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A large number of feature films listed on a director’s resume presumably tells you a great many things about them: they are far along in their career, a master of their craft, have expert knowledge in all facets of filmmaking, and, most importantly, there’s just no possibility that they are capable of making a bad movie because they’ve done it… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, People Lists

The very idea of turning the camera around and using it to observe the creation of movies themselves has been utilised since the birth of cinema. Filmmakers since have often explored the behind the scenes as a main source of inspiration in an effort to dissect their own work and examine how the process of filmmaking affects the lives of… Read more »

15 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Short films are made with various intentions to them, whether it be for festivals, recognition, for fun, for the cast and crew’s CV, or as a sort of prototype or promotion for a feature film. Or maybe they’re made because of all of the above-mentioned reasons. No matter the initial idea, the shorts of this list somehow managed to end… Read more »

04 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

(Robert Trachtenberg/NBC) Many people say TV shows are like relationships, and films are like affairs or one night stands. It’s certainly possible to establish a bond with several filmmakers or actors, but this statement is logical and apprehensible. Television series create an intense and close nexus with fans, often replacing facts with beliefs. The advent of TV series and its… Read more »

03 August 2016 | Features, People Lists

You’ve fought and hustled your way through film school. You’ll gladly show your diploma from USC or NYU to anyone who asks—you’ll show it to them even if they don’t ask, in fact. The films of Francois Truffaut speak to you on a personal level; Jean-Luc Godard’s use of pastiche-style narrative brings an envious gleam to your eye; you wrote… Read more »

03 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Weird movie titles go against the usual rules for naming a movie. Generally a good movie title is simple, hints at the genre and is easy to remember. It will also give the audience a good idea of what to expect so that they don’t feel disappointed that the movie didn’t deliver what they were hoping for. A good title… Read more »

03 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Left or right? A decision not only for the director, but the characters themselves. Showing a character’s inner thought process is one of the most prolific issues facing cinema, and has been since its birth; without the use of forthright soliloquy, which all too candidly spells out the authors views, and doesn’t let the audience perceive anything, showing what a… Read more »

03 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

There are countless films that have plots and stories we heard and watched over and over, and let’s be honest, it is getting pretty tiring. Movies that are common and usual are boring. Just reading the synopsis would make you easily predict the ending and if you are fed up with movies with overused storylines, or simply just up for… Read more »

03 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Saying that filmmaker Woody Allen is controversial would be an understatement. From his personal life to his large number of films, Allen grabs attention. He has directed, acted in, and written a ridiculous amount of films (according to Box Office Mojo, Allen’s films have grossed a total of more than $575 million), and for as many good films as Allen… Read more »

02 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Organized crime in Japan has always bordered on the affected and the legitimate. Historically, the origin of such syndicates emerged from the Edo Period when gamblers and shady merchants began forming factions. Such petty activities would become more structured until finally progressing to the administrative. The height of the yakuza’s violence followed the Second World War as group after group… Read more »

02 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The connections between film and other forms of visual art including drawing, painting, and sculpture are limitless. Line, shape, form, color, texture, value, and space are the building blocks of art. All artworks, including film, utilize these elements to convey their message, but some works articulate elements in an especially poignant manner. The following list includes seven films that best… Read more »

02 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We have all heard the phrase “don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story”, and Hollywood has certainly taken that saying to heart. While plenty of interesting stories happen in real life, they are usually not dramatic enough for the big screen, so screenwriters take liberties with the story to spruce it up. So whenever the… Read more »

01 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Not being situated in the culture of sexually objectifying women which dominates Hollywood, the films giving a voice to women in Iran provide a unique experience for the Western viewer. The poignantly ambivalent style of Iranian cinema also provides a profound cutting edge which won’t disappoint. Of course, everyone knows that Hollywood has a penchant for creating hyper-sexualised representations of… Read more »

01 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Born on March 23, 1910, Akira Kurosawa would eventually become the greatest contemporary Japanese director, and one of the most important filmmakers globally, with more than 30 films that won awards both in Japan and internationally. Kurosawa studied western civilization in depth, and embedded a plethora of its elements in the Japanese culture, in the most artful way. The result… Read more »

01 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

A flashback, or analepsis, is the classic narrative device that shows something set in a past time in relation to the present time of the narration. The flashback technique is commonly used in literature, television, cinema and in every form of narration. It interrupts the flow of the main sequence of events and opens a window into a different time…. Read more »

01 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Objects tell a story in their own right. They don’t need to talk like Woody or Buzz, nor do they have to be injected or protruding from characters like Captain America or Wolverine. They just have to be themselves, to express the themes of the story, and ultimately draw in the spectator and attract them to the nature of the… Read more »

31 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists