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All cinema is a journey, when the viewer travels into a world separate from their own. We want to be transposed, transformed, changed. Some films are more literal in this form and travel films have been popular for many decades. The opportunity to travel with characters we care about on their travels is welcomed and the best travel films make… Read more »

23 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

What makes a movie beautiful? From a powerful story to impressive shots, cinema has many elements and is one of the most complex forms of art. Keeping in mind how complex it is to call a movie “beautiful” – but this time considering the visuals of the film a bit more than the other elements – here is a selection… Read more »

23 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Context is everything. Each encounter has the potential to be meaningful. Each passing glance could mean more. If only the timing were right. If only we were the right age, at the same place in our lives. The romance of someplace else does not have to be a physical place. An emotional connection can be that place. The bond between… Read more »

22 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

While a good old-fashioned romantic comedy certainly has its place in film, audiences have grown accustomed to the conventions of a typical “boy meets girl” movie. At this point there is very little the standard romantic comedy film can do to be truly subversive anymore. Even the posters for these types of movies tend to look the same; they’re sold… Read more »

22 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Over the past few years, Netflix has become one of the largest names in all of entertainment. In 2015, the streaming site released their first original film, and ever since, they have continued to release a steady stream independently distributed content. Recently, some of the world’s biggest filmmakers have signed on make films for Netflix, and the site’s reputation is… Read more »

21 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The Cannes Film Festival was launched in 1939, stopped during World War II, and reprised in 1946, establishing an international meeting of cineastes from all over the globe every June in the lovely Mediterranean city. Cannes was, from the very beginning, open to good cinema, no matter where it came from. Many times, the choices made by its jury influenced… Read more »

21 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When directors make enough masterpieces or near-masterpieces to earn the adjective “legendary,” it is inevitable that some of their “lesser” works will fade from the cultural memory. Sometimes these films are rightly forgotten; in the case of Kubrick, for instance, it makes sense to continue talking about “2001: A Space Odyssey” and continue ignoring “Fear and Desire.” But in other… Read more »

20 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Female disintegration has long been a vehicle, on and off screen, for exploring the societal ills that plague women and become the crosses they unwillingly and unwittingly bear. Wildly worth noting is how two of the films on this list are directed by women. The monopoly of men within the cinematic landscape of female unraveling is baffling, yet entirely unsurprising… Read more »

20 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Since the invention of the rules of storytelling, the established formula for a satisfying tale is the three-act structure: beginning, middle and end. It’s no surprise then that the template for a complete series of movies is that of the three-parter. It’s been done time and time again yet usually due to studio’s milking successful properties, running out of fresh… Read more »

19 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Montage is one of the main (if not the one) traits of film form. It a tool that has puzzled filmmakers from Edwin S. Porter to Joshua Oppenheimer, and it is because montages enable them to structure time and space in forms that, while different from reality, express a deeper version of it. Thus, it becomes a way of creating… Read more »

19 March 2018 | Features, Other Lists

“Nicolas Roeg is a chillingly chic director.” – Pauline Kael Born in 1928, polymath filmmaker Nicolas Roeg – who turns 90 on August 18th of this year – began his cinematic career as a camera operator (early credits include Ken Hughes’s The Trials of Oscar Wilde [1960] and 2nd unit photographer on the David Lean classic Lawrence of Arabia [1962]),… Read more »

18 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When most people think of “BDSM”, they might immediately have an idea in mind about what it means. In the world of film, however, BDSM isn’t all whips and chains. Relationships can be depicted in different ways that are not heteronormative, often to great results. Before the recent popularizing of Fifty Shades of Grey, there were several other films that… Read more »

18 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

One of the great tricks of cinema is making the impossible seem not only possible, but effortless and incidental, “as if by magic.” Little do we know, as average movie goers, what great toils and sacrifices go into the production of a given film. Whether it’s a big-budget adventure film like The Lord of the Rings or a small independent… Read more »

17 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

That are truly many things that make a movie visually stunning. From the production design to the cinematography, among a lot of other things, many elements are used in film to make a composition. With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 amazing and visually stunning films that might not be as remembered as they should be. As… Read more »

17 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, the same performances are praised by the same group of people for everyone around the world to see. Everyone has heard about how wonderful Frances McDormand is in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Nobody would be surprised to learn that Daniel Day Lewis delivered another knockout performance in Phantom Thread. We all know who the critics and award… Read more »

16 March 2018 | Features, Other Lists

One of cinema’s penultimate strengths is the ability to transport audiences to a world separate from their own. A 90-minute reality crafted by countless talented individuals that provides a temporary, yet oftentimes, lasting form of escapism. A powerful film can not only transport audiences to another reality, but to someone else’s, beyond a mere superficial level, making us feel a… Read more »

16 March 2018 | Features, Film Lists