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15 Great Movies To Watch If You Liked “Stranger Things”

By Vlad Albescu

Equally influenced by Steven Spielberg’s family-adventure films, 80s nostalgia, Stephen King’s novels and John Carpenter’s retro synth soundscapes, “Stranger Things” was one of the best received shows of 2016. Not only did it gain a lot of popularity in a very short time, but it already feels like a classic. Last week, the second season was released on Netflix and continues to receive acclaim from both critics and audiences.

If you’ve finished binge-watching the newest episodes and you’re looking for similar stories, here are 15 movies to enjoy until next season.

15. Ghostbusters (1984)


Well, this is a little bit of a stretch, but if you’ve already seen Chapter Two of the second “Stranger Things” season, you must have noticed the boys’ Halloween costumes, which are exact replicas of the ones worn by Bill Murray and co. in “Ghostbusters.” And let’s not forget the famous theme song, which was featured during the episode and was also played during its credits.

This all-time classic follows four guys from New York (parapsychologists, to be exact) who form the Ghostbusters, a paranormal investigation and elimination service. Basically, they are ghost hunters.

“Ghostbusters” is one of the most entertaining action-comedies ever made. It’s funny and witty, fast-paced, has memorable performances from its cast, great special effects, and the catchiest theme song ever. Really, is there anyone out there who doesn’t like the “Ghostbusters” theme?

What you gonna watch? Ghostbusters!

14. I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016)

This 2016 quirky thriller flick flew under the radar of mainstream audiences despite being one of the most original films to come out in the last couple of years. The film stars Max Records as John, a troubled teenager who struggles with homicidal thoughts, and Christopher Lloyd → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

By V Renée

As if you needed more proof that “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the greatest, most influential films in history…

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite countless articles, academic papers, books, and documentaries attempting to unfurl the many mysteries behind its creative design and storytelling, one thing we know for sure is that the epic sci-fi film has inspired the work of some of histories greatest filmmakers.

In this video by Alejandro Villarreal, we get to hear how Kubrick’s masterpiece (or one of them, at least) not only influenced and ignited the creativity of directors like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Steven Spielberg, but also commanded the attention of film critics as well.

It’s extremely subtle. It’s extremely visual. And the story is razor thin. It was the first time people really took science fiction seriously. —George Lucas

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From:: No Film School

Dear Filmmakers, Study More than Film

By V Renée

So, you eat, sleep, and breath cinema, huh?

Okay, so you’re an expert on Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Steven Spielberg. You like Ozu and Kurosawa, know the dance from Bande à part, and can spell Eadweard Muybridge without googling it. You, my friend, know your shit about cinema. But still, despite the hundreds of film books and screenplays you’ve read and thousands of films you’ve seen, there may be so much more information you’re failing to feed your brain. Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society suggests that while having an encyclopedic knowledge of and insatiable interest in cinema is great, expanding your education beyond it might actually be the best thing you could do as a filmmaker.

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From:: No Film School

5 Great Movies Influenced By “2001: A Space Odyssey” That Aren’t Sci-fi Films

By Charlie Jones

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Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, regardless of genre. It consistently ranks high in polls of critics, directors, and audiences when determining cinema’s best offerings, and it’s easy to see why; 2001 is unforgettable, a grand visual spectacle chronicling man’s evolutionary journey from ape to Star Child, as mystifying as it is dazzling, a film that must be seen on the big-screen to be fully appreciated.

Its influence on science-fiction, particularly with regards to visuals and special effects (for which 2001 earned an Academy Award), cannot be overstated, and is evident in the filmographies of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Christopher Nolan, to name only a few of the film’s more high-profile admirers.

Yet 2001’s impact on cinema is not confined solely to science-fiction; its influence can be seen in experimental films, horror flicks, crime-thrillers, and even straight dramas. Like other masterpieces before and after it, 2001 goes beyond the genre with which we attempt to classify it, giving weight to the argument that such classification is both incidental and restrictive.

As such, 2001 demonstrates how films that are truly influential transcend the boundaries of genre, travelling through the Star Gate, and reaching a higher stage of cinematic evolution that we call ‘classic’.

1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2001)

Terrence Malik’s largely plotless experimental drama The Tree of Life often draws comparisons with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Each film is comprised of several vignettes, which must be pieced together to form anything close to resembling a conventional narrative. It was probably this avant-garde filmmaking that drew derision for both films upon their respective releases, The Tree of Life even being booed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, after which it took home the Palme D’Or.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema