Film Inquiry’s 10 Best Articles of November

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Although it was a busy month for everyone, November was a month filled with great articles from our contributors! Below is the list of our ten best articles of November. In case you missed them before, enjoy!

Features

5 People Who Won Oscars For The Wrong Film by Sam Kelly

The Reader - source: The Weinstein Company
The Reader (2008) – source: The Weinstein Company

It’s no surprise that the Oscars often get it wrong. The list of film legends who have never won an Academy Award is pretty damning on the Academy: from Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock to Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. That in itself is enough to make you question who chooses these awards, and why anyone listens to them. But they still have a certain magic to them, drawing huge audiences, discussions and record-breaking tweets. The fact is that film fans love to talk about why they’re right, why they’re wrong, and who deserves what… continue reading

The Art of Teaser Trailers by Chris Worrall

terminator salvation
Terminator Salvation (2009) – source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Unless you have been living under a rock for the fortnight or so (or have no interest in the genre), you may have noticed that the first teaser for The Avengers: Age of Ultron has been released. As well as setting off a whirlwind of fan response and a more than considerable amount of excitement, it should be mentioned that it was a master-class in how to create a teaser trailer, or indeed any trailer… continue reading

Six Superb Soundtracks by Rachael Sampson

The Great Gatsby (2013) – source: Village Roadshow Pictures
The Great Gatsby (2013) – source: Village Roadshow Pictures

Soundtracks are often not given enough credit in the film world, from us as critics and film lovers, but they have a stronger effect on the audience than you’d think. I have found that those pivotal goose bump moments occur when the music over the image is perfectly fitting; culturally and emotionally, allowing us to feel more involved with the movie… continue reading

The American Southern: The Birth Of A Modern Independent Film Genre by Adam Evans

Mud (2012) - source:  Lionsgate
Mud (2012) – source: Lionsgate

“These men who bust their asses work like dogs. And I believe in them, but every day they hurt. They get old, they peel back… There’s no frontier anymore.” These words uttered by the titular character, played by a never-better Nicolas Cage, inDavid Gordon Green’s 2013 film Joe conjure a feeling shared by numerous American Independent films as of late: The western is dead and in its place are films about real people not trying to chase the American Dream, but rather simply trying to make it along without stumbling… continue reading

Reviews

BIRDMAN Is Incredible & It Makes Me Feel Bad Writing About It by Jay Ledbetter (98% rating)

Source - Fox Searchlight Pictures
source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

 

Michael Keaton is one of those “If only he was given a chance, he could have done great things” type of guys. Edward Nortonis one of those “If he could just suck it up and take other people’s advice he could be one of the biggest stars in the world” type of guys. This is no secret to us and it is certainly no secret to Alejandro González Iñárritu, who takes full advantage of our outside knowledge to create the only slightly twisted reality of Birdman. Taking these actors and having them play exaggerated versions of themselves is a great idea that was sure to garner attention in the media, but that is not enough to prop up an entire film… continue reading

BIG HERO 6: Nerdgasms Aplenty! by Yash Bhatia (80% rating)

source: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
source: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Big Hero 6 takes the cultural stereotypes of the East and West, smashes them together to a fine powder, and fabricates from it a 100-minute ride that is so eye-poppingly pretty, so gently moving and so explosively inventive that it’s the most unabashed, jolting fun you’ll have at the movies this year. Even after turning out two very strong features like Wreck-it Ralphand Frozen, Disney proves once again that its capability to push boundaries of imagination is strengthening by each passing endeavor… continue reading

INTERSTELLAR: A Big, Bold, Superbly Entertaining Sci-Fi by David Fontana (95% rating)

source: Paramount Pictures
source: Paramount Pictures

Christopher Nolan has made a solid place for himself in the rank of modern filmmakers. His latest film, Interstellar, further establishes his stance. It is a wondrously beautiful movie, with intense sci-fi sequences, a solid and talented cast, and even some thought-provoking ideas. This is not one to be missed… continue reading

WILD: Better Than Your Average Oscar-Bait by Alistair Ryder (68% rating)

source: Fox Searchlight
source: Fox Searchlight

Every year when Oscar season rolls around I become an increasingly cynical person. I stop enjoying the movies I’m watching and instead start to tick off the list of tropes I see in a game I like to call “Oscar-bait Bingo.” In the coming months, cinema screens worldwide will be treated to my two least favorite Oscar-baiting sub-genres: non-disabled actors playing disabled characters (The Theory of Everything) and a film where a white person miraculously solves racism, while the real-life problems of serious issues are ignored (The Good Lie)… continue reading

Resources

The Beginner’s Guide: Paul Thomas Anderson, Writer/Director by Jay Ledbetter

source: New Line Cinema
Boogie Nights (1997) – source: New Line Cinema

Stories are built around characters. No matter how complex and fascinating a narrative may be, the only way to make people care is by implanting interesting characters to whom we can relate, root for, loathe, or sympathize with. Character creation is a skill that too few filmmakers possess today. But if there is one master of character building, it is Paul Thomas Anderson continue reading 

The History of Hong Kong Action Cinema Part I – 1896-1930: The Pioneers by Alex Miller

Romance in the Western Chamber (1927) - source: Minxin Film Company
Romance in the Western Chamber (1927) – source: Minxin Film Company

When I was young my Uncle Fred was our gateway to cool movies at a young age. He would babysit my brother and I, and going to the video store (yes, VHS) was the high point of the evening. After running the gamut of classic R rated action, and horror films we landed on the iconic movies of Bruce Lee.  At this time Jackie Chan broken into the U.S. market and the brazen action films of John Woo were fixtures in my growing movie collection. At this time I was sure of one thing, if you wanted great action films, Hong Kong is where they came from… continue reading


Of course, we published many more fabulous articles in November, you can find a complete overview here.

Let us know if you enjoyed our articles – we’re also very open to any ideas and suggestions!

(top image: Birdman – source: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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Manon de Reeper

Editor in Chief
Manon is the founder and Editor in Chief of Film Inquiry. Originally a Dutchie, she now lives in Perth, Australia, has a Master's degree in Global Criminology, and is a screenwriter. Lives vicariously through film.
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