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53 Hot Tickets at Hot Docs 2014

Giuseppe Makes a Movie Filmmaker Adam Rifkin (The Chase, The Dark Backward, Detroit Rock City) follows around actor Giuseppe Andrews (Never Been Kissed, Cabin Fever, Independence Day) as he gets his Harmony Korine on while making his latest low-fi opus Garbanzo Gas. An accomplished filmmaker in his own right, Andrews has been making oddball oddities […]

53 Hot Tickets at Hot Docs 2014

The Measure of All Things The rarest ticket of the festival is this one night/one show only of Academy Award nominated filmmaker Sam Green’s live directed, conducted, narrated, and mixed documentary inspired by The Guinness Book of Records. With a soundtrack from The Quavers, the film blends traditional storytelling with performance for what’s sure to […]

Thought Bubble: What’s Really Wrong with Film Criticism?

Earlier this week IndieWire offshoot CriticWire asked a bunch of noted film critics if film writers should talk about the form of a film more often than they already do. It sparked a heavily tweeted, debated, and written about impassioned response, but what about the role of the reader and average moviegoer in film criticism and what is the biggest problem facing film writing today? Our Film editor shares his thoughts.

The Worlds and Words of Robert Lepage

Canadian theatrical legend and part-time big screen filmmaker Robert Lepage is honoured this weekend at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with a retrospective of some of his genre bending cinematic and theatrical accomplishments in Robert Lepage: Possible Worlds. We take a quick look at his career and talk to the man himself (and collaborator Pedro Pires) about his latest film, Triptych, screening this Friday.

Focus On: Breast Fest 2014

We look at the films and events happening this coming weekend for the 6th annual Breast Fest, the only film and fine arts festival to exclusively deal with issues and topics related to breast cancer.

Unsung Anniversaries #6: Ravenous

This week's unsung anniversary is of the 15th anniversary of Ravenous, one of the smartest and most underrated horror films of all time despite it's dreadfully troubled production history.

True Detective Episode 1.8 Recap

By the end, the thing that made True Detective darkest - the potential that Rust and Marty were truly bad people - became the very aspect that put the bright stars in Pizzolatto and Fukunaga’s night sky.

Unsung Anniversaries #5: The Ref

This week in Unsung Anniversaries we look at one of the best holiday movies to not be released during the holidays as Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey star in 1994's The Ref

Canada’s Night to Shine: The 2014 Canadian Screen Awards Preview

Tomorrow night the best and brightest in Canadian movies and television get celebrated with the Canadian Screen Awards (airing on CBC at 8:00pm, hosted by Martin Short). Our Film and Performing Arts editor looks at this year's nominees, makes a couple of predictions, and wonders aloud why only technically three of the Best Feature nominees have actually been released in theatres.

Unsung Anniversaries #4: The Chase

This week's Unsung Anniversaries takes a look at the Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson 1994 action comedy The Chase, a film that is actually better than our Film editor remembered it being.

News Shelf: 3/1/14

To wrap up the week, we talk about some places in Toronto where you can get together to watch the Oscars tomorrow, we look ahead to next week's Canadian Screen Awards, we look at two TIFF Bell Lightbox series about books and food on film, and talk a little bit about how TIFF's Paul Verhoeven retrospective is just starting to get really good.

The Dork Shelf Guide to the Toronto Irish Film Festival

We take an overview of this year's Toronto Irish Film Festival (starting this Friday and running through Sunday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox) and review the delightful opening night documentary The Irish Pub and the not so delightful indie drama Made in Belfast.

Unsung Anniversaries #3: American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt

For this week's Unsung Anniversaries, we go with a pretty deep cut to celebrate the 25th anniversary of American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt, and in the process talk a little bit about the history of 1980s movie making powerhouse Cannon Films, what happens when a franchise has to recast its lead, and why the film has two standout performances from cult acting icons that almost make it worth watching.

The Next Two Weeks at The Bloor: 2/21/14 & 2/28/14

We review the one new film at The Bloor this week, a look inside the US Federal Reserve in Money for Nothing, and look ahead to a slew of events over the next two weeks, including return engagements of all of this years Oscar nominated documentary features, the Oscars themselves, several returning series, and an appearance from famed stand-up comedy icon Paul Mooney.