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One of the most profound aspects of any art form is to provoke thought, to not only entertain audiences but to give us something to ponder over for hours, perhaps days after a short 90-minute experience. With that being said, ultimately, a filmmaker’s greatest aim and goal with their films is in fact, to not provoke thought, but emotion, to… Read more »

30 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“[The Cabin in the Woods] ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years. …by successfully analyzing tired formulas, it gives them new life.” – Eric Kohn, indieWire   To a new World of Gods and Monsters This whip smart horror comedy from scribes Drew Goddard (also making his impressive directorial debut) and… Read more »

29 October 2017 | Features, Reviews

Horror films are often resistant to criticism, either because the genre as a whole isn’t particularly highly regarded by “serious” critics or because many horror films are low-budget, poorly produced shock films that look to deliver on their implicit promise of graphic violence rather than creating a quality movie. And 2017 has been no different in this regard than most:… Read more »

28 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It is quite intriguing the feeling we have when a film stays in our head for awhile after we watch it for the first time and feel that – to quote a verse from a famous Neil Young song – “there’s more to the picture than meets the eye.” With that in mind, here is a selection of films that… Read more »

28 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

While historical movies can be most enjoyable, and a window onto another time, they are commonly inaccurate, which can spoil the fun. Some inaccuracies are designed to increase suspense or add exposition, in short, for dramatic reasons, and these are easy to forgive. In some cases movies may be both extremely realistic and contain many blatant errors at once. Others… Read more »

27 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

James Wan is one of the best horror directors working today. He has absolute command of the craft and has proven himself capable of jumping from big blockbusters to smaller genre fare with ease. Not many filmmakers are able to make their debut in such a massively explosive way as he did, jumping into the game with the game-changing “Saw.”… Read more »

27 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Olympics has the gold medal. The county fair has the blue ribbon. International film festivals have Golden Palms, Golden Lions and Silver Bears (yes, really). All of those represent the very best (at least in the opinion of someone or some body of people). However, the Olympics also has silver and bronze medals. Fairs give out red, yellow and… Read more »

27 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Darren Aronofksy’s latest film is designed to cause an emotional outburst of some variety. It is a nasty attempt to provoke a reaction from every single person watching it in the cinema, and he probably doesn’t care if that outburst is positive or negative: it is the reaction that counts. mother! focuses on Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem’s couple playing… Read more »

26 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Horror movies are already known for being filled with acts of murder, gory special effects, and disturbing stories. But even within this genre is a subgenre that goes further than the average horror film. Loosely connected under the label “extreme horror,” these films are unbelievably violent and explicit, often teetering on–if not outright garnering–an NC-17 rating for their content. Many… Read more »

26 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Zombie films have always been a horror staple of cinema. Victor Halperin’s White Zombie was released in 1932 and is often cited as the first zombie film. After that a steady slew of zombie films followed in the thirties, forties and fifties. The zombies in these films were mostly pale, slow moving, obedient and they certainly didn’t eat anyone. In… Read more »

25 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and many other great directors from yesteryear have controversially never won a best directing Oscar. How can some of the most influential and legendary directors in film history not be recognized for their directing talents by the Academy? They’ve arguably superseded some of the peers who took home the statute instead of them. Cinephiles… Read more »

25 October 2017 | Features, People Lists

The impact of Asian cinema in the international scene is a fact that cannot be doubted; either we are referring to filmmakers basing/copying/adapting/remaking films from the region, or adopting various elements of the style and aesthetics of the Asian masters of the medium. Evidently, the first that come to mind are the Japanese of the 50s and 60s, like Ozu… Read more »

25 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Look: I love the Academy Awards, but I can truly attest to the fact that there are many things wrong with them. Without bringing politics and favouritism into the article (that can be a tome worth reading and writing another day), let’s briefly get into the one issue that any sort of awards or annual analysis may have: being wrong…. Read more »

24 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It might seem somewhat premature to suggest that, just a few weeks after its release, Blade Runner 2049 is a cinematic landmark that will be a benchmark for science-fiction films in the future. Yet once you have been subjected to it, immersed in it and walked out of the cinema only when you have rediscovered control of your limbs, does… Read more »

24 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Since her first onscreen role as Kitty Bennett in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Carey Mulligan has impressed with her bold and exciting choices as an actress. Her roles have not limited her to being typecast within a particular genre of film, as she has acted in a range of projects, from period dramas to black comedy to a neo-noir crime… Read more »

24 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Movies and television have been competing since the 1950s brought home sets to every family in America. The increasing growth of streaming services as a substitute to cable has already started to radically change the game, with numerous network corporations opting to open up their own video on demand databases for Internet users to access, such as Disney and DC…. Read more »

23 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists