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Cinema is full of great and compelling acting, and it is a substantial part of filmmaking. Wonderful actresses created characters with complex inner worlds full of contradictions and unique ways of behaving. Great actresses also find a way to match the tone that a specific film demands. Here is a personal list of the greatest female performances of all time…. Read more »

22 July 2018 | Features, Other Lists

The Academy is known for having a genre bias against horror films. They sometimes nominated horror films but they had to be some kind of a cultural phenomenon or have a great box office to gain recognition and even then, some shocking snubs happened. Here are some of those great performances that people expected to be nominated but they ended… Read more »

21 July 2018 | Features, Other Lists

When an image of a film that’s inherently embedded with the culture of the Royal Kingdom comes to mind, especially to the uninformed, a scene involving pompous aristocrats sipping tea and eating biscuits, speaking in exaggerated cockney accents is to be expected. However, the reality of a British film is far more complex than that stereotypical depiction. Since its peak… Read more »

21 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When it comes to talking about war movies, certain films tend to dominate the discussion. Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now, Platoon and, more recently, Dunkirk have cast a long shadow on the genre – and rightly so. Each of these flicks represents a master class, not only in how to tell a compelling wartime story, but in the very art… Read more »

20 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Who doesn’t love a good romance? They can be light enough for any of your guests or movie-going friends to watch. They can be funny or remarkable, too. Sure, a bad rom-com or romantic drama can be boring, shallow and even irritating. Then you have a When Harry Met Sally, which ticks off all of the boxes. It’s engaging. It’s… Read more »

20 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Here’s to one of the most important elements for visual satisfaction we derive from the seventh art: color. The dawn of the 21st century has seen some of the most splendid cinematic achievements in terms of color, taking things to the next level and harvesting the fruits of the seeds that were planted in the previous one. The color extravaganza… Read more »

20 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

This list identifies directors whose filmographies have experienced an overall downward trend. It does not propose that each and every film by the director in question is worse than the one before; there are exceptions to these patterns of decline. The point is that none of these directors have managed to scale back to the heights they reached at the… Read more »

19 July 2018 | Features, People Lists

Since the early days of cinema, science fiction films have flourished, capturing the imagination and commanding impressive box office receipts along the way. But not all great populist SF have been widely seen, large scale franchises, or big event films with A-list stars. Great speculative fiction is often found in small scale indie film attire and art house dress or… Read more »

19 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema is a medium that reflects life’s greatest secrets. Love is sometimes paramount and most of the time a secret that lives in people’s hearts and then dies. The kind of love that people let die and make only a secret can be forbidden love with all kinds of discrepancies. Maybe these are the stories that deserve to be told… Read more »

19 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2018 is seemingly a great year for horror. Yes, we got some major disappointments (“Winchester”), but we also got some pleasant surprises (“A Quiet Place”) and we’re going to get some more exciting stuff this fall: Luca Guadagnino’s re-imagining of Argento’s “Suspiria” and David Gordon Green’s version of “Halloween”, scored by no other than legend John Carpenter himself. While we… Read more »

18 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Oscar bait. We’ve all heard this phrase the last decade or two. With the dawning of the internet being a useful database for cinema, this popular term has reached new heights of familiarity. Do some people misuse these two words? Sure. A film that is successful at the Academy Awards is not necessarily reeking of Oscar Bait. Moonlight, 2017’s Best… Read more »

18 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When we think of poetic movies, we think of Terrence Malick, Andrei Tarkovsky or Béla Tarr. These directors can convey the beauty of their narratives through techniques that are specifically cinematic. But like traditional literary poetry, the themes and stories presented by their creators can upset the viewer. What we often dismiss is that poetry can be found in pictures… Read more »

18 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Not even the greatest directors can go their whole career without a dud on their resume. Perhaps David Lynch or Martin Scorsese have come out mostly unscathed. But for even such names as Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Coppola, there’s more than a few stains to be found. Even more common are the movies that’ve become “All-Time Greats” mostly for who was… Read more »

17 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The twenty-first century has given audiences some truly superb cinema, and for the most part, the very best works have been regarded highly by critics and cinephiles alike. However, sometimes great pieces of work fail to get the recognition they deserve, and while there are often reasons for this – whether this be for reasons of controversy or inaccessibility –… Read more »

17 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Violence, deceit, and criminal activities within an urban setting seem to be the main landscape that we most commonly associate with the crime thriller genre. However, these are used more than often as canvases to represent some deeply personal and emotional stories. From self-doubt, hatred and paranoia to jealousy, repentance and fear, the genre is full of great works, many… Read more »

16 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

There are classic films that change the course of cinema as a medium. These are works that challenge the artform as a technical, visual, and audible language. However, there are also films that affect the ways films can be viewed. These are works that are far from your usual mainstream works, and they may even seem alienating at first. When… Read more »

16 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists