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The ‘70s were a tumultuous time for America, to say the least. Coming out of the idealism and liberty of the counter-culture movement that began in the mid-to-late ‘60s, which was quickly revealed to be a mess of new and old traditions. Although the 70’s is often looked back on with some negativity, it produced a new generation of quality… Read more »

21 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Mulholland Drive, David Lynch’s 2001, puzzling neo noir mystery-drama recently topped BBC Culture’s poll of the 21st Century’s 100 Greatest Films. It was a resounding triumph for the film because the poll asked 177 film critics from 36 countries to name their favourite films of the last 16 years. Despite beating the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be… Read more »

21 October 2016 | Features, Other Lists

A second batch of lesser-known films from all around the world adds a little bit more variety. One of the entries is so obscure it doesn’t even have an official international/English title, while some others are unfairly marginalized. From Hungarian film-opera to Thai romantic western-melodrama, you’ll certainly find something to your liking.   1. Diamonds of the Night (Jan Němec,… Read more »

21 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

How many films have left you completely speechless after watching them, asking yourself WTF did I just watch and put myself through? How many have you constantly questioning throughout them, what exactly is going on in this movie? Should I continue to watch this? The definition of weird is often described in the dictionary as being “strikingly odd or unusual… Read more »

20 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A film’s brilliance should never be reliant on its budget. Of course, certain ideas aren’t possible to execute without the proper funding, but a great idea will always shine through the humble production lighting. In fact, on many occasions a lack of budget can work to a film’s advantage; found footage horror films benefit from their thrifty productions, and some… Read more »

20 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

To begin, let it be known that this list of best male performances of the century could easily be extended to upwards of 50 actors. While there will always be people stubbornly attached to the past, most will conclude that this century has brought us an abundance of mesmerizing performances from acclaimed actors and newbies alike. From all across the… Read more »

20 October 2016 | Features, Other Lists

In Philadelphia in 1979, Sylvester Stallone sat down in a luxury hotel suite for an interview with Roger Ebert. The “Italian stallion” might have felt a little nervous since “Rocky II”, the sequel to his 1976 smash hit, was premiering that day. The young star was only in his early 30s then, but had already felt the weight of public… Read more »

19 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

On a recent show with Conan O’Brien, legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog shared some thoughts on filmmaking. “There are too many things you cannot teach in school, and it’s way too long. Young people waste three, four years of their lives on the basics of filmmaking. You can learn in a week,” says Herzog, who founded the Rogue Film School (where… Read more »

19 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

According to the renowned pschotherapist Carl Jung, man is universally divided between his personal and collective unconscious. According to a Frenchman with a videocamera and an insomniac imagination named Michel Gondry, he’s also permanently divided between man and boy. Best known as director of such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and, um, that White Stripes video comprised… Read more »

18 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Now that the sun has set on the 35th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (which ran from September 29th to October 14th, 2016), Taste of Cinema offers up our favorites from what was a bustling, exciting, and very impressive festival. The films on this list show a wide-ranging assortment including animation, auteur-driven films, populist fare, arthouse, genre films, and many… Read more »

17 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Since the 70’s, Tom Waits has established himself as a phenomenally unique and gifted performer. Beginning as more of a singer/songwriter, he became a poet of the gutter and seedy bar, as well as a perpetuator of both the classic Americana song tradition and that of the German music hall, in stylings of Kurt Weill and such. His music escapes… Read more »

16 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Death is not the worst. There are things more horrible than death.” – Count Dracula (played by Klaus Kinski)   Blood on your cool Pronounced and menacing, Werner Herzog’s redaction of Nosferatu should not be viewed, as he insists, as a remake of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 horror classic of German silent cinema––what Herzog describes as “the greatest German film,”––but what’s… Read more »

16 October 2016 | Features, Reviews

In the early 1990s, the British Film Institute launched the Century of Cinema Series in attempt to explore the various examples of national cinemas around the world. Cinema of Unease, written and directed by Kiwi actor Sam Neil, was New Zealand’s contribution to this project. Although his attitudes towards this topic have gradually changed, Sam Neil concluded in his documentary… Read more »

16 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

For any respected film actor, a long resume’ usually leads to them achieving their best or most remembered work in the middle of their careers. But in almost every case, the reason they were able to gain their status as an actor who is depended upon is because they showed such promise early, and for a lot of reasons these… Read more »

15 October 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Many people consider the 70s to be the second golden age of cinema, and with good reason. There is a very long list of classic movies from this era that would also include a long list of great actors and directors. “Jaws”, “Star Wars”, “The Godfather” movies, and “Apocalypse Now” are just a few names on that list. It’s hard… Read more »

15 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Olivier Assayas’ latest film, Personal Shopper, is an eccentric ghost story, expertly told, and gauging by the up-and-down reception it garnered at Cannes earlier this year (frequent boos followed by a standing ovation) it’s fair to say that this film is also something of a misunderstood masterpiece. Teaming for a second time with with the eye-catching Kristen Stewart after 2014’s… Read more »

15 October 2016 | Features, Reviews