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Godzilla may be the King of the Monsters, but there’s plenty of other great kaiju (Japanese for strange monster) movies out there to be enjoyed. The monster genre has always been popular – who can deny that watching giant monsters fighting each other and destroying cities is fun? There have been thirty Godzilla movies, from the 1954 Japanese original to… Read more »

31 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Existing beneath the razzle and dazzle of mainstream cinema are an underground community of cinephiles, who remain intent on subverting the conventional, and exploring the realms of cinematic capability. Fifteen of these individuals are listed below – a multicultural select few who specialise in an engagement with experimental filming techniques; creating alternative works that question the medium we so often… Read more »

31 August 2014 | Features, People Lists

Iranian Cinema is a rich and diverse cinema that has been in existence since the 1930s amidst oppressive regimes, censorship and even in the face of exile. The history of film as an art form in Iran dates back to the pioneering days of cinema when the first movie theatre opened in Tehran in 1904. Film was less than ten… Read more »

30 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

You never forget your first. Directing a feature film is no easy task, especially under the anxiety that your first film can potentially jumpstart or effectively kill your career. The amount of talent and leadership it takes to finish a feature film is impressive no matter how the finished product turns out. It is, therefore, appropriate to honor and commend… Read more »

29 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

American animator Don Bluth has had a long and varied career, but, over the last decade, awareness of his style, ambitions, and work have mostly receded from the pop culture radar. Which is unfortunate; because in addition to his unique style, Bluth was an animator unafraid to use the medium to explore concepts of class struggles, racism, the perils of… Read more »

29 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The term B movie was first coined in Hollywood’s Golden Age which ran from the 1930’s through till the late 1950’s. Double features were the norm, showing a main feature, usually a big budget studio picture with star names, and a B movie afterwards. The B movie would usually have a much smaller budget and no star names. The films… Read more »

28 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The moments between the moments. Most directors would be terrified of spending more than a couple of minutes there. Jim Jarmusch has made a career of it. He’s never been interested in making dramas or thrillers or any kind of genre movie for that matter, and in the process has fabricated his own genre: the deadpan black comedy. Jim Jarmusch… Read more »

28 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Film genres can easily become double-edged swords for any filmmaker. Although specific genres help viewers identify the similar patterns and tropes of a director’s creation, some filmic categories contain certain viewer expectations, which can inhibit the screenwriter, the director, and—ultimately—the film. Below is a list of films in which directors were met with the struggle of twisting, subverting, deconstructing, or… Read more »

27 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There have been many filmmakers who have surrendered an important part of their body of work to the search of the human soul. Tarkovsky tried or actually found it through a trip to the past, to the childhood of his characters. Ozu looked for it on the small details of everyday life, tradition, and family. Herzog has been travelling to… Read more »

27 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Built in London in 1931 Ealing studios are perhaps most immediately associated with producing a string of cosy black and white comedies in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Many of the following films epitomise the comedic cheer the studio still remains best known for. However, Ealing films also harbour a darker more rebellious streak, echoing themes and socio-economic complexities… Read more »

27 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The 1960’s began with a bang as far as thrillers go, kicking off the decade with Alfred Hitchcock reigning supreme as Psycho was released in the summer of 1960. By the latter part of the decade, the career of the ‘Master of Suspense’ was in decline, and young directors such as Roman Polanski came up to challenge Hitchcock for his… Read more »

26 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

During the 1920s art house cinema was beginning to gain its reputation as respectable filmmaking. This opened the doors for even more radical types of movies, one that would even question the basic narrative structure all films were following at the time. This was known as experimental or avant-garde cinema. They were usually short films produced outside of Hollywood to… Read more »

26 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There are film directors, there are great film directors and then there is Sir David Lean. More than any director, his career helped to define and propel cinema throughout the 20th Century. Like James Cameron today, David Lean showed the world with each new film what other filmmakers could only imagine – he took audiences to places outside the realm… Read more »

26 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Beginning centuries ago with the writings and exploits of the Marquis de Sade, France has had a long and unique love affair with horror. Drawing influences from years of surrealist paintings and deviant literature and influenced by the brutality of modern American horror films, a pack of new filmmakers has made themselves known with a new generation of definitively French… Read more »

24 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Iconoclast. Hellraiser. Lunatic. These adjectives and more can be used to describe the one and only Dennis Hopper (1937-2010). A true all-rounder, he was not only an actor, but a writer, director, artist and photographer. His was a truly unique life, at times incredibly fraught and self-destructive. Stories of his alcohol and drug abuse are legendary. Like Keith Richards, he… Read more »

24 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

A debut feature can add a lot of pressure to up-and-coming directors, who not only have to navigate the treacherous waters of the entertainment industry, but must also capture an audience’s attention (although some directors are more interested in creating displeasure rather than pleasure). A successful debut feature can open doors for new directors, helping them to begin illustrious careers… Read more »

23 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Comedian, actor, writer, director Mike Nichols is truly a man of many talents. In regards to his career in cinema, with the odd exception here and there (1986’s “Heartburn” springs to mind), he is a director that you can on the whole trust to provide entertaining and, in some cases, enlightening cinema. Born in 1931, Nichols made his name on… Read more »

23 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Federico Fellini ranks amongst the filmmakers held in the highest of regards within the world of cinema. So much so, that adjectives like “Fellinian” and “Fellinieque” have been devised to describe certain characteristics closely associated with the Italian master, both in cinema as well as in art in general. He has won five Academy Awards throughout his career and holds… Read more »

22 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The Greeks are renowned for influencing Western Civilization in every aspect of politics, philosophy, art, literature, and theatre. After many centuries, Greece is back to creating classics—this time through film. Although over these years, many components of Greek cinema has changed, one fact remains the same: the unique charm of Grecian movies. The emergence of the Grecian financial crisis has… Read more »

22 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists