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The thriller genre is one that takes great skill to pull off: suitable stakes have to be raised, a story needs to stay two steps ahead of its audience, and nothing can be predictable to ensure that the audience will be left guessing and feel the rush of tension that comes from not knowing a film’s outcome. Combine those basic… Read more »

05 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film viewers have become so accustomed to a specific formula within film structure that it takes a lot to surprise them – especially with a death scene and especially within a specific genre – that most of us can count the beats from a mile away. For example, in a war movie, if some B-character is talking about his wife… Read more »

05 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“[Brazil] is a film that bears watching again and again and again. It’s so packed with detail, it’s funny and so political. It’s just a perfect film I think.” – Ben Wheatley, director (Kill List, Free Fire)   Somewhere in the twentieth century For American-born British filmmaker, animator, and comedian Terry Gilliam, the 1985 dystopian satire Brazil was his watershed…. Read more »

05 March 2017 | Features, Reviews

Big budget spectacles are a dime a dozen these days. Bad guys don’t just want to pull a big heist or assassinate a politician, they want to destroy the world or take it over. Those stakes can be hard to take in huge doses, so sometimes it’s nice to scale back a bit and watch smaller movies. One thing you’ll… Read more »

05 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There’s no denying we are in a good era for horror films in 2010s. Year after year, we have been surprised with amazing new creative voices in this genre that have been awarded at great festivals and have received recognition worldwide. In this list, we approach some directors that do not have many movies under their belt – or not… Read more »

04 March 2017 | Features, People Lists

Since Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery released in 1903, western films became a popular genre among audiences and an important studio product until a ‘recent’ decline – which started somewhere around the late 1970s – leading the genre from a wider screen presence to an art house confinement. When referring to western films, one talks about a genre… Read more »

04 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

I’m not sure if such a term as “genre twist” exists in the vocabulary of film theory; I sort of invented it for the benefit of the following list. So what exactly do I mean by a genre twist? To put it simply, it’s a change in a film’s structure causing the genre adopted at the beginning to shift into… Read more »

04 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Audition” is quite a historic production (at least for its cult following), since it was the film that established Takashi Miike as a prominent member of the category and Eihi Shiina as a “priestess” of the grotesque. Here are five reasons that justify the title. Please note that the article contains many spoilers.   1. A great adaptation of a… Read more »

04 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Demons. Vampires. Werewolves. Mummies. The horror genre has them all. More so, thanks to Stephen King’s dramatization as well as subsequent creature movies, even clowns have become a common scare. From secluded geeks to talking dolls, anyone and anything can become a horror movie villain, as long as they’re fueled by fear and special effects. Some directors, however, can’t stop… Read more »

03 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The sad and sudden news that versatile character actor Bill Paxton passed recently, due to heart surgery complications, is a devastating announcement for cinema. He was a rare beast, a man who would always give his all to a project, regardless of the quality of said film – an approach that helped elevate any job he took. He was an… Read more »

03 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Before the release of his Oscar-nominated 2014 film “Boyhood”, the “Before” trilogy was undoubtedly the magnum opus of director Richard Linklater, and at this point, we can all agree that both “Boyhood” and the aforementioned trilogy are his masterpieces. The three movies starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, which follow three different moments of Celine and Jesse for nearly two… Read more »

03 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

For the first decade of the new millennium, mainstream horror cinema was largely stagnant. After Michael Bay’s 2003 reimagining of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre proved a huge success, the era of horror remakes officially commenced and major studios went hog-wild resurrecting beloved classics one after another. In the 80’s horror rip-offs were a dime a dozen, but many of these… Read more »

02 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There always seems to be the chosen few or, really, THE ONE in any movement of film history. With Italy’s Neo-Realist movement it was Bicycle Thieves. New Hollywood will always be identified with the film that started it all, Bonnie and Clyde or, perhaps, The Godfather. Out of the Past seems a perfect illustration of film noir. Singin’ in the… Read more »

02 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Kinji Fukasaku’s last film was a production worthy of his lifetime achievements in the field, since “Battle Royale” caused much controversy; it was banned outright or deliberately excluded from distribution in several countries, but at the same time, it also influenced a great number of movies and many filmmakers, including Quentin Tarantino and “The Hunger Games”. Here are seven reasons… Read more »

02 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Imagine meeting a time traveler from the far future. This individual is not on some poignant mission, he’s not on his way to save John Connor from some malicious Terminator. He’s not fighting for his existence by forcing his mother to fall for his father. He’s simply on vacation to the world of the 21st century. What would you ask… Read more »

01 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Robert Eggers’ The Witch came out of nowhere and instantly blew everyone away. Initially premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the prize for best directing in a feature film. Afterwards, it was bought and widely released by indie darling A24, garnering extremely positive reviews and healthy box office returns. There were, of course, detractors. People… Read more »

01 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists