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Monthly Archives: June 2016

2016 has already been a whirlwind of a film year with plenty more to come in the second half of the year. We have had more superhero movies, remakes, sequels, and the occasional original idea hit the big screens so far, and below are some of the films that have amazed audiences and critics for one reason or another. Some… Read more »

30 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In a time when more and more American films are derivative and formulaic, cult films are a light at the end of the tunnel: bizarre, mysterious, and all-around unconventional, the world of cult film is hugely diverse but unified by one common attribute: diehard fanbases that see the worth in movies too unusual and uncommercial for mainstream acceptance. The list… Read more »

30 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Parisian actress Marion Cotillard was practically an unknown to American audiences when she won hearts, minds and a well-deserving Oscar for her performance as legendary French singer Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. It’s been eight years since, and while she took plenty of wonderful roles in English-speaking films, her finest works still seems to come from when she’s… Read more »

30 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Hong Kong cinema has had an international presence since the 80s, particularly through the martial arts, wuxia and crime films, while in the 90s, arthouse films entered the equation. However, another category that is less known in its majority also asserted its own audience, chiefly among the fans of cult and CAT III. This was the horror film, which eventually… Read more »

29 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When writing lists on films, there a certain terms that are hard to define. For example, when creating a list that covers overrated films, it’s hard to define what makes something overrated. If it’s commercially successful but a critical failure, can the movie still be considered overrated? It’s things like this that make creating these lists a bit difficult. The… Read more »

29 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Revenge as a theme is one of the most common in cinema and has been for the majority of its history, it’s also been the main ingredient of stories whose origin stretches back over the hundreds of years of human creativity. It’s a simple formula in its basic form; someone is wronged, hurt, killed and either they or their relatives… Read more »

29 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Little girls, this seems to say Never stop upon your way Never trust a stranger friend No-one knows how it will end As you’re pretty, so be wise Wolves may lurk in every guise Now as then, ’tis simple truth Sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth. So beware. Isn’t that the message of every fairy tale since time immemorial? That, as… Read more »

29 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The significance of film music can sometimes be underplayed or completely neglected in one’s evaluation of a particular film, or in the summation of the most important components of the filmic medium. That is to say, the power of the image is sometimes apportioned disproportionate weight, to the detriment of the role that sound and music plays in film. Music… Read more »

28 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists

In many ways cinema in the 1990s saw a science fiction renaissance, thanks in no small part to state-of-the-art special effects, high concept ideas, unique artistry, and big box-office. Following Taste of Cinema’s recent lists of accomplished sci-fi classics from the 1970s and 1980s, the decade that gave us grunge, and boy bands in profusion also gave us Jurassic Park… Read more »

28 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Most war movies in the genre are some type of fictionalized or fact-based story that takes place during an actual historical war. Typically they have been used as a source of entertainment, but at times have been used as a propaganda tool. They may also be anti-war, pro-war, satirical, exploitative, or straight comedy. The genre has been popular because of… Read more »

28 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When movies get adapt other media, reactions are either ecstatic or cynical, with more leaning to the latter. And that’s fine. Lots of adaptations never work; just look at all the horrific video game adaptations or the countless young adult films we’ve getting lately. But when they do work, these films complement the source material while offering something more. The… Read more »

28 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Coming of age is a necessary and fascinating part of life. It’s awkward, messy, and almost never goes the way we planned. First loves, new friends, and the kick start to life ambitions – this time in a person’s life often shapes what they like and who they’ll become. Lucky for us – cinema has been there to capture every… Read more »

27 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

If Hollywood loves anything more than money, it’s come back stories. Those last years, we experienced goosebumps when Mc Connaughey got a standing ovation at the Oscars, tears when Ben Affleck gave that impressive speech at the Oscars, we felt pretty impressed by RDJ box office numbers and we are still wondering: was that Mickey Rourke at 2008’s Oscars ?… Read more »

27 June 2016 | Features, People Lists

Before a shot of a film is seen, before a frame of it is shot, before a word of its script is read, people look to its title to gauge what kind of affair they’re in for; be it a tone setter, a plot starter, a character’s name, or a thematic set up, the name counts for a lot- not… Read more »

27 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

  Capture the wind It’s there as Monica Vitti opens a slighted window shutter on a dilapidated shack on the Aeolian Islands in L’Avventura, his 1960 showpiece. It’s there again for Vitti in 1961’s intellectually stultifying La Notte just as it’s there for David Hemmings’ morally misplaced fashion photographer in Blowup (1966). It’s a frequently made halcyon vestige of Michelangelo… Read more »

27 June 2016 | Features, Reviews

Whilst cinematic biographies or ‘biopics’ have been present throughout the history of film, we have no doubt seen an influx in quantities over the past few decades as our curiosities and intrigue draw us to revisit fascinating periods of the past. Unquestionably darlings of the award season, biopics tackle a number of diverse subjects, most notably, politicians, musicians, innovative creators,… Read more »

25 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists