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As far as film genres go, the thriller is one of the easiest to define. It does what it says on the tin – it thrills the audience. Thriller movies are pitched somewhere between action movies and horror movies. They’re exciting, they make your heart race – they can even be quite grisly and shocking. Thriller filmmakers like Paul Greengrass… Read more »

15 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The twenty-first century has given audiences some truly terrific cinema. Discussed below are some examples; films so special that they are often considered masterpieces. Of course, there are many films that could have made the discussion, however, the list was narrowed down to these ten for the very reasons detailed below. Whether you, the reader, agrees or disagrees, just know… Read more »

15 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Who still uses IMDb, anyway? It is still a great database, but when it comes to ratings, the system it uses should not be misinterpreted. The rating is based on the voting system it has with its users, and while that is less likely to be scammed (see, for instance, all the controversy about Rotten Tomatoes), it is still very… Read more »

15 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Who knows exactly why some great films catch fire in popular culture while others languor in obscurity? More puzzling still is how some classics seem to just fall off the map over time, while initially unheralded works slowly gain a life of their own and linger in our memories. Public opinion is a fickle factor, and finding the magic ingredient… Read more »

14 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The horror genre has its roots in Gothic literature. Accomplished works like Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley’s “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus” and “The Vampyre” by Dr. John Polidori have been the inspiration behind the genre as a whole. Then came the movies of Georges Méliès and James Whale. Science fiction and horror have been complimenting each other for a long… Read more »

14 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

By their very nature cult films can be a challenge to come across, and it can often take years for a film to find its niche audience of oddballs and adherents who will give it the appreciation and plaudits it deserves. And so this short list looks to spotlight some sensational films by the likes of Walter Hill, Bob Rafelson,… Read more »

14 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When we attend the theater or more so nowadays, watch a film from the comforts of our own house, we want a film we can connect to. When asked ‘What is Cinema?’ to Samuel Fuller, he summoned it up in one word: ‘Emotion’. And that is the simplest term that as film lovers, cinephiles or audience members want, we want… Read more »

11 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The foe, the adversary, the enemy – every film hero needs a film villain and every film protagonist needs a film antagonist. For many films, the antagonist is clear and defined from the start. For example, an audience introduced to a character called The Joker in a Batman film would immediately recognise who the villain was. Or an audience watching… Read more »

11 September 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Once you’ve fallen in love, your eyes gaze upon an otherworldly, torturously untouchable object of desire. Captured in the static frames of memory, emerging in the flow of a body’s kinesiology, and endlessly marked on a scent’s overtone, that stinging feeling of the deepest erotic love becomes the most intoxicating drug. Until the totalitarian conquest of such a desired target,… Read more »

10 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Nicolas Cage is the most enigmatic leading man in Hollywood history, polarizing audiences and critics for decades. He’s given countless brilliant performances and phoned in even more with his movies ranging from acclaimed dramas to action-packed blockbusters to dumpster B-movies. Starting out with the help of his uncle, legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, Nicolas Cage started making a name for… Read more »

10 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes audiences can avoid revisiting a film they enjoyed because of its length, not wishing to commit hours of their time to something they have already seen and instead opting to watch something new. However, these films are much too tempting, offering so much more with every repeat viewing. These choices range between two and a half hours and four… Read more »

10 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Killer kids, chilling children, and oppressed orphans populate a catalogue of dark movies with similar, but not homogeneous themes. One category of films features young protagonists driven by circumstances beyond their control to a life of darkness they otherwise would have never known. Unlike the more sensational stories featuring purely psychopathic kids, these characters have adapted a sinister lifestyle as… Read more »

08 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Over time, I’ve begun to get extremely bored with modern blockbusters. I’m tired of being told that I should care about the next Marvel, the next cinematic universe, or another pointless live-action remake of a Disney classic. I’m tired of the business-politics involved, knowing that certain movies were altered in order to appeal to the Asian market. I’m tired of… Read more »

08 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The term “overrated” is tough for writers because it’s hard to define what makes a movie overrated. If a movie is critically acclaimed but commercially under-the-radar, can it be considered overrated? Similarly, if a movie is a smash hit with everyone besides critics, can we define it as overrated? Because of this loose definition, the following list may be inconsistent… Read more »

08 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

There are many films that have risen to infamy over the last eighteen years; some of them are fantastic, and some of them are downright terrible. This list will attempt to address numerous examples that aren’t discussed so often. It would be easy to include films like Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist, or Gaspar Noe’s Irreversible, but these films are mentioned… Read more »

07 September 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The Academy Awards are what separate the wheat from the chaff in Hollywood. There are a number of controversies surrounding the Academy’s voting methods, including a lack of diversity on the board and less appreciation for bigger-budgeted blockbuster movies than smaller arthouse fare, but generally, the Oscars decide which movies and movie-makers are considered to be the best and brightest…. Read more »

07 September 2018 | Features, People Lists