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Making a great film as a career start is something that could suddenly launch a director to stardom and maybe guarantee the funding of his second film (or even the third and fourth). In film history, many acclaimed directors started their careers with movies that could easily be considered masterpieces and, among them, plenty could never make a better one… Read more »

12 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Why should things be easy to understand?” so says Thomas Pynchon, author of the famously near impenetrable Gravity’s Rainbow (1973). “The device you’re wearing is hooked into your rib cage. By the time this tape is finished, you will have one minute to find a way out” so says Jigsaw, the puppet master that haunts the near impenetrable Saw series… Read more »

11 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Normally, Taste of Cinema is a platform for looking into the glorious (or not so glorious) past of cinema. This list will take an opposite approach and examine some future productions by acclaimed directors.   10. First Man (Damien Chazelle) After his surpassing success of “La La Land”, Damien Chazelle has another iron in the fire. His next project is… Read more »

11 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

So many fingers, so many pies, it sometimes seems like Luc Besson is everywhere! There are, quite literally, scores of films that he has been involved with: as writer, as director, and as various types of producer. He’s been involved with some well known franchises: Taken, Taxi, Transporter and that’s just from the ’T’ part of the list. So you… Read more »

11 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When James Cameron’s Avatar was released at the end of 2009, audiences were smitten. With its high-tech 3D and its use of cutting-edge technology, Avatar was awesome to look at. It made $77 million in its first weekend of release and eventually made an astounding $760 million domestically (and $2.7 BILLION dollars worldwide). Critics were impressed as well: Avatar has… Read more »

10 August 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The worst crime a person can commit, both legally and morally, is murder – the intentional and premeditated killing of another human being. What is worse is when someone is going around murdering people for their own sick pleasure and gratification. Despite most of society being against their horrid crimes, society also cannot help but be fascinated by the mind… Read more »

10 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The second part of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy, “Oldboy” stars Min-sik Choi as Oh Dae-su, a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years without any apparent reason. When he is released all those years later, he is given clothes, money, and a cell phone, still not knowing why he was incarcerated. Searching for revenge, he discovers that his… Read more »

10 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout the years, there have been various types of horror movies that have expanded the film category. From the supernatural to the psychological, the horror genre has continued to push the boundaries of fear and what is considered scary. There have been many movies that has combined romance with horror which has proven to be an interesting mix. Here are… Read more »

09 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Some sequels are loved. Some are hated. Others are less fortunate – they are unjustly forgotten. The films on this list are all sequels that have been overshadowed by the films before them, are overlooked, and are overdue the recognition they deserve.   1. Jaws 2 (1978) When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws transformed Hollywood in 1975 by smashing box-office records and… Read more »

09 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When a new movie adaptation comes out, there are people who will complain that the book’s not as good, and if you know somebody like this, then they’ll complain about these movies especially. A great adaptation is never supposed to recreate the source material, but rather to filter it through the eyes of the director, however they interpret it. One… Read more »

09 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There are times when just a few minutes into a movie, we get a feeling that we are in good hands. Some of these movies don’t disappoint while others get better with every passing minute. But then there are some others – movies that begin on an impressive note, raise our expectations to a maximum only to strike them down… Read more »

09 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Born on September 10, 1968, Guy Ritchie was once looked to as the British Quentin Tarantino for his energetic crime films, snappy dialogue and pop culture soundtracks. The 90s were booming with independent filmmakers looking to make their mark, and the success and influence of films like “Goodfellas” and “Pulp Fiction” especially left a trail of influences and imitators. Ritchie… Read more »

09 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

This summer has been an embarrassment of riches for Hollywood film franchises. While The Mummy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Transformers: The Last Knight stood out desperate and exhausted, one in particular, Alien: Covenant, directed by visionary Ridley Scott, proved to be this summer’s disappointment. Now, the Alien franchise helmed by Scott’s original film has… Read more »

08 August 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Under all forms of art, cinema is the supreme discipline, simply because it’s the combination of all of them. A good movie offers a complex structure, a dense web of all layers working seamlessly with each other. In a sense, it reflects the functioning of the human psyche. Therefore, cinema is the ideal form to thematize psychological issues. A core… Read more »

08 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The 1990s is a period of great cinematic innovation. Filmmakers from around the world made some of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time. For example, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors Trilogy (1993-1994), Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), or Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together (1997). However, perhaps due to such numerous amount of great films, some 90s films are slipping out… Read more »

08 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Welcome to Taste of Cinema’s way-too-early Oscar predictions. Okay, this isn’t as early as a lot of other crazy prediction articles, but it’s certainly too early to be remotely accurate. In other words, this list should probably be taken with a grain of salt. That’s not to say there wasn’t a fair amount of thought put into this list. Rather,… Read more »

07 August 2017 | Features, Film Lists