20 Canadian Cult Films You Might Not Have Seen. Canuxploitation is the primary keyword when talking about Canadian Cult films, and much like any other exploitation genre, Canuxploitation covers all sorts of different genres.
Canada has definitely produced some rather strange cult movies, whether they’re films from body horror master David Cronenberg or bizarre kids films, Canada surely has something for every cult movie fan. So here are 20 Canadian Cult movies that are worth checking out. (Keep in mind that movies like Black Christmas, Porky’s, Scanners, and My Bloody Valentine are not going to be on this list due to their massive popularity) 1. WolfCop (2014) Plot: Lou is a policeman who wakes up one night to realize that he’s a werewolf.
What makes it a Cult film: The ridiculous plot alone make it a cult film. In fact the smartest joke in this film is the fact that the main characters name is Lou Garou; which even isn’t that clever. If you like this you’ll love: Hobo with a Shotgun, Late Phases, and Rubber. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Pages: 1 2 3. The outsider films we can’t wait to see. Lightning storms in the sweltering heat meant the sky was putting on its own impressive show in the spa town of Karlovy Vary last week, while inside the cinema halls the best of new cinema screened.
It was the 50th anniversary of the famed Czech film festival, which is one of the world’s oldest and the biggest film events in central and eastern Europe. It alternated years with Moscow’s festival in its early days when the Communists were in power and had its programme entirely controlled by the political establishment. 20 Great Dystopian Films That Are Worth Your Time. Let’s start by quickly defining what a dystopian film constitutes.
The term dystopia is the antonym of utopia. Whereas utopia refers to an imagined place or state where everything is perfect, dystopia refers to a state or place where everything has gone to hell. The 25 Best Foreign Films Based on Myth, Legend and Folklore. Myth, legend and folklore constitute the bedrock of world culture.
Strange, then, that they have been so poorly served by the English-speaking cinema community. For every great film such as a Jason and the Argonauts (1963, Chaffey) or an Excalibur (1981, Boorman), there’s a Troy (2004, Petersen), a Clash of the Titans (2010, Leterrier), a First Knight (1995, Zucker), or a King Arthur (2004, Fuqua): films that in treating the original tales as little more than ripping yarns lose the essence of what made the stories so meaningful in the first place. With Hollywood especially guilty of treating the mythological as little more than a source of fantastic stories, you have to look to world cinema to find films that treat the legends and myths of the past with the respect they deserve.
This list (given in no particular order) presents twenty-five world cinema films inspired by myth, legend and folklore – all equally remarkable in their own right. 25. 24. 23. 22. 21. 20. “River’s Edge”: The darkest teen film of all time. About a year and a half ago, I interviewed Daniel Waters, screenwriter of the enduring and dark teen comedy and media satire “Heathers” for the book (“Twee”) I was researching at the time.
The conversation was genial and funny, and I could tell he was what we used to call at my old employer Spin magazine a “quote machine.” 7 must-see foreign films that didn’t get an Oscar nod. The Academy Awards is not the only film awards ceremony in Hollywood, but for many moviemakers around the world it’s the most important.
Over the next few weeks barrels of ink will be spilled over this year’s Oscar nominations. And Hollywood being Hollywood, most of the debate will be centered on the English language films in the running for the prestigious awards. That’s a shame because 2014 was actually an awesome year for foreign films — and we’re not just talking about the five nominees for the Foreign Language Film category: Ida (Poland), Leviathan (Russia), Tangerines (Estonia), Timbuktu (Mauritania) and Wild Tales (Argentina). A record 83 countries submitted films this year, including first-time entrants Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama, giving judges an overwhelming selection to choose from.
They managed to narrow it down to a shortlist of nine films before whittling it down even further to just five nominations. Force Majeure Nope. 44 Essential Movies for the Student of Philosophy. What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “philosophical film”?
The Matrix, most likely, an obvious example of a movie—or franchise—that explores timeless questions: Who are we? What is reality? Are our lives nothing more than elaborate simulations programmed by hyperintelligent supercomputers? Okay, that last one may be of more recent vintage, but it’s closely related to that ancient cave allegory of Plato’s that asks us to consider whether our experiences of the world are nothing more than illusions emanating from a “real” world that lies hidden from view. 21 Great Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Films You Need To Watch. Lo-Fi Sci-Fi is an emerging genre of the last decade or so inspired by Mumblecore and budgetary constraints.
The name is derived from ‘Low Fidelity’ and ‘Science Fiction’, seemingly meant to convey the low budget, amateur approach of filming a Science Fiction movie. This is not to dumb down the genre at all but portray its indie status devoid of any Hollywood blockbuster characteristics that many contemporary Science Fiction films have. New Sci-Fi cinema has unfortunately began to suffer in thematic substance and has been generally made for commercial mass audiences with an ‘artistic’ endeavor to make it big at the box office. The films of this emanating underground genre have similar, but at the same time, completely disparate themes and elements, which can make this genre hard to exactly pin down. Please comment below with any suggestions of films you may feel fit this genre. 21. Watch this movie if: You enjoy chess. 20. 19. 24 Movies You Probably Missed This Year, But Should Totally See. Underground Filmmakers You Should Know.
Geeking out — Cult Projections. For me it was a year of mostly American film, with only one genuine foreign movie making my selection (although a couple were co-pros).
There were two remakes (well, one re-envisioning and one re-interpretation), and just one documentary. My overall favourite turned out to be the movie I knew absolutely nothing about (initially avoiding the screener as I didn’t like the title!) , yet it resonated more strongly in the days following than any other movie has for a long time, and may very well turn out to be an all-time favourite in the long run. Unfortunately I failed to get reviews for several movies on my list (due to a rather hectic year), but I plan to review them in 2013. So here then are my 25 favourites movies, ordered in some curious fashion.
Beauty through the giallo prism, imagery infused with an almost abstract aesthetic; darkness and subjective perspective shot through with a vivid eye for texture, shape, and colour. 15 Lesser-Known Cult Films You Should Check Out. Over the years, there have been some remarkable cult movies, such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975), “Harold And Maude” (1971), “Repo Man” (1984) and many, many others that have bent and twisted the art form that we call ‘cinema’.
10 Masterpieces of World Cinema Every Movie Fan Should See (Part 2) As our readers seemed to enjoy the last list of ten classic masterpieces from ten different nations, we decided to do a follow-up. Just like with the previous list, if you are a serious film buff, you might have already seen all of these films but maybe there are some you haven’t. And if your appreciation for film is a relative new thing and you haven’t seen all that many classics yet, here are another ten films, which are all essential viewing. Just like with the other list, it is of course impossible to be even remotely comprehensive when compiling a list like this as many of these nations have produced plenty of essential masterpieces. But just like before, you simply cannot go wrong with any of the ten movies listed below and anybody with a serious passion for cinema would be advised to see all of them. 1. The 25 Greatest Palme d’Or Winners In Cannes History.
With the 67th Cannes Film Festival coming to a close – the three-hour Turkish drama Winter Sleep directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d’Or as Bennett Miller, Julianne Moore, Timothy Spall and others earned top honors – we wanted to cap off the ceremony by looking at 25 of the best films that have won the Palme d’Or (or the top award of the ceremony at the time) in the festival’s history. 25. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh, 1996) In Competition in 1996: Breaking the Waves, Crash, Drifting Clouds, Fargo, A Self Made Hero, Stealing Beauty and more. There is not a more personal and tailor-made style to one director than Mike Leigh, who has fashioned himself not only a master of kitchen-sink, working class drama focusing on the particulars of the lives of others, but is also a Cannes mainstay within his own right.
The 10 Most Important Independent Filmmakers Working In Hollywood Today. Hollywood, home of the US film industry, houses the world’s oldest and largest film studios. Frequently working on budgets greater than $100-200 million dollars, directors within the studio system benefit from a level of security rarely found in the independent film making world. Yet in spite of the obvious difficulties in competing with the studios, many of the best features of the past few years are actually independent productions. These films are made at a fraction of the cost of major studio releases and are often distributed by their branches, such as Paramount and Fox. Independent films are seen as having a unique style and allow the director to tell his/her own story. 15 Essential Films For An Introduction To The New French Extremity.
Controversy about New French Extremity rises from the term itself. Coined by critic James Quandt as a rather pejorative term to recall a series of transgressive films, mostly French, developed under the turn of 21st century, it is discussed whether it stands as a genre or not. 20 Great Japanese Cult Films That Are Worth Watching. The post-WWII Japanese film industry has seen a slew of genres and massive changes throughout the decades from the new wave movement to the vitality of digital filmmaking devices reinventing the economic and cinematic approach therefore the studio systems and financial structure of filmmaking itself.
In this time period many styles of “cult” films and genres came about by means of budgetary constraints, changing demographics, availability, and cinematic trends reaching from North America to Eastern Europe all had their effects on Japanese filmmakers and audiences. From the notorious pink genre and its deviations such as the pinky violence genre, etc to the revenge jidai-geki pieces harkening back to a time when moralistic integrity was vastly different in pre-industrial Japan the films on this list span decades, studio systems, genres, and ideologies to create a broad look at the cinema of Japan that continually pushed the boundaries in both cinema and society. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
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15 Insane Movie Head-Trips You Won’t Regret Taking. Cinema could be grouped into two very general categories – art cinema and mainstream cinema. 20 Essential Feminist Films You Need To Watch. There is a common misconception that all feminist films are about butch women who actively hate men and fight for equal rights/abortion laws/equal pay/etc. 15 Of The Best Satirical Films In Cinema History. Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists His Top 10 Science Fiction Movi. 10 Of The Most Promising Up-And-Coming Filmmakers You Should Keep An Eye On. The most underappreciated films of 2014, according to data. 10 great British sci-fi films. 20 Essential French New Wave And Left Bank Films. 10 Masterpieces of World Cinema Every Movie Fan Should See. 20 Great Existential Films You Need To Watch. 15 Great South Korean Crime Films That Are Worth Your Time.
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