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  1. BFI: A great horror film from every year, from 1922 to now (2022)'s icon

    BFI: A great horror film from every year, from 1922 to now (2022)

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. A century of malevolent masterpieces. One film per year. 28 October 2022 By Anton Bitel, Michael Blyth, Anna Bogutskaya, Katherine McLaughlin, Kelly Robinson, Matthew Thrift, Kelli Weston, Samuel Wigley Horror cinema didn’t begin in 1922. There were ghosts in the machine as early as 1896, when the medium’s early magus, Georges Méliès, packed a giant bat, the Devil, various phantoms and a final vanquishing by crucifix into a spooky three minutes. Adaptations of gothic classics, such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, were already fixtures on the screen by the 1910s – and by 1920 the feature-length horror film wasn’t a scary kid anymore. Alongside a polished Hollywood version of Jekyll and Hyde, those German expressionist lodestones The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Golem marked the macabre coming of age of a genre that wanted to frighten, disgust and haunt us. But as In Dreams Are Monsters, our autumn celebration of horror, takes place in the centenary year of both F.W. Murnau’s unofficial Dracula adaptation Nosferatu and Benjamin Christensen’s witchy pseudo-documentary Häxan, 1922 seemed the ideal place to begin our year-by-year rundown of frighteners. Why year by year? Because it’s a better way to plumb the dark corners of horror’s cinematic history than a straightforward top 100. Selecting just one film per year leaves you with some nightmarish decisions for vintage years like 1960 – Psycho, Peeping Tom, Eyes Without a Face or Black Sunday? – and 1973, when December alone saw the release of The Exorcist and a double bill (!) of Don’t Look Now and The Wicker Man. And who really, for 1954, wants to pit Godzilla against the Creature from the Black Lagoon? Yet by travelling through the history of horror a year at a time, we can get a sense of the evolution of the genre – the strange, contorting, lycanthropic process by which we arrive at the fertile market we’re living in today. Bad moons rise, and purple patches come and go: the arrival of Universal’s gothic monster cycle and Hammer; the birth of the modern zombie movie and the slasher; the shots in the arm of J-horror and – though let’s not call them that – the ‘elevated horrors’ of the 2010s. But the journey also takes us through some barren terrain when either censorship took the fun out of the genre (the late 1930s) or audiences simply seemed to lose their thirst for it (the late 1940s and early 1950s). Even on these wind-blasted heaths, however, gems are to be found. Before we get started, an arbitrary ground rule: we’ve omitted any horror films appearing on the IMDb top 250 list on the grounds of over-familiarity. So no Psycho, The Exorcist, Jaws (1975), Alien (1979), The Shining (1980), The Thing (1982) or The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The internet already knows and loves these films. We do too. But in picking over the carcass of a century of terror, we just wanted to keep things fresh. – Samuel Wigley
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    BFI's 100 Bible Films

    Favs/dislikes: 1:0. From The Passion of the Christ to Life of Brian, and from The Ten Commandments to Last Temptation of Christ, filmmakers have been adapting the stories of the Bible for over 120 years, from the first time the Höritz Passion Play was filmed in the Czech Republic back in 1897. Ever since, these stories have inspired musicals, comedies, sci-fi, surrealist visions and the avant-garde not to mention spawning their own genre, the biblical epic. Filmmakers across six continents and from all kinds of religious perspectives (or none at all), have adapted the greatest stories ever told, delighting some and infuriating others. 100 Bible Films is the indispensable guide to this wide and varied output, providing an authoritative but accessible history of biblical adaptations through one hundred of the most interesting and significant biblical films. Richly illustrated with film stills, this book depicts how such films have undertaken a complex negotiation between art, commerce, entertainment and religion. Matthew Page traces the screen history of the biblical stories from the very earliest silent passion plays, via the golden ages of the biblical epic, through to more innovative and controversial later films as well as covering significant TV adaptations. He discusses films made not only by some of our greatest filmmakers, artists such as Martin Scorsese, Jean Luc Godard, Alice Guy, Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Lotte Reiniger, Carl Dreyer and Luis Buñuel, but also those looking to explore their faith or share it with lovers of cinema the world over.
  3. BFI Player Amazon Prime Catalogue - July 2020's icon

    BFI Player Amazon Prime Catalogue - July 2020

    Favs/dislikes: 1:0. Everything currently on Amazon Prime Video's BFI Player channel
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    BFI's 90 great films of the 1990s

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. One decade. 90 films. One film per director. How do you even begin to choose just 90 films to represent an entire decade of cinema? That’s the question we’ve been asking ourselves ever since BFI Southbank announced its two-month retrospective, Nineties: Young Cinema Rebels. With the season casting a very specific eye on the new voices that emerged between 1989 and 1999, we thought we’d cast our net a little wider, in a squabble-inducing attempt to shine a light on some of the very best films the decade produced. There’s no scientific method applied to the selection process here, and this isn’t a Sight & Sound poll involving hundreds of critics or filmmakers. It’s more a chance for us to highlight some of our favourite films from around the world. This list of 90s greats could very easily have been at least double the size (in early drafts it was), but with only 90 spots available, some favourites – both ours and yours – are bound to be missing, the hope being that any frustration at omissions will be juxtaposed with a few new discoveries. To keep things as varied as possible, we’ve allowed for only one film per director – in itself leading to some impossible choices. Take the ranking with as little or large a pinch of salt as you see fit; every film on this list is terrific as far as we’re concerned, and these things are always going to be subjective, with any and all grievances or nods of approval welcome.
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    Sight and Sound films of the year

    Favs/dislikes: 0:0. Since 2005 the BFI surveys film critics and curators to poll the best films of the year. It is then published in Sight and Sound and on the BFI website. The television series Twin Peaks:The Return finished second in 2017. rather than listing all 18 episodes, the first episode has been listed as a place holder for the series.
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    Sight & Sound's 50 best films of 2019

    Favs/dislikes: 7:0. In a year in which the future of cinema – of independent filmmaking, and collective film-watching – seems more fraught than ever, our poll of 100 S&S contributors has produced a list of 50 outstanding reasons for movie watching. Here below the reflections of past masters jostle with bold experiments from new voices – capped by a triumphant top movie that finds its British female director both looking back and moving forward. In our January 2020 issue we spotlight some of the themes and stories that have defined the cinema of 2019 – from post-#MeToo movies to the fortunes of the European arthouse, as well as expanded cinema and a countdown of the best TV of the year.
  7. BFI: 100 thrillers to see before you die's icon

    BFI: 100 thrillers to see before you die

    Favs/dislikes: 19:0. For the bucket list: a selection of some of the best thrillers ever made. How many have you seen?
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    BFI London Film Festival - Best Film

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. Although held annually since 1953, the BFI added a formal awards ceremony (and the best film award) in 2009. This list contains all of the winners since the creation of this award.
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    The BFI 30 Best LGBT Films of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. To mark the 30th anniversary of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, BFI is delighted to announce the Top 30 LGBT Films of All Time in the first major critical survey of LGBT films. Over 100 film experts including critics, writers and programmers such as Joanna Hogg, Mark Cousins, Peter Strickland, Richard Dyer, Nick James and Laura Mulvey, as well as past and present BFI Flare programmers, have voted the Top 30 LGBT Films of All Time. The poll’s results represent 84 years of cinema and 12 countries, from countries including Thailand, Japan, Sweden and Spain, as well as films that showed at BFI Flare such as Orlando (1992), Beautiful Thing (1996), Weekend (2011) and Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013).
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    Sight & Sound Films of the Month

    Favs/dislikes: 26:0. List of films selected as Film of the Month in the reviews section of Sight & Sound. From January 1998 - August 2012, one film per month was selected. Since the September 2012 issue there are usually 3 (sometimes more) each month.
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    Sight & Sound: Filmmakers’ Greatest Documentaries of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. The greatest documentaries ever made, as voted by 103 directors including John Akomfrah, Thom Andersen, Michael Apted, Clio Barnard, Sophie Fiennes, Amos Gitai, Paul Greengrass, José Luis Guerin, Isaac Julien, Asif Kapadia, Sergei Loznitsa, Kevin Macdonald, James Marsh, Joshua Oppenheimer, Anand Patwardhan, Pawel Pawlikowski, Nicolas Philibert, Walter Salles and James Toback… (La batalla de Chile counts for 3 entries)
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    BFI Film Classics

    Favs/dislikes: 12:0. The BFI Film Classics series is a collection of short books analysing major works of world cinema. Volumes in this series have been assembled by some of the world's leading film critics. The first volumes in the series were published in 1992 and new entries continue to be added every year.
  13. BFI South Asian Top 50 - Readers Poll's icon

    BFI South Asian Top 50 - Readers Poll

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. In 2002 the BFI published a list of Top 50 South Asian films as voted on by select critics. In conjunction they also ran a poll asking readers for their top films. Four titles currently missing from list. 1-10: Bangladesh 11-20: diaspora 21-30: India 31-40: Pakistan [missing #6 - Dooriyan (1984) and #10 - Gharana (1973)] 41-50: Sri Lanka [#3 - Ahas Guavwa (1974) and #8 - Tani Tatuwen Piyabanna (2002)]
  14. BFI - 10 great British gay films's icon

    BFI - 10 great British gay films

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. 17 March 2014 - Ben Whishaw-starrer Lilting, the opening night gala film of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, is the latest in a rich history of British gay movies. Here are 10 of its most illustrious predecessors.
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    Sutherland Trophy

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. Created in 1958, the Sutherland Trophy was awarded annually by the British Film Institute to "the maker of the most original and imaginative [first or second feature] film introduced at the National Film Theatre during the year". In 1997, the criteria changed to honour the maker of the most original and imaginative first feature screened during the London Film Festival.
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    Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film

    Favs/dislikes: 26:0. In October 2013, the British Film Institute unveiled an exhibition chronicling the history of dark and macabre films. In an ambitious project, the BFI unveiled a collection of a large number of films spanning four categories, bringing these films to British cinemas over a four month period. Films are arranged chronologically by theme. The Four Parts: - Monstrous (1-26) - The Dark Arts (27-48) - Haunted (49-71) - Love is a Devil (72-99) Although this exhibition includes a large number of plays, professional talks, documentaries, television series' and shorts, this list contains only the feature films presented in the exhibition.
  17. Top grossing films at the British box office (by admissions)'s icon

    Top grossing films at the British box office (by admissions)

    Favs/dislikes: 9:1. A new survey conducted by the British Film Institute for Channel 4. Compiled using the best means and sources available to assess cinema admissions before the 1970s.
  18. 100 Anime (BFI Screen Guides)'s icon

    100 Anime (BFI Screen Guides)

    Favs/dislikes: 28:0. This list is from Philip Brophy's book [url=http://filmstore.bfi.org.uk/acatalog/info_178.html]100 Anime[/url] (2005). "100 Anime is an exploration of the wonderfully complex and beautifully disorienting world of Japanese animation - anime. This expansive and mind-blowing book delves deep into the chaos of meaning gorged by anime's mutation of Eastern/Western themes, images and sounds." This is not a list of the "100 Greatest Anime." Some of the titles were selected in order to analyze Japanese pop culture and to show how vast the world of anime is. The list is in alphabetical order. Missing from IMDb: SD Gundam (1988)
  19. 100 Modern Soundtracks (BFI Screen Guide)'s icon

    100 Modern Soundtracks (BFI Screen Guide)

    Favs/dislikes: 13:1. Philip Brophy's book provides a soundmap to a hundred films that engage the ears. Covering titles as diverse as "Way of the Dragon" and "Apocalypse Now," "Le Samourai" and "Stalker," "Angel Dust" and "Citizen Kane," each entry outlines the film's distinctive contribution to the hitherto underexplored world of sound and music in cinema.
  20. 100 Bollywood Films (BFI Screen Guide)'s icon

    100 Bollywood Films (BFI Screen Guide)

    Favs/dislikes: 17:0. Bollywood film is the national cinema of India, describing movies made in Mumbai, distributed nationally across India and with their own production, distribution, and exhibition networks worldwide. This informative screen guide reflects the work of key directors, major stars, and important music directors and screenplay writers. Historically important films have been included along with certain cult movies and top box-office successes.
  21. I Am Curious, Film (History of a Scandinavian Cinema)'s icon

    I Am Curious, Film (History of a Scandinavian Cinema)

    Favs/dislikes: 3:2. List of movies that was mentioned in BFI documentary project about nordic cinema
  22. A Personal Essay on Cinema in Korea by Jang Sun-Woo's icon

    A Personal Essay on Cinema in Korea by Jang Sun-Woo

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. List of movies that was mentioned in BFI documentary project about korean cinema
  23. And the Show Goes on (History of Indian Cinema)'s icon

    And the Show Goes on (History of Indian Cinema)

    Favs/dislikes: 1:0. List of movies that was mentioned in BFI documentary project about indian cinema
  24. 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema's icon

    2 x 50 Years of French Cinema

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. List of movies that was mentioned in BFI documentary project about french cinema
  25. 100 lat w kinie (History of a Polish Cinema)'s icon

    100 lat w kinie (History of a Polish Cinema)

    Favs/dislikes: 0:0. List of movies that mentioned in BFI documentary project about polish cinema
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