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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot vs. A Perfect Day

Do they still do “compare and contrast” assignments in school? Back in about 6th grade, I remember we would have to read two poems, or two essays, or watch two commercials and then write up a couple paragraphs on how they were alike and how they were different. These days, when the “theory” of writing…

By Jonathan Eig
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Philippe Mora: Five films about the fabric of truth

It’s possible that there are not a huge number of people amongst the general public who will immediately recognise the name of film director Philippe Mora. And those who do recognise the name might be inclined to associate it with his stint making satirical genre films like The Beast Within (1982), Howling II: Your Sister…

By James Curnow
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Which 2016 films would have won Academy Awards in 1929?

I tried. They’ll never know how hard I tried. I tried my very best not to write anything remotely related to this year’s Oscars. For god’s sake, I’m sixty pages into a new screenplay. I have minor dental surgery coming up. We have fruit flies. It’s not like I don’t have other things to do.…

By Jonathan Eig

Terrible Names: The 10 Worst Movie Titles in History

In the world of the movies, what’s more important than a title? It aims to capture interest, make viewers want to go to see the film. Unfortunately, the history of celluloid names is riddled with poor choices, and most of the pictures given them have been abject failures. In an effort to memorialise these fiascos…

By Simon Hardy Butler
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Five films that reveal the darkness of an empty life

We are in the cold dark days. We are in February. Look, I know if you want to get all sciency on me that here in North America, December is technically darker. And January is technically colder. But screw all that. February is the worst. Why else did they have to make it the shortest…

By Jonathan Eig
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Picture Imperfect: Flaws and Films from a Personal Perspective

When I was in college, I learned to like a painter I’d never much cared for previously: Paul Cézanne. I used to think—in my own deluded, chalk-it-up-to-youth way—his works trivial; those still lifes with mushy-looking fruit didn’t strike me as anything unusual, and I quite disliked his palette … it seemed limited, joyless, plain, without…

By Simon Hardy Butler
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4 Tips on Making A Short Film

Making a short film, or any film for that matter, can be a lot of fun. But most of the time, filmmaking is very stressful and filled with problems. I recently made directed a new short called HUNGRY…a wicked, humorous, little piece about the greed that is rampant at Christmas. I was able to shoot…

By John Montana