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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Everyone has a favorite filmmaker, usually someone widely considered to be at the very least good. Film fans are always going to be locked in debates about the filmmakers they like and those they don’t. But despite the never-ending arguments about filmmakers, there are some directors that are just considered great. But even within the parameters of widely considered great… Read more »

21 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Like no other genre, science fiction in film has the capacity to create situations, characters, and narratives that can stretch the limits of what can be done in a narrative. Untethered to any responsibility of reflecting reality, sci-fi can travel to the ends of the galaxy, create beings out of whole cloth, and allows for the inexplicable–if not impossible–to occur…. Read more »

20 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Some of the greatest dramas are comedies in disguise. It’s not hard to see, with a modicum of discernment, that comedy and conflict are two sides of the same coin. Comedy serves tragedy and vice versa, and those films which extend a link between the two are conceptual wet dreams. Layers are revered in art; genre uncertainty signifies genius, and… Read more »

20 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most iconic and influential movies of all time. There’s no real argument against it. It came in and changed cinema, furthering the conversation that had begun with “Night of the Living Dead” and commenced with “The Last House on the Left”. Leatherface is one of the most well known and iconic… Read more »

20 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

A great performance is definitive, and can often be separated from an actor or actress. That isn’t to say that these professionals are not capable of delivering a certain caliber of quality more often, but standout performances usually do exactly what they are called: stand out. These special performances can spark a newcomer’s journey, rejuvenate a career that may be… Read more »

20 October 2017 | Features, People Lists

October is a month made to watch horror films: with Halloween at the end of the month and the days growing shorter (and chillier) in the Northern Hemisphere, there’s just something about the atmosphere of the month that makes it a perfect time to settle in and watch a good horror film. Thanks to streaming services, there has never been… Read more »

19 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The films which are included come from different corners of the world, in chronological order, the focus being on the European cinema. So, without a further ado, let’s dive into the strange realms ruled by ten daring artists.   1. Who’s Crazy (Tom White, 1966) / Belgium | USA Tom White’s one and only feature had been considered lost for… Read more »

19 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The element of surprise is a major weapon in any storyteller’s arsenal. Their seeming voyeuristic delight in watching someone expecting one thing and delivering the complete opposite must be ultimately satisfying. To kill off a major character unexpectedly (happens a few times in this list) when the character is ingrained in the viewers mind as one that WILL see it… Read more »

18 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

So many will be lost. All those memories, so meaningful to the individual, will fade away. Their lives had purpose, their narratives were inspired through experience, by the love or harsh teachings of a parent, a vengeful or forgiving deity, a chemical spur in the brain, by the ultimate randomness of interlinked cells or by the biochemical wishes of a… Read more »

18 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Cinema started as an entertainment business more than an art business; it was a brand new technology and an art form whose artistic potential was not suspected. There were no filmmakers, only people deeply interested in storytelling and moving images. These people who had never seen a film had to start somewhere and they used what they knew about other… Read more »

18 October 2017 | Features, People Lists

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