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After one of the ugliest campaigns in years, the Best Picture nominees have finally been announced. Hot on the heels of the news, intense flare ups have already begun, revealing a deep divide between the establishment and a diversifying industry. While the gains in diversity — Roma has an indigenous Mexican lead, Black Panther celebrated African might and The Favourite… Read more »

25 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

An Oscar bait movie can be defined as one created specifically to win Oscars. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are bad, but they contain moments that feel deliberately made to capture the attention of Oscar bait movies. They are usually composed of one or two crucial elements. They’re usually based on true stories. They feature characters facing vast sadness… Read more »

25 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

There have been many great movies released in the 21st century, many of them have been charming fluff that’s endlessly rewatchable, but many of them have also been really disturbing and dealt with heavy subject matter, and in this list we will be taking a look at those movies that you won’t feel the need to rewatch after your first… Read more »

25 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The Oscars were announced on Tuesday morning and the nominations presented plenty of shocks and surprises, some good, some exhausting. Despite the best wishes of most of the critical press, panned films such as Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book have snuck into Best Picture contention, while plenty of great films, actors and actresses didn’t even get a look in…. Read more »

24 January 2019 | Features, Other Lists

Looking at the movie release schedule for 2019, there seems to be a higher than average quotient of interesting horror films being released this year that could turn 2010’s horror around with three seconds left on the clock. Without further delay, here are the ten most anticipated horror films of 2019.   10. The Turning Since he directed Jaws and… Read more »

24 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout history, science fiction has been utilized to capture the scientific developments of the times as well as warn us about the implications of the said discoveries. Despite the use of outlandish and futuristic storylines, the best of the genre incorporates concepts that are rooted in our current reality. In everything from literature to cinema, we are first drawn in… Read more »

23 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

It is widely accepted that we are experiencing an oversaturation of films for quite some time now. With thousands of movies produced each year the line between commercial success or failure can be a blurry one. Even though a lot of films have nowadays found a new home in streaming platforms, cinemas are still faced with tough decisions and are… Read more »

23 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

It’s a crying shame when a film has all the makings of a masterpiece, only to fall apart in its final moments. But what of the opposite? What of those films that appear backed to the corner of the ring? What of those films that, at the final desperate breath, throw a surprise jab to the left and a hard… Read more »

22 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Music has the tremendous ability of evoking feeling from within our innermost depths. It can induce longing, passion, and strength. It can even defy articulation. Ludwig Van Beethoven famously expressed that ‘music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.’ Music is uniquely visceral. Whereas much of cinema’s arsenal operates on the basis of arousing the intellect, music arouses… Read more »

21 January 2019 | Features, Other Lists

Now that the Best/Worst of 2018 lists are slowly running out, let’s focus on what 2019 has in store for us. Quite a few great, renowned directors are releasing a new feature in the year to come. Some of them are coming back after years of silence, while others have only just released their previous film; some are on a… Read more »

21 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The Hollywood Western was once 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 popular and directors like John Ford and Howard Hawks made some… Read more »

21 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Who loves feeling sick to their stomach? Well, sadly we all tend to voluntarily aim to experience nausea on an often enough basis. We go on roller coasters. We watch intense sporting events that go down to the wire. We read a scary book. Then, there is cinema, where we actively enjoy watching films that turn our stomachs and create… Read more »

21 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

We can never get enough of our favorite actors, so when they take on multiple roles in the same film, it’s a cause for special celebration. Assigning more than one character to a single actor is both a gamble and a sign of ultimate trust in his or her talent. Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it flops, but when it… Read more »

20 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

By its very nature, the profession of director calls for a combination of unique qualities. To bring the vision to screen in the fullest capacity, the director must be a leader, an artist, a tactician, a politician, a motivator, an economist-the list can go on and on. Few combine all those traits in equal measure, but a director must be… Read more »

20 January 2019 | Features, People Lists

The current cinematic age is not one of original ideas. Looking at the titles released every year, fewer and fewer movies feature a new story, idea or character. Instead, many of them are sequels, reboots, remakes, prequels, spin-offs, films from a “shared cinematic universe”, or new adaptations from an original material that already was the base for other movies. The… Read more »

19 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Every structure needs an outline. Every composition needs notes. Every fairytale needs a story. A film is what we see: its frames, its motion, its colors, and its shadows. A film is also what we listen: its melodies, its noises, its moments of silence, and its voices. Yet, what would even a well-done motion picture be without a good script?… Read more »

19 January 2019 | Features, Film Lists