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Edward Norton was born in Boston in 1969. He first became widely known to the film world and the public upon his debut in Primal Fear (1996) for which he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. In fact Norton has been nominated for three Academy Awards, also for American History X (1998) and more recently, Birdman (2014)…. Read more »

18 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“All the world a stage”, or so goes the line from As You Like It, a notable quote from a famous play by the Bard of Avon, a.k.a William Shakespeare, the world’s greatest playwright and sonnet author. Though many may not have actually read the great author’s works or gone to many, if any, of the staged productions of his… Read more »

18 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Computer Generated Imagery can be an incredibly useful tool in realizing something that’s simply unable to achieve practically. Motion-capture suits can help bring characters to life, while other artists are able to create (or recreate in some cases) new worlds and settings. It’s also easy to abuse, and it’s easy to see how that gives CGI a bad reputation. When I… Read more »

17 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The definition of short film varies tremendously in terms of its length. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for example, considers it “an original motion picture that has a running time of forty minutes or less, including all credits”. While this list considers movies with running time of fifty minutes or less. It includes filmmakers of over ten nationalities but… Read more »

17 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

2014 saw a large number of foreign films invade the Western film market whether it be through the prolific film festivals of Toronto, SXSW, New York, along with many others, or the boom on the home video market, as well as many who had a harder time seeping into the limelight due to any number of reasons. With more films… Read more »

17 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A landscape has the ability to shape us. It has the power to influence our behaviors, our emotions, and our memories. A place (the right place) can inspire awe. It can motivate its inhabitant to explore and get lost within it. It can also inspire a fear of the unknown and uncontrollable, reminding us that we are still at the… Read more »

16 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Sam Peckinpah was one of Hollywood’s most controversial directors during the 60s and 70s. His films were known for their violence, which was more graphic and bloody than most people had ever seen before. This has caused many to find his films polarizing, depending on the viewer’s stomach for handling realistic and gory images. Peckinpah’s use of violence, however, was… Read more »

16 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Horror has always been a part of our lives; be it from the scary stories we used to tell and hear from our friends as kids, or our adult life anxieties – which are somewhat originated in our childish fears – it presents itself in the most diverse forms. It’s also in that context that horror movies live and breed,… Read more »

15 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction.” -Georges Bataille. Human beings… we are tangled individuals. We misunderstand people as much as others misunderstand us. We latch on to no duty and responsibility on responding for the nature of our behavior. This lack of justification for our actions, force us to navigate alone, through the… Read more »

15 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The phrase essentially speaks for itself, and all those who deride the term’s usage must be mostly, or entirely, speaking out of a reactionary mindset against its overuse and frequent inappropriate application: the term is a perfectly sensible and applicable one to the motion picture art. When can a cinematic product be considered a style over substance fare? To offer… Read more »

14 March 2015 | Features, People Lists

Some of the greatest screenplays every written have originated from other source material. And whether it be from a novel, a play, a short story or even a comic book, the art of adapting a piece of writing for the screen has become an art form unto itself. The Academy Awards are one of the few to recognize such an… Read more »

14 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film has been a hit with critics and audiences. It’s a comical drug-infused film noir set in the aftermath of the death of the sixties. Surfbands are trying to keep up with the breakthrough of psychedelia in popular culture, the use of mind-expanding drugs has lost any remaining sense of innocence and the terms ‘peace’ and… Read more »

13 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A decade that saw a reconfiguration of the world order and the beginning of the overcrowding of technology, the 90’s meant also an interesting balance in cinema. Carrying the 70’s conscious creativity and the 80’s blockbuster settlement, the 90s were rich in productions that became a matter of interest to diverse audiences. Controversy surrounding 90’s movies seems to illustrate that… Read more »

13 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When used as an adjective to describe a film, the word “complex” usually means one of two things. The most common use refers to a movie with an intricate plot structure that defies conventional storytelling; think of the non-linear narratives of Pulp Fiction (1994), Memento (2000), and Michael Clayton (2007). These films are all original and brilliant in their ability… Read more »

12 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Dreams are the sleeping routine for most of humanity. One takes a physical rest from the world and from their fears and desires, only to encounter these same elements of existence in magnified or softened versions. Distorted universes and members of one’s life, sometimes added to old regrets and wishes, or simply the absurdity of an action that one would… Read more »

11 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Some years ago, young filmmaker Colin Levy had the enviable opportunity to meet Martin Scorsese. The meeting itself isn’t as important (at least not to cinephiles) as what happened afterwards. Three weeks after the meeting, Scorsese had a list sent to Levy. On the list were 39 foreign films that Scorsese thought every young filmmaker should watch and learn from…. Read more »

11 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Not long ago, a question was posed to me: which current filmmaker has yet to reach their magnum opus, their masterpiece, their finest, a title indicative of all their cinematic talents? This question was applied under the, apparent, logic wherein a filmmaker begins his or her career weaker than they eventually wind up, at least throughout their prime years. Now,… Read more »

10 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Although we’re only fifteen years into it, so far the twenty-first century has given birth to some of the most original and trailblazing crime films the world has seen to date. Whether you’re looking for a mind-blowing mystery from any corner of the Earth, the global film market is swift to remind us that crime is still able to create… Read more »

10 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most versatile film actors of the contemporary age is undoubtedly Naomi Watts. Born in Shoreham, England in 1968, she is a skilled performer who possesses the ability to utterly dissolve into any character, and as a result she invokes empathy from the viewing audience. Watts is the daughter of Myfanwy Edwards, a Welsh antiques buyer, and Peter… Read more »

09 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists