The 10 Best Movies Influenced by Heideggerian Philosophy. Martin Heidegger’s book Sein und Zeit (Being and Time) has been all the rage in philosophy for the last century, with every work since either referring to it or intentionally ignoring its message and impact. While incredibly dense, it is clear that Heidegger’s project was quite pointed, and his criticisms of the last two millennia of intellectual thought are potentially damning. He believed that all thought was in error unless it was based upon a proper notion of man and its existence. To remedy this, we must return to the pre-Socratics (yes, that means before Plato and his ilk) and reexamine our Being. His project is so complicated that it requires a new language, one intended to transform our world and our understanding. While impossible to summarize or explain Heidegger in less than a book, I’ll try to lay down the basic points here for those unfamiliar or rusty.
First of all, man exists, but is hurdling towards death, or inexistence (i.e. we are all mortal). 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. The 25 Best Movies of 1997. During an evening commute through LA traffic, a friend and I listened to a podcast featuring screenwriter C. Robert Cargill (“Sinister”). In the episode, the writer briefly mentioned that if it weren’t for “Titanic,” 1997 would be considered a great year for films—up there with 1977, 1999, and 2008. Once the episode was over, my friend had me guess which films came out in 1997.
With all my guesses, I only nailed “Men in Black,” mainly because I distinctly remember going to see that film. Today, when people think of “Titanic,” they associate the monumental achievements made by Cameron’s film in both awards and profit, holding the record for most Oscars. Overtime, as films became more accessible via growing home video platforms, a lot older films became rediscovered, many from 1997. As a result, I decided to make this fun list that picks films from 1997 that are somewhat recognized and beloved today by audiences of all kinds. 25. 24. 23. 22. 21. 20. 19. 18. Pages: 1 2 3. 14 Movies From The Last 5 Years That Have The Potential To Be Future Cult Favorites. For every movie that is critically or commercially successful there are often times those movies that are left out of the public’s viewing.
For every Avatar or The Avengers that make billions of dollars there are often those movies that, while critically successful, often times do not make that much at the box office; sometimes they don’t even do well critically. These movies simply fade out of the public consciousness and are replaced by something with not nearly as much originality or artistic creativity. These movies are called cult movies.
The cult movies trend really began in the 1970s and is responsible for the some of the most beloved movies, which today are considered classics; like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or Harold and Maude. However, when looking at initial responses to these movies the feedback was rather negative. With this in mind, movies today work the same way. 1. 2. This movie probably has the most potential to be a cult classic. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Pages: 1 2. 14 Movies From The Last 5 Years That Have The Potential To Be Future Cult Favorites.
The 30 Best Asian Movies of The 21st Century. The progression of Asian cinema has become globally evident since the 90s and is now a widely acknowledged fact, with a plethora of productions screening in festivals around the world and gaining distribution in a constantly growing number of countries. The number of Hollywood remakes of Asian genre films also proves this, chiefly among them “The Departed” that netted four Oscars in 2007, including Best Picture and Best Director, and is largely based upon the Hong Kong movie “Infernal Affairs”. The following list has been compiled with the purpose of including the foremost distinguished ones from as many directors, countries and genres as possible. 1. Confessions (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2010, Japan) Based on the novel by Kanae Minato, “Confessions” deals with the tragic story of Yuko Moriguchi, a junior high school teacher.
Two facts regarding this teacher were common knowledge, up to that point. 2. Kyung Chu, a sadistic murderer, violently kills the fiancé of special agent Soo Hyun. 3. 4. 10 Essential Yasujiro Ozu Films You Need To Watch. Yasujiro Ozu is known for his profound examinations of family, generational gaps, and the schism between tradition and modernity. He began his career by making short comedy films for the Shochiku Film Company, and subsequently segued to his signature dramatic features. From his titles (such as Early Summer, Late Spring, and The End of Summer) to his imagery (such as trains and clouds), Ozu examined the transitory nature of the human condition (youth to adulthood, life to death, etc). Watching an Ozu film is a delicate experience because he doesn’t follow “traditional” cinematic techniques.
His camera usually hovers low and barely moves, he disobeys the 180-degree rule, he avoids transitions, and he places the viewer in awkward places during character conversations. He created splendid studies of fragility, the human condition, the tension between the past and the present, and the lasting effect of human relationships. 1. Mr. 2. “Tragedy in life starts with the bond of parent and child.” The 20 Greatest British Movie Directors Working Today. For this list the term British director refers to directors whom have either been born in Britain or have lived and directed most of their work within the United Kingdom. The Sovereign European state, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has a vast history, from Druids, Roman occupation and Viking raids to being in control of a vast empire across the world. From Beatle Mania and rock music to 1970s and 80s punk and ska to the harmless fan rivalry between Oasis and Blur in the 1990s.
Awful pop music by the likes of the Spice Girls and One Direction and the creation of Drum and bass, Grime and the dub step genres, it’s safe to say that in terms of pop culture, most associate the island nation with music. Of course there’s the Doctor Who television series and the American produced Bond and Harry Potter films. Because of the dominance of American cinema, most British directors and actors try hard to obtain American visas with the dreams of Hollywood. 20. 19. 18. 17. 16. The 18 Best Philosophical Movies of All Time. Whether realizing the art form of filmmaking or not, directors and writers often use their preferred visual medium to tell a story. Ideologies, theories or whatever form of message is always decoded in this visual medium in hopes that the audience gets the message. The secret of making a successful film, especially when telling a story, is to avoid preaching.
From Mel Gibson to Seth Macfarlene, Federico Fellini to Ridley Scott and of course Hitchcock, their movies have messages, from symbolist storytelling to clever subtext dialogues. Here’s a list of some of the movies that have philosophical messages encoded for the audience. Please note that the films here are ranked in chronological order. 1. Rope (1948, Alfred Hitchcock) Hitchcock, the master of suspense, toys with his audience, repels and lures them to a world of shock. Starring in this underrated classic are James Stewart, Farley Granger and John Dall. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Pages: 1 2. The 10 Best Modern Ambient Films. Ambient cinema has its roots in the modernist cinema of artists such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Andrei Tarkovsky or Yasujiro Ozu. This kind of filmmaking had it’s revival in the work of many postmodern authors at the end of the century. This may have come from the lectures of Ihab Hassan’s on postmodern fiction.
His vision of the literature of silence was an answer to the dying breed of modernism, new blood at the end of an exhausting century. There came the need for a brand new narrative: dehumanised, deconstructed, but not negative. Rather, this new narrative is affirmative as it’s a fight with rationalism and a heroic approach to individualism. We can find a huge similarity between works from authors like Beckett or Sartre, who were picked by Hassan as representative of this type of writing, and the ambient cinema of Jarmusch, Van Sant or the Romanian New Wave. 1. 2. As a specialist in homoerotic cinema, Jarman especially concentrates on Wittgensteins complicated sexual identity. 3.
The 20 Best Movies About Affairs. Affairs – a word that conjures up a wealth of different emotions, be it the heady excitement of new love or the utter devastation that betrayal brings, as well as the tragedy that sometimes ensues. These films look at this controversial subject from different perspectives, and so might justify adultery, shame it, understand it or explain it. 1. The Graduate (1967) Mike Nichols’ comedy-drama based on Charles Webb’s novel, tells the story of an aimless 21-year-old recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) who is seduced by his parents’ married friend, the older glamorous Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). Their strange, awkward relationship begins when Mrs.
Robinson propositions Ben after his birthday party when she tells him point blank, while completely naked, that she finds him very attractive. Mrs. 2. Their spouses work late hours and leave them alone most of the time. 3. 4. 5. 6. Pages: 1 2 3. The 25 Most Visually Stunning Russian Films Since 1992. Unique and stunning visuals marked Russian cinema since the earliest days. From the phantasmagories of Starevich and Protazanov, to the giddy montage days of Eisentein, Vertov, and Dovzhenko, to visual poetry of Paradjanov and Tarkovsky. Sadly, visionary visual artists in Soviet days had to deal with being told what and how to do by the ever-reaching Communist Party officials and their blind obedience to “Social Realism” as they understood it. Truly visual art wasn’t easy to make-imagine going through the tortuous creative process of coming up with a unique and artistic idea and the pains of bringing it to screen-only to have it cut by the censors, or else have the whole film banned.
The end of Soviet Union meant the end of party dictatorship-but now, the artists had to deal with a whole different beast-marketing and consumerism. If before the striking work would be frowned upon, now it may simply not get made due to lack of financial support. Fortunately, the creative spirit lives on. 1. The 10 Most Overlooked Non-English Language Films of The Last Decade. In 2006 when Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) and Richard Roeper reviewed the movie Half Nelson together, they spoke about how people complain that there is “no more originality in movies”. They explain that in fact films are as original as they ever have been, “you just have to look for them”. In the modern age, post American Independent Renaissance of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and long after the New Hollywood of the 1970’s, Hollywood is now like Schrödinger’s cat – it’s certainly not dead, but it’s not very alive either.
The United States still is and always will be among the very best nations when it comes to producing films. However, for a complete experience in motion pictures, one must turn their view to other countries and discover what they have brought to the art of cinema. Countless foreign masterpieces from every age have not received their due recognition due to poor marketing, poor distribution, and more frustratingly, ethnocentrism. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Pages: 1 2. 15 Great Movies That Push The Boundaries Of Cinematic Language. This list is about exploring films which are aiming to push the boundaries of cinema. It serves as an introduction to the concept of visual narration of film. 15. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2013) Combine elements of the western and gangster genres and put them inside Bangkok which looks like a sci-fi background city. Only God Forgives plays like an avant-garde exercise on visual drama and through the dramatic and violent expression of elements and forms on the screen, the film creates the feel of a myth. This film concerns having control over the uncontrollable. 14. A moving tree is represented by a crane shot. The language here is technical but it feels naturalistic and grounded. 13.
This film references the television series, Neon Genesis Evangelion. The movie works pretty well on its own terms and is separate from the series in every way possible. The pacing of the story is perfect with every character having moments and they all are well drawn. 12. 11. 10. 9. Pages: 1 2. 10 Great Heavy Metal Movies That Are Worth Your Time. Heavy metal music has always been either wholeheartedly embraced, its musicians revered as demigods by legions who worship them, or simply written off as nonsensical noise punctuated by screaming. Aside from rap, no other genre in music history is more adored and reviled in equal measures. Even during the 1980s (metal’s heyday as the most popular music in the world), there was seldom any middle ground. But like anything else which reaches the status of cultural relevance, heavy metal found its way onto the big screen through concert films, documentaries, comedies and – with obvious inevitability – horror movies.
Once the genre gained a foothold in our public awareness (whether we wanted it to or not), metal became the subject of numerous films, both fictional and non-fictional. A few might even change one’s negative assessment of the genre and those who love it. 10. The film documents a co-headlining tour featuring Blue Oyster Cult (BOC) and Black Sabbath at the peak of their powers. 9. The 20 Best Genre Films Of 2015 So Far. Generally speaking, all movies are by essence genre movies as they will inadvertently belong to a type of movie with its own type of rules, which of course makes the genre what it is. A romantic comedy is by right a genre movie as more often than not it has similarities with other movies of its genre when it comes to narrative elements.
In short, it follows a formula, that’s what genre is. But the dawning of the age of the fanboy means that nowadays we mostly associate the term ‘genre movies’ with fanboy genres like horror, sci-fi, thriller, action, exploitation and fight flicks. There are even festivals (like Fantastic Fest, Fantasia, Toronto’s Midnight Madness, the UK’s Frightfest and so many more), magazines (like Rue Morgue and Fangoria) and websites (like Twitch, Bloody Disgusting and Dread Central) that cater exclusively to genre films, usually concentrating on films that are off the mainstream radar or production line. 20.
Creep (Patrick Brice, USA) 19. 18. 17. 16. 15. Pages: 1 2 3. Filmmaker Retrospective: The Poetic Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky. “It is obvious that art cannot teach anyone anything, since in four thousand years humanity has learnt nothing at all. We should long ago have become angels had we been capable of paying attention to the experience of art, and allowing ourselves to be changed in accordance with the ideals it expresses. Art only has the capacity, through shock and catharsis, to make the human soul receptive to good. It’s ridiculous to imagine that people can be taught to be good…Art can only give food – a jolt – the occasion – for psychical experience.”
–Andrei Tarkovsky One of the most famous of all Soviet filmmakers, Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) created just seven films in his short lifetime- all of which were masterpieces. Tarkovsky was the son of prized Russian poet Arseny Tarkovsy (whose work he included in some of his films and his book, Sculpting in Time), and was also known for his strict artistic conviction and views about the moral role of artists. 1. 2.
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