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Unreliable narration strategies are not only a good opportunity for authors or directors to break with conventional plot patterns, they also encourage the recipient to rethink certain aspects of a book or a film. At some times this can become quite puzzling. The most common forms of unreliable narration include a narrator that is either mad, non-trustworthy or limited in… Read more »

03 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Science fiction is one of today’s most popular movie genres, with its movies making up most of the year’s box office smashes. The possibilities of science fiction are what make the genre so exciting for both filmmakers and audiences alike. The futuristic intrigue resonates with viewers even more strongly than fantasy films because much of the wondrous elements in science… Read more »

02 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Winning an Academy Award is for many actors, one of the largest forms of recognition, and a career boost as well. Statistics show that having an Oscar to your name as an actor, shows an increase in payment and movie offers. After winning an Oscar an actor can go from one great movie to the next and deliver one great… Read more »

02 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Conversation is one of the many gifts given to us simply by virtue of being human. From the repartee at a reunion of old friends or pillow-talk between lovers, to intimate tête–à–tête full of scandalous secrets or an all-out political talkfest, conversations are reminders of the wonder that is human interaction. In this world where each one of us is… Read more »

02 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Movies that get banned say a lot about the social climate of the country the film is being prohibited in at that particular time. Some films cause public moral panic because a filmmaker has exploited the current social fears whereas others simply do not meet the required censorship guidelines set out in that particular country. Some movies cause such outrage… Read more »

02 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The term dystopia basically means the opposite of utopia. A utopia is deemed to be a perfect society, one with perfect or near perfect qualities. Some scholars have associated it with democracy and egalitarianism, with principles that promote equality and fairness within the society. The word and concept was first used in Sir Thomas More’s 1516 book titled Utopia. Dystopia… Read more »

01 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There’s an old joke actors will hear should they suffer from a mishap on the job that produces pain: “Use it.” The idea behind the joke is that a performer should tap into the physical trauma to provide energy to the requirements of an upcoming scene. But when actors and directors clash on a set, the joke might not seem… Read more »

01 September 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The film industry is one of the hardest arenas to break into, let alone be respected in. These actors have gained notoriety for being some of Hollywood’s least praised. Are they bad actors? Or have they just made poor career moves (agents, collaborators, multi film deals etc.), received lacklustre direction, or settled into lazy type-casting roles that serve to secure… Read more »

31 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It didn’t take long for cinema to discover the power of music, and the possibility of a crucial cinematic moment taking the emotional factor to ecstatic levels, through the use of a musical piece. Many times, when a film needs to disclose an emotion that has been carefully built through various sequences, but needs to tap into a feeling, or… Read more »

31 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

After having already done a list about the 20 Best Soundtracks of the Century so far, it really only seemed natural to do one on original scores. The criteria is quite clear: the music needs to be an original composition. It wasn’t an easy list to narrow down and writing it has proven just how many amazing soundtracks have been… Read more »

30 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Just like surrealism and fantastic realism, science fiction is a genre that allows a great degree of creative freedom, since the narrative is not bound by the constraints of present-day reality. Thus, it provides a fertile ground for all sorts of allegories, metaphors, and alternative realities, as well as a way of bypassing censorship. The defining characteristic of the genre… Read more »

30 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

War is hell and since its beginning, cinema has tried to replicate the horrors experienced by those who have witnessed it. From the perspective of soldiers, civilians, prisoner’s of war, leaders and children, both biographical and fictional and under many sub-genres. Those that have had the fortune to never experience war manage to gain a glimpse. Since the end of… Read more »

29 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As technology continues to play an increasingly dominant role in everyday life, the question is raised: What effect will it all have on the future? The ten films on this list all attempted to answer that query. All of them gaze into the future and speculate on humanity’s evolving relationship with technology. The tendency is to go dark and many… Read more »

28 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The earliest known origin of the term henchman dates back to the 1300’s, coming from the Old English word, hengest, literally meaning ‘horse’, and referring to an employee, otherwise known as a groom, who would tend to a master’s animals. Later the term would often be used to describe a page or hand scribe, before the phrase being coined as… Read more »

28 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

With 22 films currently in his career, and having won awards in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and many others, Kim Ki-duk is one of the most distinguishable South Korean filmmakers in the world, despite the extremity of his films, which have regularly caused him trouble. Since his first complete work in 1995, titled “Crocodile”, he has been writing and directing one… Read more »

28 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“That’s the way I work: I try to imagine what I would like to see.” “I’m used to people not expecting much from me.” – Sofia Coppola, from The New York Times, August 31, 2013 “Don’t let Sofia’s littleness and quietness confuse you. Sofia is made of steel. She’s tough, but she doesn’t pretend to be a man. She has… Read more »

27 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists