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Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, regardless of genre. It consistently ranks high in polls of critics, directors, and audiences when determining cinema’s best offerings, and it’s easy to see why; 2001 is unforgettable, a grand visual spectacle chronicling man’s evolutionary journey from ape to Star Child, as… Read more »

02 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Even in film, first impressions count for a lot. Since movies only have a relatively brief amount of time to establish their story, setting, and characters, it takes skill to concentrate and shorthand entire characters and what they ultimately mean to the story being told. It’s how a character is presented that leads to why they are being presented that… Read more »

02 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

All through Sofia Coppola’s delicately poised filmography, there runs an undercurrent of a desire to dissect female isolation in all its understated, fiery angles. There is gloriousness in her characters living in their own world, staring out windows, looking at a world that would work without any irregularity if it were devoid of them and still attempting to find a… Read more »

02 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

An experiment that was done here on Taste of Cinema was seeing how our staff would order the Best Picture nominees of the latest Oscars ceremony (check it out if you have not already). This poses an interesting study that can be fulfilled: why don’t we take this approach to every year of the Oscars? It would be intriguing to… Read more »

01 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Each year, there seem to be some films which, despite being good (or, in some cases, great), don’t always get enough attention at the time of their release. The second-best film on this list is an amazing psychological thriller with great acting, great atmosphere and a very well-written script. But, so far, it’s got 20 times fewer votes on IMDb… Read more »

01 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There is a scene early in “Blade Runner 2049,” Denis Villeneuve’s hypnotic and heart-bursting sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 future-shock detective movie “Blade Runner,” where two men crash through a wall. One is the bulbous Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), who is one of many humanoid robots known as replicants, and the other is the slender, trench-coat-wearing assassin known simply as… Read more »

31 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The American Civil War (1861-65) was a catastrophic moment in US history. From the moment Confederate troops opened fire on Fort Sumter to its conclusion four years later, almost a million young Americans lost their lives, often to friends, family or neighbours. Naturally this is fertile ground for cinema, and here are eight of the best.   1. Red Badge… Read more »

31 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

If you consider yourself a serious film fan, you must be familiar with at least a handful of essential undisputed masterpieces from every film genre, from horror to comedies and from Westerns to biographical films. This list concerns the latter category. The majority of cinema aficionados are likely to already be familiar with most of these films and if you… Read more »

31 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Shining” was released in theaters in spring 1980. The film opened to mixed reviews; Janet Maslin, film critic for the New York Times, gave the following critique of the horror film: “The supernatural story knows frustratingly little rhyme or reason. Even the film’s most startling horrific images seem overbearing and perhaps even… Read more »

30 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

When it was announced back in 2015 that Denis Villeneuve was attached to direct a sequel to the science fiction masterpiece Blade Runner public reaction was, understandably, mixed. Questions arose over whether Ridley Scott’s 80s classic really needed a follow up, let alone one that would be released so long after the original. However, when Villeneuve stepped up to the… Read more »

30 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

One of the most profound aspects of any art form is to provoke thought, to not only entertain audiences but to give us something to ponder over for hours, perhaps days after a short 90-minute experience. With that being said, ultimately, a filmmaker’s greatest aim and goal with their films is in fact, to not provoke thought, but emotion, to… Read more »

30 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“[The Cabin in the Woods] ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years. …by successfully analyzing tired formulas, it gives them new life.” – Eric Kohn, indieWire   To a new World of Gods and Monsters This whip smart horror comedy from scribes Drew Goddard (also making his impressive directorial debut) and… Read more »

29 October 2017 | Features, Reviews

Horror films are often resistant to criticism, either because the genre as a whole isn’t particularly highly regarded by “serious” critics or because many horror films are low-budget, poorly produced shock films that look to deliver on their implicit promise of graphic violence rather than creating a quality movie. And 2017 has been no different in this regard than most:… Read more »

28 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It is quite intriguing the feeling we have when a film stays in our head for awhile after we watch it for the first time and feel that – to quote a verse from a famous Neil Young song – “there’s more to the picture than meets the eye.” With that in mind, here is a selection of films that… Read more »

28 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

While historical movies can be most enjoyable, and a window onto another time, they are commonly inaccurate, which can spoil the fun. Some inaccuracies are designed to increase suspense or add exposition, in short, for dramatic reasons, and these are easy to forgive. In some cases movies may be both extremely realistic and contain many blatant errors at once. Others… Read more »

27 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

James Wan is one of the best horror directors working today. He has absolute command of the craft and has proven himself capable of jumping from big blockbusters to smaller genre fare with ease. Not many filmmakers are able to make their debut in such a massively explosive way as he did, jumping into the game with the game-changing “Saw.”… Read more »

27 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists