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The Olympics has the gold medal. The county fair has the blue ribbon. International film festivals have Golden Palms, Golden Lions and Silver Bears (yes, really). All of those represent the very best (at least in the opinion of someone or some body of people). However, the Olympics also has silver and bronze medals. Fairs give out red, yellow and… Read more »

27 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Darren Aronofksy’s latest film is designed to cause an emotional outburst of some variety. It is a nasty attempt to provoke a reaction from every single person watching it in the cinema, and he probably doesn’t care if that outburst is positive or negative: it is the reaction that counts. mother! focuses on Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem’s couple playing… Read more »

26 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Horror movies are already known for being filled with acts of murder, gory special effects, and disturbing stories. But even within this genre is a subgenre that goes further than the average horror film. Loosely connected under the label “extreme horror,” these films are unbelievably violent and explicit, often teetering on–if not outright garnering–an NC-17 rating for their content. Many… Read more »

26 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Zombie films have always been a horror staple of cinema. Victor Halperin’s White Zombie was released in 1932 and is often cited as the first zombie film. After that a steady slew of zombie films followed in the thirties, forties and fifties. The zombies in these films were mostly pale, slow moving, obedient and they certainly didn’t eat anyone. In… Read more »

25 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and many other great directors from yesteryear have controversially never won a best directing Oscar. How can some of the most influential and legendary directors in film history not be recognized for their directing talents by the Academy? They’ve arguably superseded some of the peers who took home the statute instead of them. Cinephiles… Read more »

25 October 2017 | Features, People Lists

The impact of Asian cinema in the international scene is a fact that cannot be doubted; either we are referring to filmmakers basing/copying/adapting/remaking films from the region, or adopting various elements of the style and aesthetics of the Asian masters of the medium. Evidently, the first that come to mind are the Japanese of the 50s and 60s, like Ozu… Read more »

25 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Look: I love the Academy Awards, but I can truly attest to the fact that there are many things wrong with them. Without bringing politics and favouritism into the article (that can be a tome worth reading and writing another day), let’s briefly get into the one issue that any sort of awards or annual analysis may have: being wrong…. Read more »

24 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It might seem somewhat premature to suggest that, just a few weeks after its release, Blade Runner 2049 is a cinematic landmark that will be a benchmark for science-fiction films in the future. Yet once you have been subjected to it, immersed in it and walked out of the cinema only when you have rediscovered control of your limbs, does… Read more »

24 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Since her first onscreen role as Kitty Bennett in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Carey Mulligan has impressed with her bold and exciting choices as an actress. Her roles have not limited her to being typecast within a particular genre of film, as she has acted in a range of projects, from period dramas to black comedy to a neo-noir crime… Read more »

24 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Movies and television have been competing since the 1950s brought home sets to every family in America. The increasing growth of streaming services as a substitute to cable has already started to radically change the game, with numerous network corporations opting to open up their own video on demand databases for Internet users to access, such as Disney and DC…. Read more »

23 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The 90s were a very important period for cinema in general, as it benefited (or suffered) from the technological advances that entered inside the industry. We got to know CGI and special effects, which could not be made back then. Aside from all this, the 90s served to discover new talented filmmakers and to witness an evolution in cinema that… Read more »

23 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“The Handmaiden” was without a doubt one of the best films from 2016 and probably competes with “Oldboy” for the title of best Park Chan-wook film. This tale of revenge from 2016 – which could easily be considered a fourth installment in The Revenge Trilogy that has “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (2002), “Oldboy” (2003) and “Lady Vengeance” (2005) – has… Read more »

22 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Everyone has a favorite filmmaker, usually someone widely considered to be at the very least good. Film fans are always going to be locked in debates about the filmmakers they like and those they don’t. But despite the never-ending arguments about filmmakers, there are some directors that are just considered great. But even within the parameters of widely considered great… Read more »

21 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Like no other genre, science fiction in film has the capacity to create situations, characters, and narratives that can stretch the limits of what can be done in a narrative. Untethered to any responsibility of reflecting reality, sci-fi can travel to the ends of the galaxy, create beings out of whole cloth, and allows for the inexplicable–if not impossible–to occur…. Read more »

20 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Some of the greatest dramas are comedies in disguise. It’s not hard to see, with a modicum of discernment, that comedy and conflict are two sides of the same coin. Comedy serves tragedy and vice versa, and those films which extend a link between the two are conceptual wet dreams. Layers are revered in art; genre uncertainty signifies genius, and… Read more »

20 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most iconic and influential movies of all time. There’s no real argument against it. It came in and changed cinema, furthering the conversation that had begun with “Night of the Living Dead” and commenced with “The Last House on the Left”. Leatherface is one of the most well known and iconic… Read more »

20 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists