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Monthly Archives: February 2018

The filmmaking process is chaotic, and the director acts as a guiding hand in this process. His or her vision should be clearly translated onto the screen, from pre-production to post-production. This list explores the best achievements in direction from last year; a varied list of directors from around the world and from disparate genres. The list will no doubt… Read more »

28 February 2018 | Features, People Lists

Psychological manipulation is a complex, creepy, yet fascinating subject for a rewarding night out at the cinema, and one that can manifest itself in various ways. Sometimes the most exciting premise for a genre film can be deceptively simple and still very sinister, and also be incredibly effective. It’s with this idea at the fore that Taste of Cinema presents… Read more »

28 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

It is never a surprise when a Marvel film tops the box office, but Black Panther has surpassed everyone’s expectations and has become one of Marvel’s most successful films to date. Not only has it currently made over $700 million at the global box office, it has also achieved critical acclaim. Black Panther has made waves due to its inclusivity,… Read more »

27 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Call Me By Your Name has received a lot of recognition for being a groundbreaking work. One of the better aspects of the film is, aside from the fact that it stands on its own as a great work, it seems to be inspired by other successful films. It also shares similarities with a handful of coming of age movies…. Read more »

27 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

“Human beings do things in a far more terrible way than animals, but the idea that things might be otherwise is one that has occurred only to humans.” – Theodor W. Adorno What value does humanity have? This list explores that very question. To raise the question of humanity’s value requires some discussion of humanism. Humanism is often linked to… Read more »

27 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

In an interview shortly after Boogie Nights was released, Paul Thomas Anderson was questioned about the film’s “tone shifts” between “dramatic and comic/parodic.” He responded, “Two of my favorite movies are F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise and Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild, what I call gearshift movies, that can change tones [snaps fingers] like that. I like to see that in movies because… Read more »

26 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The “television versus film” argument has been around forever, and is quite frankly a little boring at this point. There are positives to both art forms and both don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. A recurring comparison in the discussion is the idea that television is more akin to great literature, whereas a mediocre film could potentially be… Read more »

26 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Romantic films do not always end well every time. As beautiful and great as they are in some moments, sometimes the story leads us to a very somber place toward the end of the film. With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 amazing romantic films that are heartbreaking. As usual, many things interfere in the choice of… Read more »

26 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Science fiction and thriller films have something in common – they look to amaze the audience not only with their monumental settings, but with their stimulating storytelling as well. In this regard, this list will provide some films that connect both genres through the use of symbolic and always relevant ideas. Science fiction has, in its structure, an alarming sight… Read more »

25 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Evil is the inseparable element of human existence. For some reason, it fascinates and attracts, especially when it can be discovered without taking an active part in it. Audiences have also been fascinated by the portrayal of evil and violence in movies since the very dawn of cinema. In the early era of film, the morbid curiosity of moviegoers was… Read more »

25 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Lists are subjective, as are film awards and criticism (although criticism from respected critics has merit in that it’s generally knowledgable of film history and based on a set criterion rather than a gut reaction). Having said that, there are some films that are overrated, no matter how you look at it. For example, who amongst us really believes the… Read more »

24 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

So much of what makes cinema so engaging and exciting is the awe-inspiring visuals that they contain. These stirring visuals have captured our imaginations and lit up living rooms, bijous, drive-in, and multiplexes the world over for generations. Taste of Cinema’s tireless and exciting search for the most visually exquisite filmmakers was no easy charge, and not one we undertook… Read more »

24 February 2018 | Features, People Lists

Twarz’s very first images — close-ups of blank faces in the cold — initially give the viewer the impression that we will be in for a serious drama. Then it cuts to establish the setting: these characters are standing outside a Christmas underwear shopping spree that’s just about to start. The lights turn on, the doors open, and people stream… Read more »

24 February 2018 | Features, Reviews

There are only so many Oscar and Golden Globe nominations to go around, meaning that each year there are exceptional films that go completely unrecognized regarding major awards. Below are ten great films that were completely shut out of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.   1. Take Shelter Jeff Nichols has directed five movies, including this one, and all… Read more »

23 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Conversations are some of the most common scenes in films, and when done well they can be extremely powerful. There are many ends that a conversation can fulfill; whether it’s a silent or loud confrontation, the revelation of a hidden intention, or a subtle manipulation, the potential of a conversation is limited only by the filmmakers. The great filmmakers use… Read more »

23 February 2018 | Features, People Lists

Looking at the list of winners for best director, one can see that the many different juries of Cannes did a great job time and time again. A large number of names here are considered to be best in the craft. Here are the 25 selected to best represent the award.   25. So Close to Life (1958, Ingmar Bergman)… Read more »

23 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists