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Television has always had great actors who occasionally acted in movies, or actors who managed to be equally known for television as well as movies (such as Martin Sheen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiefer Sutherland, James Spader, etc). But then there are actors who were a major movie star or at least well known for their movie careers who suddenly ended up… Read more »

31 March 2019 | Features, Other Lists

One of the most influential American directors of all time, Martin Scorsese has left an incredible mark upon popular culture. Growing up in the Little Italy district of Lower Manhattan, he became a keen chronicler of Italian-American life through films such as Look Who’s Knocking at My Door, Italian-American, Raging Bull, Mean Streets and Goodfellas. Perhaps best known for his… Read more »

31 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Sex, violence, murder, and perversion have been forever present in mankind. Since the wars between Athens and Sparta up to the technological conflicts these days, the of use physical force and violence are explored as forms of moral and psychological domination. In cinema, violence began to be exploited when society lost its little modesty; thus, filmmakers decided to portray this… Read more »

29 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

It’s pretty straightforward. You need a script to make a film or a story that translate to the screen. And for some iconic directors, they would not be where they are today without some of their closest collaborators – the writer(s). Sure, auteurs or the writer-director can state his or her vision straight from themselves, but it’s two different forms… Read more »

28 March 2019 | Features, People Lists

In my last list I looked at the films which exist entirely on shock value with no real worth beyond that shock value. This time however I will be looking at the kind of films that convey complex themes and are beautiful despite the shocking imagery. I was originally going to talk about Saló in this list however after criticisms… Read more »

27 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Are we living in a new golden age for film? Yes, the mainstream, for the most part, has backed down into franchises and sequels, but the overall scope of film has largely seen an influx of bright talent. In our modern age where interconnectivity is broadening our viewing habits, we’re now able to discover treasures that otherwise would’ve been lost… Read more »

26 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Though the arrival of Jean Luc-Godard’s Breathless in 1960 is an undisputed breakthrough moment in international cinema, New Wave movements do not end (or necessarily start) in France. In the days and decades following frequently cited Nouvelle Vague films like Breathless and François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, dozens of countries have exploded onto the world stage with approaches to the… Read more »

26 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The twenty-first film instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was to be an important film in many ways. Firstly, this was to be Marvel Studios first female led superhero film, and secondly this was to be the film that finally revealed Captain Marvel – a character that audiences have been led to believe as being vitally important to the fight… Read more »

25 March 2019 | Features, Other Lists

Discussing Buddhism can be a tricky task; after all, the first rule of Enlightenment is: you do not talk about Enlightenment. The essence of awareness is the living of it, and the one who loudly claims to understand the nature of reality has not understood it. Still, from ancient times Buddhism has used stories to illustrate ideas and point to… Read more »

25 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

For the most part, brevity is a virtue of cinema. Being able to say something profound in the least amount of time is a great way of distilling it down to its purist essence. Many films, especially blockbusters, are bogged down with filler scenes which add nothing except minutes to the experience. Howard Hawks sums it up well when he… Read more »

24 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

What does nostalgia look like to you? Cambridge Dictionary defines nostalgia as a feeling of pleasure when musing over one’s past. A feeling complemented by just a slight tinge of sadness. It’s something universally melancholic, a peculiar sensation with the ability to surface in the most unexpectedly unremarkable of situations. From smoking a cigarette on your patio during a nice… Read more »

24 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

2019 looks like it’s going to be full of great films, but just like with every year, there are undeniably going to be a lot of box office bombs and massive disappointments, and in this list we will be looking at 10 films that seem most likely to fall into that second category of awfulness.   10. Zombieland: Double Tap… Read more »

23 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

When you first get into film, a big mistake people make is interpreting the influence a director has on a film’s visual aesthetics incorrectly. That’s the wonderful day that you learn what cinematography is. A director might have a vision, but the director of photography is the person to make this happen. An auteur filmmaker gets misunderstood if the cinematographer… Read more »

22 March 2019 | Features, Other Lists

Usually we get to hear about directors who made one great film in their entire career. Then there are directors who made just one film and directed nothing else. Some are films where you think maybe it’s best for them to pursue a career in a different field, but then there are some really amazing films that you keep wondering… Read more »

21 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The protocol which governed the selection of the following films is one that emanates from a particular conception of form and style. The films listed below take as their starting point not a conception of style as something superfluous, ornamental and subject to the caprices of the director. The films below recognize that style is indispensable from cinematic production and… Read more »

21 March 2019 | Features, Film Lists

In the earliest days of cinema, there was no acting. The experimenters of cinema such as the Lumiere brothers used to place their camera at a fixed position and record the events of daily life until the film stock ran out. In a lesser extent, it leans toward the documentary filmmaking approach of the present, but even documentaries nowadays manipulate… Read more »

20 March 2019 | Features, Other Lists