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Most films have something original about them, whether it’s a character, the ending, the lighting, the colors or something else, and many films try to combine things “borrowed” from previous great films with something fresh and unusual. However, once in awhile, you stumble upon films that really take risks, and whether it’s in general or more specific to one craft,… Read more »

06 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In Hollywood, you are nothing but the last movie you made. Some movie directors learn that the hardest way, failing to find resources for their upcoming movies, sometimes it’s due to their lack of notoriety or reputation but also the fact that they are no more reliable when it comes to box-office results or critical appreciation. Here is a list… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, People Lists

The best film trailers don’t reveal too much of the film itself but tempt us just enough to check out the full feature. In recent years, trailers tend to show far too much and lack a sense of creativity and mystery. Length is important too, a great trailer may last only a minute or so and give us just enough… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The long take (a continuous shot that lasts longer than the usual ones) is among the most discussed filming techniques; there seems to be a certain allure about extended takes, especially when they are particularly intricate, either for their length, which can go up to many minutes, or for the variety of characters and events a director can insert in… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, People Lists

This little dream might fade The opaque and ashen ache of stolen moments, and the often painful passage of time hangs heavy upon Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai, particularly in his masterpiece from 2000, In the Mood for Love. As anthem to the agony and ecstasy of close-lipped affection, this film, more than any other in Wong’s considerable oeuvre, is… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release of Nikkatsu Diamond Guys: Volume 2, which is a collection of three films from the oldest studio in Japan. Starting in the late 1950’s, the studio began to model old Hollywood by finding talent and contracting them to their Diamond Line for a series of wild genre motion pictures. This collection is… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray release of the sci-fi comedy film Return of the Killer Tomatoes. It is a true masterpiece of the ridiculous that is reminiscent of comedic elements from the likes of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, and the Zuckers. The story takes place ten years after the original movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and the… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

“A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.” – Buster Keaton Comedy, by definition, is the genre that includes humorous situations with the purpose to entertain people and generate laughter. Without being too technical, and without getting too deep into the roots of comedy and how it was born, we can say that a good comedy movie… Read more »

04 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A great scene can do a lot for a movie. Even if the film itself is relatively unimpressive, a standout scene of great action, emotional drama or visual wonder can ensure that you never forget about that movie. In the 1990s the film industry was undergoing major changes. CGI was taking off and finding its place in the industry as… Read more »

02 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Humans are like lions; if they have the opportunity to seize power from somebody, they’ll take it, as “The Lion King” clearly depicts. Humanity’s desire to rule over others is so universal and anthropologically ancient that almost everybody can identify with it, from the monkeys in “2001: Space Odyssey” to the Third Reich in Nazi Germany. The struggle for power… Read more »

02 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

With 18 films on their resume, the Coen brothers can be considered some of the most distinguished filmmakers working today. They have tried almost every genre – comedy, rom-com, drama, western, and dark noir – and somehow, they have managed to create an special trademark in every one of their works. Simply, it ain’t no film but a Coen brothers… Read more »

01 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Alfred Hitchcock, the celebrated English film director and producer is well-known today for his well crafted and finely tuned psychological thrillers and black comedies. His filmmaking has had an enormous impact on not only the artistry that pervades modern thrillers to this day, but also upon the cultural consciousness of what thrillers and black comedy can be. Perhaps most importantly,… Read more »

01 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Cinephilia is the term used to refer to a fervent love for films. It also includes interest in film criticism, film theory, and cinemas themselves. Cinephiles are mostly referred to as “movie buffs”. It is interesting to find characters such as these within films, since it creates a certain depth – A person watching a movie in which the character loves… Read more »

01 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

2016 has already been a whirlwind of a film year with plenty more to come in the second half of the year. We have had more superhero movies, remakes, sequels, and the occasional original idea hit the big screens so far, and below are some of the films that have amazed audiences and critics for one reason or another. Some… Read more »

30 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In a time when more and more American films are derivative and formulaic, cult films are a light at the end of the tunnel: bizarre, mysterious, and all-around unconventional, the world of cult film is hugely diverse but unified by one common attribute: diehard fanbases that see the worth in movies too unusual and uncommercial for mainstream acceptance. The list… Read more »

30 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Parisian actress Marion Cotillard was practically an unknown to American audiences when she won hearts, minds and a well-deserving Oscar for her performance as legendary French singer Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. It’s been eight years since, and while she took plenty of wonderful roles in English-speaking films, her finest works still seems to come from when she’s… Read more »

30 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists