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If you’re a cinemaphile, you may find yourself oddly intrigued by the world of box office numbers. When a film does really well it seems like news outlets love to report how much money it is earning. As a result, the film goes on to do even better than it would have without all of the word of mouth associated… Read more »

20 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Was there ever a title list that so rapidly elicited scorn, anger and even hatred? I think it’s possible, but highly unlikely. Even so, one must stay true to one’s own convictions and intentions or, at the very least, remain open to discussions and opposing arguments (or even an insult here and there but, as Tommy Wiseau would put it,… Read more »

20 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The 1980s were an astounding and simply stunning time for cinema. There seems to have been no end to the awe-inspiring visuals that light up living rooms, bijous, drive-ins, and multiplexes the world over during that wonderful decade. Taste of Cinema’s tireless and exciting search for the most visually exquisite films of 1980s has been no easy charge, though several… Read more »

20 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

In a book that I refer to as the Bible of cinema, “Sculpting in Time,” Andrei Tarkovsky states that contemporary film should separate itself (as much as possible) from literature. If it doesn’t, then its future as an art form may be in danger due to the difficulties that arise if one tries to define traditional filmmaking without almost completely… Read more »

19 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Introductory Note: This list/article is the second in a series attempting to argue that for cinema to be and to be taken seriously as an art form, it must forgo and move beyond Hollywood-like visual-based ways of meaning-formation, understanding, etc. into actor-, face-, dialogue-, voice-, emotion-, body-, character-, feeling,-, psychology-, and tone-based ones. Readers are strongly advised to read my… Read more »

19 May 2018 | Features, Other Lists

When thinking of a ‘best’ list of LGBT related films, the criteria is so varied that it’s very hard to pick just a small amount. Are we comparing them in terms of narrative? Or is it strong and unique characters? Is it in terms of innovation of the genre, and can we even call lesbian or LGBT films a genre… Read more »

19 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

As times change and society strives to become more politically correct, what does that mean for film? As this list will illustrate: there is still a place in cinema for daring work. The following movies were all released in the 21st century, which is even more commendable when we consider how difficult it can be to get dark films produced…. Read more »

18 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When the plot of a movie is simple, it does not mean the movie cannot be complex. With this thought in mind, here is a selection of movies that show how plot isn’t everything when we’re talking about cinema (even though some films on this list may not have a plot that is very simple). It is never too late… Read more »

18 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Centuries ago, the Polish philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer asked rhetorically, “Is there the possibility of a true and definitive satisfaction of sexual desire?” Sexuality is very interesting and it’s part of what we are as individual and collective beings. Nowadays, due to psychological research advances, we know that our sexualities are a reflection of our emotions and psyche: you cannot divide… Read more »

18 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Growing up, a certain pairing of words seemed like a tainted synonym for pretention: arthouse cinema. Unfortunately, the style got a bad rap during the 1990s when mainstream cinema was more sterile and Hollywood-specific. With the push of indie cinema during the new millennium—as well as the ability to rediscover old classics through the internet and preservation—comes the return of… Read more »

17 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

You either love musicals or you don’t. There’s something weird about characters breaking into song and dance in the middle of a conversation with little or no notice. Sure, there are exceptions for those of us who don’t enjoy musicals. Movies like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” or “Little Shop of Horrors” can be hard not to love. Perhaps because… Read more »

16 May 2018 | Features, Other Lists

One of the most common complaints about the films that Hollywood produces is that they present an unrealistic depiction of live. Guy gets the dream girl, guy gets the dream job, guy struggles against overwhelming odds and always comes out on top. Life, on the other hand, often has different plans for us.   15. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan,… Read more »

16 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Cult is quite a wide spectrum in cinema. When we speak about cult films or cult classics, we basically refer to films that hold a strong and committed fanbase that cherishes them, follows them around in screenings, has watched them numerous times, quote them, et cetera. Such can be independent films that have not been much appreciated by mainstream audiences… Read more »

15 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Humans fundamentally hate being alone. Come what may, they create bonds, make families, and progressively gather in complex social schemes. Yet, even though most of us choose a life in blinding, noisy and populous cities, lonely people are found everywhere: in the streets, in the bars, in the cafés, maybe in your neighboring apartment. As Greek writer Antonis Samarakis said… Read more »

15 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Choosing ten ‘deadliest movie characters of all time’ from over a century-old history has been quite a task. As a result, some deadly characters that deserve inclusion might be excluded. Even before starting out to collate the ‘deadliest movie characters of all time list’, there was little ambiguity about a few of them. Topping the must-have names was the most… Read more »

14 May 2018 | Features, Other Lists

In a episode of the animated TV show The Simpsons, son Bart provoked a long series of laughs from his family by revealing that his memory was only seven minutes of duration and he insisted that he wasn’t kidding. The Simpsons, for anyone who knows the show, is a marvel of compression, packing much into a little amount of time…. Read more »

14 May 2018 | Features, Film Lists