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What is Bollywood?
Brief overview of the history of Bollywood cinema that covers the history of Bollywood cinema from 1913 to the present. A general primer in the history of India's Bollywood cinema.
10 Fantastic Movies About Writers
Burdened with a craft that's essentially uncinematic, writers in the movies are perennially blocked, broke, and insane, simultaneously romanticized and ridiculed for their excesses--from the wise-cracking drunks of Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle to the sticky sweetness of Shakespeare in Love, the self-regarding self-reflexivity of Adaptation, and the homicidal madness of The Shining. Here are ten films that have something real to say about what it means to write.
Where to Go for Free Online Movies
Watching movies online is easier than ever. Put that broadband connection to good use and find the best places to stream free films in great quality to your desktop, laptop, or TV.
The 10 Best Italian Films Ever Made
Ten of the best Italian movies ever made as a starting place for exploration. With classics from such infamous filmmakers as Fellini, De Sica, Rossellini, Visconti, and Antonioni.
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Cannes Film...
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Cannes Film Festival presents a list of Bollywood films that have won awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival over the years.
The 10 Most Romantic Movies Ever
The top ten romantic movies, indie style: our list includes Richard Linklater's
Shu Qi
Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, also known as Hsu Chi, who has already appeared in over forty feature films including
Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best...
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The 10 Best Irish Films
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
Top 10 Hong Kong Action Flicks
Since "The Matrix" introduced Western audiences to wire-fu, it seems we can't get enough of the flying,
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema –...
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema – Bengali, Assamese, Tamil looks at the regional cinemas of India, and covers the cinema of Bengal, Assam and Tamil.
Megastars – Bollywood Style
A look at Bollywood megastars and the film industry that supports the creation of Bollywood megastars. Covers the history of the Bollywood star system, leading up a look at the Bollywood megastars of today.
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
10 Essential Bollywood Films
10 Essential Bollywood Films. An introduction and overview of 10 essential Bollywood films. A primer to Bollywood cinema, featuring a list of 10 essential Bollywood films that serve as a good introduction to Bollywood cinema.
Meet Sibel Kekilli: Biography and Photospread
German actress Sibel Kekilli made her feature film debut in Fatih Akin's award winning film Head-On (Gegen die Wand).
Top 10 German Films
The best German films explore everything from claustrophobic submarine warfare to expressionistic visions of the future, from angelic dreams of immortality to a certain mischievious dwarf. Lang, Wenders, Schlöndorff, Fassbinder, Herzog: here is our list of the ten best German films.
Apocalypto
Mel Gibson's follow-up to The Passion of the Christ uses the decline of the ancient Mayan civilization as backdrop for another epic blood bath. Come for the solar eclipse and stay for the large-scale serial human sacrifice!
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
10 Bollywood Actresses You Should Know
10 Bollywood Actresses To Know - Bollywood beauties, from world famous actress Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukherjee to rising stars Mallika Sherawat and Sonam Kapoor.
Top 10 Essential French FIlms
In diversity and accomplishment, French films rival that of any country. Here is a list of ten classics that no serious film fan should miss.
Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan: A brief biography and overview of the life and filmography of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Covers his life history, his beginnings as an actor, his status as Bollywood's Angry Young Man, and his current position as TV host of Kaun Banega Corepati.
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
The Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States. Robert Redford founded the festival in 1978 to raise awareness about independent films. The Sundance Film Festival is held each year in January in Park City, Utah.
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
Spanish Actress Photo Gallery
Spanish Actresses: a photo gallery of Latina leading ladies. Including luminous stars of cinema Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayak, Leonar Wattling, Alice Braga and many more.
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
Top 10 Cult Films on DVD
Small budgets and a private vision often produce the hippest and edgiest stuff in filmmaking. Here are the ten cult films you can't live without.
The 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
Audrey Tautou
Birth Date: August 9, 1978. Audrey Tautou's Breakout Role: Audrey Tautou charmed audiences in Jean Pierre
The 10 Best Canadian Movies
A list of must-see Canadian films, including David Cronenberg's Videodrome. Have you seen all ten of these films?
Review: Ram Teri Ganga Maili
Ram Teri Ganga Maili - A review of the 1985 Bollywood film Ram Teri Ganga Maili staring Rajiv Kapoor and Mandakini. Discusses that Ram Teri Ganga Maili has legendary status because of an infamous wet sari scene under a waterfall featuring star Mandakini.
How To Become an Indie Film Star
a simple how to on [topic], from your about.com guide
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
Why We Fight - Documentary Review
The "military-industrial complex" has long been one of the bogeymen of the left. Not everybody, however,
Bollywood Genres: The Historical Film
Bollywood Genres: The Historical Film provides an overview of the historical epic as a Bollywood genre. It also covers biopics, lives of the saints, and epic legends.
Top 10 Hong Kong Films
Since The Matrix introduced Western audiences to wire-fu, it seems we can't get enough of the flying,
La Vie En Rose - Review
Olivier Dahan's La Vie En Rose ( La Môme ), a portrait of Edith Piaf, France's most famous singer, features
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1930-1950
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1930-1950 contains a list of cinematic milestones in Bollywood films from 1930 to 1950.
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Venice Film...
Awards Won by Bollywood Films at Major International Film Festivals - Bollywood Films that won awards at the Venice Film Festival. List of five Bollywood films that have won awards at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.
Most Influential Film Festivals
Film festivals provide moviegoers with the first exposure to cinema's best new films. The influence of such important international film festivals as Cannes, The Toronto Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festivals, and Sundance point to the most exciting work by contemporary film makers. Major film acquisitions are made, obscure films are discovered, and future classics are recognized. Cinephiles will want to stay up to up to date with news from these top film festivals.
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
Sandra Oh
Oh became a familiar face to American audiences during her six seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema –...
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema – Part 2 looks at the many languages of Indian Cinema, and this part covers Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema
Top 10 Independent Films
Essential independent films, including movies by Wes Anderson, Lynne Ramsay, Sofia Coppola, Victor Nunez, Richard Linklater, Jim Jarmusch, and Patricia Rocezma.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
Monica Bellucci at Cannes
Monica Bellucci at Cannes. . World / Independent Film. Page 17.
Julie Delpy
A stunning photo of French actress Julie Delpy. Page 12.
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1896-1930
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema 1896-1930 contains a list of 9 cinematic milestones in Bollywood film history, which includes the first screening in India, the first feature film, the first social satire, the first permanent theater in Calcutta, the creation of the Indian Cinematograph Act, and the first foreign talkie.
Top 10 Films from Australia and New Zealand
The Best films from Australia and New Zealand, including movies by Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, George Miller, and Peter Weir.
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom:2 Page 8.
Sean Penn
A profile of Sean Penn, former Hollywood bad boy and one of America's greatest actors.
Wet Hot American Summer - Janeane Garofalo -...
Wet Hot American Summer by Marcy Dermansky Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce, looking like dorks
Rescue Dawn
Ten years ago, Werner Herzog made a documentary called Little Dieter Needs to Fly, about a German-born U.S. Navy pilot who was shot down in Laos during the beginning stages of the Vietnam war. Now, Herzog returns with a fictionalized version of the very same story starring Christian Bale.
Anna Walton
Anna Walton at the Premiere of 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army'. Page 27.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
Bong Joon-ho's adaptation of the French graphic...
Bong Joon-ho's adaptation of the French graphic novel is sci-fi for a large audience, mistakenly confined to a narrow one. Seek it out!
Daniel Auteuil
A profile of French actor Daniel Auteuil.
Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre handle the...
SNL's Jenny Slate and director Gillian Robespierre handle the hot-button topic abortion with humor and authentic emotion. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Battle in Heaven
Carlos Reygadas's sophomore film offers an audacious style, amateur actors performing real on-screen sex, and a melodramatic plot that doesn't add up.
Bollywood Genres: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales
Bollywood Genres: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales - Bollywood Movies Based on Myths, Legends and Fairytales, a look at the Bollywood genre of movies made after famous myths, legends and fairy tales, including the Ramayana and the Mahabharata
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1950-1960
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema 1950-1960 covers a list of milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1950-1960
9 Songs
A photo from the Revolution Films release "9 Songs", directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Margo
Romola Garai
A stunning photo of English actress Romola Garai. Page 14.
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Monica Bellucci in "Malena"
Monica Bellucci in Malena
Marina Hands
A photo of French actress Marina Hands. Page 11.
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
Top 10 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
Side Effects
Side Effects - A Review of Steven Soderberg's Side Effects
Alex van Warmerdam's baffling "Borgman",...
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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Jacques Demy's candy-colored love story is sung all the way through, but don't let that turn you off. Catherine Deneuve is so young, beautiful, and innocent, it's enough to make the toughest musical hater's heart melt. A romance for the ages.
"The Discoverers" is a clumsy but affectionate...
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Koi ... Mil Gaya
I'm all in favor of people bursting into song (see my top ten list of art house musicals), and so it
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Okonedo photo. World/Independent Film. Page 24.
Sophie Marceau
Background: Sophie Marceau is not just another Bond Girl. The sexy French actress has delighted French
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in one of the...
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Quentin Tarantino
Birth Date: March 27, 1963. Place of Birth: Knoxville, Tennessee. Biography: A pop star in his own right,
Thandie Newton
A photo of the stunning actress Thandie Newton. Page 23.
Photos from Michael Winterbottom's "9 Songs"
Director: Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Margo Stilley and Kieran O'Brien. Release Date: July, 2005 1-12
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Birth Date: July 27, 1977. Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland. Discovered: First spotted hanging out at
The Place Beyond the Pines
A review of Derek Cianfrance's film The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Seventies
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category from 1970-1979. Page 3.
DVD Review - Ermanno Olmi's "Il Posto" and "I...
A review of two new Criterion Collection DVD releases, Ermanno Olmi's Il Posto and I Fidanzati.
Grave of the Fireflies DVD Review
A Review of Grave of the Fireflies, by Jurgen Fauth
Marianne Jean Baptiste
Marianne Jean Baptiste picture. World/Independent Film. Page 21.
Monica Bellucci in "How Much Do You Love Me?"
Monica Bellucci in How Much Do You Love Me
Naomi Harris
Naomi Harris photo. World/Independent Film. Page 22.
Karisma Kapoor
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor. Page 16.
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith -...
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Top 10 Mute Performances on Film
A Top Ten list of the Greatest Mute Performances on Film
Bobby
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody...
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight.
The Corporation
Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, and Joel Bakan present a thorough investigation of the history, power, and impact of corporations on modern civilization.
Whale Rider
Visit Their Website Ever so often, a foreign movie will offer a hackneyed story, easily identifiable
Olivier Martinez
Background: Martinez was born in Paris, France on January 12, 1966. His father is a Spanish professional
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald at the premiere of No Country For Old Men at the Cannes Film Festival
Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor at the 'Delhi 6' World Premiere. Page 21.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
It sounds like the beginning of a "Spinal Tap" joke: did you hear the one about the heavy metal band
Wristcutters: A Love Story
The very premise of Goran Dukic's indie film Wristcutters: A Love Story , adapted from a novella by Israeli
Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike at the 2008 Academy Awards. Page 11.
Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall arrives at the premiere for the film 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival. Page 25.
The five films from the first half of the year...
2014 is half over! The perfect time for a look back at our favorite movies of the year.... so far!
An interview with Senegalese artist and...
An interview with Senegalese artist and filmmaker Fatoumata Kandé Senghor.
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
Charlotte Gainsbourg
A stunning photo of Charlotte Gainsbourg. Page 13.
Blood: The Last Vampire - World Film
Blood: The Last Vampire If you like your animation realistic, bloody, and short, you're in for a wild
Melanie Laurent
A stunning photo of French actress Melanie Laurent. Page 16.
Linh Dan Pham
Linh Dan Pham photo. World/Independent Film. Page 32.
Night and Fog (Nuit et Bruillard)
If DVDs were sold like potatoes, weighed in dollars per minute, Alain Resnais' "Night and Fog" would
Whitewash, starring Thomas Hayden Church,...
Oscar-nominee Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways) stars in this Canadian drama. Review by Eric D. Snider.
Rossy de Palma
A photo of Spanish actress Rossy de Palma. Page 20.
Monica Belluci in "Napoleon and Me"
Monica Bellucci in "Napoleon and Me
Michael Pitt
Background : Michael Pitt was born on April 10, 1981 in West Orange, New Jersey. Photo Gallery: For more
Kate Winslet
A stunning photo of Kate Winslet. Page 18.
Love Songs
Featuring the brightest young stars of French cinema and directed by rising filmmaker Christophe Honoré (DANS PARIS), LOVE SONGS is a vibrant and audacious ultra-modern movie musical. Louis Garrel (THE DREAMERS, DANS PARIS), Ludivine Sagnier (SWIMMING POOL), Chiara Mastroianni (PERSEPOLIS), Clotilde Hesme (REGULAR LOVERS), and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet star.
Eric D. Snider reviews "Cold in July", starring...
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Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell is the real thing: this intense Irish actor is known both for his antics off-screen and his remarkable performances on screen.
The Bourne Ultimatum
Remember Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ? The best thing about that movie (aside from the monkey
Kate del Castillo
A stunning photo of actress Kate del Castillo. Page 5.
Taking Woodstock
Taking Woodstock - A review of Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock. Ang Lee lighten ups in this warm and funny adaptation of Elliot Tiber's memoir. Comic Demetri Martin is terrific in his first starring role. The cast also includes Imelda Staunton, Emilie Hirsh, Paul Dano and Liev Scrierber, who does terrific work in a dress.
The Brown Bunny
Starring: Vincent Gallo, Chloë Sevigny, and Cheryl Tiegs. Directed By: Vincent Gallo (Buffalo 66). Distributor:
Foreign Film Oscars - The Sixties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category 1960-1969. Page 4.
Deepika Padukone
A stunning photo of Deepika Padukone. Page 11.
An overview of the winning films at the 2014...
An overview of the Palm d'or and other award winners at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
The Lives of Others
From 1950 until the Wall came down, the East German Ministry for State Security--cutesified to "Stasi"--spied
Top 10 Shu Qi DVDs
Shop for Shu Qi films on DVD. All of her greatest movies(So Close, The Transporter) at the lowest prices.
Review: Troubled Water
Troubled Water review - Erik Poppe's Troubled Water review, a story of redemption, won the two top prizes at the Hamptons Film Festival: the Golden Starfish for Best Narrative Feature and the Audience Water. Actress Trine Dyrholm is true discovery.
Roxane Mesquida
Roxane Mesquida attends at the BFI 51st London Film Festival 'The Last Mistress' premiere. Page 31.
Bowling for Columbine DVD
Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" is a spirited muckraking romp that has won critical acclaim,
Gloomy Sunday
I often wonder where German film would be without the Holocaust. If the films are not outright about
Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek: a stunning photo of the famous actress. Page 11.
American Splendor - Review
The backlash starts here. "American Splendor" won awards at the Sundance and Cannes Festivals and has
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