Scorsese's Silence

Faith no more: Why Scorsese’s Silence is a haunting work of art

‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ The desolate words of Jesus Christ on the cross offer one way into Martin Scorsese’s new film, Silence. The film inhabits the character of a 17th Century Jesuit missionary to Japan who is forced to recant his faith. The ‘silence’ being referred to in the film’s…

By Ed Rowe
Tiny Furniture

For Young and Old: The Greatest Living Directors Sorted by Age

I recently wrote a piece choosing the four most significant directors from each of eleven countries. I referred to the lists as Mount Rushmores. (You can read it here, if so interested). The response I got, with dozens of fans telling me just how wrong I was, has inspired me to do it again. This…

By Jonathan Eig
Casino Las Vegas

Three Great Movies Set in Las Vegas

When it comes to movie locales, Las Vegas isn’t a bad bet. From its gangster roots to its embrace of vice and shotgun weddings, Sin City has become one of Hollywood’s favorite datelines. Let’s take a look at some of the best movies filmed in the world’s most popular entertainment hub. Ocean’s 11, 1960 The…

By Popcorn Monster
master Taxi Driver

Art and Greatness: On the Essence of Being a Master

While listening to Manuel de Falla’s Harpsichord Concerto in the past, I’ve often wondered whether an artist with few works that I like can be considered a master. Since then, I’ve come to an answer: yes, of course. He or she can. It has been difficult for me to categorise such creators because I then…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Inner Space

Only in the 80s: Five upbeat 80s films you may not have seen

Whether you think back on 80s cinema favourably or not, it can’t be denied that one of the distinct characteristics of films from this decade is “fun”. Even the more challenging or serious 80s films, like Blue Velvet (1986) or The Shining (1980), had more colour or were, somehow, easier to watch. The stories were zanier, genres were broader, but…

By Christian Kloukinas
Nargis, Raj Kapoor, and Dilip Kumar, in scene from Andaz - 1946

Dilip Kumar: The Chekhovian amateur who redefined acting

Anton Chekhov revolutionised modern playwriting and short stories. And he is one my favorite writers. Thus, I remember being confused when I first read that Hemingway had said the following about him: “Chekhov wrote about 6 good stories. But he was an amateur writer”. I have never quite been able to understand why Hemingway called…

By Rameez Rahman