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10 Great Movies That Should Have Won The Palme d’Or

By Conor Lochrie

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Cannes is a prestigious film festival and the Palme d’Or its most prized award; perhaps the most coveted award in world cinema, for those not of an Academy Award persuasion. Each year, acclaimed auteurs line up with their films to compete, and many have rightly been rewarded for their work.

That’s not to say that the jury are always correct in their final decisions, however. Several times they’ve surprised with their choice, an outright favourite ignored, or a presumed outsider picked. This list, then, considers 10 years when the Palme d’Or went to the wrong film, when a far superior choice was waiting to be crowned.

1. La Haine (1995)
The Winner: Underground

La Haine and Undeground were similar in some small respects: both took important social issues and raised awareness of them, in their own inimitable style. Mathieu Kassovitz, however, was far more successful in his execution.

La Haine was a punchy, forceful drama, a film that hit between the nose and didn’t wait for you to get up. Shot in stark black-and-white, this was a Paris socially and economically a completely different world to another famous film Kassovitz was involved in, Amelie (2001).

There was no colour, no vibrancy, only tension and violence. When the film was released, its impact was so great that Kassovitz and his leading man Vincent Cassel were catapulted to cinematic stardom; neither have left the French or worldwide scene since.

The film was so vital in showing another side to the City of Lights, the poor, multiracial communities suffering quietly under anger, frustration, persecution, and ennui. The greatness of La Haine, however, comes from Kassovitz’s ability to find traces of humanity in every corner of his film.

Whether it be a sympathetic policeman or a frail, old man they meet, everyone → continue…

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8 Reasons Why “Wonder Woman” Is Overrated

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

Hailed as the saviour of the DCEU, Wonder Woman garnered so much attention and positivity that it was even being discussed as a possible Oscar contender.

The film also set a number of box office records. It grossed over $820 million at the box office and is the sixth highest grossing superhero film of all time at the domestic box office. It also helped push the DCEU past the $3 billion mark at the worldwide box office.

It holds a score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is listed as number two on their ‘Best superhero movies of all time.’ But is it really worthy of all the praise it has received from both critics and audiences?

There is certainly a lot to enjoy in this film and there is no doubt that it is a very entertaining film. It is also not an exaggeration to call it the DCEU’s best – but when a film is this lauded, it needs to live up to its reputation. Taking this into account, the following are some of the reasons that Wonder Woman may be considered overrated. Please expect spoilers from the outset and throughout.

1. Whose movie is this anyway? Steve’s or Diana’s?

Wonder Woman begins as we are introduced to Diana who is played by Gal Gadot. Perfectly cast, Gadot brings Diana to life as a warm, caring, thoughtful, and adventurous woman. And throughout the first act, the film belongs to her. We follow her from the present day back to the past, from Paris to Themyscira.

We see as she grows from a spirited young child to a woman who cares deeply and strives for knowledge. So when she is abandoned after the first act in favour of Steve Trevor as → continue…

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10 Great Erotic Movies You May Have Missed

By Greg Smith

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There is a strong tradition of erotic films in modern cinema, and while most film fans are aware of popular titles such as Eyes Wide Shut and Last Tango in Paris, below are ten great erotic films that may have escaped your notice.

1. Bound

The first film directed by the Wachowski’s, the movie tells the story of a female ex con and her relationship with the girlfriend of a mobster. As the story progresses, the two develop a very intense romantic relationship while simultaneously concocting a plan to steal money from the mob and blame it on the boyfriend.

Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly star as the two female leads, while Joe Pantoliano plays the boyfriend. The scenes between Tilly and Gershon drip with erotic intensity and the chemistry between the two is genuinely provocative. Bound separates itself from much of the pack by being both a caper film and an erotic thriller that is powered by two female leads.

The Wachowskis later went on to direct the Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas, among others, but this early film clearly displays the talent and potential that would later draw a much larger audience. A great film with two sizzling performances. Not to be missed by fans of the genre.

2. Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool (2003)

Starring the great Charlotte Rampling and Charles Dance, Swimming Pool accomplishes the difficult task of being both psychologically suspenseful and deeply sensuous.

Rampling plays a mystery writer who, having grown tired of London, decides to visit the house of her publisher in the south of France. Once her publisher’s daughter Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) unexpectedly arrives, the balance of life is radically shifted, as the steady reserve of the character played by Rampling is severely tested by the wild and → continue…

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The 10 Most Beautiful Movies of The 1970s

By Vitor Guima

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What makes a movie beautiful? From a powerful story to impressive shots, cinema has many elements and is one of the most complex forms of art.

Keeping in mind how complex it is to call a movie “beautiful” – but this time considering the visuals of the film a bit more than the other elements – here is a selection of the most beautiful movies from the 1970s.

As always, many things interfere in the choice of the movies that are in this article, but memory and personal preferences are, as usual, the main factors. If you think any other movie should be on this list, please leave it as a recommendation in the comments section below.

The movies on this list are not ranked.

So, here are 10 amazing films from the 1970s:

10. Suspiria (1977; dir. Dario Argento)

Suspiria

This is truly one of the most visually amazing films and one of the best horror movies ever made.

Directed by Dario Argento, “Suspiria” follows the story of a girl who attends a very prestigious ballet academy in Germany. But when a series of murders start, she will realize something very sinister is happening in that place.

Impressive shots, amazing cinematography by Luciano Tovoli, and production design by Giuseppe Bassan help to create the somber and threatening atmosphere of this film.

Definitely a movie that every cinephile should check out.

9. Kings of the Road (1976; dir. Wim Wenders)

Kings Of The Road (1976)

The two reasons why this is not Wim Wenders’ best film are 1.) “Paris, Texas” (1984) and 2.) “Wings of Desire” (1987), but it does not mean “Kings of the Road” is anything less than a masterpiece.

This road movie tells the story of a projection-equipment mechanic who travels in order to visit theatres. On the road, he meets → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 10 Most Beautiful Movies of The 1970s

By Vitor Guima

days-of-heaven

What makes a movie beautiful? From a powerful story to impressive shots, cinema has many elements and is one of the most complex forms of art.

Keeping in mind how complex it is to call a movie “beautiful” – but this time considering the visuals of the film a bit more than the other elements – here is a selection of the most beautiful movies from the 1970s.

As always, many things interfere in the choice of the movies that are in this article, but memory and personal preferences are, as usual, the main factors. If you think any other movie should be on this list, please leave it as a recommendation in the comments section below.

The movies on this list are not ranked.

So, here are 10 amazing films from the 1970s:

10. Suspiria (1977; dir. Dario Argento)

Suspiria

This is truly one of the most visually amazing films and one of the best horror movies ever made.

Directed by Dario Argento, “Suspiria” follows the story of a girl who attends a very prestigious ballet academy in Germany. But when a series of murders start, she will realize something very sinister is happening in that place.

Impressive shots, amazing cinematography by Luciano Tovoli, and production design by Giuseppe Bassan help to create the somber and threatening atmosphere of this film.

Definitely a movie that every cinephile should check out.

9. Kings of the Road (1976; dir. Wim Wenders)

Kings Of The Road (1976)

The two reasons why this is not Wim Wenders’ best film are 1.) “Paris, Texas” (1984) and 2.) “Wings of Desire” (1987), but it does not mean “Kings of the Road” is anything less than a masterpiece.

This road movie tells the story of a projection-equipment mechanic who travels in order to visit theatres. On the road, he meets → continue…

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