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18 03, 2019

The Top 20 Films of 2018 (According to Tarek’s humble opinion)

2019-03-18T12:57:20+03:00Mar 18, 2019|25 Comments

Hey, this is your local film buff checking in on my yearly visit to this blog to spout out my favorite films of the year (because my opinion is right and everyone else is wrong).

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this article, I hadn’t seen the following highly acclaimed films that might have had a spot otherwise: Border, Caphernaum, Minding the Gap, The Rider, and Suspiria

Note: This year has proven to be one of the worst years for Hollywood Big Studio films, but an incredible year for independent cinema. As such, you may have never heard of some of the films listed below, but how boring would it be if I wrote this entire giant article just talking about films you already know. Wouldn’t it be great to be recommended stuff you haven’t heard of, so you can find it in you to take a risk and watch it? Who knows, you might find yourself surprised to discover a gem you would have never searched for otherwise…

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4 03, 2018

Top 15 Films of 2017 (According to Tarek’s humble opinion)

2018-03-04T22:43:42+03:00Mar 4, 2018|15 Comments

Hey, this is your local film buff checking in on my yearly visit to this blog to spout out my favorite films of the year (because my opinion is right and everyone else is wrong). If this is your first time reading an article of mine, that’s normal cause I’ve written 5 over 6 years or so. My name is Tarek, I’m a filmmaker, ad director, and curator for Cinemagic rooftop cinema (I basically choose the films they show, so any complaints can come my way). Let’s get to the list!

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this article, I hadn’t seen the following highly acclaimed films that might have had a spot otherwise: Faces Places – Raw – The Square – Loveless.

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21 01, 2017

Top 15 Films of 2016

2017-01-21T18:18:31+03:00Jan 21, 2017|40 Comments

Hey Guys. So, most of you have probably forgotten who I am, but at some point in time I used to write film reviews for this blog (I think i ended up writing 3 in total?). Where did I go? Well, to that vast wasteland we like to call laziness. But, here’s hoping this article will lead a more frequent visit from myself so here goes.

2016. A terrible year by all accounts, but strangely, an incredible year for cinema. After one of the worst summer movie seasons of all time, without a single film sticking out, it’s quite the surprise reaching the end of the year and finding so many hidden gems.

My taste in film might not appeal to most, but the point of this post is that hopefully you will learn about or discover a hidden gem that otherwise you wouldn’t have considered. I’ve also made it a point not to include any foreign films, as there were many beautiful ones, but this is a year that represents a renaissance in American Cinema with many films that are so unique and fresh that I had to celebrate them. So without further a do, here are the 15 best films of the year, according to my pretentious and unnecessary opinion.

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this article, I hadn’t seen the following highly acclaimed films that might have had a spot otherwise: Cameraperson, Hell or Highwater, Tower, Paterson, Fences, Krisha, The Fits, and The Handmaiden.

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13 09, 2014

Movie Review: 100 Foot Journey

2014-09-13T12:59:09+03:00Sep 13, 2014|5 Comments

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I’ve been waiting a few weeks now for a film to peak my interest at the theaters, but like all industries, Cinema has its low moments.

Having said that, this little film has crept up on people around the world.

The title sounds like the most boring novel you can ever read, so I easily brushed it aside in a “judge a book by its cover” manner. But when I saw the director’s name, my interest was tickled. Lasse Hallstrom isn’t a favorite of mine, and in fact he can be quite inconsistent with the quality of the films he makes. However, for every forgettable film, he’s delivered a “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, a “The Cider House Rules” or a “Chocolat”. His better films aren’t known for their subtlety, and one can cause him of veering on cheesy territory, but if you’re in the mood for a visually rich and emotionally feel-good film, he seems to have a strong handle on things.

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