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“Surrealism, then, neither aims to subvert realism, as does the fantastic, nor does it try to transcend it. It looks for different means by which to explore reality itself.” ― Michael Richardson Surrealism is one of the most influential cultural movements of 20th Century. It is a method of art, by means of which, artists seek access to their unconscious… Read more »

13 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

2014 saw a terrific array of popular sci-fi, horror, dark-comedy and thriller films, from Interstellar to Nightcrawler to The Babadook to Gone Girl. This list aims to shed some light on twenty films which perhaps were overlooked by audiences or did not garner the critical acclaim they may have justly deserved. What titles may you have included on such a… Read more »

12 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In recent decades both film scholars and fans of vintage cinema have championed two unique film movements. One of these is the so-called “pre-code” school of films, pictures created before the censorship guidelines caused movies to become much more circumspect. The other movement, which has been of great public interest much longer than “pre-code”, would be the sub-genre known as… Read more »

11 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Popularly referred to as “hagsploitation” or “psycho-biddy” cinema, the genre of the Grande Dame Guignol was born, unintentionally, in 1962 by horror film director Robert Aldrich. After his sensational hit, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, starring screen legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, a string of “older women in peril” films rushed into production, with companies such as Hammer… Read more »

10 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Heists are always interesting to watch onscreen, which is probably why Hollywood likes to make so many movies involving them. It’s always a great rush to see how they pull off the heist, and run away with the cash in hand and the girl underneath the arm. Yet, some of the very best heist movies don’t exactly end how we… Read more »

09 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The past five years have marked a changing time for British Film, increased cuts to sources of funding since the global recession are perhaps what has resulted in the number of co-productions within this list. Pinning down an exact theme or trend is difficult but there does seem to be a slightly more innovative shift away from more recognisable and… Read more »

08 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Nonlinear narratives comprise a vast amount of narratives that do not tend to follow the direct causality pattern of their depicted events. Generally speaking, such amount responds to the variety of available resources, from flashbacks to anarchic deconstructions, narrators have to constitute nonlinear exercises. Experimentations with non linear narratives in Cinema can be traced to the Silent Era but especially… Read more »

07 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It is always fascinating to see how The Academy votes in any given year. Certain genres go in and out of fashion, and the group that votes the Best Picture has changed over the years, from the early years when The Screen Extras Guild was allowed to vote to a more narrow range of voters today. The voters tend to… Read more »

06 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Writers make the world better. They give us stories of love and horror and they live to inspire others. Every author is a vessel that contains the new worlds about to be born. Can you imagine a world without H. G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Salinger, Woody Allen or J. K. Rowling? To make us dream, feel, and change, they had… Read more »

05 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Jeffrey Leon Bridges has been in the acting business since the age of 5. Coming from an acting family, he first appeared before the camera is in an episode of his father Lloyd Bridges’ TV show Sea Hunt. Since that time he has appeared in perhaps 150 films and TV shows. Along the way he has turned in a long… Read more »

03 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It’s easy to point to a director and pinpoint their prime output to the span of a decade or two. Many directors have a fiery, potent period of energy and rage that burns brightly and then explodes (for directors who die young, or who ceremoniously renounce the field) or fade away (for those who continue to release films but grow… Read more »

02 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Blood, violence and depravity are themes that’ve shown up in our artwork for thousands of years. The thrill of watching gladiators torn apart in battle was once a popular form of recreation. Indeed, during the times of barbarism and cavemen, the law of the land was kill or be killed. Mankind’s bloodlust, it would seem, is old as mankind itself…. Read more »

01 January 2015 | Features, Film Lists

2014 has been a fantastic year for cinema, ranging from the routine spectacles of summer blockbusters, to the independently produced character pieces. Throw in new masterpieces from greats such as David Fincher, Wes Anderson, and Paul Thomas Anderson, and you have a year rich with cinema that is bound to butt heads come award season. This list seeks to honor… Read more »

31 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

If there is something we can undoubtedly say about films, it’s that they have the power to influence our mood. Since it’s the end of the year, and few can elude the temptation to make lists, promises to oneself and all sorts of plans, here is a little incentive to get you started: a list of films you might want… Read more »

30 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Travelling back in time to change fate has always been the dreams of mankind. Early in 1888, the great H. G. Wells wrote a short story about time travelling, it’s called The Chronic Argonauts. It predates his more famous time travelling novel The Time Machine by 7 years. The first notable film in this genre was the silent movie version… Read more »

29 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In the last few years, Matthew McConaughey has come to be known for tackling deeply philosophical and emotionally complex roles. Namely he played introspective Detective Rust Cohle, alongside the brusque yet charismatic Woody Harrelson, in the critically successful True Detective. Later in the year he played the space-bound pilot and torn father Cooper in Interstellar. Both of these characters remain… Read more »

28 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Rashomon, Akira, Tokyo Story, Ikiru, Ugetsu, Late Spring, Seven Samurai, Harakiri, Twenty-Four Eyes and Yojimbo. The list can go on and on forever, but today we will be focusing on the modern Japanese films that derive from the year 2000 and onwards. This list is not disregarding other movies, but giving breathing room for movies that we had never bumped… Read more »

27 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

First and crucially, the films explored in this list feature a story or sub-story told backwards. The first film to feature a sequence where the events happen in reverse was Jean Epstein’s “La glace à trois faces” (The Three Sided Mirror) in 1927, but the most well known use of this technique was made in a play in 1978 by… Read more »

26 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Comedy is probably the most subjective genre of film but with 2015 looming and the holiday quickly approaching, it is also the genre that tends to unite families and large gatherings. The universal language of laughter is the one that a majority of people will turn to in these fun filled weeks and so below are ten great options from… Read more »

24 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists