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Putting a film together is a symphony involving a great many people, and a hell of a lot of planning. But there are times when that planning could learn a trick or two from spontaneous moments that take place during a film’s production. Sometimes things are rethought on the day, and occasionally random events occur as the camera is turning… Read more »

06 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The science fiction and horror genres are some of the most popular genres of movies, so it’s no surprise that these two genres often times cross into each other- after all, science fiction and horror have to do with the fear of the unknown. Some notable examples include, Alien, The Thing and Frankenstein. Often times there are movies from this… Read more »

05 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

An exciting film category, overfull with potential yet often overlooked, is the portmanteau picture or anthology film. Consisting of several vignettes, often connected in thematic ways, or with the same premise or bookend situation, the anthology film can be a compelling, often outre experience, packing intense emotions and modes, never specific to any one genre, and often showcasing dynamic and… Read more »

05 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood horror is now an endless stream of remakes, sequels and general lack of originality. There are some exceptions – It Follows while being reminiscent of classic horror makes ordinary people a reason to be fearful, which is to be admired – but these are few and far between. The other side of the Atlantic is Europe: the land of… Read more »

04 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Aliens have been a major part of pop culture since the beginning of the 20th century, quickly taking over the science fiction genre and maintaining popularity due to the unlimited possibilities that the concept of extraterrestrials offered. Some stories about aliens revolve around the foreign civilizations and futuristic advances on far-away planets. While these tales can be interesting, this list… Read more »

04 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Earlier this year there was a lot being written and talked about regarding the issue of gender discrimination when it comes to female directors, especially in Hollywood. In May this year, the American Civil Liberties Union urged the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and a few other agencies to investigate Hollywood’s hiring practices for evidence of gender discrimination. Plenty of… Read more »

04 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Mumblecore as a genre is not particularly difficult to define. Primarily you have a small, intimate cast of characters, low budget production, in a film that relies heavily on dialogue to tell the story without the use of gimmicky plot devices or a great deal of action. Typically, the casts are not professional actors or actors with a small amount… Read more »

03 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are numerous reasons to go to the movies, but one of the most substantial is to see our favorite stars in the next big film that comes out. But it’s true that even stars can get typecast or stuck in a certain niche. That’s what makes it so rewarding when an actor plays against type, at least when they… Read more »

03 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Heavy metal music has always been either wholeheartedly embraced, its musicians revered as demigods by legions who worship them, or simply written off as nonsensical noise punctuated by screaming. Aside from rap, no other genre in music history is more adored and reviled in equal measures. Even during the 1980s (metal’s heyday as the most popular music in the world),… Read more »

02 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Romania has always been an interesting country for cinema. In present time, every cinephile knows about the Romanian New Wave of Cinema (a film movement that started in 2001). Every year these films are not only present and every major film festival in Europe but they are always held in high regard and given all sorts of awards. In the… Read more »

02 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Getting lost in an ambient doesn’t mean merely not being able to orient and find the path; the films included in this list are stories of the characters being dominated during the narration by a narrative ambient. For the same reason, you’ll find Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis) on the same list with Gerry (Gus Van Sant), these protagonists are stuck… Read more »

01 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

I have seen thousands of films and I can honestly say, compared to his peers and most contemporaries, no one used music like Stanley Kubrick. Very unique for this era, Kubrick preferred the use of musical extracts that were often “contrapuntal” – music segments that are contradictory to the emotional or visual value of a scene. For an audience conditioned… Read more »

01 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Kurt Cobain once famously said that “punk rock is freedom.” By this, he meant that divorced from the dogma of mainstream rock, he was free to express himself however he wished, however odd or shocking that expression may well have been. This, evidently, helped him to keep his work intensely personal. If there is one genre in film in which… Read more »

31 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The return of the documentary in this era has been nothing short of a cinematic renaissance. Long after the golden age of ‘cinema verite” seemed to have drawn its last breath, and the initial rise of the 1970s, the often banality of Reality TV seems to have inspired a whole new generation of documentarians to rise up and ask in… Read more »

30 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The history of modern Tokyo is to some extent a history of coping with catastrophe. Many, if not all, of the most famous Tokyo films seem haunted by some huge, destructive nightmare at the edges of the action. Even the quieter films that we’ve listed below are weighted down with an unshakeable historical awareness, be it of the bomb, natural disaster,… Read more »

30 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists