We’re just about midway through 2015, and that means taking stock of the cinematic year so far. In terms of feature films, it’s been a stellar year, with everything from “Inside Out” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” to “The Duke Of Burgundy” and “L’il Quinquin” making it one of the strongest first six months of a moviegoing calendar that we can remember with a plethora of equally excellent movies having cropped up at festivals. But to focus on the fiction arena would be to miss whole swaths of great cinema, because the documentaries of the first half of 2015 have been excellent. Here's Indiewire's top picks for the 2015 so far.
Happy 4th of July weekend! Ah, how the sun, fun and sparkle of fireworks will fill the next couple of days! Nothing like good ol' independence to ring in good times! However, if you need to beat the heat and the crowds at some point during the festivities, why not come into the air conditioning and sit back and enjoy a great patriotic film! Collider has you set with a list of the best films to watch this Independence Day! So, go jump in the water, grab a hot dog, have a grand ol' time and then come inside and relax. From "Jaws" to "Top Gun", check out the patriotic, fun filled list here!
We all know Indiewire is the go-to online destination for the latest in independent film news. Now their film critics have compiled their opinions into yet another amazing resource: their top ten favorite movies of the past 16 years! Check out their list of must watch films here!
As the 2016 edition of the Cannes Film Festival nears its final days and another batch of award-winning films will soon be entering into the playing field, Telegraph UK took a look back at the past 40 years of Palme d'Or winners. From 1975's "Chronicle of the Years of Fire" to 2015's "Dheepan", the talent is certainly out of this world. We can't wait to see what 2016 has to offer! In the meantime, check out the full gallery and break down of winners here.
In the indie world, it’s not just about the films. It’s also about supporting smaller independent video games as well! What Culture recently released a list of what they believe are the top 18 best indie games of the decade…(so far)! The industry is sure to be changing over the next few years, as advancements in VR and the like start to influence gaming. In the meantime, there are a lot of awesome options available so head on over to check out their current compilation of games!
From harmless, innocent jokes to the downright ridiculous hoaxes, online pranks have grown into an artform all their own. As we venture (both online and offlline) through this magically confusing day known as April Fool's Day, we should also revisit some of the strangest pranks played by our ancestors to see how far we have come. Check out Gizmodo's list of the most horrific and cruel pranks gone bad from long, long ago. From sending live cats in a bag to near train accidents and making someone nearly go blind, it's good to see we humans haven't lost our sense of "humor" after all these years!
With SXSW just kicking off and the film world currently in the thick of festival season, it’s entirely reasonable for film lovers to want a change of visual scenery every now and then. Video production has come leaps and bounds over the past few years, bringing us ground-breaking and innovative new forms of both narrative and documentary storytelling. But how has this technology been influencing the world of more abstract video art? Vice’s “The Creators Project” decided to look ahead at what this year in video art will hold. What trend doesn’t come as a surprise? Of course, the presence of virtual reality that's on everyone’s mind! Their article highlights their top 5 experimental video artists to be on the lookout for, including Jeremy Bailey, Jillian Mayer + Lucas Leyva, Reed + Rader, Jon Rafman, and Jacolby Satterwhite. Read more about what they’ve been working on here, and if you need a break from all the logical narratives and factual documentaries, be sure to jump in and get ready to explore the strange and immersive worlds of video art.
The Hollywood Reporter surveyed a wide range of Hollywood entertainment professionals in order to get the findings of their latest poll. Over 1600 industry workers (from directors to producers to actors) voted on what they believe are the most memorable lines from any movie ever made. Ranked in descending order, the list is a fascinating look into what the entertainment pros, even writers themselves, think are the lines that have lasting legacies within film history! Which movies fared well? Check out the list in more detail here and see a break down of the statistics of the poll.
Over at ioncinema, Nicholas Bell has covered his top 5 most anticipated films at this year's 2016 Berlin International Film Festival. From father-son roadtrip stories to Depardieu fairy tale vehicles, the 66th edition of the festival is auteur heavy but seems to have something for everyone. Check out Bell's take on the best of what's coming to the Berlinale this year.
While the music world continues to mourn the passing of David Bowie, tributes of all shapes and sizes to the Thin White Duke have been springing up in locations across the globe. Both professional and amateur artists have taken to the streets to honour Bowie’s memory, producing some often stunning works of art in a concerted effort to keep the man's legend alive and well.
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