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The Auteurs: Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino is one of the most controversial filmmakers to emerge from the New Hollywood era of the 1970s. Known for creating visually striking films, Cimino has the uncanny ability to keep the subject matter contained despite painting on a wide canvas. His name is synonymous with both success and failure. He went from being […]

TIFF-Foxcatcher July 22

2014 TIFF Unveils its First Slate of Films

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, announced the first round of titles premiering in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival®. Of the 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations announced, this initial lineup includes 37 world premieres […]

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Shorts Spotlight: Coming Home Soon

Recently we listed Matthew Lillard’s feature film debut, Fat Kid Rules the World, as a Netflix recommendation. Today we wanted to highlight a short film Lillard made in collaboration with the Vancouver Film School. Coming Home Soon offers a touching look at the loneliness and heartbreak that the spouses of those serving in the military […]

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Schmucks for watching

There are those Saturday nights when you find yourself at home, relaxing on the couch, and flipping through channels on the TV. You happen upon a movie that you’ve never seen and you decide to watch it. That’s how my husband and I spent last Saturday night. We knew nothing about the film that was […]

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Talking 1979 Oscars on The Dew Over

At the 1979 Oscars, Kramer vs. Kramer reigned supreme by nabbing the Academy Award Best Picture over the likes of Apocalypse Now and All That Jazz. Was it a justifiable win or an Oscar abomination? Is there another film from 1979 that should have taken the title but did not make the cut? In short, […]

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Netflix Pick: Fat Kid Rules the World

Adapted from the novel by K.L. Going, Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut Fat Kid Rules the World aims to provide a more realistic look at the complexities of youth. It conveys the universal theme of finding one’s own path, while subtly avoiding several of the conventions commonly found in teen-centric coming-of-age tales. The film tells the […]

locke July 15

Locke

In an age where attention spans are growing shorter and short by the minute, the fact that Locke even exists feels like a feat in and of itself. While Locke is not the first film to utilize only one location to tell its story, asking the audience to buy into the concept is always a […]

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Blind Spot: L’ Avventura

Conventional wisdom tells us that when a person goes missing in a film, it is best to follow the clues. Sometimes the key piece of information or evidence needed is obvious, at other times the audience is required to do a bit of digging. Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura falls into the latter. It is a film […]

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Shorts Spotlight: Rattle

Before joining Pixar, animator Ed Chen made this captivating short film as a graduate student at USC’s Cinema School. Using black and white animation, Rattle is an effective look at the nature of envy and violence in our society. Following two individuals from birth to death, Chen offers an interesting commentary about how greed and […]

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Shorts Spotlight: Lion’s Den

Ethan Hawke’s latest film, the stunning Boyhood, hits theatres this weekend in the United States. Sadly most Canadians will have to wait until July 25th to see the film. Trust me, it will be worth the wait. To tide you over, today’s short features Hawke in one of his earliest roles. Co-directed by Bryan Singer […]

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

By all accounts How to Train Your Dragon 2 should have been one of the biggest films of the summer. Yet as I write this, the film has just barely made its money back domestically. I know we are now living in an era where the worldwide gross holds more weight in the eyes of […]

Life Itself 1 July 10

Life Itself

Reflecting on the professional career of renowned film critic Roger Ebert, filmmaker Werner Herzog remarks in the documentary Life Itself that he is “a soldier of cinema”. Ebert was man who not only championed cinema, but also managed to explain the importance of film in a way that the average person could understand. In Life […]

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