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“I don’t know what I just saw.” – “Doc” Sportello “Inherent Vice” is the 2014 film by the wunderkind Paul Thomas Anderson; it is based on the novel of the same name by acclaimed postmodernist author Thomas Pynchon. Jean-François Lyotard famously defined postmodernism as an “incredulity towards metanarratives,” meaning that the narratives that gave meaning to political, ethical (etc.) concepts… Read more »

08 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

While the majority of movies present the narrative’s events in chronological order, the principle of non-linear storytelling holds benefits that could increase the pull or tension of a protagonist’s journey in extraordinary manner. The 21st century could be described as the golden era of nonlinear movies, and the following list will name the top 10 from that era. Spoilers ahead…. Read more »

08 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

War is ugly, war is hell. It is has to be sold to the public in order to gain their support. Since the Vietnam War, the role of the media has increased significantly. The public opinion fell deeply as uncensored images and stories reached American households, the effects of which can be seen to this day. The patriotic message had… Read more »

07 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When love and art walk together. Through film history, many iconic couples were formed during the production of a movie and many of the couples became longtime collaborators, having careers where their relationship and filmmaking walked side by side – at least in the time they were together. With that in mind, here is a selection of movies where a… Read more »

07 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Perhaps more so than in your average film, casting the right actors in a super hero film is critical. These are characters that have existed in a particular form in the public consciousness for years, sometimes even decades, and as such, the fans have very specific expectations when it comes to their portrayal. A home-run casting choice, like Robert Downy… Read more »

06 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

At one point during the hellish climax of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)—James Cameron’s fire-and-brimstone sci-fi classic, which has been re-released in 3D—all hope seems lost. The film’s undulating villain, a shape-shifting robot known as the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), is face to face with his target, John Connor (Edward Furlong), in a steel mill, and since John is a 10-year-old… Read more »

06 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Every director has to start somewhere. Some go to film school, others pay for their first feature out of their own pockets. This list proves there is really no excuse for budding filmmakers not to make their own productions. The list also illustrates the dedication of the directors, although some of their methods are not exactly recommended (the use of… Read more »

06 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Surely the thriving home video market is partially responsible for the influx of cult films that saturated popular culture throughout the 1980s. As a sort of addendum to Taste of Cinema’s recent list detailing the finest cult fare of the 80s, the following list details more obscure films, of the sort you have to dig around a bit to uncover…. Read more »

05 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Over a short period of time, Jessica Chastain went from a relative nobody to one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, and it’s easy to see why. Few actresses have the natural talent of Chastain. Not everybody can step into a role and completely transform. Not everyone can do what she does so effortlessly. This year, she’ll be… Read more »

05 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

We know that, especially in the American film industry, this might be the biggest blockbuster era of all time where studios have the control of large budget productions and never-ending franchises. The rise of the superhero genre allied with fantasy and sci-fi franchises representing a big and profitable deal in the film industry might make some independent films go even… Read more »

04 September 2017 | Features, People Lists

The 1980s is perhaps one of the most defining decades of 20th century Britain. Not only had it rejigged the country’s political and economic ideologies (for better or for worse) but culturally, it was time of great creativity and diversity as a response to this changing landscape. British cinema was especially changing, from a decline in the 1970s after American… Read more »

04 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

There are many well-made, cleverly plotted James Bond films in the 26-film, 55-year history of the British spy. Though the series relies heavily on specific tropes and some contrived elements, that has not stopped filmmakers from creating entertaining and interesting cinema through the years. Within the Bond oeuvre, there are many personal favorites that film buffs and Bond aficionados argue… Read more »

03 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“Poor strangers, they have so much to be afraid of.” – Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962) People love to be scared. Even as they clammily grasp, white knuckled, at the sheets or the arm of whoever’s next to them, terrified at what horror’s are unfolding on the screen, be it menacing clowns, giant spiders, hockey… Read more »

02 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

How has it lead to this? 2017 is halfway done and it has already has proven to be an underwhelming year for animation. Despite a few hits (Lego: Batman, Captain Underpants, My Life as a Zucchini), studios continue to milk these current franchises with uninspired, by-the-numbers cash cows (Despicable M3, Cars 3, and Smurfs: The Lost Village). Shallow? Yes, but… Read more »

01 September 2017 | Features, Other Lists

What makes a cult sci-fi film? Usually, they’re movies that were misunderstood or overlooked upon their initial release. More often than not, they were financial failures. Some are hidden gems, genuinely brilliant pieces of work that were inexplicably ignored or mishandled; others succeed in another fashion, becoming quoted and cherished for reasons that are maybe different than the filmmakers intended… Read more »

01 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The world, let alone the entertainment sector of it, loves to view things in absolute terms. Everything always seems to have to “the best” or “the worst” or “the biggest”, “the smallest”, “the most”, or “the least” and so on. If one is dealing in tangible entities which can be measured, then this might make some sense. However, the artistic… Read more »

01 September 2017 | Features, Film Lists