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Sometimes a necessary compromise due to budget limitations, but most of the time a conscious artistic decision made during the development or the pre-production of a movie, working with non-professional actors is a filmmaking practice adopted by many directors of various cinema eras and movements. The non-professionals’ lack of training, together with their presumable real-life matching to a specific location,… Read more »

13 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Laurence Olivier was once asked why actors choose such a profession. He replied, “Look at me, look at me, look at me.” Defying that comment, Isabelle Huppert represents the fearless and selfless artistic integrity that should be at the heart of every performer. She challenges herself as much as she challenges audiences. At over 60 years old, Isabelle Huppert has… Read more »

13 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Regardless of popular opinion regarding The Academy Awards, the ceremony is arguably the most prestigious celebration of talent in the cinematic calendar. For the recipients of an Oscar, it is an accolade that remains connected to their work for the remainder of their career. Now approaching its 88th ceremony, the top prize of the Oscars is awarded for Best Picture, an… Read more »

12 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

What a year it’s been for cinema. From smaller indie hits like Tangerine, Room, and Clouds of Sils Maria to giant blockbusters like Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Martian, this has been an undeniably fantastic year. As such, it’s important to recognize the stronger performances to come along this year. Unlike some years, where… Read more »

12 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Writing a script for the screen is no simple task despite the various hints, tips and formulas which circulate. There are no ‘rules’ or guarantees to success but there are many key factors to consider. It is always useful for the screenwriter to be able to dissect and analyse just what makes a particular film or indeed scene or sequence… Read more »

12 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The past fifteen years has been a great time for comedy. From the raunchy to the sophisticated, the 21st century is off to a great start in the comedic film category. Some of the leading comedy talents of the century such as Judd Apatow, Wes Anderson and Woody Allen can be found on this list. These may not be the best… Read more »

11 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A woman’s character is always a conundrum for men, but they can’t resist their beauty. There are so many films where directors have used women’s beauty as main weapon to achieve greatness. This list has collected visually stunning films where you can see the strikingly beautiful beauty of women, as well as their character, activities, costumes, and feelings. In short,… Read more »

11 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, a bunch of truly great films fly way under the Academy’s radar, so it’s about time we start making our own lists of movies that were worth our time in 2015. This year was especially good for independent and genre pieces, so the number of possible (and certain) snubs in the Oscar ballot is even higher. These are… Read more »

10 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The movies of Martin Scorsese often reflect themes of violence and redemption and the actors that fill the roles of his characters are given the sometimes gargantuan task of humanising these traits and fleshing out the roles into sympathetic and compelling characters, and if you are familiar with the kinds of characters that usually permeate Scorsese’s films you will know… Read more »

10 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

2015 was an impressive year for Chinese-language cinema, both artistically and commercially, although some controversy could not be missed. “Monster Hunt”, a 3D fantasy adventure, is currently the highest grossing film in China, the second biggest market in the world after the American market. However, the film faced enormous problems before it was completed, since Kai Ko, the initial protagonist,… Read more »

10 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Children are supposed to be our future, right? As parents, everything we do once we have children is to prepare them for their own life and try and teach them everything we wished we knew at their age. Most parents want their children to have a better life than they had. This is only natural. We suffered so our kids… Read more »

09 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Those strong, still cameras. The still, silent samurai in the midground; the glaring katana in the fore; the windblown reeds in the back. Cut to his opponent, matching the stoic attitude, in the few tense seconds before a flare of slashes decides the victor. There are hundreds, thousands of these moments, each as thrilling as the next. And yet, the… Read more »

09 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Born in the 1950s to an American mother and Danish father, Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. has since become one of the most prolific, diverse, and understated actors of recent times. He is not only an accomplished actor, but a successful musician, poet, businessman, photographer, horse rider, and painter, as well as a fluent speaker of English, Danish, French, and Spanish,… Read more »

09 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It’s no news that cinema can be a powerful bearer of philosophical ideas. The Matrix has shown us that the world as we know it may not exist, Blade Runner posed questions about artificial intelligence and My Diner with Andre takes us through the whole of western philosophy. Discussing film and philosophy is great, but it’s a pity that most… Read more »

09 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

These days, Spanish cinema has become a mature-content and technical configuration kind of cinema worthy of being exposed in any European country or the US. In relation to the esteem other nations such as France or Italy have for Pedro Almodóvar or classic Spanish realisateurs like Luis Buñuel, Luis G. Berlanga or Carlos Saura, it turns Spanish cinema productions into… Read more »

09 January 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Not everyone can handle the pressures of helming a Hollywood blockbuster. The studio interference and the huge scope of the production process come as a shock to some filmmakers used to do things in a smaller scale. Some of them come off well, true to their visions and with a good movie to show for it: Canadian auteur Denis Villeneuve… Read more »

08 January 2016 | Features, People Lists