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Amélie (2001)


Here's the place to post interesting films to see. The films can range from "super short and discovered on YouTube or Vimeo" to full length feature films.
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Free Feature Films!

Open Culture: where to watch free movies online Let’s get you started with over 300+ quality films that you can watch online. Classics, international, film noir, Westerns, Hitchcock thrillers, documentaries, indies. They’re all here, waiting to be watched.

Europa Film Treasures - A great tool for film researchers - this site allows you to access and watch films online from European archives.

Where are they now? Films from KSS Media Production Grads!

Knock, Knock Pictures - checkout the work of recent grads Justin MacGregor and Anthony Ross

Shawn Talbot Photography - Shawn is not only an amazing photographer, but an equally talented filmmaker. You can watch his film reel by clicking on 'Gallery' and then clicking on 'Film Reel'.


Cool Films off the Web

Splitscreen: A Love Story - Shot entirely on the Nokia N8 mobile phone. Winner of the Nokia Shorts competition 2011. "
Griffiths produced this film centering on two people, who come from different parts of the world, falling in love. Using a split screen and placing one person in New York City and the other in Paris, he shared both people's perspectives as they travel through their cities throughout the two-and-a-half-minute film.

Slow Motion Footage shot from a Train - Very interesting "frozen in time" effect - not done in post-production

A Century of Film by Sean Grady - A neat montage of many, many great films pieced together with a terrific edit. It's worth a watch!

A Rare Look Inside Pixar Studios - a neat behind-the-scenes look at Pixar Studios in California
One of the fastest cameras on earth makes for amazing slow-motion videos - Shot using one of the industry's fastest cameras - the Phantom Flex.Tom Guilmette made it when he was trapped in a hotel room. Incredible shots!

Soundworks Collection: Video profiles of the sound in movies

Foley Work - Sound F/X in the movies: From "The Empire Strikes Back" to "Robin Hood", award-winning Foley artist Gary Hecker of Todd-AO says it takes “timing and a huge creative mind” to be the man behind the sound. Here, he shares tips and tricks he’s learned during a career that has spanned more than 200 films.

Luv Deluxe: A music video winning many awards in 2010 including the Vimeo awards shortlist.

Twixtor Slowmotion- A video filmed on a Canon 7D at 60 Fps edited by Twixtor (a plugin for after effects and final cut) to appear at 2000 fps. Another Twixtor must see is
"Experience Zero Gravity"

Visual Effects: 100 years of Inspiration Clips and "making-of" footage from notable visual effects films.

Volcano Timelapse - A time lapse video filmed in Iceland. Filmed using a Canon 5D and Dynamic Perception motorized dolly.


Feature Films or Professional Shorts

Alma - a multi-award winning short film by director Rodrigo Blaas. It's visually stunning and kind of creepy.... Alma in Spanish means 'soul'.
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Inception - director Christopher Nolan. An amazing film nominated for four Golden Globes. This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as it takes you into the greater depths of a dream. Also check-out Memento - another great film written by Nolan. Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time. Yes, just like Inception, it's a little strange, but well worth seeing!

Buried - directed by Rodrigo Cortes. Though this movie is solely set inside a coffin it has an indepth storyline that drives the plot forth and keeps the viewer enticed in the action. With a very low budget (estimated between 2 to 3 million $$) it was filmed entirely in 17 days in a Barcelona studio. The low budget, however did not hurt the success of this movie. The simple, yet suspenseful, storyline makes it very worth while. Overall a very clever and well put together film – a must see!

127 Hours - directed by Danny Boyle, starring James Franco. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, an experienced climber who finds himself trapped by a rock at the bottom of a tight Utah canyon. Ralston survives 127 hours in the canyon going through incredible measures to survive. Filmed mainly in a studio recreation of the canyon the film finds many ways to maintain suspense and entertainment despite a very limited setting. Very unique filming styles with some very cool macro shots that really add to the film. A great film all around it has humor, suspense, and great actin

Wild Strawberries, 1957- directed by Ingmar Bergman. This Swedish art film is about a professor who is driving to a convocation, where he is to receive his honorary degree. Along the way, he picks up several people, including his daughter-in-law and a group of students. The film is one of the best works from Bergman's stunning filmography, boasting brilliant performances from Victor Sjostrom, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, and many more. If you enjoy this film, I would also suggest looking for The Seventh Seal, also 1957, also Bergman, and starring much of the same cast, although it is very different in tone and narrative. It is darkly funny and tragic at the same time.

The Piano, 1993, is strikingly poetic, both raw and polished, with tremendous performances from its four leads (Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin and Sam Neill), an impeccable score, brilliant art direction, and an enchanting plot. Though this film is definitely not for all viewers, it is well worth the reward. The story concerns a mute-by-choice mail-order bride who arrives in 1840s New Zealand only to lose her beloved piano, her only means of communication. It was directed by Jane Campion, who was only the second female director to be nominated for an Academy Award.

In honour of the late, great Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away in March 2011, check out any of her films. Some recommendations are Suddenly Last Summer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, National Velvet, Father of the Bride (NOT the Steve Martin remake), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Giant, and A Place In The Sun. This is only a start but go for it!

Requiem for a Dream - (2000) directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan). This film is beautifully structured and visually appealing. It's dynamic use of different shots, angles and its fitting color scheme is enthralling and entertaining. It effectively portrays the lifestyle struggles of four drug addicts in the '90's and is sure to draw you in.

Moulin Rouge - (2001) Directed by Baz Luhrmann. This film does an amazing job of pulling the viewer right into the songs, actions and feelings of the characters. The obscure shot angles and camera movement create unforgettable cinematography. This musical is not your typical "cheesy sing along", it portrays strong emotions while keeping the viewer entertained.

Apocalypto - (2006) directed by Mel Gibson. A very interesting historical movie about the Mayan culture and the struggles between different groups of the Mayans. During the decline of the Mayan kingdom and civilization, many people were captured for human sacrifice and to be slaves for royalty. This movie tells the story of a brave man named Jaguar Paw who manages to escape and flee home. A never before seen point of view on the Mayan civilization, very interesting and pulls you in to the action!

Monsters (2010) Directed by Gareth Edwards. This film was made on a very low budget and filmed on a consumer-level camera. Gareth Edwards did all the special/ visual effects on his home computer. Storyline could be better, but it is interesting to see how a film can be made with a very small crew and cast