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Yearly Archives: 2017

It was a decade of differences in that there are only nine entries due one of our chaps winning twice and America doesn’t quite have a stranglehold on producing great directors with only six of the nine being born in the USA. Also this decade has three of the six men best known as actors who went on to win… Read more »

17 October 2017 | Features, People Lists

Throughout film history, geniuses made masterpieces that represent not only the issues of their own times but also reaching universal themes — these movies are relatable years after their initial release. This list compiles such works from around the world: Italy, Japan, France and beyond, crossing over genres from horror to comedy.   10. In Search of Fellini (2017) This… Read more »

17 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

As another year draws to a close and we wonder where the time went, we find ourselves facing the last few weeks of the year. And with that, comes another awards season and the films that go along with it. As expected, there are some pretty interesting films on the way for fans to anticipate. Whether they’re based on true… Read more »

16 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film is one of the most successful mediums at feeding in to our greatest fears, and playing on them. Whatever your fear may be, there is bound to be a film that has you running from the room/hiding behind a cushion/quaking in your boots. But fear is a big seller in Hollywood, and audiences love to be scared. Claustrophobia is… Read more »

16 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Well, now that the sun has set on the sensational 36th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (which ran from September 28th to October 13th, 2017), Taste of Cinema offers up our favorites from what was yet another bustling, exciting, and very impressive festival. As with previous years at VIFF, it was a very crowded field with so many movies vying… Read more »

16 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Stephen King’s “It” is a powerhouse at the box office. It is a truly remarkable sight to behold. Whether or not you like the movie, there’s no denying that it is like a lightning in a bottle moment for cinema. Horror movies are never this big. Even after seeing “Get Out” slay the box office in a truly unique way… Read more »

15 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

For any cinephile, there is nothing more exciting than an independent film. With a scene that is comprised of ambitious filmmakers eager to push envelopes (and buttons, sometimes) and free from complete studio control, the possibilities of an independent film are endless, and the viewer is usually guaranteed to see something they never thought possible in a movie. Below, one… Read more »

15 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There are many reasons for not wanting to rewatch a film. Very disturbing themes, approaching themes that are very difficult to digest, or just being bad (which is not the case of any movie on this list), there are films we simply are not able to watch for a second time. On this list, the decision was to approach good… Read more »

15 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Generally made to milk a concept, character or genre, movie sequels have never been especially renowned for their artistic integrity. In the case of movies with more than one sequel, these often mammoth series of spin offs and money grinders—series which can last decades in some cases—are all too often perfect examples of the law of diminishing returns. Both artistically… Read more »

14 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Sequels are a hard nut to crack. Hollywood’s insistence on utilizing any name brand they can get their hands on doesn’t always work. It rarely does. Just because something had a name that was worthwhile at some point, or worthwhile to a niche audience, doesn’t mean it’s going to make money, and money is what these suits want. It’s even… Read more »

14 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Steve McQueen’s “Shame” is a film one can rarely encounter. The director is also a visual artist, which obviously has an immense impact on his visual and narrative style. “Shame” is his second film, following his debut film “Hunger” which doesn’t shy away from showing the brutality and violence inflicted upon an individual, in a way that is straightforward but… Read more »

13 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

New York-based indie filmmaker Nathan Silver (Soft in the Head, Stinking Heaven) steps out of his comfort zone for the City of Lights in his wonderfully warped new film, Thirst Street. Initially, during the film’s pre-title preface the viewer is deftly launched into what feels like a keyed up Sirkian melodrama –– imagine, if you will, Douglas Sirk did some… Read more »

13 October 2017 | Reviews

Since its debut on UK’s Channel 4 back in December of 2011, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror has gained the reputation of being one of the most thrilling and psychologically mind numbing shows around. The anthology series takes place in a not too far off future in the United Kingdom and makes use of different actors and premises each episode, bringing… Read more »

12 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It’s difficult to discern the “best” of anything. What’s the best song? Or the best country? Or the best historical period? Quantifying anything is bound to lead to disagreement, after all. So it is with “Best” lists in general: they are, more often than not, based on opinion. Perhaps by providing a few qualifiers, however, at least some can be… Read more »

11 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Ostensibly the middle film in Aki Kaurismäki’s still in the works Le Havre harbor trilogy (following 2011’s Le Havre), The Other Side of Hope is another eccentric humanist tale from the forever happy-sad Finnish auteur. Once again achieving the blissful balance between melancholy and mirth, Kaurismäki offers up flapdoodle optimism in this shaggy-dog detour involving a former shirt salesman named… Read more »

11 October 2017 | Reviews

Delving into equal parts poignancy and playfulness with surety and poise, Greta Gerwig makes an impressive and unhesitating directorial debut with the charismatic coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird. A rare and relatable portrait of youth, and from a female perspective (Gerwig also wrote the screenplay), this is a film effected with affection, authenticity, and deliberate indulgence. Set in Sacramento, California in… Read more »

11 October 2017 | Reviews