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“[Deliverance] is the best film I’ve ever done. It’s a picture that just picks you up and sends you crashing against the rocks. You feel everything and just crawl out of the theater.” – Burt Reynolds   Men without women Savagely compelled to defend themselves as the laws and measures of civilization no longer affect or protect them, Deliverance is… Read more »

09 February 2017 | Features, Reviews

Compiling a list of overlooked foreign thrillers was a difficult task, simply because there are so many good ones. Represented here are ten carefully chosen, exceptional examples of the genre, each from a different area of the globe.   1. A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) Lucio Fulci was an Italian filmmaker who rose to international fame in the… Read more »

09 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The film industry in the United States is a massive one: on average, there are 600 films produced here each year alone, and since there are only about five open slots in each category, not every one of them can be nominated for an Academy Award. As the old saying goes (particularly from those that lose), it’s an honor just… Read more »

08 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When legendary film director John Carpenter released his third film “Halloween” film in 1978, it was a game changer when it came to horror movies, becoming a commercial hit with audiences and praised by film critics. The low-budget thriller would go on to create a subgenre of horror films known as slasher movies. “Halloween” established Carpenter as a force to… Read more »

08 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The Sundance Film Festival is always a worthy one to keep an eye on. It usually marks the debut of most of the independent films we’ll be talking about for the remainder of the year, and this year was no different. As usual, there’s one special standout, and this time is not even the big Jury Prize winner – barring… Read more »

08 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Stanley Kubrick is considered one of the most extraordinary and influential directors of all time, with a filmography of 16 motion pictures that are all considered classics, cult or otherwise, as well as a bunch of unrealized projects. He was also a passionate spectator himself – a true cinephile if you will – and elaborated his influences through all of… Read more »

08 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film has made it possible for the most horrible things imaginable to be seen and explored, from horrendous bloody murder, pedophiles, oppression, and the true mundanity of life. The concept of being disturbed is more based on individual’s life experiences and culture, creating a complex psyche of fear around certain topics. With disturbing films, there is a fine line between… Read more »

08 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It’s true that, as the years pass and cinema becomes more and more available to audiences worldwide, it becomes increasingly clear that the Oscars are an imperfect ceremony. They celebrate a narrow-minded and often traditionalist view of moviemaking and its unreceptiveness to foreign excellence is very frustrating. However, truth is the Oscars were always like this, and they often shower… Read more »

07 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

A Google search of ‘greatest film villains’ will bring many familiar faces: Hannibal Lecter, Darth Vader, Alex DeLarge, Anton Chigurh and, of course, Heath Ledger’s turn as the Joker – a character that has become omnipresent. The villainy of these iconic performances is without question, but there are many more nasty characters in the annals of cinema history that are… Read more »

07 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The powerful and tragic effects of psychological trauma truly entered the consciousness of mainstream America as veterans were returning from the Vietnam War. This prompted the American Psychological Association to finally recognize Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as an actual affliction in 1980. Prior to this new diagnosis, terms like “shell shock”, “combat fatigue”, and “hysteria” were used to describe the… Read more »

07 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The notion of an extremely long film is, like it or not, subjective. One must consider that time passes differently to people. A 4-hour long blockbuster can run by faster than a Super Bowl commercial to its most arduous fan, and a mere 70-minute-long arthouse movie feel like an eternity to an uninterested viewer. There are films that warrant their… Read more »

07 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

If you’re reading this list, or are an avid reader of Taste of Cinema, it’s safe to say that you love film. Most of you, I presume, consider cinema to be more than just simple entertainment or escapism. Films can be so much more than that. We venture into the world of cinema to make ourselves feel more at peace… Read more »

06 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, an Academy Awards nomination for Best Director calls attention to the person behind the camera whose complicated job it is to bring their specific vision of a story to life on-screen. This nomination also pulls focus on the oeuvre of these directors, however expansive or brief a filmography they may boast. This year’s Best Director nominees have diverse… Read more »

06 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The beginning of the year is always dominated by the unstoppable Hollywood hype machine that carefully prepares the public for the films that ought to be anticipated. Thus, the general public and part of the film-loving crowd are already oriented, from a consumer and producer standpoint, to be aware of certain titles, while others linger in obscurity and have to… Read more »

06 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When attempting to write up a summation of Oliver Stone’s career as a film director and screenwriter, it’s next to impossible to come up with an opening sentence that can justifiably tie up his work, his stamp on modern filmmaking, or his effect on the world in general. Not even that one. Audacious, earnest, violent, sexualized, bold, sensationalized, misogynistic, humanistic,… Read more »

05 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Academy Awards are obviously the highest honor of measurable respect within the film industry, but they also do not always go to the right performances. Typically, the actors whose best work is unrewarded by the academy are ones of lesser general status. However, even actors who will forever be considered legends of the medium have gone home empty-handed for their… Read more »

05 February 2017 | Features, People Lists