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Portuguese cinema essentially refers to films directed by Portuguese filmmakers. Cinema was introduced in Portugal in 1896, and the first Portuguese film was a replica of the Lumière Brothers’ inaugural presentation about six months earlier. Portuguese cinema had, throughout its history, various phases which have always made it a very distinctive case within European cinema. In the 1930s, with the… Read more »

02 August 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In the world of film acting, there are different certain kinds of actors. There are the “Star” actors: actors who are big-time, world-renowned and –respected actors that have a self-defined brand that they always carry with their roles. People go see “star” actors not to see them blend in as new characters or disappear on-screen, but rather to continue being… Read more »

01 August 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Ever since Martin Scorsese’s feature debut Whose That Knocking At My Door in 1967, one of the defining relationships that has shaped his cinematic footprint is the one he shares with editor Thelma Schoonmaker. Thelma and Martin met at NYU and ever since have collaborated on film efforts as a team. Some believe Martin would not be the great director… Read more »

01 August 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re here to stay. As long as they keep making money, so-called “found footage” films will continue to be produced, and really, who could blame those behind them? These movies are, generally speaking, cheap, quick to make, don’t necessarily require big stars, and have been, for the most part, reliably successful. Indeed, two of the… Read more »

31 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

If there’s a film director out there who has penetrated the noir vibe more so than anyone else in a unique way, it is Abel Ferrara. Exploring it in different ways from the edgy macabre flick The Addiction to the rugged city life characters you’ll find in films like Bad Lieutenant and King of New York, he has managed to… Read more »

31 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Born in 1940, Alfredo “Al” Pacino was, along with Robert De Niro, at the forefront of a radically different style and approach to acting at the vanguard of New American Cinema in the early part of the Seventies. Namely, this style and approach was known as “the Method”, where an actor would go deep into the psyche and philosophy of… Read more »

30 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The Czech Jan Švankmajer, who turns 80 later this year, is one of the greatest artists working in the film medium. After a background in black theater and puppetry, he made exclusively short films since the early sixties right up to the late eighties – roughly half his working life – becoming an undisputable master of the form. Since his… Read more »

30 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

‘Whom God wishes to destroy, he first turns mad.’ For many years both director and viewer have shared an attraction to watching ongoing battles between characters and their subconscious, with the latter more often than not, the victor. Losing one’s mind is one of the most frightening prospects as within this; we lose our perception of the world around us,… Read more »

29 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When explaining why he dropped out of film school, Paul Thomas Anderson said “My film making education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I liked were watching, then seeing those films. I learned the technical stuff from books and mags…Film school is a complete con, because the information is out there is you want it.” Whatever ones motivation, the joy… Read more »

29 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In Ang Lee’s essay, “A Never-ending Dream”, released after he won his first Best Director Academy Award, there is one line that defines this visionary director, a confession from his wife: “‘I’ve always believed that you only need one gift. Your gift is making films. There are so many people studying computers already, they don’t need an Ang Lee to… Read more »

28 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Fritz Lang’s career is largely defined by the two places he chose to make films- first in Germany (he was born in Austria), where he was a pioneer of Expressionist films and dubbed “the master of darkness” by the British Film Institute, and produced such masterpieces of the form as M and Metropolis, and Hollywood, where he landed after fleeing… Read more »

28 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The term ‘Folk’ tends to be seen as describing, historically, a form of traditionalism in a country’s culture and especially in a country’s rural culture which has not been affected by modernity to the same degrees as its metropolitan counterparts. Every Culture in the world has started out with its different ‘folk’ customs and beliefs, some of which have been… Read more »

27 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Comedy is a very popular genre of film. When we go to the movies, we want to laugh as well as cry. Thus, within this plethora of films, some gems can go unnoticed – or forgotten. Here is a list of films that you may not have heard of. A few on this list always been “sleepers”; but most were… Read more »

26 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Once in a while, a film comes along that affects the viewer on a deep and emotional level, while it can also leave others completely cold. The 1971 Hal Ashby film “Harold And Maude” is one of those ‘crazy diamonds’. The original black comedy about suicide, it is, in fact, an incredibly positive, joyous and life affirming film. Described as… Read more »

26 July 2014 | Features, Reviews

There will never be another like Marilyn Monroe. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, Marilyn started her career modelling, followed with tiny, often not speaking parts, in films for 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures. But it wasn’t until her appearance in John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle in 1950 for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that people started to take note of her. Her… Read more »

26 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Thirty years after his death, Francois Truffaut remains one of the most respected and celebrated innovators of world cinema. A major force of the French New Wave movement, Truffaut was never afraid to take risks in his work, either artistically or politically. In the spirit of his fellow defiant New Wave colleagues, Truffaut endowed cinema with an impressive body of… Read more »

25 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The South Korean New Wave began in 1998 when, for the first time, nine home-grown films made it into the top 20 at the South Korean box office. The release of Shiri in 1999 put the South Korean New Wave on the map by becoming the biggest box-office success in South Korean film history with total admissions of over six… Read more »

24 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

“Every film I make represents a departure for me. You see, it takes so long to make a film. By the time you get to the next one you’re already a different man.” Polanski started film acting at nineteen and made his first student film in 1957 (Murder). Over the course of his career as a director, Roman Polanski has… Read more »

24 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Like Italian Neorealism, German Expressionism had a direct relation with the politics of the time. Neorealism emerged after fascism destroyed Italy. In response, leftist filmmakers tried to create a cinema which dealt with the social realities produced by fascism. German Expressionism was born in between two World Wars, in a growing Germany where Weimar Republic had a promising future. The… Read more »

23 July 2014 | Features, Film Lists