Taste of Cinema - Movie Reviews and Classic Movie Lists

Skip to content

It’s been said that closing a film is the hardest part of filmmaking. Something I’ve never quite agreed with. Yes, finding the perfect ending to a perfect film may be challenging, but if what came before is great, then the perfect ending is always within reach. But opening a film is something else entirely. Apart from opening a film in… Read more »

27 July 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Film is the ideal arena to work out the conflict between the body and the soul. In many ways cinema, as an art form, boils down this primal struggle. The medium of film depends on action and movement; otherwise why not just write it instead? But there has to be the internal struggle as well, the struggle of heart and… Read more »

27 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Once a film concludes, you can have one of two reactions. You can either understand that a certain picture has been wrapped up nicely, and you try to revisit the entire trip from start to finish. You can also be left with an open ended finale, which invites you to split the film up in a non-linear fashion; now, we’re… Read more »

26 July 2018 | Features, Other Lists

A film that runs longer than five hours is certainly a rarity. Commercial films with wide releases usually are between 90 and 130 minutes long. Fictional movies longer than that are generally blockbusters with big budgets that need enough time to fit in many actors and spectacular scenes; this applies to both contemporary big movies (the recent “Avengers: Infinity War”… Read more »

26 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Derek Jarman once said “Oh how Shakespeare would have loved cinema!” and he was right. The Bard would have been in love with Cinema passionately. As he himself was a huge fan of devastating cruelty and soothing beauty in his art. All at the same time. Cinema in its purest form is a reflection of life. Pain, heartache, loss, anger… Read more »

26 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The first half of 2018 has been nothing short of spectacular. With a series of critically acclaimed blockbusters and multiple billion-hitting releases, fans all over the world has been entertained more than they have hoped for. But the film industry isn’t just revolving around these high-budgeted films from big production companies. Even with the award season still very far from… Read more »

25 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

What makes a great concert film? The best concert films are the ones that successfully capture the essence of the musicians and events they’re meant to be showcasing. The earliest known feature length concert film dates back to 1948. In the decades since the creation of the genre, influential film makers such as Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and D.A. Pennebaker… Read more »

25 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Since Georges Méliès established the first cinema studio in Montreuil of France, before the 19th century’s sunset, a glowing sunrise was already prepared to take place above the stage of the European cinema. His iconic and determinant “A Trip to the Moon” was a first venturous, resplendent step that blazed a trail for countless cinematic trips. The following 20th century… Read more »

25 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Cult films are so often synonymous with the trashy, midnight musings of eccentric artists like Jesús Franco, John Waters, Tommy Wiseau, and Ed Wood. And while those aforementioned filmmakers and many more have amassed a considerable and deserving following, with very few exceptions it would be difficult to label any of their works as a true masterpiece. And yet there… Read more »

24 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The term “microbudget” may seem a little vague, and while many authorities on film can’t quite agree on what amount of money qualifies as a microbudget film, this list will focus on feature films made for less than $250,000 USD (or equivalent). I will mostly discuss first-time films and/or features that established their respective directors as a “new voice” or… Read more »

24 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The history of film is the history of mankind from 1895 to the present day. Cinema has documented everything from the palpable and the general (conflicts, geo-political changes, significant events, remarkable destinies) to the impalpable and the intimate (thinking movements, behavioral adjustments, deaths, rebirths and emergences of values). More deeply than finance, more covertly than artistry, it is ideology that… Read more »

24 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Before diving in, let’s touch on the difference between a summary and a description: to summarize a plot is to glean the basic story, which is a simple task in most cases. To go a step further and really describe a movie, the experience you’re about to have, is another beast entirely. From octopus lovers to biting the fingers off… Read more »

24 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Since this has become somewhat customary, it appears that now is the time for another mid-year list of big disappointments. As much as Taste of Cinema readers love reading lists about recommendations, it’s worth exploring movies that may be better left avoided. It’s particularly important to talk about these movies because, in theory, they seemed like they could be very… Read more »

23 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

A filmmaker’s career can have a whole host of ups and downs through the years. As directors with multi-decade trajectories can attest, there’s no success big enough to prevent you from stumbling and falling with the next film. Because of said unpredictability, it’s hard to tell if a filmmaker really achieved their full potential in any such film, but that… Read more »

23 July 2018 | Features, People Lists

There are so many phenomenal horror films that possess the power to terrify audiences. One only has to look at Jack Clayton’s 1961 gothic masterpiece, The Innocents, or Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, to see that film can undoubtedly harness the capacity to scare perhaps more so than any other medium. These two examples are frightening in very different… Read more »

23 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Willem Dafoe is one of the most versatile, recognizable, risk-taking and talented actors of cinema for more than three decades already. Even making a list consisting of only 20 performances is hard enough considering how diverse his filmography and roles are. He has done all genres and worked with countless auteurs from all over the world. His voice can be… Read more »

22 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists