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Franchises are Hollywood’s main business these days. It’s been like that for a while now, but it’s gotten even more ingrained over the years now that comic book movies have taken over. So everyone needs a franchise these days to keep the lights on, forgoing the mid-range adult dramas that keep TNT’s late night schedule filled for either big-budgeted action… Read more »

05 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Unlike other artforms, documentaries don’t hide their agendas. The documentarian begins with a conviction, and the purpose of the film is to convince the viewer of the truth of said conviction, regardless of its actual veracity. Not all documentarians are like this. Some, who believe in the unbiased pursuit of truth, produce honest but boringly even-handed films, but this technique… Read more »

04 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Trilogies are something that’s very recurrent in the history of film. As a way of telling a longer story or simply connecting a particular theme in different narratives, some of the best films in history are part of a trilogy and many acclaimed directors have one in their filmography. With that in mind, here is a selection of some of… Read more »

04 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

We’ve already explored what can happen when casting goes wrong in super hero films. The results can be disastrous. The wrong person in a key role can not only lead to a bad film, but can seriously damage an actor’s career, scuttle a studio’s plans for an extended franchise and put a property on the shelf for years. But when… Read more »

03 November 2017 | Features, Other Lists

In this second part of our series about films from the 21st century that you may have missed, we explore some of the most overlooked films from this period. Films from all around the globe and from all kinds of different genres. We hope this list enlarges your pending film list with titles you were not aware of, or at… Read more »

03 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

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