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The idea for this list originated from an interview Stanley Kubrick gave in the late 1960s. He was in pre-production for his ambitious screen biography of Napoleon. During the interview Kubrick explained that a truly great historical film had never been made. He provided two reasons to support his claim: 1) a failure to convey historical information in an interesting… Read more »

27 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Terrence Malick’s late period, which runs from “The Tree of Life” to “Knight of Cups”, has had a strange life. It was universally hailed in the beginning and then rejected with “To The Wonder” and “Knight of Cups”; people have started to sneer, and some people have taken a revisionary angle where they only value Malick’s work in his first… Read more »

27 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

A song choice can make or break a scene and can add another layer to an already great piece of art. While certain songs seem to be the most appropriate fit possible for that film such as “My Heart Will Go On” in The Titanic or “Born to be Wild” in Easy Rider, others can shock the viewer because of… Read more »

26 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Anyone can be forgiven for thinking MGM’s 1939 musical ‘masterpiece’ The Wizard of Oz (based on L.Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’) was an instant mainstream classic. However, MGM invested what was at the time their largest budget ever ($3 million) only to fail to see any healthy financial return or regard the film as successful… Read more »

26 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

It is 2016 and yet not too much has changed on the big scale in regards to women working in film. The movie industry is still largely dominated by the male force in behind the screen roles with women taking up only a small approximate percentage of 25. Not to say that the problem is entirely ignored as steps are… Read more »

26 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Film is, by and large, escapism. A couple hours out of your day that you can spend in another place and time. Often times we choose to spend our time in worlds more preferable to our own, depending entirely on the taste, aesthetic and mood of the individual. We want to be somewhere else, where we don’t have to worry… Read more »

24 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” – Lawrence Walsh (played by Joe Manetell)   Darkness on the edge of town A neo-noir masterpiece, Chinatown proves that director Roman Polanski, screenwriter Robert Towne, and producer Robert Evans can make a monumental film wherein they beat a genre until it’s a bloody, swollen, purple-bruised, and marred mess, then dump it in a reservoir… Read more »

24 December 2016 | Features, Reviews

There’s a strong history of talented directors that started off with big milestone debuts that kicked in the doors and signified that a new voice of cinema had arrived. It’s a romantic notion, but one that sadly seems to create a huge amount of pressure regarding how they follow it up. Several incredibly talented directors have suffered the slump with… Read more »

23 December 2016 | Features, People Lists

Since the nation’s independence, the American Dream has represented the hopes and aspirations of millions of people. America has opened their doors to millions of immigrants from around the world: Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, German, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Latino, Arabic, Russian. All came in search of the promise of a better life. Some came looking for fame and fortune, hoping to… Read more »

23 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” is a part of the so-called Depression Trilogy, along with “Nymphomaniac” and “Antichrist”. Another term for the trilogy could be the Despair Trilogy, since various mental illnesses and disorders are depicted in these films. All of them are tied together by the phenomenon of despair, and a sense of hopelessness and frightfulness. The director himself suffered… Read more »

23 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Christmas is a time for family, gifts and being grateful for what we have in life. It is also a time of Christmas traditions. Throughout December, millions will descend upon shopping complexes for last minute gifts, excessively decorate houses and Christmas trees, hang stockings above the fireplace and forced against their will into humiliating Christmas photos, usually while trying to… Read more »

22 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Often viewed as a kind of blasphemy, claiming that a film is “better than the book”, is bold to say the least. It is also a rare occurrence. Novels allow for rich world-building and detail that films simply can’t afford to spend time on. However films can convey imagery and unconventional plot structure in a far more fluent and cohesive… Read more »

22 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

After the 21st century tetralogy of cinematic obscurities, let’s take a few more steps back in time when MTV was still about music and have a look at 25 marginalized films from that period. Each year of the 90s is represented by at least two titles and once again, diversity is one of the primary criteria.   1. Treasure of… Read more »

22 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In a year where the superhero genre was set to flourish to new heights, it was to be expected that not every film would live up to the hype. These are blockbusters with hundreds of millions of dollars riding on the line, and movie studios need to ensure that there is some return investment guaranteed no matter what. Unfortunately, when… Read more »

21 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

2016 has been a poster year for animation cinema. In Hollywood, studio offerings made the top-grossing titles of the year chart, from Finding Dory to Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets, Moana, Trolls and Sausage Party, while less successful films like Kubo and the Two Strings still amazed with their artful animation and storytelling techniques. To top that, spectacular offerings… Read more »

21 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The year 2016 was probably the best year South Korean cinema had this decade in terms of quality, with a plethora of productions leaving their mark on the industry, both locally and internationally. One of the biggest events was Park Chan-wook’s return to his country after his “trip” to Hollywood, with “The Handmaiden” being one of the most hailed productions… Read more »

21 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists