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William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, one of his great tragedies, has been most successfully transposed into film by Akira Kurosawa, Roman Polanski, and Orson Welles; the newest adaptation came out in 2015, directed by Justin Kurzel. Here, the focus will be on Kurosawa’s version, which diverges from the original text at some points, although it follows the narration of Shakespeare’s work in… Read more »

24 October 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Recently, I’ve written lists of the best actors and actresses under 50 working right now. Controversial and naturally limited as they proved to be, they still reflected my most sincere opinion and best effort at the time. While thinking about those lists, I’ve realized that a lot of these actors have made great underappreciated films. On that note, this list… Read more »

23 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

If scientific correctness was a priority in cinema, watching movies would be as entertaining as sitting through a physics class. In fact, the possibility of experiencing a reality completely different from our own is one of the things that makes the seventh art so appealing. A well-conceived plot line can make absurd ideas sound very believable, at least within the… Read more »

23 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“I think it’s very likely I would have been a criminal,” David Mamet said, when asked who he might have been if he hadn’t discovered theater. “It seems to be another profession that subsumes outsiders… accepts people with a not very well-formed ego and rewards the ability to improvise.” Thus, it should come to no surprise then that much of… Read more »

22 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Carrie effortlessly straddles, and frequently blurs, the line between exploitation trash and serious-minded cinema” – Paul O’Callaghan, BFI   They’re all gonna laugh at you! Following after the minor successes of Sisters (1973), Phantom of the Paradise (1974)––which would eventually have a substantial cult following––and Obsession (1976), Carrie would prove, once and for all, that Brian De Palma could not… Read more »

22 October 2016 | Features, Reviews

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