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For a film to be a great accomplishment, vision is required. Also, the transposition of vision to an artistic form must be adequate. Nicolas Winding Refn succeeds in both aspects in his “The Neon Demon”. The film follows a teenage model on the rise in the world of fashion. The idea is nothing new, it has been used numerous times,… Read more »

17 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The world of Japanese animation often tends to be really and quite deliciously weird. Some angels lay eggs, while the others smoke. Cute little girls take people to hell. Ghosts live and contemplate in their shells. Paprika has a flavor of dreams and nightmares. Kittens are the main ingredients of a surreal soup. And so on… On the other hand,… Read more »

17 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When reading the title of this list , some of you are probably thinking :”What? Really? What kind of list is this?”.So please, allow me to explain: It feels like the average length of films nowadays is getting longer for no real good reason. While it used to be an hour and a half, that was the average film length… Read more »

17 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (which shall from this point on be denoted as “BvS” for convenience purposes) was one of the most anticipated films of 2016. Featuring the Dark Knight and Man of Steel together on the screen for the first time, as well as being the live action cinematic debuts for Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and… Read more »

16 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

With movies like “Pulp Fiction” and “Schindler’s List”, the 90s were a great time for those who appreciate good movies. Many even consider the 90s to be the third golden age of cinema, with directors like Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith entering the scene and reinventing movies in a whole new light. It was also a time when experienced directors… Read more »

16 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Many people didn’t see Trump’s election coming. It was even laughed about up until people walked into the voting booths, regardless of the fact that Clinton’s numbers had been dwindling steadily for the past few weeks. Now this is the world we live in whether we like it or not, and as we have seen over the past few days,… Read more »

15 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There are lots of questions and answers about the present and the future of American filmmaking. Independent movies became exciting again after a decade of rom-com indies that were as boring as their fake folk soundtracks, and mainstream cinema put some of its dirty money once again on great actors and actresses in search of meaningful characters. New directors acknowledged… Read more »

15 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Lars Von Trier, the Danish director and screenwriter behind such films as Melancholia (2011) and Antichrist (2009), is a controversial figure in the world of contemporary cinema. Half of the 14 films he has directed and written from 1977 to his most recent film, Nymphomaniac, in 2013, follow a female protagonist, and feature such contentious themes as sexuality, society and… Read more »

15 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Without a doubt, 2016 has been a rather troubling year. If you’re a political junkie, you’ve seen the restructuring of a new world order and whatever world comes next, and you know it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. If you’re a cinemagoer, you have seen a few of your favorite superheroes letting you down (“Batman v… Read more »

14 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Quentin Tarantino may be the master of cinematic violence, provocative storytelling, and unforgettable dialogue, but he also has a knack for bringing careers back from the dead. Ever since “Reservoir Dogs”, he has helped to revive the careers of talented actors and actresses merely by giving them a good script and a second (and sometimes third) chance. It may be… Read more »

14 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

All over the globe, mental illnesses in various degrees affect millions of peoples. Although it is no laughing matter, many great comedy films have been released about the subject matter. More often than not, some contain elements of drama or tragedy to make a statement in an effort to make an awareness point. For some, humor can provide healing values,… Read more »

14 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Ever since the release of “The Avengers” in 2012, the superhero genre has seen a massive upsurge in terms of quantity, with 2016 being home to an astonishing seven alone. Such an influx means that, more often than not, there are going to be lots of films that aim to be enjoyable popcorn entertainment, which is perfectly fine. After all,… Read more »

13 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Serious, focused performances are great. One of the greatest privileges of being a cinema lover is watching when an actor truly gets his role and is able to communicate every intricacy of it, every conflict and mannerism, its deepest desires and most terrible contradictions. Those are great performances, no doubt, but they are not the only type of great performance… Read more »

13 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Satire is one of the hardest genres to write. To make a good satirical film, the writer must use humor to criticize a societal problem in a way that shocks the audience and makes them question the problem or their apathy toward it. Unfortunately, due to changing public perception, many satires quickly become dated. Here, we’ll look at 15 satires… Read more »

12 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Amy Adams’ curious trajectory in Hollywood is proof that you never really know which work will provide you with the breakthrough you seek. Adams was actually born in Italy to American parents – raised by a Mormon family in Castle Rock, Colorado, this beautiful redhead sang in a choir and found her passion at a local dance company as an… Read more »

12 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Vittorio De Sica was the great protector of Italian neorealism. His work was far from the philosophical musings of Rossellini and the operatic dramas of Visconti; his works had a genuine empathy for the poorest in society, and could depict their lives with a sense of tragedy and simplicity that best suited his period. Of course, his style was vastly… Read more »

12 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists