10 Michael Haneke-Like Movies Not By Michael Haneke

By Luc Hinrichsen

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke is one of the most important and most controversial people in the cinematic universe far across the borders of Europe. With movies such as “Benny’s Video,” “Funny Games,” “Caché,” “The White Ribbon” and “Amour,” he manifested his status as “the conscious of European cinema.”

In his movies, he thematizes the audience’s unaccountable complicity in terms of violence consumption, and the psychological and social dynamics of guilt and the modern affluent society. While touching on strong themes like that, he refuses to aestheticize the events, but rather deliver nearly clinical case studies of exemplary actions. But to examine the whole point of Haneke’s producing would crash the count.

Instead, the following list will show 10 movies with a similar style to the films of the Austrian auteur. Nonetheless, the following movies aren’t in a particular order, nor does the list claim to be entirely complete.

1. Maelström (Denis Villeneuve)

After productions like last year’s “Arrival” or his recent directorial effort “Blade Runner 2049,” Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve might be associated with science fiction blockbusters and big budget ventures. But like nearly every filmmaker, he started with intimate independent films such as 2000’s “Maelström.”

While the visual implementation distinguishes from the style of Haneke, the movie’s themes are especially a permanent reminder of the style for which the Austrian filmmaker is well known. The growing feeling of guilt due to an unexpected event and the relentless succession of consequences are the film’s narrative glue.

Told by a death-facing carp, for the most of the movie one isn’t aware of the film’s destination, making it more of a fairy-tale-like psychogram. After a demanding abortion, Bibiane finds herself into a psychological crisis. By night and in a state of intoxication, she wounds an older fishmonger in a hit-and-run accident. → continue…

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More on frame rate choices for todays video productions.

By alisterchapman

This is another of those frequent questions at workshops and online.
What frame rate is the best one to use?
First – there is no one “best” frame rate. It really depends on how you want your video to look. Do you want the slightly juddery motion of a feature film or do you want silky smooth motion?
You also need to think about and understand how your video will be viewed. Is it going to be watched on a modern TV set or will it be watched on a computer? Will it only be watched in one country or region or will it be viewed globally?
Here are some things to consider:
TV in Europe is normally 50Hz, either 25p or 50i.
TV in the North America is 60Hz, either 30p or 60i.
The majority of computer screens run at 60Hz.
Interlaced footage looks bad on most LCD screens.
Low frame rates like 24p and 25p often exhibit judder.
Most newer, mid price and above TV’s use motion estimation techniques to eliminate judder in low frame rate footage.
If you upload 23.98fps footage to YouTube and it is then viewed on a computer it will most likely be shown at 24p as you can’t show 0.98 of a frame on a 60Hz computer screen.
Lets look first at 25p, 50i and 50p.
If you live in Europe or another 50Hz/Pal area these are going to be frame rates you will be familiar with. But are they the only frame rates you should use? If you are doing a broadcast TV production then there is a high chance that you will need to use one of these standards (please consult whoever you are shooting for). But if → continue…


All 30 Alfred Hitchcock American Movies Ranked From Worst To Best (Part 2)

By David Zou

Vertigo (1958)

Now firmly established across the Atlantic, the following years would see Hitch establish himself as a true master of the medium, an auteur easily capable of switching comfortably between genres, from thrillers, to horrors and even comedy, his oeuvre became incredibly consistent and, for the most part, utterly brilliant.

Here, in part two, we tackle the seventeen remaining films that the legendary director produced prior to the end of his exemplary career.

17. Topaz


Like Torn Curtain before it, Topaz was a film that would never have happened had Hitch had his way. He had intended to move onto a project called Kaleidoscope; this was to be a return to more familiar territory for the “Master of Suspense” with its narrative focusing on a male murderer stalking the streets of New York, only to find himself being hunted.

It was apparently set to draw aesthetic inspiration from the films of Michelangelo Antonioni, and Hitchcock had already commissioned the screenplay, location filming and publicity stills when Universal put a stop to the project and had him direct what might very well be the worst film of his career.

Again, like its predecessor, Topaz is a spy thriller, this time based on the popular novel written by Leon Uris with a narrative that concerns Russian spies operating under cover within French Intelligence. The whole affair is played out by straight faced actors who show not one hint of emotion, which is especially concerning given that in the end, the protagonist must fight a man that has slept with his wife.

There was a sizeable budget behind the project, enough to allow some on location filming in Europe, and Hitch used this as an opportunity to avoid interference from the studio, though this meant that he was already shooting the film before → continue…

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The 10 Best Female Movie Performances of All Time

By Vitor Guima

This article is here to explore and talk about some of the best female performances in the history of film.

As always, many things interfere in the choice of the performances in an article like this one. But as usual, the main ones are memory and personal preferences. If you think any other female performance should be on this list, please leave it in the comments section below.

So here are the 10 best female performances of all time.

10. Ingrid Bergman in “Casablanca” (1942)

In one of the most iconic films of all time, Ingrid Bergman delivers one of the best performances in cinema history.

Directed by Michael Curtiz, “Casablanca” follows the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a man who runs a nightclub in Morocco during World War II, and his cafe is a place where refugees try to obtain letters that will help them escape to the United States. One day, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), Rick’s former lover, and her husband appear at his club, and he will have a very difficult decision to make.

Ilsa Lund is just one of the many iconic roles Bergman played in her life. But still, this is probably the most iconic of all. From every line, as simple as they might appear to be, Bergman is able to make them as meaningful as possible and to make them as beautiful as they are hurtful at some moments.

That makes her performance as Ilsa Lund definitely one of the best of all time.

Other notable performances by the actress:

– Notorious (1946); directed by Alfred Hitchcock
– Europe ’51 (1952); directed by Roberto Rossellini

9. Bette Davis in “All About Eve” (1950)


This film, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Bette Davis and Anne → continue…

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Sigma 16mm preorders in Europe. Shipment start delayed til December 2.

By SonyAlpha Admin

You can now preorder the new 16mm f/1.4 E-mount lens at Amazon DE and Wex UK. And the shipment start of this lens got a 1 week delay. BHphoto says the Sigma will be in Stock on December 1.

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