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Why Some Films Go Straight To DVD

Direct-to-video is a term that refers to the release of a film to the public immediately on home video formats. Since the dawn of VHS in the 70’s, the home entertainment market created a lane for Hollywood to release movies to the public that are not likely to be a...

Netflix Experimenting With Original Films

In 2005, Netflix released its first original movie, “The Puffy Chair.” While the film did fairly well among the audience, receiving a 77% on rotten tomatoes, the movie was far from Hollywood-worthy. One decade later and the company had finally produce big-league hits....

Did the Golden Globes Get it Right?

  Awards season has just begun, with the nominations for the Golden Globes surfacing earlier this week. While critics weigh in and help to select the nominees and inevitable winners, some of this year’s best movies were in the dust.  Acting, screenwriting, and...

Best Countries to Film In

What are the best countries to film in? First, you need to know what makes a country optimal to film in.  Several countries around the world provide government aid for the development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution of film,...

Animation vs. Live Action Movies

Structurally, there is no difference between a screenplay for an animated movie and a live-action movie. The exact same rules of drama apply to both. However, there are reasons why some stories are better told through animation and some through live action. Animation...

Film Genres That Make the Most Revenue

Most casual movie industry observers are predictably wowed when they see box office numbers for huge Hollywood blockbusters. Films like Avatar, Star Wars, and The Avengers must be the types of movies that make producers and studios the most money overall, right?...

Is The Thrill of Action Worth the Price?

Movie-goers often find themselves sucked into the fantasy world that most films provide. It is often exciting for audiences to get in on the action of a film and feel as though they are part of the cast. One of the aspects of action films that appeals to so many is...

UK vs. US Films

When it comes to major motion pictures, every culture has their own approach to connecting with their audiences. Hollywood films often reflect alternate universes and exaggerated storylines. Other cultures often tell realistic stories of life’s hardships. There is a...

Are Sequels Becoming a Thing of the Past?

The first Hollywood sequel ever made premiered almost 100 years ago. Since then we have seen countless franchises fall victim to becoming multi-sequel ones. They often create more storylines for audiences to follow, which can get complicated. While some sequels end up...

Edinburgh International Film Festival Round-Up

This past weekend wrapped up the 71st installment of the world’s longest continually-running film festival. The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) ran over a two-week period through the end of June. The event consisted of various sites around the city,...

Cannes 2017: The Complete Rundown

The Cannes film festival kicked off on May 17th in France and concluded on May 28th. This year, the festival celebrated its 70th anniversary by screening dozens of upcoming films to attendees and giving the public a portent of what can be expected from cinema for the...