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Violence has always existed, but not everyone has witnessed or seen a murder as close as the cinema allows. In the history of cinema, a large number of killing scenes have affected moviegoers, staying fixed in their minds forever. Killing someone in real life is illegal, but there’s a double relationship between a censure and an interest in death, which… Read more »

31 August 2018 | Features, Other Lists

From William Morris’ “Fellowship is heaven, and lack of fellowship is hell; fellowship is life, and lack of fellowship is death” to Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Hell is other people”, there is a wide spectrum of nuances of attachment or rejection between the individual and society. Aristotle had defined man as “a social animal”; the second word of his phrase is often… Read more »

31 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

To be, or not to be? Perhaps the most famous Shakespearean quote is the first articulated existential question. And here we are, centuries later, but nobody has ever answered this painful question for us‒ not even Friedrich Nietzsche, or Søren Kierkegaard. Not even Jean-Paul Sartre. The total existential philosophical movement has been able to analyze our nature deeply and interpretively,… Read more »

31 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

In a Musical, the world has certain exceptions. Intricated in the genre are tons of characters suddenly bursting into song and dance routines. We don’t think twice, it’s a given. But when a film is void of any other musical trends and is of a different genre, that is: war drama, thrillers, science-fiction and so on- leads it to be… Read more »

30 August 2018 | Features, Other Lists

The human condition is often the subject of films; it explores it in several ways and one of these ways is to try to see the value of human life. Many directors have had this subject as a topic or interest in their films, and they have taken many roads to explore it. Some of them have tried to convey… Read more »

30 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When watching a film, we progress with the characters, the story, the plot, or whatever is gripping you to film. Sometimes, the mood or atmosphere or camera work or choice of music or many other creative choices holds you locked into that particular experience instead. However, the most accessible way is through character and story, until something occurs that shifts… Read more »

30 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Ask almost any established screenwriter, and they’ll tell you that ideas are essentially worthless – and that’s true…up to a point. After all, you can come up with the most groundbreaking premise for a movie ever conceived of, but if you can’t transform this concept into an equally impressive screenplay, then your idea isn’t worth squat. It’s also fair to… Read more »

29 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Ambition in art, and specifically in cinema, is always complicated. As much as we as an audience want filmmakers to take risks and aim to make the best movie they can, it’s never pleasant when artists shoot for the stars without the talent to back it up. Moreover, ambitious projects are always a risk, commercially speaking, because they tend to… Read more »

29 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? And where does that divide start to blend? Great works of art—whether literature, film, visual arts, or otherwise—make that boundary disappear, and they demonstrate how many artists view life as if through a prism that reflects and diffracts its own reality. Some great works of art even remind viewers of the… Read more »

29 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Violence has existed in cinema since the beginning, and real life violence definitely predates movies. Still, films have often been blamed for glorifying violence. In some cases, the film in question isn’t even as bloody as it seems, or is censored because its context isn’t properly understood. Many films are no bloodier than Shakespeare but are simply hated by critics,… Read more »

28 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Over recent years, Jake Gyllenhaal has become one of the most trustworthy working actors whose movies you’ll watch solely because his name is on the poster (if anyone still picks movies that way). Even when he appears in mediocre movies, you can be sure he’ll give a stellar performance, always giving 110 percent to whatever role he plays. From doing… Read more »

28 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Since we can all be a little pretentious about the films we have seen, here is a list of films you can really turn your nose up to other film buffs about. “Oh, you haven’t seen this? Are you serious? Wow. I thought you loved movies.” These are all remarkable films without getting the attention they deserve. Films that have… Read more »

28 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Franchises are a way of life in cinema. They’ve been around since the earliest days of cinema, but they’ve become more important to studios since “Star Wars” was birthed in the 70s. The usual thinking with franchises is that the first movie is usually the best and there is a case of diminishing returns as they go on. But these… Read more »

27 August 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Before the advent of the star system, the best marketing argument for a film was its plot. Did the story promise incandescent romance, heart-stopping adventure or an expedition to the most far-flung corners of the world? Then it attracted audiences without further hesitation. But the star system slightly changed the rules of the game. The plot still played an important… Read more »

27 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

As the second decade of the 21st century gets closer to its end, a clearer idea of its main characteristics is forming among movie viewers and experts. The last eight years have been the years of Netflix and others streaming platforms. Movies are not something you can see either in theaters or television anymore: they have become a much more… Read more »

26 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The relatively short history of cinema makes it both challenging and exciting to study. Because film is a fairly modern art form, its repository of instructional material is naturally limited. We have no archaic, impenetrable texts to preserve under lock and key in museums, and though there are schools of film they are mostly first generational. Most of its sages… Read more »

26 August 2018 | Features, Film Lists