A long time ago Kristen Bell was on one of the most beloved and tragically cancelled TV shows of all time. This weekend, Veronica Mars is back on the big screen and on On Demand. We got a chance to talk with her about why the time was right to make the movie, how the film's Kickstarter campaign helped them get distribution, what it was like getting the band back together, the conflicted nature of Veronica’s quest this time out, and if she really did try to smuggle a burrito into The Oscars.
Actor Aaron Paul and director Scott Waugh sit down with us to talk about their video game adaptation Need for Speed, and about the film’s old school feel, how Paul gets into character when so many cameras are on him, the most dangerous stunt they attempted together. They also bicker about who gets to keep the nicest car in the movie.
We talk to British director Ben Wheatlely: the man behind Kill List, Sightseers, and this weekend's A Field in England (Oh, and a couple of upcoming Doctor Who episodes) about how he never makes the same film twice, his film’s sense of language, how he directs actors, working with his writer as a co-editor, and his thoughts on his own special kind of genre filmmaking.
We talk with film critic and writer Adam Nayman, who this Friday will introduce a screening of the critically pillared 1995 Paul Verhoeven film Showgirls at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox at an almost sold out screening, and who has a book about the film titled It Doesn't Suck coming out on April 15th. We talk about his personal experiences with the film, how the film and Verhoeven have been misread, questions about the film that he still has, and his ultimate goal for trying to reclaim the film’s reputation.
We talk to actor and writer Maxwell McCabe-Lokos and notable Canadian director Bruce McDonald about their collaboration on the dark comedy The Husband (opening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Friday) and about the film’s sense of brevity, their collaboration, what shooting the film digitally brought to the production, avoiding melodrama, trying to find the right tone for the film, and why the film’s most pivotal scene is also the most universally relatable one.
Canadian films Gabrielle and Enemy took home major film awards at last night's Canadian Screen Awards, while Call Me Fitz and Orphan Black ruled the television side of the evening's festivities.
As we dig out from under the pile of Blu-Ray and DVD releases that have come into the office this month, we take a look at Criterion editions of Soderbergh's underrated King of the Hill and Truffaut's Jules and Jim, Blu-rays for Thor: The Dark World, Nebraska, Wadjda, and Blue is the Warmest Color, and a DVD of the found footage thriller Banshee Chapter.
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
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.
This week at The Bloor brings the strangely charming, entertaining and informative look at the Hadron Super Collider Particle Fever and a sadly scattershot and uneven look at a pin-up icon in Bettie Page Reveals All.