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Most of the times, dreams appear on the disfiguring nocturnal surface of our subconscious as bizarre idols of thoughts, fears, and aspirations. Poets are the ones who experience such illusions during the day and have the ability to translate their garbled message into words. Despite their surreal aspects, dreams and illusions reveal the most deeply hidden truths of a mind…. Read more »

05 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Traditionally, the Hollywood Western was one of the most preeminent and stirring of genres. Set in the late 19th century, attentive to Old West myth-making, folk heroes, and morality tales, it was an altogether American invention. In Hollywood’s Golden Age the Western was exceedingly popular, nothing else was as rootin’, tootin’, and crowd pleasin’. Directors like John Ford and Howard… Read more »

04 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

These are the most revolutionary films in cinema. Every one of these films has advanced the language of cinema in one way or another. This is most evident either through their undeniable influence, or through their style that has pushed the boundaries of cinema.   1. Yi Yi This is a film that is so revolutionary many people aren’t even… Read more »

04 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

“The original was so much better!” That’s typically what you expect to hear whenever you discuss the latest attempt by Hollywood to successfully remake an old movie. And there’s a good reason for that: very often, the new version is vastly inferior to what came before it, so much so that you wonder if the filmmakers involved truly understood the… Read more »

03 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The history of storytelling is a riveting tale as old as civilization itself. From the earliest cave drawings to the screens we stare at today, sharing stories has been an essential element of human development. But while the vehicles of the narrative have changed drastically, the intent remains the same: through the use of a communicative medium, people can relate… Read more »

03 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

An old adage says that everything is political.  I hope that’s not true, because I don’t want everything to remind me of America’s political situation.  According to the great Director Douglas Sirk, a political film can only work if its message is smuggled into its story, rather than made plain for the audience.  For better or worse, these ten films… Read more »

01 November 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Anne Hathaway is one of the biggest female movie stars of the 21st century. She has done all kinds of films – she was in films that were highly commercially successful, establishing her as one of the biggest movie stars of our time. She was in indies and earned a lot of critical respect for them. She had showy roles… Read more »

31 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Tis the season to get spooky, but a lot of people who like to get spooky have seen just about everything. You can only watch Get Out and A Quiet Place so many times before things get boring. Sure, there are Halloween classics that people can return to, but why not check out something a little more underground? This list… Read more »

31 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

As with many of the best horror movies, what you find on the surface isn’t necessarily indicative of the truth. The same concept can be applied to the state of modern horror films. While cinemas undoubtedly promote the most boilerplate and crowd-pleasing of the bunch, if you dig a little bit deeper you’ll find the true heart of the genre…. Read more »

30 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Making a Gothic horror film isn’t as easy as one might imagine. A rigorous pedigree has been established within the genre, and hopeful entries must be able to pass a careful screening. So what exactly is expected of a proper Gothic horror film? There are a few informal rules which will be helpful for us to establish at the beginning…. Read more »

29 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

To help you embrace the Halloween spirit, we thought this was the perfect time to revisit this year’s best horror films – so far. Two more months remain of 2018 and we can already say that we’ve got a lot of pretty good new horror movies to watch on this Halloween. It seems that the horror genre is going through… Read more »

29 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Can a film overstay its welcome? That can be a subjective question to consider, since we all have differing ideas of what makes a good film. The conclusion paragraph on the cinematic essay we witness (of which can be an hour and a half, or four hours and more) is important. This is the lasting impression we have. This isn’t… Read more »

29 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Eroticism: one word, two semantic aspects. There’s a both exhilarating and painful stir in having, approaching, or even fantasizing an erotic interplay. Such sensations touch those very thin nerves that bond the most sensitive and irritable areas of our mind and body, sometimes delicately yet sometimes brutally. But a sexual stimulation outreaches the limits of a psychosomatic requirement, caressing the… Read more »

28 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Horror is one of the most popular film genres and the horror film landscape is ever changing – what is popular in horror is determined film to film by audiences. Audiences are currently experiencing a golden age of horror cinema and horror films are doing big business at the box office, raking in massive returns for studios. Last year, IT… Read more »

28 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Handheld camera didn’t really exist until the late 1950s. Sure, directors like Dziga Vertov or even Abel Gance played around with the technique, but due to the size and weight of camera, focus, tripods, etc, true handheld had to come much later. In the late 1950s, cameras could be picked up, creating a new form of style for documentary filmmaking… Read more »

27 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists

‘Tis the season. Just like their antagonists, horror franchises are hard to kill. Because of their modest budgets, any successful horror movie will most likely get a sequel followed by more sequels and the eventual reboot/remake and possible crossover. Not that we’re complaining. They only keep getting made because we keep watching them. While it’s hard for any series to… Read more »

27 October 2018 | Features, Film Lists