and others earned top honors – we wanted to cap off the ceremony by looking at 25 of the best films that have won the Palme d’Or… Read more »

26 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Although debatable, many attribute the 1915 release of D.W. Griffith’s controversial Birth of the Nation as the birth of American cinema (at least the first Hollywood film). This means we will soon be celebrating the centennial of the biggest industry in film. In the hundred years that Hollywood has been making films, certain years have stood out in terms of… Read more »

25 May 2014 | Features, Other Lists

The Japanese New Wave or ‘Nuberu Bagu’ was a film movement that occurred in Japan from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s and completely changed the way the world previously saw Japanese cinema. The world of “academia” usually prescribes Japan’s golden age of cinema to that of the 1930s to 1950s. From the period pieces of Kenji Mizoguchi and Akira… Read more »

25 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes, even the most hardened cinephiles can enjoy a mainstream comedy, even if it’s not quite in the same league as what they’re used to. Speaking as a cinephile myself who despises most mainstream American comedy a la Adam Sandler and Tyler Perry, I’ve attempted to round up some of the higher quality mainstream comedies that are quite good and… Read more »

24 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

What is Film Noir? It is a term coined in French, meaning literally ‘black film’ that is used to define a genre, or possibly just a subset of the genre of the thriller. Film scholar Alain Silver has asserted that film noir is not a genre but a ‘cycle’ of films that occurred during a certain historical period of time…. Read more »

23 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There are many films about or concerning religious cults, their leaders and more often than not – their demise as a group. The word ‘cult’ can be taken in many different ways, so these films are about different religious groups that have strayed from the ‘norms of society’, with leaders that have inflicted abuse, discomfort and/or unease on their members…. Read more »

22 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Spain has a variety of unique filmmakers, but very few have resonated as profusely in the international film market as Pedro Almodóvar has. With 19 films under his belt, as well as awards from Cannes, Venice, and the Oscars, Almodóvar has crafted a reputation that is evoked by his often-used tagline: “A film by Almodóvar.” His success is a result… Read more »

22 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists

It’s an actor’s job to occupy the body of another person. To become so emotionally connected to the character that they’re pretending to be, that it’s difficult to discern where they end and the character begins. It’s regular practice for some actors to insist that the cast and crew refer to them, on camera and off, not by their god given name, but by… Read more »

21 May 2014 | Features, People Lists

Camp, as Susan Sontag noted, is an aesthetic sensibility. It is more complex than a “subjective” look because it is a codified way of looking. It appreciates the artificiality of art, inverts the aesthetics of beauty, and strips the work of its political/social/cultural context. My adoration of camp is not something that I have learned, but something that I have… Read more »

20 May 2014 | Features, Film Lists