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From today I will embark upon my 2012 roundup series that will include all the terrific films I have watched in the calender year of 2012. Hopefully these roundup lists would be useful for you as good recommendations. Let’s begin with the best Chinese movies I saw this year. After watching 20-plus Chinese movies within in the year, I have… Read more »

20 December 2012 | Features, Film Lists

Since I’m gonna do a 2012 roundup series on this blog for the rest of December, the film recommendation of this month’s edition is earlier than last month.BUT I have more good film to recommend this time. ★★★★★   Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters This is a film Paul Schrader was born to make, a real life self-born self-destructive… Read more »

18 December 2012 | Features, Film Lists

I made a top 100 favorite film list back in March this year to mark my 50th post. Now nine months have passed, and the posts on Taste of Cinema have reached 200,it is the time to adjust this “ever-changing” epic list. Ten changes have been made from the old list, that’s ten films dropped from the list and another… Read more »

15 December 2012 | Features, Film Lists

  Today marks the 80th birthday of the legendary Japanese actor Tatsuya Nakadai, who was most famously known as the leading man of Akira Kurosawa’s late films like Ran and Kagemusha. Unlike another well-known Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, who was criticized as “only being able to act Samurai well”, Nakadai has a wider range in his performances. Very similar to Marcello Mastroianni… Read more »

13 December 2012 | Cinema Charmers, Features

Today marks the 109th birthday of great Japanese auteur Yasujirô Ozu, it also means this master of cinema has left us for 49 years(Ozu was born and died on the same day). This year, his most important film Tokyo Story was voted as the best film in the Sight & Sound top 100 films of all time directors poll.Current filmmakers are… Read more »

12 December 2012 | Cinema Masters, Features

Today is American independent film pioneer John Cassavetes‘ birthday, I want to dedicate this post to one of the most fearless and passionate directors I’ve ever known.     “Most people don’t know what they want or feel. And for everyone, myself included, It’s very difficult to say what you mean when what you mean is painful. The most difficult thing… Read more »

09 December 2012 | Cinema Masters, Features

I  recommended 7 awesome films that I watched this month in my previous post,  here comes another 7: Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville ,1969 ) Perhaps this is French auteur Jean-Pierre Melville’s best film in his career. Army of Shadows told a story of the struggle and self-sacrifice of a French Resistance army during their glorious mission in WWII. On the… Read more »

09 December 2012 | Features, Film Lists

In November I watched 23 films,20 for the first time and 3 for the second time. Like always,  Criterion-released movies were highly prioritized, accounting for nearly half. Others include 4 Woody Allen  films made in the 1970’s and 80’s, 2 current theater releases,1 Master of Cinema title,1 British Period Drama,1 Classic Hollywood,1 Spaghetti Western and 1 Classic Chinese-language film.  I… Read more »

06 December 2012 | Features, Film Lists

As I said in my previous post, 2012 is the year of Alfred Hitchcock, there is no doubt about it. If you are a fan of this master of suspense,you should get yourself some Hitchcock Blu-rays for this Christmas. 2012 is a very strong year for Hitchcock Blu-ray releases, and since there are so many options, you may need a… Read more »

04 December 2012 | Features, Other Lists

Today marks the 1st anniversary of  Taste of Cinema,here I want to thank you guys,my loyal readers.To be honest,I had no idea how far I could go when I first started this site exactly a year ago,without all your support,this site could be like any of those sites that dies in a couple of months after foundation.With your passion and… Read more »

02 December 2012 | Features, Others

Who is the best director ever lived on planet earth? As film fans, you must have your own unique answers. But to most non film fans, the name Alfred Hitchcock equals film director. Not only because he contributed probably more than any directors in sound cinema, but also because of his persona has became a cultural symbol that can easily… Read more »

29 November 2012 | Features, Other Lists

As the new film “Hitchcock” premiered in the US, a second wave of Hitchcock heat(the first wave ocuured after the Sight&Sound poll. When his Vertigo beat Citizen Kane to the top) began to hit the media. With all the buzz going on,Taste of Cinema is following the trend to present some of the most kick-ass Hitchcock lists you are gonna… Read more »

26 November 2012 | Features, Film Lists

Life of Pi is fantastic,I can call it Ang Lee’s most beautiful film and definitely one of the most gorgeous films in the last decade,it is also one of the best films I’ve ever watched about religion and faith.Let’s break down this film to pieces to see how good it is.   The Story Lee really knows how to choose… Read more »

22 November 2012 | Features, Reviews

Night Train to Munich,directed by one of the greatest British filmmaker ever – Carol Reed(The Third Man,Odd Man Out),is an underrated spy thriller that would give you a joyful ride.   The Sequel to The Lady Vanishes If you have never heard of the title,you may have heard of The Lady Vanishes,a British classic spy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock,and is… Read more »

20 November 2012 | Criterion Gems, Features

Last Saturday was Ennio Morricone‘s birthday,I wrote this post to pay tribute to one of the most versatile and prolific film composers of all time. Ennio Morricone is mostly associated with famous Italian directors like Sergio Leone and Giuseppe Tornatore,when you talk about their most successful films like The Good,The Bad and The Ugly,Once Upon a Time in the West… Read more »

14 November 2012 | Features, Film Lists

“The French New Wave has influenced all filmmakers who have worked since, whether they saw the films or not. It submerged cinema like a tidal wave” -Martin Scorsese Before writing this,I know this is gonna be the most challenging list I ever need to compose.The number of great directors and films related to French New Wave(Nouvelle Vague) is just so overwhelming,I… Read more »

12 November 2012 | CC Lists, Features