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The Japanese term (dai)kaiju refers to a film genre that features giant monsters, usually attacking humanity or fighting other similar creatures. Toho’s Godzilla (the Japanese title is actually Godzira) is the most renowned character of the genre, with other famous entries including Tsuburaya Productions’ Ultraman and Daiei Film’s Gamera. All of the above characters spawned a number of films with… Read more »

05 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Go to Michael Shannon’s Wikipedia page and scroll down to his filmography. Then, go ahead and count how many 2016 releases are on the horizon for him. If you didn’t know his name before, you probably should be the time the year ends. From indie Sci-Fi productions like Midnight Special to noir love stories like Frank & Lola, Michael Shannon… Read more »

05 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Horror fiction has been a vital part of bookstores for generations: Frankenstein and Dracula have more movie versions than Jesus, and it’s clear to see why. The characters are iconic, changing with each new iteration while (hopefully) maintaining the core of what made their original novels so beloved. Movie-Dracula may have grown a giant black collar, and Movie-Frankenstein may have… Read more »

04 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes, I feel we carry some kind of twisted prejudice against big blockbuster films. Yes, most of them are truly rubbish – done with zero thought or care for the actual quality of the craft, catering to audiences worst impulses and saying nothing interesting about or to us. There are a few of them, though, that really stand out, and… Read more »

04 June 2016 | Features, People Lists

“Antisocial personality disorder, sometimes called sociopathy, is a mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior.” – The Mayo Clinic… Read more »

04 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“All art is autobiographical.” – Federico Fellini “The films I made are as autobiographical as fiction can be.” – Jean Eustache “Well, I mean, isn’t everything autobiographical? I mean, we all see the world through our own tiny keyhole, right?” – Jesse Wallace (Ethan Hawke) talking about his art in Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunset” (2004) Ever since the very beginning… Read more »

04 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When two people gather in a room to talk things through like adults, what happens in mostly pretty standard; if everything goes right, both individuals shake hands and go back to the world with a smile on their faces and one reason less to worry. However, in the movie world, when you see a dialogue-heavy scene coming, you know it’s… Read more »

03 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Great films to watch at Midnight: this is different from the popular term given to b-list cult films, ‘Midnight-Movies’, like The Room, Eraser Head, and Pink Flamingos. This is for the films that thrive on the romanticised, abstract, vibe that Midnight reverberates; that time when it’s not quite today but it’s not quite tomorrow, when you’re too sleepy to do… Read more »

02 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A road trip movie’s plot typically revolves around a group of characters taking a trip from one point to another, making stops along the way and having various things happen to them. They may run into unusual people and places along the way and all of this tend to teach or resolve some issues with the characters by the end… Read more »

02 June 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. The 2010s have been brimming with many scenes that offer all of that and more. It does seem remarkable that in the… Read more »

02 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Tilda Swinton is one of those actresses who always can shine, even if the film is bad. She does it with big roles and little ones, always leaving her mark of flamboyance. Having her ancestry divided in Scottish, Northern Irish and English roots, Swinton always used her multiple origins to develop a taste for very marked and unforgettable characters, bringing… Read more »

02 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It can be said that when an actor works on a Quentin Tarantino film, the director makes them gave a performance quite different from any of their previous works (at least in most cases). Whether it be a big Hollywood name or an unknown indie actor, Tarantino manages to create an powerful and quite peculiar performance. After all, did any… Read more »

01 June 2016 | Features, People Lists

The more things change the more they stay the same. As the 21st Century dawned film once again became an international medium. However, unlike the 50s and 60s, the cinema scene was truly international. Not only were Europe and Japan still fixtures in this cinema world view but places which had not been majorly heard from before such as Taiwan, Hong… Read more »

01 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

For this list, the focus is on films that have lost track of the tone, the soul or simply the point of the original. Cinema is a different idiom to the written word, to theatre and to television, so of course, some changes must be made. Even when re-making an existing film, shooting in a different time, country or language… Read more »

31 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Paris is the perfect city for filmmaking. The City of Lights has many souls, and as easy as it is to stereotype it, those who appreciate it know that its spirit cannot be reduced to a single definition. Filmmakers have often chosen Paris as the best city to set their stories, and this has led to many masterpieces; some have… Read more »

31 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In this list, I present 10 films that are both philosophically profound and visually stunning. It is difficult to choose just 10, and many of the directors whose films make it onto this list deserve more than just one mention. However, I limit myself to one film per author. I welcome suggestions or additions.   10. Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)… Read more »

31 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists