Genre Blast: Truth Be Told – Documentary Features

As defined by the Oxford Dictionary, a documentary is a film “that provides a factual record or report.” What the dictionary does not say is that an effective documentarian takes those raw facts and arranges them in such a way as to clarify a point or to provide additional weight and understanding to the topic at hand. This makes the documentary nearly as subjective as a fictional work …

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Genre Blast: Brass Ringers – BizFlicks

At the core of every protagonist in this genre is the seed of origin, that thing, that career, that idea that they either love so much that they dare not take their attention away from it, or a past so traumatically unsatisfying that they can’t reinvent themselves quickly enough.

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Cannes Winners Among The European Film Nominations

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 30th European Film Awards on 4th November 2017. A few familiar films currently making the awards circuit that premiered in Cannes show up multiple times here, including the big winners at the festival. Here are the nominations: European Film 120 battements par minute […]

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Writer-Director Dan Jenski Talks About His First Feature Film ADDicted

It occurred to me while watching ADDIcted, written and directed by Dan Jenski, that there are not many films these days that deal with the kind of prescribed drug dependency that hovers in and out of young lives, potentially ruining their futures. ADDicted, the clever title indicates the Adderall drug, centers on college students are […]

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Masterpiece Memo: The Exorcist

Often I wonder with a kind of disappointed enthusiasm, what it was like to actually be around to see some of cinema’s greatest motion pictures when they first went on general release in theaters. Of all the excellent movies that drift in and out of my abstract nostalgia, not many fill that yearning more than […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Family Dysfunction

The Greek and I close out our series of 50 films for Halloween with a heavy dose of family values. Light relief? Not if you consider kidnapping, murder, rape, madness, deviance et al as gratifying. Families often suffer in horror movies, these last 5 of our selections are no different. Frailty (2001) Bill Paxton, God […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Women Scorned

I’m not here, as a man, to endorse the poor treatment of women, only to scan over how it does form a strong source of some horror stories. These 5 films might just fit into that category, but these women fight right back – with knives, razor-sharp wire, guns, but also with their courage, strong-will, […]

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Frankenstein and The Cinematic Legacy of Man as Creator

It was a “wet ungenial summer” in Geneva when the 18-year-old daughter of a political philosopher and a feminist author suggested to her lover and other acquaintances (including Lord Byron) that they write ghost stories. As a result, this young woman would unleash on the world a tale which terrified and captivated in equal measure. […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – High Tension

This will not include the movie High Tension that was featured in last year’s Halloween 50, but delivers another 5 films in the same vein that ought to make up some of your binge-watching over the next few days. Entrapment, murder, secrets, deception, danger, outbreaks, twisted folk, that is all here at the very least. […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – I’m A Creep

Multiple personalities. Behaving inappropriately. Getting into someone else’s bed. Wielding an axe. Watching people from afar. Murderous tendencies. Kidnapping girls. What a bunch of creeps. Here are 5 more films for Halloween to creep you out a little. Monsieur Hire (1989) Michel Blanc’s central performance as the Monsieur Hire of the title in Patrice Leconte’s acclaimed […]

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The State Of LGBTQ+ Horror

As a gay male who loves watching horror movies, there is one thing that keeps occurring to me. I’ve noticed that there aren’t many horror movies centering around LGBTQ+ people which is not shocking, given the state of queer characters in all genres, yet it is rather unfortunate. One horror film I can think of […]

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Suspiria: A Nightmare Fairytale For Grown-Ups

We’re getting closer to Halloween, and it’s a perfect time to indulge in a wealth of horror films that put you in a suitably spooky mood. One film that perfectly evokes a suitable amount of terror is Dario Argento’s 1977 cult classic Suspiria. Suspiria is both beautiful nightmare and fantastical grown-up fairytale in one jewel-toned […]

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The Silence Of The Lambs: A Truly Intelligent Blockbuster Horror Film

By Bianca Garner “Believe me, you don’t want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.” These words uttered by Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) in The Silence of the Lambs are a warning to us all. We do not want Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in our heads; but ultimately we become obsessed about him as the film’s narrative unfolds. He […]

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Independent Filmmaker Arthur Egeli Reconstructs A ‘Murder On The Cape’

I knew a little about the true story of Christa Worthington, a fashion writer who was involved in a coastal affair, before being brutally murdered. When I sat down to watch Arthur Egeli‘s film based on those events, Murder on the Cape, I went looking into it even further. The screenplay from Egeli has a […]

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Film Director Oliver Park Talks About On-Screen Scares

The great thing about directors is that they inspire the next generation to create their own films. Horror writer/director Oliver Park is one such example, part of the “new breed” of filmmakers with a passion and talent for horror. Hailing from Bath, England, and now living in London, Oliver Park has had a passion for […]

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Film Honors: 1972

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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1st Edition Of My Early Oscar Predictions

Hey all Oscar fans, I’ve decided to put out my early Oscar predictions after the reactions to the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto film festivals. I’ve got the biggest major contenders being Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, and even the latest Toronto People’s Choice award winner, Three Billboards Outside […]

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92 Countries To Compete For Foreign Language Film At The Oscars

A record 92 countries have submitted films to be considered for the final shortlist in the Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards. This includes a few familiar successes from the Cannes Film Festival, as well as an array of female directed films. The international range of cinema truly is one of my […]

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Rat Film Is Perhaps The Most Arresting Documentary Of The Century

At last, it’s what we’ve been asking for: a documentary about Baltimore’s storied rat infestation. What if a documentary compared the lives of rats to the lives of human beings? It is the prompt for a problematic, think-piece-generating film sure to divide viewers on the socio-political spectrum. And that’s what director Theo Anthony gets at in […]

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