What are the origins of Borrowing Tape and where are you now?
In the beginning, Borrowing Tape started as a small movie review blog in 2014, made for the purpose of recommending fresh movies and warning of avoidable stinkers without spoiling the movie through spoiler-free movie reviews. Since then, Borrowing Tape's editorial team has grown and the publication represents a diverse set of movie opinions from avid cinephiles. Through love, patience and dedication, Borrowing Tape is now a film publication that's proudly covered 10 international film festivals, interviewed over 150 film directors, reviewed over 550 films and have done so with a team of talented and passionate writers.
We've provided editorial coverage through interviews with a myriad of film industry professionals (directors, writers, composers of independent and Hollywood movies) and incredible Oscar-winning films, such as:
- Director of Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda
- Director of Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino
- Writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, Paul Schrader
- Composer of La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
- Director of American Animals, Bart Layton
- Director of Saw II, III and IV, Darren Lynn Bousman
- Director of The Ritual, David Bruckner
- Director of Thoroughbreds, Cory Finley
- Writer of Now You See Me 1 & 2, Boaz Yakin
- Writer of Vanilla Sky, Mateo Gil
- Director of An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, Jim Hosking
- Director of Secretary, Steven Shainberg
- Writer of Spectral, George Nolfi
- Director of The Little Hours, Jeff Baena
- Director of Terminal, Vaughn Stein
- Director of Christine, Antonio Campos
- Director of Leto, Kirill Serebrennikov
- Director of Japanese Animation Summer Days with Coo, Keiichi Hara
- Director and Writer of This Beautiful Fantastic, Simon Aboud
- Director of The Cured, David Freyne
- Director of Wilding, Fritz Böhm
- Director of Goat, Andrew Neel
- Director of The Eagle Huntress, Otto Bell
- Director of Brimstone, Martin Koolhoven
- Director of I, Olga, Tomás Weinreb
- Director of Nise: The Heart of Madness, Roberto Berliner
- Director of The Clovehitch Killer, Duncan Skiles
- Director of I Kill Giants, Anders Walter
- Director of The Limehouse Golem, Juan Carlos Medina
We want to continue to support fresh talent in film. The '5 Questions' series are short interviews with the impressive new short film directors who have received critical acclaim and/or prestigious nominations and awards, such the Oscar of Best Live Action Short Award winners and nominees from 2018 (Fauve, Mother), 2017 (The Silent Child, My Nephew Emmett, Watu Wote: All of Us), 2016 (Sing, Timecode) and 2015 (Stutterer, Everything Will Be Okay).
All the movie reviews featured on Borrowing Tape contain absolutely no spoilers whatsoever, are rated on a 0-5 star scale, and critically assess the dynamic elements of the film from a cinephile's perspective — from the cast, writing, production, directing, editing, cinematography etc. — while still keeping all the twists and turns hidden, so that your enjoyment of the film can remain unspoiled.
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What's the name all about?
Not much to the name. If you are old enough, you'll remember VCR's, but if not...long before Netflix and online streaming, Videocassette recorder's (VCR's) were everything to a film fan. Hence, tape. Borrowing tape is what you'd have to do to watch a new release. Now thinking about it, it may have been a bit of a marketing misstep to use an obsolete technology reference for the site's name, but hindsight is 20/20.