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    The News Reel #35: Best Movies of 2015

    On the last episode of the year, Zach and Brian take a look back at the films of 2015 and rank their top 10 best movies of the year including Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, Slow West, Carol, Anomalisa, and Ex Machina. The pair also talk about the most impressive performances of the year and […] More

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    The Top 30 Films of 2015

    2015 was yet another strong year for movies, so much so that we had over 100 films submitted by our numerous contributors for consideration. In the end, these are the 30 that made the cut for PopOptiq’s Best of the Year. Enjoy!   30.) Shaun the Sheep Aardman Studios is the stop-motion clay animation equivalent […] More

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    The Second Coming of the “Woman’s Film” | Cinema 101

    It is a sad indicator of how mainstream studios fail to cater for female audiences that led to the creation of the term “woman’s film”, a brand of domestic melodrama that reached its cultural and commercial peak during the Second World War. Instead of being widely accepted as additions to the canon of quality American […] More

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    NYFF ’15: “Carol” is about the look of love

    It begins and ends with a look. In that look is hesitance, longing, desire, confusion, confidence, conviction, hope. Even love. On NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, writer and critic Glenn Weldon described real chemistry between actors living in the look, elaborating on the attraction manifesting in the movement of the eyes. More

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    BFI London Film Festival 2015 – Top Ten Films To Watch

    After a decade of attending the prestigious high profile BFI London Film Festival this might be strongest line-up yet, with a particular emphasis on female narratives and performance supported by the BAFTA academy and organisers. With over 238 films representing 71 countries the selection can seem overwhelming so here’s my pick of the ones to watch next […] More

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    BFI London Film Festival 2015 Line-Up announced with Gala screenings of Steve Jobs, High-Rise, Trumbo, Black Mass, Carol & Suffragette

    THE 59TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL 2015 PROGRAMME You can peruse the programme at your leisure here. The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film […] More

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    Telluride Film Festival 2015: Most Anticipated

    The 42nd Telluride Film Festival is about to get underway in southwest Colorado. A box canyon provides a jaw-dropping setting for a fest jammed packed with premieres, retrospectives and classics over Labor Day weekend. This is my 10th year attending and my 9th year working for the festival. The production team works meticulously in the […] More

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    SOS This Week #20: Goodbye, Sound on Sight

    The end is here for our beloved website. In a short episode, we discuss a few noteworthy news moments, laugh about a crazy WTF story, and say goodbye to Sound on Sight. While the podcast will still be alive on another site, this one was our home and we are sad to see it shutdown […] More

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    Watch the first trailer for Todd Haynes’ ‘Carol’

    It’s extremely hard to believe that it’s been eight years since Todd Haynes’ last film I’m Not There was released, which boasted stellar performances from Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, and many others. But now Haynes is back with a new film, Carol, that has already gained attention this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and […] More

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    The 10 Most Anticipated Movie Scores of 2015

    Film scores are pretty ephemeral to a large chunk of the movie-going populace, where music isn’t noticeable unless a triumphant fanfare or sweeping ballad draws enough attention to itself. So if scoring is already the film industry’s unappreciated middle child, how silly is a list about ones that haven’t been released yet? Very silly. Oftentimes, […] More