The 10 Most Overrated Movies On The IMDB Top 250

By Conor Lochrie

When it comes to the making of lists ranking the greatest films of all time, fierce debate usually ensues. Cinema has so many unique voices, so many genres and subgenres, so many eras that narrowing the best down can seem an impossible task. IMDb’s top 250 makes the procedure a little easier: by aggregating the user scores for every film, and updating this consistently, an idea of the general film-going population’s taste can be shown.

However, their list, while containing many classic works both old and new, isn’t without its contentions: some films are placed far too high and some shouldn’t even make the list at all. This article looks in depth at arguably 10 prominent examples and questions their merit as being worthy of their place in the top 250.

1. The Shawshank Redemption (#1 on IMDb top 250)

the shawshank redemption

A sleeper hit, The Shawshank Redemption (1994) opened to almost universal critical acclaim but made no dent in the box office. After gaining traction through VHS sales and cable television reruns, Frank Darabont’s debut feature now stands as one of the most acclaimed American films of the last 25 years.

Based on Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, it follows the character of Andy Dufresne after he’s sent to prison for killing his wife and lover. Shawshank today could quite rightly claim to be the most beloved in the prison film genre, but its depiction of prison life is peculiar. The group of inmates Andy begins to associate with appear to be some of the nicest and most genuine prisoners to ever be locked up. They run a library, they laugh and joke on the rooftop, they get along alarmingly well; Darabont creates an unusual and mawkish vision of their prison existence.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

On Body and Soul wins Camerimage

By (Tony Costa)

On Body and Soul wins Camerimage

Congratulations to Cinematographer Máté Herbai HSC for the Golden frog at this year’s Camerimage film festival. The hungarian film is about “A blood-soaked slaughterhouse is one of the least romantic places for two delicate and sensitive souls to start an intimate relationship. But it is exactly there, among the daily work of cutting cows’ corpses into pieces of quality meat, that Endre and Mária begin their tender love story. He is the establishment’s manager, a middle-aged man with a paralysed hand who is detached from the outside world. She is a recently hired quality inspector, much younger, painfully shy, and unable to cope with the intricacies of human relationships. Their connection first materialises in a dream they both share every night – in it, they are a deer and doe roaming freely through a snow-covered forest. In time, they discover they can offer each other much more in the daylight. The question is, will they be able to transform this fragile connection based on an ephemeral dream into a strong bond in a world ruled by carnality and sexual gratification?»

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Golden Frog: On Body and Soul
cin. Máté Herbai
dir. Ildikó Enyedi

Silver Frog: Loveless
cin. Mikhail Krichman
dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev

Bronze Frog: First They Killed My Father
cin. Anthony Dod Mantle
dir. Angelina Jolie

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The International Critics Prize to the director of the best film in the Main Competition – under specific consideration of its cinematography: Sweet Country
cin. Dylan River, Warwick Thornton
dir. Warwick Thornton

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Camerimage Audience Award: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
cin. Ben Davis
dir. Martin McDonagh

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Best Polish Film: The Art of Loving. Story of Michalina Wislocka
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From:: Imago News

EFA Cinematography for «Loveless»

By (Tony Costa)

IMAGO congratulates Michail Krichman RGC and the Russia cinematographers society for the EFA award. The jury described it “The cold eye of Michail Krichman guides us through the film’s dark universe, consequently constructing an intense feeling of discomfort. The camera conveys a strong sense of darkness, emptiness and sadness. The choice of what is shown and what stays hidden, gives tremendous weight to every movement of the camera, every carefully constructed frame. Ascetic and well-measured cinematic means evoke an uncanny sense of anxiety, a slight internal tremor.»

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From:: Imago News

German women cinematographers get united

By (Tony Costa)

German women cinematographers get united

CINEMATOGRAPHERSXX GERMANY is a group of women Directors of Photography working internationally across all genres: narrative, documentary, commercials as well as music videos.
We are based in Germany and have a minimum of five years professional industry experience, many of us considerably more. CINEMATOGRAPHERSXX RISING highlights upcoming cinematographers at the beginning of their careers.
The website currently showcases the work of 63 DoPs, the number is bound to grow in the future. The global lack of diversity within the film industry has continued to be a major talking point in 2017. Our aim is to provide the German-speaking and international film industry easy access to a large pool of female cinematography talent which up to now has too often not been sufficiently recognized.

CINEMATOGRAPHERSXX GERMANY support all efforts towards a more inclusive and diverse film industry and demand a gender-equal approach to the hiring and payment of creative andxx technical heads of departments. We insist on the possibility to work on high-budget productions together with women directors – something apparently still considered “risky” by certain production companies. Furthermore, we support the calls for a gender-equal distribution of film funds and 50/50 fe/male ratios on selection committees and festival juries.

CINEMATOGRAPHERSXX GERMANY intend to inspire and encourage each other and the next generation of female cinematographers: If you can see it, you can be it. We are planning to
strengthen and promote our network through regular meetings, workshops and events and showcase our members’ work not just on the website, but also on our facebook page and associated instagram account (which will be run by a different DoP every 2-4 weeks). Long-term, we aim to raise the number of women studying Cinematography and subsequently working as DoPs in the German film industry to 50%.

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From:: Imago News

Patent: The Next Prosumer DSLR to Get Illuminated Buttons?

By Canon Rumors Will Canon finally add illuminated buttons to the back of their prosumer DSLRs? This latest patent seems to show that they just might. Nikon and Pentax have had illuminated rear buttons for quite some time. Could the EOS 7D Mark III be the first Canon DSLR to get this feature? Japan Patent Application JP2017-147019A → continue…

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Photo story of the week: A spectacular wedding shoot in Norway

The bride and groom, Tim and Kylie, were married two years ago in Long Beach and between all the formalities and rainy weather they were left feeling a little empty handed and did not get the photos they imagined. They wanted to remarry and to be intentional about making their day about everything they could ever imagine.

They are both very into fitness and outdoorsy people and love hiking locally around Laguna Beach, CA. They were intrigued about writing their own vows and going to one of the most magical places on earth that has recently become very popular: the Trolltunga in Norway.

None of us had been to Norway prior. We were worried about there being crowds at the Trolltunga or the visibility upon arriving to the top. We checked the weather every day for a week before arriving and every day it said it would be sunny. But on the day of their wedding, heavy rains were in the forecast. Although it rained throughout the hike, we miraculously had somewhat of clear skies with epic clouds that added a little bit of drama to the composition of the photos.

The hike took us a little longer than it typically would: 14 hours total. We all had backpacks weighing around 35lbs. We also had rogue weather… it would be windy, raining and then just stop. Although it was definitely physically difficult, your brain is so stimulated from being surrounded by such beauty that it makes it enjoyable. There is some out of this world scenery and half the time you can’t even believe what’s around you.

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From:: DPreview

Behind the scenes: Shooting a cinematic short film with the iPhone X

Photographer Ryan Earl and filmmaker Nick Arcivos of AmnesiArt recently created an extremely impressive cinematic short film. Impressive not only because the shots were gorgeous, well-planned, and well-executed… but also because the entire thing was shot on an iPhone X.

The film is called ‘Made in Paris‘, and it’s a cinematic portrait of Elise Lepinteur, protégée of world-famous pastry chef Christophe Adam.

It was shot and edited over the course of four days, but unlike Matteo Bertoli’s recent 4K iPhone X short film, Nick didn’t shy away from using a little bit of gear to help take the shots to the next level.

“We produced and edited this short piece in only 4 days with the help of Gitzo monopods, a DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal and a Zhiyun Smooth Q gimbal,” he tells DPReview. “For the macro shots, we used iPro Lenses by Schneider Optics. The audio was recorded with a Rode Lavalier Mic, Rode NTG3 Shotgun and a Zoom H4N, and we also used a Marsace MT-01 table tripod and a cheap Andoer mini dolly.”

For lighting, Nick tells us they used three LED lights: a Litepanels MicroPro, a Yongnuo YN300 Air Pro, and a Litepanels Astra 1×1. For the interview, they only used the MicroPro and the Astra 1×1.

Here are a few behind the scenes photos that Nick shared with us, showing how some of the shots in the film above were captured:

As for how the phone performed, Nick and Ryan were seriously impressed:

We were blown away by the quality of the OLED screen, its size is perfect for monitoring the shoot. Results are even better than last year iPhone 7, colors are more vibrant, and we found the dynamic range was improved.

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