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Yearly Archives: 2018

The year 2018 was a hell of a year for superhero cinema. Things were still shaky for a bit a few years back when there was that stretch of “Fantastic Four” films, “Batman v Superman,” “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Captain America: Civil War.” A rut was had but since that run we’ve hit a boon with superhero cinema. Marvel is on… Read more »

31 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

“First Reformed” is one of the best reviewed films of the year. Even though it premiered in the Venice Film Festival last year, the film was released into theatres this year, and despite it having an unimpressive box office run most (probably because of incredibly depressive nature of the film), the critics appreciated it enough and now they keep putting… Read more »

31 December 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Film history is full of films which stick in the memory, good or bad, but is also (perhaps even more so) full of films which seem to be remembered and live on, if that is the right term, as what may be referred to as “text book classics”. This term simply means that while these films are often mentioned in… Read more »

31 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Evoking mood in film can be done masterfully with color. From humble black and white beginnings, film has evolved to utilize color in ways that complement a directors’ vision and enhance the tone of the movie. The hues chosen for each scene can be not only aesthetically pleasing, but also draw out an emotional response from the audience and highlight… Read more »

30 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When the new normal in cinema is stories about people (usually men) in tight costumes criss-crossing the universe with their superpowers, what stories can possibly be considered bizarre cinema? This is a question that is challenging audience perceptions. Comic book movies and highbrow horror now find themselves on the screens and year-end best lists that were once reserved for Oscar… Read more »

30 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Those who are interested in not only cinema but also in any kind of cultural expression such as literature or music will always find in this list one of the debated aspects when it comes to art, censorship, and control. Many controversial films have been banned by censorship bodies or local or state authorities. The ubiquity of cinema means that… Read more »

30 December 2018 | Features, People Lists

The year born out of a biblical prophecy signaling the end times of Earth is almost over. It’s the first year on record that has lasted 10,000 days. What a wild year of almost uniformly bad times. But at least the cinema was good! We’ve been on a hell of a streak in recent years and this year was no… Read more »

29 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Like a fine wine, some films seem to grow better with each passing year. Though the content never changes, the times and the audience do. When a work of art still feels relevant after many decades and many viewings, it has touched a timeless quality which preserves it from aging. A film with eternal youth infects us with a sense… Read more »

29 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

It’s the end of 2018, which means that year-end lists will be rolling out at a rapid pace from basically any entertainment publication. There will of course be lists detailing the best and worst movies of the years, but not every website is like Taste of Cinema. TOC needs to make sure it has all of its bases covered, which… Read more »

28 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Look, every single film ever created takes some sort of imagination to make. Even the worst flicks out there had some sort of creativity (maybe the tiniest amount, but it’s there). Otherwise, these projects would have never amounted to anything more than a simply blank brainstorming scrap piece of paper. Let’s also face the fact that it is impossible to… Read more »

28 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Sound and image are primarily what makes up a film. Sound is a crucial element to the filmmaking process but without any sound, a film cannot only still work but still be dazzling. It allows the filmmaker to be purely visual and tell their story in those terms. This is what filmmakers had to deal with until Al Johnson shook… Read more »

27 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The independent cinema of today is very different from that of previous decades. As more complex narratives move to TV and streaming, smart studio fare for mature audiences has largely disappeared. In its place is indie cinema, which is now as much a term for films that don’t involve superheroes or explosions as it is for low-fi, experimental, no-budget movies…. Read more »

26 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2018 has been a rather interesting year for Korean cinema, which, despite the continuous turn towards Hollywood aesthetics and the non-stop production of crime-thrillers, managed to produce a number of interesting films, headed by the return of two of the contemporary greats, Kim Ki-duk and Lee Chang-dong. The blockbusters were here once more, but the surprise came from independent productions,… Read more »

26 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema is an ever-changing medium. This is certainly true regarding its technical progress, which puts in front of our eyes a concrete change in the way a movie is experienced, whether this means hearing sound on the screen for the first time, or experiencing 3D viewing. Technical innovations behind the camera let the filmmakers exploit increasingly advanced softwares for editing,… Read more »

25 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

With 2018 coming to an end, it is time to look forward to what the new year is about to bring us film lovers. And after a little research, we’ve come to the following conclusion: 2019 shapes up to be a great year for cinema. These are our ten picks for movies we are looking forward to seeing in 2019,… Read more »

24 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists

These selected films are all examples of universality in art. The themes in these films return again and again, from war to climate change, showing how history really does repeat itself. The following list is a collection of documentary and narrative feature films that exemplify repetition of humanity’s issues over time.   1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to… Read more »

24 December 2018 | Features, Film Lists