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Akira Kurosawa is best known for creating some of the greatest movies to grace the silver screen, his influence and impact on western cinema is undeniable coming in the form of remakes of his original classics. The Magnificent Seven and Star Wars all pay homage to Kurosawa’s earlier films. Best known for portraying the human condition using the Samurai genre… Read more »

21 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Cult films are a curious yet delightful phenomenon. By textbook definition, a cult film is one that develops an enthusiastic and devoted fanbase over the course of the years following its (usually) financially and/or critically disappointing release. If you have ever been to a midnight showing of features such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Night of The Living Dead”,… Read more »

20 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Watching the films of Èric Rohmer are a lot like drinking coffee. You might not like the taste right away, or may not think you like it before you even try it, but once you start to like it then soon you can’t live without it. Nearly every film taking on a different aspect of love within a deeply humanist… Read more »

20 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Turkish cinema was not well known worldwide until the late 90s. With the rise of the new generation of young directors who were mostly categorized under the name of “New Turkish Cinema”, it has gotten more attention. But there are also other important films in Turkish cinema history that deserve a deeper look. Here is the list of 15 best… Read more »

20 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Whenever a new movie claims to be based on a true story, it is guaranteed that the film’s advertising will emphasize that the events of the film actually happened in real life. While this marketing ploy is a tried-and-true method of getting people to see the movie, film enthusiasts are not idiots. It is common knowledge that movies which are… Read more »

19 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Mediocre movies are easy to dismiss. They come and go routinely, and we watch them and forget about them without a second thought. Because they take few risks, their successes and failures are similarly unremarkable, and, consequently, they’re consumed dispassionately without a second thought. Then there are movies too extraordinary to disappear into obscurity but too imperfect to be cherished…. Read more »

19 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick did it 12 times each. Andrei Tarkovsky, Carl Theordore Dreyer and France’s renowned comic director Pierre Etaix managed it about half that many times apiece. Etaix’s inspiration, the great Jacques Tati only got to the number five. Jean Vigo, Charles Laughton and Marlon Brando only pulled it off once each. The “it” in question is… Read more »

19 January 2017 | Features, People Lists

We’ve all been there. You have the most incredible, entertaining, and spectacular idea for a film, but when you sit down to write it, you lack the inspiration to bring your ideas to a written form. Well, Taste Of Cinema has got you covered! Below are the 10 films to watch for inspiration when writing a screenplay. Inspiration takes on… Read more »

19 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Though 2016 saw some great innovations of the horror genre with films like 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Love Witch, the year of course was not without some amiss additions. These films all start out with interesting basis, mostly built of common horror movie tropes, the summer camp, haunted forests, haunted objects and home invaders. But through a variety of… Read more »

18 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The word ‘remake’ gets a general knee-jerk reaction of scorn and sighing from movie buffs worldwide. It’s a fully valid reaction since it’s easily the laziest form of filmmaking, essentially skipping the process of creating something new by simply rehashing something old. Still, that’s no reason that a remake cannot surpass its originator, and on a handful of rare occasions,… Read more »

18 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There are films that capture and engage the audience. Some will remain for a short time in your conscious mind; others have the ability to make you think and feel as the director desired. However, few have the ability to grasp the viewer beyond its conclusion. Great films will do all of this and more, creating a long lasting impression… Read more »

18 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

If you know what to watch and what to avoid like plague (and have an eclectic taste and, maybe, an eccentric sensibility), you will never have a bad year in film. And the last one was quite colorful, in spite of the overrated cinematic annoyance(s) we will not name. The following list focuses on more or less alternative titles, both… Read more »

18 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

We may say “they don’t make ‘em like they used to!” but the state of American cinema really hasn’t diminished so much as film distribution has faltered. Plenty of contemporary directors continue to deliver high-quality films, breathing new life into a medium that has yet to stop thriving. There will always be room for discussion of the Kubricks and the… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, People Lists

Being and time The oft antagonistic American indie filmmaker Todd Haynes first forced my attention with his 1995 revisionist art house horror film Safe, and I’ve been a supporter of his ever since. His sophomore film (following his impressive debut from 1991, Poison, and a string of exceptional short films), Safe is a masterpiece of existential catastrophe and coolly detached… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, Reviews

“Office memorandum, Walter Neff to Barton Keyes, Claims Manager. Los Angeles, July 16th, 1938. Dear Keyes: I suppose you’ll call this a confession when you hear it. I don’t like the word confession. I just want to set you right about one thing you couldn’t see, because it was smack up against your nose.” “You think you’re such a hot… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“There’s a strong case to be made for The Conversation being Coppola’s greatest film.” – Film4   Paranoia, the destroyer A bright, unclouded afternoon in San Francisco as a busy plaza teems with people in a sharply impressive telephoto shot as outlying music coalesces with electronic intonations. Tracking a circus mime through the bustling crowd before finding one Harry Caul… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, Reviews