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The ninja or shinobi are a group that are universally known and yet still shrouded in mystery, due to the myth building that has surrounded them much like that of Robin Hood and his band of thieves [1]. Ninja first started to appear in Japan around the 15th century out of necessity because people needed someone to perform clandestine activities,… Read more »

01 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Japan has been one of the leading pioneers of cinema since the silent age. Throughout this century of filmmaking, Japan has produced, not only some of the greatest films of all time, but some of the most influential and visionary directors to ever make movies. Along with early filmmakers from around the world, Japanese auteurs helped develop the narrative, visual… Read more »

01 May 2016 | Features, People Lists

“Jacques Demy’s movies are soaringly lyrical and romantic, but they always have extremely sharp edges and undertones – often bittersweet, sometimes just bitter. The effect is stunning: Between the colour and the music, every place and every object seem to vibrate with emotion.” – Martin Scorsese   I will wait for you Living in the Pacific Northwest like I do,… Read more »

01 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

The Asylum is known for two types of movies. First, they’re responsible for much of the self-consciously bad Syfy Channel creature features, most notably the Sharknado trilogy. These films show D-list celebrities reacting to CGI-created monsters, repeating the same formula with increasingly ludicrous titles. (The recently announced next chapter of the Sharknado franchise is allegedly called Sharknado: The Fourth Awakens.)… Read more »

30 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The twenty-first century has brought about a new and growing trend inclined on the production of animated documentaries that is, slowly but surely, making undeniable headway on the filmmaking arena. So far, the majority of these movies have opted to center their efforts primarily on short form which is more than understandable when considering the ever growing business of film… Read more »

30 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Few genres are as rewarding to their sequels as the action genre. For action movies, the second chapter can be a chance to up the ante, increase the budget, craft more impressive stunts, bring on more superb talent and increase the excitement. You can further develop the characters or explore more of the world you have crafted with the first… Read more »

29 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

David Fincher’s career is a classic film maker’s tale of working his way up from the bottom. Starting as a production assistant for Korty films, he steadily moved up the ranks there before being picked up by Industrial Light & Magic as a cameraman and matte photographer where he worked on productions for Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones… Read more »

29 April 2016 | Features, Other Lists

2015 featured a glut of glorious films with a staggering stylistic variety. While it’s often the blockbuster releases and large studio fare that gets most of the attention the following list looks at some of the more indie-derived and arthouse fare, with some genre films and documentaries, too. While this list is lacking in the foreign-language department, don’t worry, that… Read more »

29 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

By 1964, many pop and rock n’ roll artists had already taken a diversion into celluloid, although largely without critical acclaim. Being The Beatles, and finding the films of Cliff and Elvis fairly embarrassing, the Fab Four wanted theirs to be credible. ‘’We wanted ours to be good,’’ said Paul McCartney. Demand for a Beatles film was high, yet rather… Read more »

29 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There’s been somewhat of a growing assumption that film studios are out of ideas. People claim that there are more reboots, sequels, and spin-offs than creative new ideas. Whether that’s true or not is up for debate. However, there’s no denying that horror films are frequent victims of reboots and remakes. Some assume that this is because, given the fact… Read more »

28 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Pulp Fiction is still a frequent feature on many scriptwriting and favourite film lists. Perhaps it doesn’t quite seem it like it but well over 20 years have passed since the film’s release in 1994. Earning many accolades and rave reviews for best screenplay, for many, the film and its scriptwriter Quentin Tarantino’s style (it should be noted here that… Read more »

28 April 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Quentin Tarantino is a unique case among the world of filmmaking for a number of reasons. The first is his ability to combine cult aesthetics, themes, and notions with commercial success, thus providing him fans from both “underground” and mainstream audiences. The second is his outspoken love for watching movies, in contrast to other filmmakers who don’t like watching other… Read more »

28 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Every ending affords a new beginning. The classic era of the European art house film finally came to a complete end in the 1980s with the death and/or retirement of most of the key figures of that time and with the changes in technology which doomed the traditional art house as a theater going experience for many. However, the 1990s… Read more »

28 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Call it a guilty pleasure. Call it the virtue of a lifetime watching movies. Call it inexplicable drunkenness. Call it stupidity. All of the movies on this list have somehow woven their way into my life—my cinematic life, anyway—for good or ill. Most of the films on this list can be found looping themselves in horrible blocks of time, somewhere… Read more »

27 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Woody Allen debuted as a director in 1966 with What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, a comical reworking and re-dubbing of a Japanese spy movie; as peculiar as the original original project was, it was also heavily modified by the studio without asking permission to Allen. This was the last time he directed a film on which he didn’t have complete creative… Read more »

27 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Actors can make or break a movie, whether there are huge star-studded ensemble casts, or just a couple of quality actors who let the script shine for itself. There are not many films that manage to thrive on one actor carrying the entire film alone. Andy Warhol experimented with the concept in his 1963 anti-film “Sleep”, which consists of 321… Read more »

27 April 2016 | Features, Film Lists