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Lists are subjective, as are film awards and criticism (although criticism from respected critics has merit in that it’s generally knowledgable of film history and based on a set criterion rather than a gut reaction). Having said that, there are some films that are overrated, no matter how you look at it. For example, who amongst us really believes the… Read more »

24 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

So much of what makes cinema so engaging and exciting is the awe-inspiring visuals that they contain. These stirring visuals have captured our imaginations and lit up living rooms, bijous, drive-in, and multiplexes the world over for generations. Taste of Cinema’s tireless and exciting search for the most visually exquisite filmmakers was no easy charge, and not one we undertook… Read more »

24 February 2018 | Features, People Lists

Twarz’s very first images — close-ups of blank faces in the cold — initially give the viewer the impression that we will be in for a serious drama. Then it cuts to establish the setting: these characters are standing outside a Christmas underwear shopping spree that’s just about to start. The lights turn on, the doors open, and people stream… Read more »

24 February 2018 | Features, Reviews

There are only so many Oscar and Golden Globe nominations to go around, meaning that each year there are exceptional films that go completely unrecognized regarding major awards. Below are ten great films that were completely shut out of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.   1. Take Shelter Jeff Nichols has directed five movies, including this one, and all… Read more »

23 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Conversations are some of the most common scenes in films, and when done well they can be extremely powerful. There are many ends that a conversation can fulfill; whether it’s a silent or loud confrontation, the revelation of a hidden intention, or a subtle manipulation, the potential of a conversation is limited only by the filmmakers. The great filmmakers use… Read more »

23 February 2018 | Features, People Lists

Looking at the list of winners for best director, one can see that the many different juries of Cannes did a great job time and time again. A large number of names here are considered to be best in the craft. Here are the 25 selected to best represent the award.   25. So Close to Life (1958, Ingmar Bergman)… Read more »

23 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Another year has passed, which means Taste of Cinema once again needs to look back at every great performance that has come along. Based on the competitive nature of this year’s awards season, it’s safe to say that 2017 has been one for the books. There will always be people who claim that a given year is a major letdown,… Read more »

22 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists

The British Film Industry is in a close relationship with Hollywood. British actors star in American films more than ever and the opposite holds true as well. In 2017, the United Kingdom was involved in the co-production of many American films, including some really successful ones such as “Baby Driver,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “Three Billboards Outside… Read more »

22 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Also called splatter films and gornos, these nasties were, and still are, the worst of the worst. The exact definition varies, as it’s a broad term, but the shortest and the one closest to summing it all up is saying torture porns are a category of horror films mainly focusing on violence and gore. Anguish was present on screen from… Read more »

21 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Human society evolves rapidly day after day. There have been many glorious achievements for humanity in the quest for evolvement and self-discovery. Sadly, there are far too many atrocities in human history as well. From the smaller and publicly unknown crimes committed inside a family home to World War-level atrocities, humans have proved time and time again that they can… Read more »

21 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The films of Guy Maddin are a dream for cinephiles. Filtering his unique vision through a wealth of cinematic history, his movies are filled with endless references and allusions to other films. This style has now found an end-point in the fascinating The Green Fog, which remakes Vertigo via tens of different movies and TV series set around San Francisco…. Read more »

21 February 2018 | Features, Reviews

On paper, turning the terrorist attack that killed 77 people on the Norwegian island of Utøya on July 22nd, 2011 into a feature film seems like a very risky idea. How do you respectfully honour those members of the Labour Youth League who were brutally murdered in order to satisfy a twisted political agenda? These questions are never quite resolved… Read more »

21 February 2018 | Features, Reviews

Length in filmmaking doesn’t always necessarily translate to quality. Some filmmakers can overindulge their ideas and end up creating sprawling messes; the narrative of other films can meander too much and lose the interest of its audience. While an average feature film length will hover around the 90-120-minute mark, what’s most important is what time is needed to craft the… Read more »

20 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Sometimes films are so challenging and mysterious that they haunt us for weeks, sometimes months, and in some refined times they haunt us forever. These films have some elements that puzzled us and that we never really understand. Much of the time, filmmakers craft these film in order to create this sensation of mystery that cannot really be deciphered. When… Read more »

20 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Every year many great movies suffer at the box office while others of very questionable quality take in hundreds of millions in ticket sales. The year 2000 was no exception to this trend and the fifteen movies listed below deserved a much better box office fate. To put it in perspective, Scream 3 (Rotten Tomatoes 36%), Big Momma’s House (Rotten… Read more »

19 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Since its inclusion in the Academy Awards in 2001, the category for Best Animated Feature has been celebrating animation of all variations in the 21st century. Before Shrek was made the first winner, the only animated film to receive Oscar recognition was 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. With only 16 winners to date, there hasn’t been time for much else… Read more »

19 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists