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It’s been 40 years since the release of the award-winning film “Network”, and the howl of Howard Beale still echoes through the streets of America. Even though the film isn’t always perceived favorably by people in both the Libertarian or Republicans parties, mostly due to its indictment of soulless corporatism, Beale’s rage can be shared by everyone, regardless of their… Read more »

05 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

In his review of “2046”, a Wong Kar-wai movie that is practically a sequel to “In the Mood for Love”, Roger Ebert wrote: “It is always too early or too late for love in a Wong Kar-wai film, and his characters spend their days in yearnings and regrets.” This may be a starting point to understand “In the Mood for… Read more »

05 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Sometimes the story behind the scenes is nearly as compelling as what made it onto the screen. Here are 10 unusual production histories you maybe weren’t familiar with:   1. Roman Polanski’s Macbeth (1971) Once upon a time, Roman Polanski was preparing to direct a science-fiction adventure film titled Day of the Dolphin… then the Manson family came along. After… Read more »

04 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

A lot of journalists and film makers are dragged to the art of documentary making because they want to reveal some kind of truth, and in revealing this truth they always face certain risks. At times this truth can be harmless and simply informative, the biggest risk being sticking to schedule; but many times documentary makers stumble upon topics that… Read more »

04 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Now that the sun has set on 2016, Taste of Cinema offers up our favorites from the exciting year that was. Admittedly, I was somewhat under the impression that 2016 had been a modest, even disappointing year for cinema. But, even a cursory glance down the list, and seeing such a miscellany of approaches, particularly in the top ten choices,… Read more »

03 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” – Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx) Animal Crackers, the second feature starring the Marx Brothers, released in 1930, is over eighty years old now, and it still leaves me hard-pressed to find many films that afford such amusement, banter, satire (high-society… Read more »

02 January 2017 | Features, Reviews

German Expressionism was one of the most influential artistic movements of the early XXth century, especially when it comes to cinema. Quintessentially, its artists attempt to seek a deeper meaning in reality, sacrificing realism for the sake of the emotional effects of exaggerated, distorted forms. This way, the subjective perception of life takes control over objective descriptions, focusing on the… Read more »

02 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Once, in a Paris Café, a group of surrealist artist lead by André Breton was reunited, they had concealed and came to a decision – they had decided to expel Salvador Dalí from the surrealist movement. Many argue that this was due to the artist’s neutral political positions (since surrealist artist had begun embracing leftist ideas), others say that this… Read more »

01 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Elle is one of the most daring, confronting and thoughtful films of 2016. Some might find it hard to believe that director Paul Verhoeven, known for Basic Instinct (1992) and Showgirls (1995), was behind such a film as Elle. It is antithetical in style and substance from these predominantly exploitative, blunting films. That is, Verhoeven takes a much more nuanced,… Read more »

31 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

It’s hard to pick 10 people who had their breakout year in 2016. First of all, it was a great year for cinema, especially for diverse and quality films with interesting talent connected to them. Secondly, it’s hard to pinpoint an actor’s breakout sometimes because it feels like a lot of moving parts coming together after a few years of… Read more »

30 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

We’re all hoping popular films like Star Wars Episode VIII, Justice League, and Alien: Covenant knock our collective socks off in 2017. They’re at the top of everyone’s wish lists and marks on everyone’s calendars. But with those three films, and many other blockbusters, it’s going to be a fingers-crossed situation. Episode VIII should be fine, Covenant we’re not so… Read more »

29 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

In 1949, George Orwell wrote a futuristic novel about the year of 1984 set in a totalitarian, dystopian state where “Big Brother is always watching you”. People’s freedom is not only restricted, but taken away altogether as they are watched through surveillance cameras every minute. Emotions, literature and art are prohibited and history books and dictionaries are carefully rewritten in… Read more »

29 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A ridiculously prominent current trend is networks snatching up movie properties and turning them into TV shows. It’s hardly a new phenomena nor a formula for success, but it’s never been more prevalent, since it feels like nary a week passes without some form of announcement or premiere in this category. 
Just this year, several came and went without much… Read more »

28 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“On a daily basis I consume enough drugs to sedate Manhattan, Long Island, and Queens for a month. I take Quaaludes 10-15 times a day for my ‘back pain’, Adderall to stay focused, Xanax to take the edge off, pot to mellow me out, cocaine to wake me back up again, and morphine… Well, because it’s awesome.” – Jordan Belfort… Read more »

28 December 2016 | Features, Reviews

“Your Name” proved that Makoto Shinkai is the next “master” of anime, with the film becoming the fifth highest grossing film of all time in the country – domestic or imported – and the second biggest domestic film ever, behind the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away”. It is also the first anime not directed by Hayao Miyazaki to earn more than $100… Read more »

28 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The term “Oscar bait” essentially refers to any movie that seems aimed at the Oscar voting audience. Oscar voters love feel-good dramas with talented casts and critically acclaimed directors. Movies like The Danish Girl and The Help are wonderful examples of Oscar bait. In many cases, Oscar bait movies get the critical acclaim they desperately desire. In other cases, they… Read more »

27 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists