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Monthly Archives: December 2017

There’s a general perception that many actors show up looking pretty, remember their lines, then collect a paycheck. Whilst that connotation is quite common, they’re are several occasions where just the opposite is true, that a performer goes way beyond the line of duty to fully inhabit and immerse themselves into a role, sometimes at the cost of their own… Read more »

31 December 2017 | Features, People Lists

What is it that makes us love a certain filmmaker’s imagery, technique and themes more than another director’s works? Maybe it’s the tone and pace of the plot, or the perfectly quotable and emblematic dialogue, or that great unforgettable soundtrack and sound editing, or maybe it’s because of the pure visual wonder and fantasy put on film… Whatever your answer… Read more »

31 December 2017 | Features, People Lists

Sometimes the appeal of a famous movie performer will be totally lost on us. “Why does anybody care about this actor?” we ask ourselves, doubting our own judgment or everyone else’s. But even worse than that disconnect is when a newcomer or established star finds a role that makes critics gush, the Academy swoon and your own shoulders shrug. All… Read more »

30 December 2017 | Features, People Lists

One of the most common accusations made against genre movies, or in fact any movie that isn’t either an arthouse favorite or Oscar bait, is that they’re “style over substance.” What critics mean when they use this expression is that the movie prioritizes its visuals over a perceived depth; films that prefer to dazzle the viewer with the virtues of… Read more »

30 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Three acts. Beginning, middle, end. Shot reverse shot. Do all stories need to be told this way? Cinema is one of the most complex forms of art. The number of elements this art form uses to compose a piece of work are truly vast and the possibilities tend to be infinite. Sometimes we watch a movie that is able to… Read more »

30 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Blockbusters are all the rage these days. If you’re a particularly thirsty-for-clicks freelancer, you think there are only blockbusters and the industry has all but killed indies with a rocket launcher. While the truth of the matter may not be so crazy, blockbusters are the real big business for Hollywood studios today. They use the big bet style of gambling…. Read more »

29 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The ending credits are the most overlooked aspect of a movie. The vast majority of people leave during them, unless it’s a Marvel movie, in which case they are barely paying attention, anxiously waiting for the post-credits scene. Film critics always say it is important to stay during the credits, even if there’s no “reward” at the end of it,… Read more »

29 December 2017 | Features, Other Lists

This is a list of anti-war masterpieces. Careful! This is NOT a list about movies on war. You won’t find films with astonishing battle shootings or stories of glory. Some of them are rather disturbing movies. But there are comedies too! Each of the settings are different: World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War. But… Read more »

29 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Often called the Mecca of Cinema, Hollywood since the beginning of the 20th century has attracted many foreign directors and actors, who came to work in its fully equipped studios, attracted as well by the high salaries the big cinema firms offered to newcomers. In the 1920s, most American cinema firms sent representatives in Europe to propose to film directors… Read more »

28 December 2017 | Features, People Lists

The cinematic world is a very rich one. While it is true that bad films will always outnumber good ones, the irony is that there are and there always have been worthy films that get swept under the carpet by the public, the critics or both. Some are small and/or independent films from little known (at least at the time)… Read more »

28 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

While the beauty of black-and-white film photography has been out of fashion for some time, at least amongst popular tastes, there is still a lot of beauty and breadth to be found and fawned over for casual viewers, cinéastes, and filmmakers. Continuing Taste of Cinema’s tireless and exciting search for the most visually exquisite black and white films “of all… Read more »

28 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Since its release in 2010, “Game of Thrones” has quickly grown into a worldwide phenomenon. However, like every other successful show, it has gained a lot of fans but also a fair share of critics. It is true that “Game of Thrones” isn’t the most profound show out there and the episodes don’t always match the same level of quality… Read more »

27 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The uncanny is associated with the strange, the weird and the mysterious. The word was used by Sigmund Freud to suggest a threatening sense to the familiar. The German word for uncanny is das Unheimlich. Heim means home but it also means secret, so the uncanny for Freud occurs when something concealed and homely threatens to be unhomely. Toys, gnomes,… Read more »

27 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Since the dawn of cinema as a popular form of art, storytelling has been ever-present. As in any other art form bound by time, it is inevitable to tell stories; something as simple as a train entering a station already tells a story. This inherent presence of storytelling in cinema has led to several conventions, most of them borrowed from… Read more »

26 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Jane Campion’s body of work is one to be greatly admired. She is the only woman to have ever won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the second of only four women in the history of the Academy Awards to have been nominated for Best Director. The New Zealand born filmmaker is one of the greatest living… Read more »

25 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Most great films have some sort of turmoil within them. It’s essential to include conflict within a good story. Any enticing film has burdens for characters to overcome. However, there are some films that can make you feel “desperate” as a means to make you feel what the characters within the film are experiencing. These are not films that are… Read more »

24 December 2017 | Features, Film Lists