The 10 Best Movies Influenced By Franz Kafka For those who don’t know, Franz Kafka is one of the major authors of the 20th century. His novels and short stories are filled with anxiety, surrealism and persecution. He uses these feelings so the reader can be shocked by the cruelty of the world and of society, but, most of all, by man, who built the two, and who is shown as what he really is: an insect. The strangest thing in his literature is that, in spite of the absurd situations the characters are forced to live, they do not perturb them and they deal with them as if they were commonplace. In this list there are some movies just inspired by Kafka’s poetics (in the atmosphere, in the construction, in the situations) or based on his works (sometimes a novel, sometimes just a phrase). 10. At first sight, “Inland Empire” doesn’t have as many Kafkaesque characteristics, and the majority would have put in its place David Lynch’s first movie, “Eraserhead”, literally closer to Kafka than this one. 9. 8. 7. 6. Pages: 1 2
The 30 Best Surrealist Films Not Directed by Luis Bunuel Surrealism and film have been together since the beginning of the surrealist movement in the early 1920’s. The first time the word surrealist appeared was in 1903 in the play “Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Guillaume Apollinaire; Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during WWI centering itself in Paris. Surrealism is based on the element of surprise, using unexpected juxtaposition and non sequitur images; basically it’s an expression of the philosophical movement, with the works being an artifact of the mind and the subconscious. Surrealism was the first artistic movement to become seriously associated with cinema. At the beginning of the 1920’s, film-making was experimental, the surrealist movement helped shape disassembling reality into a dream world that was beyond reality and belief, capturing the consciousness of the audience. This medium nullified realities and boundaries, giving the opportunity to portray the ridiculous as rational. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
10 Films Destined For Cult Status Cult movies rose as a phenomenon in the 1970s, thanks to the likes of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “El Topo” (1970) and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975). A general cultural shift, too, in assessing the value of motion pictures ensured that certain movies picked up devout followers, and it didn’t matter if critics or the general audience did not appreciate them so much. Cult films can be anything: from low-budget dramas to Hollywood blockbusters. They don’t have to be seen as critical or commercial failures first time round, either. Here’s a selection of ten recent movies you can bet your bottom dollar are destined for cult status. Top: “Beyond The Black Rainbow” is a trippy, retro horror that pays homage to body horror classics and the joys of the video store era. Fans wanted more xenomorph-action, but they got Prometheus instead Prometheus First things first: “Prometheus” made a lot of money and a sequel has been ordered for release in March 2016. Valhalla Rising Only Lovers Left Alive
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. 1. 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. This is an anti-existentialist movie, and James Stewart discovers to his horror that, following existentialism principles, two of his students have killed their classmate. 2. 3. 4. 5. They both agree to meet up the next day to continue the discussion at Maud’s house.
20 Overlooked 70s Thrillers That Are Worth Your Time The 1970’s were a great decade for thrillers, as production code restrictions had been lifted in favor of a ratings system, allowing “R” rated films considerable leeway in the amount of sex and violence that could be included. Armed with this new freedom, filmmakers ran wild making movies that titillated and thrilled audiences, resulting in some of the best (and worst) thrillers ever made. These are 20 films that either did not connect with audiences at the box office or for some other reason have been somewhat overlooked in the years since their release, and might be worth re-visiting or even seeing for the first time. 20. How Awful About Allan (1970) Plot: Allan (Anthony Perkins) succumbs to hysterical blindness after an accident in which he caused a fire that killed his father and facially scarred his sister Katherine (Julie Harris). The film keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat trying to figure out what is happening to Allan as he struggles to separate reality from illusion.
15 Essential Films For An Introduction To The Romanian New Wave As with any other catchphrase denoting a particular cinematic movement, the ‘Romanian New Wave’ is slippery. In broad strokes, it is a blanket term denoting the majority of contemporary Romanian films welcomed with generous receptions at award ceremonies in Cannes, Berlin and Locarno. It is arguably the most significant development in world cinema over the past years – if European cinema were in the business of handing over best new comer awards every decade or so, this loosely bound collective of Romanian film makers might feel short changed by placing second. There is no manifesto of the Dogme kind to speak of, and yet more often than not there is ample formal rigour, writerly dialogues, bleak sense of humour, and the legacy of a long communist excursion to serve as common denominators. A generation or two of film makers has ushered in a very fertile decade for Romanian film. 15. All of the footage comes from Romania’s National Archive. 14. 13. 12. 11. 10. 9. Pages: 1 2
75 documentales que cambiarán tu visión del mundo En United Explanations somos unos apasionados de los documentales y, por lo que hemos podido comprobar, nuestros lectores también. Empezamos nuestra aventura de recopilación documental hace ya más de un año con un listado de 25 documentales. Nueve meses después ampliamos la lista hasta los 50 filmes y, a raíz de la buena acogida, hemos decidido extender la lista hasta los 75. Esto sin la ayuda de los lectores y fans de United Explanations en Facebook no habría sido posible. Por supuesto, esta lista puede ser extendida con tu opinión, por favor siéntete libre e invitado/a a dejar un comentario con otros documentales que consideres imperdibles. Existen documentales que te de dejan pensativo durante varios días, creándote una profunda reflexión interna. 30 documentales que té harán recapacitar sobre el mundo 1. 2. Film que muestra la aventura de la fotógrafa inglesa Zana Briski en el barrio rojo de Calcuta, India. 3-5. Film independiente y sin ánimo de lucro. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11-13. 14. 15.
30 Great Movies That Make You Rethink Reality Many films make you ask questions. Many films make you wonder what you would do in a similar situation. But few leave you wondering “What if…?” “What if life worked like that?” “What if I had the power to do that?” Here are thirty films that just might leave you sitting in the theatre after the credits, rethinking what your reality would be like if only… 1. The questions: What if I could jump into the head of someone who isn’t me, and see, hear, and feel what they experience? Many storytellers have attempted to explore what it would be like to literally walk in someone else’s shoes, from the plausible (Prince and the Pauper) to the more fantastical (Freaky Friday), but no one has taken it to it’s obvious conclusion: taking anyone with enough coin into the head of John Malkovich for fifteen minutes before being spit out at New Jersey turnpike. 2. Questions: What if you were stuck in a clichéd horror movie? 3. The questions: What if there was a zombie apocalypse? 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
10 David Lynch-Like Movies Not By David Lynch David Lynch has a cinema of his own, a cinema so familiar yet strange that can only be described as Lynchian. His trademarks are his fascination with dark secrets of small cities, his taste for low/middle frequency noise, dark and rotting environments, distorted characters, a polarized world (angels vs. demons, Madonnas vs. whores), debilitating damage to the skull or brain, his use of slow-motion during key scenes of violence, abundant usage of red curtains, strobe lights, extreme surrealism and his interest in close-ups of eyes. If you look at his movies from “Eraserhead” and “Blue Velvet” to “Lost Highway” and “Inland Empire”, you will find almost all these elements present. This list introduces 10 movies that are not directed by David Lynch, but have used Lynchian elements abundantly. 1. Who made it? What is it about? What is Lynchian about this movie? Richard Kelly interestingly built his story with enigmatic elements and dreams. 2. Who made it? What is it about? 3. Who made it? 4.
The 30 Most Underrated Horror Films From The 1970s The 1970s was a seminal decade in cinema including the horror genre. Sadly pillaged for remakes by film producers looking for “pre-awareness product”, this period remains one of the greatest in the history of horror cinema. This article will look at must-see horror films of that decade that, while not obscure in most cases, are routinely pushed aside in genre conversations in favor of focus on the widely accepted classics such as William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Dario Argento’s Suspiria, John Carpenter’s Halloween, George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Ridley Scott’s Alien. When looking at this particular take on select horror films of the 1970s, readers are advised to keep in mind that all film writing-from the casual to the academic-is based on personal taste. The films are in chronological by release year. 1. Screenplay by Kelljan 2. Screenplay by Kelljan & Yvonne Wilder 3. 4. Screenplay by Joan Torres & Raymond Koenig 5.
El 2013 nos dejó estas 10 películas — Distantsounds Después de ver tantos trailers, leer tantas reseñas, esperar que las películas llegaran al cine (o a la fuente de proyección más cercana) y comentarlas por horas con nuestros amigos, llega la hora de seleccionarlas. Personalmente, me resulta complicado escoger una cantidad tan limitada de películas y calificarlas como las “mejores”. ¿Las mejores refiriéndose a qué? Cuando me senté a hacer la lista, pensé: «¿Y cómo las clasifico? ¿Las más taquilleras? ¿Las más aclamadas en los festivales? Esta vez me acompañan en el protagonismo del asunto Daniel Falfan (@dilsexia) y Héctor Celis (@hf_celis). 10. Les presento a Jonás Trueba. “Los Ilusos” está especialmente dedicada todos los ilusos que consideran que hacer cine es fácil, y que son lo suficientemente descabellados para lanzarse a una profesión que los dejará locos de amor por su trabajo y les consumirá la poca cordura que pudieran haber recolectado en los años anteriores. Yo me cuento en esa lista. 9. Reseña por: Héctor Celis. 8. 7. 6. 5.
15 Great Dreamlike Movies That Are Worth Your Time The word ‘dreamlike’ is a vague characterization for a film as it does not refer to specific genres and it can’t be easily described. We could say it can only be felt by the viewer in the same way as a dream is experienced by the dreamer. ‘Dreamlike’ films often have surreal elements, complicated or non-linear storyline, mysterious characters and twists, cold and detached cinematography. Overall, their atmosphere creates an experience similar to a dream and the viewer becomes intensely absorbed in it. As a result of all these, ‘dreamlike’ films are usually visually beautiful and engrossing, and at the same time haunting and leaving the viewer with unanswered questions as there is a fine line between reality and dream or illusion. 1. A mine worker walks around from town to town with his young son trying to find work when he arrives at a village, Kyushu, and finds out it is a ghost town. 2. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963) The film opens with a strange dream of Guido being trapped in his car.
10 Great German Films Recommended by Martin Scorsese We’ve talked you through the French and Italian movies from Martin Scorsese’s list of 39 movies that every young filmmaker should watch. Now for the Germans. In many ways, this is a list that can be split into two distinct parts. Scorsese’s choices all come from either the Expressionist era (the main proponents being Fritz Lang and F.W. Murnau among others) or the era of New German Cinema (Neuer Deutscher Film), associated with Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders. Expressionist cinema developed in Weimar after the first world war. Expressionist film-makers radically extended the language of cinema, using unusual camera angles, editing techniques and special effects to make the internal external, to make the world of the film resonate with the often disturbed psyches of the characters. The New German Cinema was also a radical departure from what had come before. 1. The original vampire movie, and, arguably, still the best vampire movie of all time. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Las 5 mejores series de televisión para ver mientras se consume marihuana Portada > Ocio > Cine y TV > Las 5 mejores series de televisión para ver mientras se consume marihuana Entre otros efectos, se sabe que el consumo de cannabis abre nuestra mente con respecto a muchas cosas. Puede ayudar a los consumidores a tener en cuenta nuevos puntos de vista, otros tipos nuevos de contenidos, o cualquier aspecto novedoso, la verdad. Es parte de la belleza de la planta del cannabis cuando se usa ¡con fines recreativos! 5 – Breaking Bad Breaking Bad no necesita ningún tipo de presentación. También puedes ver: Los Soprano, Weeds, The Wire (Bajo escucha), The Shield (Al margen de la ley), Justified (La ley de Raylan). 4 – Childrens Hospital Puede que el reparto de Childrens Hospital te resulte familiar. También puedes ver: Saturday Night Live, Reno 911, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Colgados en Filadelfia). 3 – Robot Chicken También puedes ver: South Park, Los Simpson, Flight of the Conchords, The Mighty Boosh. 2 – Inside No. 9 1 – Archer Cine y TV Ocio