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After firmly establishing themselves as impressive innovators in the low-budget but high-concept realm of mumblecore sci-fi/horror films with meta-movements and Lovecraftian leanings (2013’s Resolution and 2014’s Spring are must-see movies for genre junkies), the writer-director duo of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson present their most ambitious and riskiest gambit yet with The Endless. Earnestly but not without wit and warm… Read more »

09 October 2017 | Reviews

New Jersey-born filmmaker Sean Baker follows up his candy-colored transgender screwball comedy Tangerine (2015)––also his highly lauded cinematic breakthrough––with another vivid tour-de-force film, which brings with it an illustrious new joie de vivre to the essentia of youth, The Florida Project. Set in a superannuated, very tacky and pastel colored corner of Orlando interstate, which Baker and cinematographer Alexis Zabe… Read more »

09 October 2017 | Reviews

Many (including those who make comments on this list) note that the world “masterpiece” gets thrown around an awful lot (awful being the key word) these days. One big danger of using words too often is that they end up losing their impact. Too often in the modern world, things (events, people, entities, etc.) end up having to be exaggerated… Read more »

09 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Widely held to be one of the worst decades in Western Cinema. Studio driven blockbusters took over from the Director driven New Hollywood films of the 70s. This is seen by the top ten grossing film of the decade; only one (E.T. The Extra Terrestrial) is not part of a multi-million dollar franchise. It was a decade of differences in… Read more »

08 October 2017 | Features, People Lists

Keanu Charles Reeves is an actor, director, producer and musician. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Reeves was raised in Canada with his family and had ambitions to become a hockey player. However, after an injury that prevented him from continuing playing hockey, Reeves turned into acting by appearing in theatre productions, commercials and television shows. In 1985, Reeves made his feature… Read more »

08 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Vampires. Specifically vampire movies. Whatever you think of this particular subgenre, there is certainly no shortage. Ever since Nosferatu (1922), there have been to date almost 200 screen incarnations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula alone, never mind all the other blood-suckers that have graced the silver screen. No matter how many times our heroes (and by extension we the viewers) kill… Read more »

07 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“A couple years ago, I was sitting around going, ‘Why is no one thinking about our mother?’ Not your mother, not my mother, but our mother, this mother who gives us life. And I was like, ‘I want to tell her story.’ She gives us all this love, she gives us a home, she gives us endless gifts, yet we… Read more »

07 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

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