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09 October 2018 | Other Lists

A good muse is hard to find. But luckily for movie lovers, some of the greatest actors and directors found mutual inspiration in each other, and produced some iconic art in the process. One might imagine that the right combination of premier talent would simplify the creative process, but this has not always been the case. On the contrary, many… Read more »

16 October 2018 | Uncategorized

Damien Chazelle is just four films old, and he has already carved a niche for himself. First Man is a testament to the fact he is inching towards a bracket of great contemporary film-makers. Damien Chazelle’s previous three films have Jazz and obsessive, introverted lead protagonists, ready to go to any length to realise their dreams in common. His works… Read more »

16 October 2018 | Uncategorized

Now that the sun has set on the sensational 37th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (which ran from September 27th – October 12th, 2018), Taste of Cinema offers up our favorites from what was another bustling, exciting, and very impressive festival. As with previous years at VIFF, it was a very crowded field with so many movies vying for our… Read more »

16 October 2018 | Uncategorized

Awash in the familiar blues and greys of Polish cinema, Agnieszka Smoczynska’s Fugue follows up her lyrical fantasy The Lure (2015), with no less attention to the complexities of feminine identity. When Alicja (Gabriela Muskala) seemingly returns from the bowels of the earth with no recollection of her past, it’s up to her family to nurture her back to remembering… Read more »

16 October 2018 | Uncategorized

“I’ve seen too many movies,” is a phrase I utter on a regular basis. I usually say this when I’m watching a movie and I’m able to predict the rest of the movie. I can see all the little signs. I can feel what’s coming. I’ve just seen too many movies. Granted sometimes I’m surprised. I’ve even been surprised by twist… Read more »

15 October 2018 | Uncategorized

From child star to super star, Natalie Portman has had a very interesting career. Getting a role at such a young age (and in such a non-friendly film like Léon: The Professional) does not always guarantee that you will have success for the rest of your life. However, Portman leaped into the Star Wars prequels as a main character. That… Read more »

15 October 2018 | Uncategorized

There’s an old saying that crime doesn’t pay – but one thing’s for sure: it certainly does make for excellent movies. It’s almost troubling just how many acclaimed films revolve around illegal activity, including underworld-based classics like The Godfather, Bonnie and Clyde, Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction. It has to be said that American filmmakers and audiences appear to have a… Read more »

14 October 2018 | Uncategorized

A large amount of films today rely so tightly on the narrative structure that they can underuse the aspects of the cinematic language. All films boil down to what story you’re telling or how you’re going to tell it. However, with the minimal use of story, plot, and character – you can actually achieve the most cinematic experience possible. By… Read more »

14 October 2018 | Uncategorized

Horror movies are horrifying, at least that’s what many people want them to be, and a lot of the times we get films that are just creepy and give us all chills and we leave with maybe a few laughs about how we jumped at that one part and say how we simply don’t get scared at certain things. Although… Read more »

13 October 2018 | Uncategorized

Though the definition of what merits a classic film is a subject of some debate, in general a classic film is a film that has lasting worth, timeless quality and holds up to repeated viewings. According to the National Film Registry, a film needs to be at least twenty five years old in order to qualify as a classic film…. Read more »

13 October 2018 | Uncategorized

With Halloween approaching, there has never been a better time to settle down with Netflix and get spooky for a few hours with a horror movie or two. But currently, with Neflix’s apparent strategy of “quantity over quality”, that leaves you to sift through all of the garbage horror movies in your queue to try and find something decent. That’s… Read more »

12 October 2018 | Uncategorized

“A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it up and makes it again.” – Jean Renoir The critical designation of three films as a Trilogy is made to emphasize the Director’s fixation on a particular subject or his development and treatment of a theme or style. The directors that have been included in this list… Read more »

12 October 2018 | Uncategorized

With so many releases, it’s hard to catch every little thing that comes out, and unfortunately that means that many gems are missed. With the horror genre being one of the more filled genres around, this seems to happen more and more, no matter the year. In this list, there are some older films, but there are also some recent… Read more »

11 October 2018 | Uncategorized

What does it mean to be a human being? What is our longing to be homo sapiens on this planet? What about our human condition makes it’s so vital to possess the full essence of being a human being? Everyone has thoughts on this and I can assure you this list won’t answer those questions. Probably won’t come close. Yet… Read more »

11 October 2018 | Uncategorized

What constitutes a cult classic? It’s a term that has been used to describe when a film has failed to find a large audience and instead collected a small but devoted following. Does that definition still hold true? In part, yes. However, there are plenty of films that have failed commercially but are able to find a small and passionate… Read more »

10 October 2018 | Uncategorized

Gracefully charting the delirious highs and heartbreaking lows of the excited love affair between a composer named Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and a folk singer named Zula (Joanna Kulig) as they conform to the sour vagaries of life in post-war Poland under Communist rule, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War is an achingly lovely achievement. Like Ida (2013), Pawlikowski’s previous period drama, Cold… Read more »

10 October 2018 | Uncategorized