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“Nothing will make sense to your American ears, and you will doubt everything we tell you,” intones Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) gravely, “but in the end you will understand.” A former prosecutor, now an inscrutable consultant for an elite U.S. governmental task force, Alejandro uses a quiet, almost ataractic emphasis as he speaks to Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt), the wide-eyed… Read more »

17 October 2015 | Features, Reviews

The Romantic Western figure is a staple of American folklore and has extended its reach in poetry, music, literature, and most especially film. Tales of cold-hearted bandits and moral law enforcers, corrupt sheriffs and mistaken outlaws set against the backdrop of the undeveloped and expansive Old West that held promises of fortune and enterprise. In 1903, Edwin S. Porter made… Read more »

16 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Alfred Hitchcock is purported to have famously said: “Actors are cattle.” Hitchcock claimed to have been misquoted, saying only that he said that ‘Actors should be treated like cattle!’ It was something of a subtle difference, but irregardless, Hitchcock’s films contain many wonderful and varied acting performances throughout his fifty plus year career. Although he was not really an ‘actor’s… Read more »

16 October 2015 | Features, Other Lists

Economically at least, Europe has been going through something of a dark period lately. It is arguable whether this economic gloom has caused European cinema in turn to produce increasingly bleak and hopeless films. Throughout its long history, European cinema has never shied away from despair. The German Expressionists used every technique at their disposal to illustrate the darker recesses… Read more »

16 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

So naming the 10 best horror sequels shouldn’t in theory have been such a hard task. Given that there are over 5,000 mainstream horror movies at our disposal and sifting through my 1,000 plus horror movies I thought this would be a fairly straightforward assignment. I was wrong. What I did learn was that even though there have been some… Read more »

15 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Do you not know that King Kong the first was just three foot six inches tall? He only came up to Faye Wray’s belly button! If god could do the tricks that we can do, he’d be a happy man! Eli Cross, film director — The Stunt Man (1980) Historically, every decade has a feeling to it and film is… Read more »

15 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Since the beginning of cinema, the theater has been a major influence on the medium. Cinematic staging is largely based on precepts from the theater. Though cinema developed its own language, a lot of traces of theater are still present. To point out the obvious, most acting techniques come directly from theater. Perhaps in Hollywood cinema the major influence was… Read more »

15 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Horror is a category where Asian filmmakers have truly excelled over the years. Since 1998’s The Ring, a film that went on to become an international sensation, the road to internaational recognition of the genre was paved with a plethora of films attainng huge success in Asia and the rest of the world. Consequently, Hollywood proceeded to produce remakes of… Read more »

14 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

If you consider “Absurd” to be whatever is without any meaning, or not connected to any meaning, you’re probably in the wrong list, but if you consider “Absurd” to be a lack of sense, logic and rational thought, you’re in the right place. Cinema is completely full of examples of absurdity, with a lack of meaning and sense, and this… Read more »

14 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 34 years old. In those 34 years he has quickly become one of the most interesting and recognizable actors of his generation. Flitting between prestigious challenging indie films and hyper-budgeted blockbusters without hesitation he is versatile, ambitious and normally always charming. Having started his acting career in A River Runs Through It, Angels in the Outfield and… Read more »

13 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The technology involved in animation has come a long way since its inception. From the use of silhouettes and hand drawings to the recent computer generated revolution, they have all crafted images of astonishing beauty and magnificence. Animation has been used to create some truly exceptional images and the freedom it allows means that these images are crafted purely without… Read more »

13 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The invention of the camera dramatically altered human perceptions and began a debate about, “the truth?” All art, from the dawn of man onward, is artificial and inherently subjective to some degree, but the technology invented in the 1800s was truly new and different in a meaningful way. Beginning with still photography, then audio recording, and finally moving pictures, all… Read more »

12 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Hepburn, Davis, Garland and Temple are just a few celebrated names that rose to stardom between the late 1920’s and the early 1960’s. Old Hollywood’s most famous leading-ladies reached iconic status for different reasons – some became famous for their fierce and independent characters, when society was still very much male-dominated; others captivated millions with their optimism as child stars… Read more »

12 October 2015 | Features, People Lists

Intro to Film classes aside, the European Art movies of the 1960s and 70s can seem like an aloof, inaccessible area of film history to explore. That much may be true—these movies are not for the feint of heart, embracing deeply existential, spiritual, political themes that completely changed the way movies were made. Existential dread is to Swedish filmmaker Ingmar… Read more »

12 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Now that the 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (which ran from September 24th to October 9th, 2015) has drawn to a close, Taste of Cinema offers up our choice favorites from what was a prodigious and impressive festival. While there were many excellent and outstanding non-fiction films – Su Rynard’s The Messenger, Mia Shum’s Ninth Floor, Oni Timoner’s Brand:… Read more »

11 October 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Anomalisa is that rare film that mingles high ambition with near errorless achievement. Few directors, in this case two, Duke Johnson, and Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York), would have undertaken such a risky project, one hinging on a nominal sketch, basically, and complete it with such a stunning success. The most initially striking thing about Anomalisa is its form. It’s… Read more »

10 October 2015 | Reviews