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I think most of us can agree that the world isn’t fair. Some people get what they deserve, others don’t. Not everything works out; some things just fall apart. The world has produced more hopeless dreamers than victorious ones. The arc of the universe does not bend toward justice; things just happen, sometimes for the benefit of mankind, sometimes for… Read more »

11 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Nicknamed after Buffalo Bill by his mother, Samuel Wilder was born in the Austro-Hungarian village of Sucha (nowadays part of Poland) in 1906. As a young man, Wilder tried to fulfil his parents’ aspirations by enrolling in the University of Vienna to study law, which he quickly left. He got a job in a major Berlin newspaper covering crime stories…. Read more »

11 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Cinema is stuck in a circle of conventions and forced and unforced nostalgia, and particularly fervent supporters of the analogic qualities of cinema have taken the digital revolution as something to be criticized. What some people have missed is that the digital medium has a sort of punk attitude that represents the best chance at challenging the rules of cinema,… Read more »

11 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

2016 brought cinemagoers a slew of critical and commercial hits. Star Wars: Rogue One proved that the franchise is in the right hands. Arrival helped show that there’s still room for smart sci-fi blockbusters. Hell, even the sequel to Ouija managed to leave critics happily stunned. There was no shortage of great movies that came along this past year. Unfortunately,… Read more »

10 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Eighties were a truly intriguing time for cinema. While Americans buried the auteur driven films of the Seventies with glitzy, glamorous films influenced by rock videos, world cinema began to grow ever more introspective. Just compare “Rambo: First Blood II” with “Come and See.” Both are war films, both were released in 1985, yet they show the crucial divide… Read more »

10 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

We live in a highly uncertain world. The escalation of populist far-right politics, the largest migrant crisis of the 21st century and the increase in domestic terror attacks can make us feel like everything is spinning out of control. Nevertheless, if history has taught us anything, it is in our darkest times that the scope of human resilience reveals itself… Read more »

10 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Eastern European cinema, particularly the post Soviet Union has brought to the world many fantastic masterpieces throughout the years. Despite 2016 being considered not the best year for a lot of reasons, this can not be said for cinematic creations of the year and particularly the cinema of Eastern Europe that have claimed multiple awards throughout the various festivals. Despite… Read more »

10 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When we think of the pinnacle of acting these days, we think of names like Blanchett, Streep, and Lawrence, or Hanks, Denzel, Leo, and Day-Lewis. But no actor is immune from picking a bad project. But in the case of a few, there’s an ability to dodge most of them and bounce back from the rare few. That’s what this… Read more »

09 January 2017 | Features, People Lists

A small part of the joy of watching films is watching them a second (or tenth!) time. This not only allows one to pick up various bits of dialogues or parts of scenes that might have been missed, but without the need to closely follow a film on a first viewing, one can often spot any easter eggs that the… Read more »

09 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

2016 was a stunning year for film as awe-inspiring visuals lit up living rooms, bijous, drive-ins, and multiplexes the world over. Taste of Cinema’s tireless and exciting search for the most visually exquisite films of 2016 was no easy charge, though several films stood out straight away. The assembled list presented here offers up films of dazzling depth, stirring symmetry,… Read more »

09 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

As much as 2016 was a year packed with long expected films and welcome surprises, 2017 is poised to be a much better year for cinephiles everywhere. From the long awaited return of great filmmakers to reboots of classic films, cinema has some great titles lined up for movie aficionados to enjoy during the coming year, especially if you’re into… Read more »

08 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It’s been well established that every auteur filmmaker in the world plans on taking La Croisette by storm at some point in their career. After all, Cannes is where the biggest directors in the world premiere their new work, and getting to screen your movie alone might open up an entire new spectrum of possibilities. Of course, there are exceptions… Read more »

08 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

2016 has come to an end, and critics around the globe have been gushing over their favorite film performances. By now, you’ve likely grown tired of hearing about how fantastic Casey Affleck, Natalie Portman, and Jeff Bridges were in the many Oscar frontrunners from this year. While there’s no arguing that these performances were stellar, attention needs to be given… Read more »

07 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

As film moves into the twenty-first century, armed with lens flares, computer generated graphics, and tent poles, it is easy to lose sight of where the cinema came from. Just put an 18 year old Marvel fan in a movie theatre and make him watch an Ozu film and you will see what I mean. With the advent of the… Read more »

07 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

So, Alfred Hitchcock. When it comes to this subject, much is there to be said and written about the director’s many great and influential works, however, the most important element to answer in this article is: Alfred Hitchcock still remains today a top influential film director and the most popular of golden era filmmakers among film enthusiasts, why?   Theory… Read more »

06 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Since his directional debut in 1998, Christopher Nolan has steadily entered the lexicon as one of the greatest living directors of the 21st century. Alongside the likes of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino, Nolan has been able mix commercial filmmaking with a keen aesthetic eye. His films are not only box office successes and critically acclaimed,… Read more »

06 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists