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On a philosophical level, violence is rather difficult to define and violence can have connotations reflective of temperament and psychical states. Any sense of disturbance or perturbation may be said to be violent, however artfully rendered. Slavoj Žižek argues that there are distinguishable types of violence, namely subjective and objective violence. Subjective violence which is manifestly apparent as it seems… Read more »

19 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

In a year full of spectacular films, there were certain sequences that stood out from the rest. These movie scenes were memorable due to technical precision, emotional resonance or poetic brilliance. They stand alone as moments that showcase the power of cinema, and are often one of the highlights of the film its in. There are great films from 2017… Read more »

18 January 2018 | Features, Other Lists

To love cinema is to be a padawan in the art of gold mining for obscure films around the world, learning about different cultures through their rich artistic expressions. There’s a bit of Indiana Jones in every movie buff, or there should be, since intellectual laziness never does well. So to help with this goal, I have selected titles from… Read more »

18 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Some directors are known for their use of colours, others for the repetition of similar story themes. The directors in this list, however, can all be recognised by their unapologetic use of on-screen violence. Whether a graphic shot (or many shots) in the head or a vivid knife to someone’s throat, these directors love to bring out the gore and… Read more »

18 January 2018 | Features, People Lists

Not every movie can rake in money like Wonder Woman or Beauty and the Beast. Every year, studios take big risks by putting too much hope in a project that ultimately fails. Sometimes, the box office failure can be seen from a mile away, as was the case for last year’s Gods of Egypt. Other times, an otherwise promising movie… Read more »

17 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Like music, cinema is an art form that takes place in time. Some of its main principles, according to Bordwell and Thomson, are repetition, variation, unity and development, concepts that remind us of musical composition. The difference is that instead of working these principles with only melodies and harmonies, cinema deals with characters. It is a wonderful medium to display… Read more »

17 January 2018 | Features, Other Lists

2017 certainly had more than its share of blockbuster releases; from Marvel and DC superheroes smacking each other around to mixbag Stephen King adaptations and Star Wars space operatics unfolding with seemingly limitless budgets and big name superstars. And while such large studio fare gets most of the attention when it comes to audiences plaudits, lots of foreign-language films are… Read more »

17 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2013 is the best year in film our decade has yet to witness. With only two years left to show us the full scope of cinema in the 2010s, the year is likely be considered the most fruitful of the bunch by the time the 2020s are upon us. In a year when films like Her, The Wind Rises, Fruitvale… Read more »

16 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2017 was a good year for film. Whether it be drama, comedy or action, this was definitely a year that had great films released from many different genres. On this list, we’re going to approach animated movies from that year that definitely should be watched, not only by fans or enthusiasts of animation, but by any fan of film. This… Read more »

16 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Originally used in theater, mise-en-scene is one of the most powerful concepts/tolls of filmmaking. It involves the arrangement of what appears in the frame, and the relation of it with the camera. The French term is used in every film from neorealism to contemporary filmmaking that draws away clearly from realism. David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson write about mise-en-scene in… Read more »

16 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The arduous process for a struggling actor to get their foot in the door and land a big, fat lead role in a major movie is tough enough process, and one where most would assume is guaranteed to last until filming wraps. Well, that’s not always the case. It’s rare (not to mention expensive) to kick a major actor to… Read more »

15 January 2018 | Features, People Lists

This was a list really hard to edit. First of all has to define what profound means in cinema, and in art in general. Looking for the word profound in the dictionary, I found interpretations such as ‘penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge’, ‘having deep insight and understanding’, ‘of deep meaning’, ‘of great and broadly inclusive… Read more »

15 January 2018 | Features, People Lists

2017 has finally come to its end, leaving behind a year’s worth of interesting American independent and blockbuster films mixed with the usual amount of messy, standardized movies and dozens of mediocre or just plain bad films. But what about Europe? As every year, there have been dozens of good European movies, but only a few of these were really… Read more »

15 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

There are plenty of bad movies out there, and mostly audiences feel that their time has been wasted by sitting through them. Then there are movies that are so bad and over-the-top audiences end up laughing and enjoying themselves. Whether it be a movie with a totally ridiculous concept, a nonsensical script or awful acting, some movies can’t help but… Read more »

14 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2017 was a particularly stunning year for film as so many awe-inspiring visuals lit up living rooms, bijous, drive-ins, and multiplexes the world over. Taste of Cinema’s tireless and exciting search for the most visually exquisite films of 2017 was no easy charge, and not one we undertook lightly, although several films stood out straight away. The assembled list presented… Read more »

14 January 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Tension or suspense is one of the greatest things about literature and film. It allows us to safely explore our innermost fears. We can experience these emotions and feel the tightening of our stomachs from the safety of a chair in the knowledge that it will end and we will be safe. During a film, there are moments that make… Read more »

13 January 2018 | Features, Other Lists