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Perfection is subjective when it comes to art. A mathematical equation can only have one answer, no matter what those Facebook shareable quizzes tell you. When it comes to art, it is all about your interpretation. For action buffs, a perfect film may be the one that exhilarates them the most. For comedy enthusiasts, the perfect comedy may have to… Read more »

03 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Movies are being released so fast all around the world that it is often very difficult to keep up with them. It is even harder to keep up with more independent films that aren’t constantly appearing on billboards or on social media. So it is no wonder that every year there will be hundreds of films that we will miss,… Read more »

03 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The opportunities to direct Hollywood films are few and far in between. But often, a prospective indie director is plucked after a couple critical hits and thrust into the driver’s seat of a major blockbuster. Just look at Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Jon Watts, or Josh Trank, and that’s just the “J’s”. And when some of them fail (Trank), they’re cycled through… Read more »

02 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Anybody that has ever directed a film will tell you it is one of the most difficult things they have ever done. Stanley Kubrick mentioned it is “like trying to write ‘War and Peace’ in a bumper car…” There are some people who started out swinging for the fences with their directorial debut. This list is to celebrate those visionaries… Read more »

02 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

This list/article is the fourth in a series arguing that for cinema to-be-and-to-be-taken-seriously as an art form, it must forgo and move beyond Hollywood-like visual-based ways of meaning-formation/understanding into actor-, face-, dialogue-, voice-, emo-tion-, body-, character-, feeling,-, behavior/psychology-, and tone-based ones. Readers are strongly advised to read my three previous articles, especially (though by no means only) the lengthy theoretical/aesthetic… Read more »

02 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Historically, all mass-marketed feature films were made to be shown in theatres. However with the introduction of new technology and with audiences’ needs, habits and demands changing – this is no longer the case. Film and production studios must also consider what type of release strategy will give them the best return on their investments. For some films, a theatrical… Read more »

01 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Filmmaking is a focus on the observation of human nature, and while there are films that are great for the critical approach they take toward humanity, displaying its darkest and cruelest side, there are also films that are great because they way in which they display the highest of our species. By creating moments of understating and displaying actions of… Read more »

01 June 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Over the years, there have been many films – both documentaries and works of fiction – focussed on the art of filmmaking itself. On the fictional side of things, films like 8½, Ed Wood, Bowfinger, Be Kind Rewind and The Disaster Artist are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to movies that are themselves actually about making… Read more »

31 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The notion of a “foreign cinema” is becoming more and more obscure in the context of vast cosmopolitan production. This is shown through the outlying antiquity that is the foreign language film section at the annual Academy Awards, in which countries are meant to compete for American condescension due to the imperative of rule thirteen. Regarding the foreign language category… Read more »

31 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Contemporary cinema is the home of many styles and approaches toward reality and cinema. Many filmmakers take an extremely critical approach toward cinema and society, while others focus on a simple portrait of humanity and communication. In the contemporary scene, there are filmmakers whose careers have just started and who probably are going to deliver many more great films; there… Read more »

31 May 2018 | Features, People Lists

There are many ways to define “disturbing,” but Merriam-Webster lists four traits that give us a good place to start when working with the term. It means anything from causing annoyance, embarrassment, anxiety, or worry to causing agitation or uncomfortable feelings. In this case, there are certainly a good many films across the spectrum that embody these traits, but only… Read more »

30 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Neon paraphernalia does not usually concur with the most articulate story lines or solid character development. Looking at cinematic attempts to incorporate the neon element as a central component, one is lost in a plethora of visually dazzling images and complex narratives. Shouldn’t come as a surprise if you stop for a moment and think about the subject matter that… Read more »

30 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Last year was an absolutely awesome cinematic fest all around. The list of greatness includes “Baby Driver,” “Dunkirk,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Logan,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “It,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Florida Project,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Good Time,” “Coco,” “It Comes At Night,” “mother!,” “The Beguiled,” “Wonder,” “The Square,” “Loveless,” “Raw” and “A Fantastic Woman.” Months into 2018,… Read more »

30 May 2018 | Features, Other Lists

A great quality that literary mediums can have is the power of what a character can represent. Claude Debussy has been referenced many times for his famous quote about music, where “the music is not in the notes, but in the silence between them.”. This is kind of the cinematic version of that quote. A great character can pull the… Read more »

29 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

There are some people who argue that sound is 50 percent of the expressive possibility of the film. Though it’s futile to argue the precision of this sentence, there a truth that cannot be denied: when used right, sound and extremely powerful expressive element. The way in which a film builds an atmosphere sometimes is entirely up to the sound… Read more »

29 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

There’s no shortage of movie scenes intended to shock, horrify, or disturb audiences, especially within certain genres (horror being a big one). Some scenes, however, have withstood the test of time, almost taking on a life of their own outside the film. Many of the most memorable of these are either physically visceral or emotionally devastating (or both), dealing with… Read more »

29 May 2018 | Features, Other Lists