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Soundtracks often provide additional danger, mystery and scariness to a movie. This technique is mostly common in Horror movies or Thrillers in which hair-raising moments are essential parts. Some movie scores became immortal because they were so spooky that only listening to them is enough to bring back the movie memory. Some are such masterpieces that without them the movies… Read more »

06 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Movies are made from other movies. There’s no way around it. To profess complete originality is equal to professing divinity; you’re either God or a charlatan, and there’s only one position available—if this can even be granted. Most directors know this; if they don’t they’re not helping the stereotype. Yes, art is a complex thing, but it’s only as complex… Read more »

06 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

German-American actress Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) gives a bold, bravura performance in writer-director Fatih Akins’ occasionally conventional but always compelling revenge-rattled new film, In the Fade. Broken down into three chapters (titled; Family, Justice, and the Sea), Akin’s film moves with ferocity from a heart-crushing tragedy to a gaunt, sweeping, teeth-bared revenge thriller with only a few minor missteps to… Read more »

06 October 2017 | Reviews

The second part in the recently introduced series of cinematic obscurities brings another ten titles you have likely missed, even though they are not to be dismissed. Similarly to its predecessor, this list includes the titles spanning from the 1960s to the 21st century, focusing on geographical and, therefore, cultural diversity. Besides, where else will you find a humorous South… Read more »

06 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Last year, the folks at Taste of Cinema decides to do a list of best movies that wouldn’t get nominated for best picture at the Oscars. Considering how easy it is to narrow down the best picture nominations, a list like that proved to be a little easy to compile. So in an attempt to narrow things down even more,… Read more »

05 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The year 2007 was an excellent year for cinema with many modern classics treating film fans to a buffet of uncompromising filmmaking. One of these masterpieces is Sean Penn’s passion project and love letter to adventurer Christopher “Alexander Supertramp” McCandless. Adapted from the non-fiction book (of the same name) by Jon Krakauer, that, in turn, is based on the life… Read more »

05 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Amour) revisits familiar intellective terrain in his most recent rigidly composed treatise on haute-bourgeois prerogative, Happy End. In fact, so recognizable are Haneke’s pet themes of old-line disaffection amidst the intersection separating media estrangement and bubbling-just-below-the-surface violence, that the sadistic streaks and elegant arcs are all too easy to anticipate. Add the return of… Read more »

05 October 2017 | Reviews

“There is a tiger between my legs, Hans, and I’ve never had an orgasm!” says an empowered Nora (Marie Leuenberger) to her thunderstruck husband (Max Simonischek), in Swiss director Petra Volpe’s wonderful new film about the women’s suffrage movement and struggle for voting rights in 1970s Switzerland, The Divine Order. Punctuated by comedic flourishes and a resilient soft-touch, Volpe revisits… Read more »

05 October 2017 | Reviews

Although a few people like to claim that cinema is dead, it is necessary to say that cinema is alive and well. Since the beginning of the 21st century, many new creative voices emerged in cinema, making remarkable masterpieces. On this list, we approach some of them that are unique in one or more aspects. The themes, the visual, the… Read more »

05 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

As unforgettable as it is unshakable, the fifth film from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster), The Killing of a Sacred Deer, is an unsettling and transgressive domestic odyssey that astounds with its unrelenting menace and imaginative fluency. Equal parts garish and gorgeous, this incendiary psychodrama tells the undone tale of renowned cardiovascular surgeon and recovering alcoholic Dr. Steven… Read more »

05 October 2017 | Reviews

How does one celebrate such a long career, characterized by the plurality of talents, from its origin as a stand-up comedian to a respected filmmaker, when the protagonist has always been so aware of the existence of this veil of falsehood that wears the praise and awards? The man who, at the beginning of his career, dared to deny the… Read more »

04 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

A teenage boy walks through a sterile hallway, a bouquet of flowers clutched in his hand. A girl looks up at him. “You should go in,” she declares. So the boy walks across a long, metal bridge toward a woman who lies asleep, looking half dead. You wouldn’t be alone if you assumed that extravagant, surreal scene was ripped from… Read more »

04 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Alternate endings can often be a fascinating insight into the creative process behind films that we know and love. Sometimes alternate endings never make it past the storyboard stage, and other times multiple endings are filmed and tested before the final ending is chosen. Alternate endings can also reveal a filmmaker’s thoughts and feelings about characters, or reveal unknown insights… Read more »

03 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Being a cinephile nowadays is a tremendous deal. No matter how many films someone watches per year or how well informed someone is, something is always going to be missed. It’s a fact, so always be prepared to say “no” when someone asks you the illustrious question: “Do you know this movie?” The biggest fear of a moviegoer may be… Read more »

03 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The new film from director Tyler MacIntyre (Patchwork), Tragedy Girls, is a savage and cynical satire full of colorful off-color status quo commentary doubling as a paeon to slasher films and teen exploitation fare, particularly Michael Lehmann’s 1988 cult classic, Heathers. And while it’s beyond doubt that every review of this film must mention Heathers at least once (I’ve gone… Read more »

03 October 2017 | Reviews

Bookended by a pair of pining yet positive 1960s-era pop songs from Chinese diva Chang Loo, Mina Shum’s latest film, Meditation Park, bristles with passion and perseverance in a contemporary-set story of devotion, deliverance, and revision amongst an aging married couple at a crossroads. Meditation Park is sensational in its subtlety and simplicity as Shum, returning to narrative filmmaking after… Read more »

03 October 2017 | Reviews