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Born in 1969, Bong Joon-ho was raised in an artistic family, since his father was a designer and his grandfather a noted author. This fact was a major factor in his decision to become a filmmaker, a goal he’d focused on since middle school. He majored in sociology at Yonsei University in the late 1980s and a few years later… Read more »

07 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Films such as Blood Feast (1963), Love Camp 7 (1968), A Bay Of Blood (1971) and The Last House On The Left (1972) were either never formally submitted to the British censor or refused a certificate and, until the arrival of video, remained unseen in a country that considered Hammer Films the ne plus ultra of gore. The novelty of… Read more »

06 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The general concept of change can really divide people, especially when it comes to artistic endeavours. Whether these changes are due to trends that are a way for the artist to move with the times, or simply for the artist to get out of their comfort zone and try something different, viewers will react differently. Some viewers want more of… Read more »

06 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Here we have another reboot-esque sequel, another of the string of hot film franchises from the 80s and 90s getting revived for a quick buck and for everyone to very quickly forget ever happened. However, “T2 Trainspotting” joins the ranks of the likes of “Mad Max: Fury Road” as a successful sequel after all these years; a film that’s able… Read more »

06 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“Hell is other people” Sartre said, and is in that cynical spirit where many of the best horror films find their voices. While demon and poltergeist flicks today dominate the genre, there has always been a contingent of filmmakers who seek to forego otherworldly threats, presenting us instead with an enemy from which we have no possible means of escape:… Read more »

05 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

As moviegoers, films are an escape for many of us. We have a bad day, so we put on a good film. Life is changing in a troublesome way, and a night at the movies temporarily gets rid of that pain. The theater and living room are both safe havens from the turmoil we face in our lives. The people… Read more »

05 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Poetry, disabled people, magical realism, social critique, mysticism, outrageous imagery, violence, copious amounts of blood, tarot cards, fake prophets, spiritual healing, blasphemy and anger are just a few of the characters, tropes, and motivations we can find the portfolio of one of cinema’s greatest demolishers and iconoclasts. Filmmaker, artist, writer, playwright, poet, mime, tarologist, spiritual guide, and comic book artist,… Read more »

05 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Coen Brothers are one-of-a-kind filmmakers: this duo has created alternately some of the best comedy and drama films in the past 30 years without compromising their inimitable vision. These siblings are two of America’s premiere directors, and it seems the American spirit is represented in their work: always reinventing genres while also mixing seemingly incongruous ones together to form… Read more »

04 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Some of the most memorable classics in film history were financial disappointments upon first release. Citizen Kane, Wizard of Oz, and several others can be counted on that list. But there’s also the other side of the cinematic coin, films that crushed the box office, thereby doing the same to any critical reviews. These are the worst films ever to… Read more »

03 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood studios weren’t interested in making Bond films. They were ‘too British’. It was Albert “Cubby” Broccoli who saw the value of Ian Fleming’s novels as potential feature films. Broccoli, a native of Queens, New York was living in London at the time, taking advantage of the subsidies offered to people willing to make films with British casts and crews…. Read more »

03 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

What first springs to mind, when the words David Lean are uttered in a conversation? Boundless ambition, humungous, daring, epic cinema of the kind that inspired generations to come? Maybe. Or maybe a particular dislike for overlong, self-indulgent, dated expressionism that can no longer be classified as relevant, if it ever was in the first place. But assuming contradiction in… Read more »

03 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Whenever we watch movies, it goes without saying that viewers need to suspend their disbelief, because movies are usually not going to be completely realistic, and some movies are completely far-fetched. With that in mind, most viewers will simply go along for the ride and the let the film entertain them. However, what is not so entertaining is when aspects… Read more »

02 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Sometimes you need something simpler. You are tired of seeing robots punching each other. Tired of men in ridiculous tight outfits punching each other. After seeing so many architectural landmarks go up in flames, even that tends to get boring. Sometimes what you need to see is just a bunch of people trying to figure things out in a single… Read more »

02 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

While each stage in our growth and development as human beings has its fair share of conflict and hardship, none is as tempestuous and complicated as adolescence. It is the time of loss of innocence, when we have to leave the cradle in which we so happily romped to take a look at a world that most of the time… Read more »

02 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Horror came roaring back to the forefront in the 2010s, a decade that has so far featured perhaps the most innovative and interesting films to be produced in the genre in decades: The Cabin in the Woods, It Follows, and The Babadook have all become modern horror classics, and now generations of filmmakers raised on decades’ worth of movies of… Read more »

01 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Darren Aronofsky’s filmography may be small, but it’s also consistently solid. Even at his worst, Aronofsky still manages to create films with profound messages. His ability to experiment with different genres and filmmaking techniques is admirable. More importantly, his knack for capturing the darker side of life is almost unprecedented. Whether he’s making a movie about ballet or mathematics, Aronofsky… Read more »

01 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists