David Cronenberg

TIFF 2014 cheers and jeers: the best and worst of this year’s festival TIFF 2014 cheers and jeers: the best and worst of this year’s festival

Because everything related to film culture, even tangentially, can and should be evaluated using a Siskel-and-Ebertian binary system, here are our thumbs up and thumbs down for TIFF 2014. Thumbs up Bill Murray. Because he made a confusing joke about bankrolling Ivan Reitman’s restaurant, Montecito. Because he showed up to Bill Murray Day in full pageant… Read more »

At the premiere of Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg wears sunglasses... At the premiere of Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg wears sunglasses at night

With the camera flashes so plentiful, it’s no wonder hometown auteur David Cronenberg showed up to Tuesday’s Roy Thomson Hall red carpet for his new film, Maps to the Stars, wearing heavy-duty Julbo mountaineering sunglasses. Julianne Moore, who won Best Actress at Cannes for her role in stylized Hollywood satire, praised the script by Bruce…

John Cusak talks about the time he met Andre the Giant John Cusak talks about the time he met Andre the Giant

Try though he might, Robert Pattinson can’t shake the Twi-hards. The alley adjacent to the Lightbox was teeming with adolescents (and not-so adolescents) hoping to catch a glimpse of the sparkling vampire, who has of late found new life as a muse for David Cronenberg. Cronenbeg and Pattinson were on hand Tuesday morning alongside Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Sarah Gadon,… Read more »

Here are five trailers for films we now know are coming to TIFF Here are five trailers for films we now know are coming to TIFF

This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival made its first in what will certainly be a long series of programming announcements leading up to the September 4 commencement of this year’s event. Today’s unveiling consisted of 13 “gala” films (meaning, big-deal premieres) and 46 “special presentations” (meaning, almost-as-big-deal premieres). Despite having lost some major debuts… Read more »

David Cronenberg name-checks Dilbert at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards David Cronenberg name-checks Dilbert at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards

The Canadian Screen Awards are a mystifying thing. Formed in 2012 out of a merger of the Gemini Awards and the Genie Awards, the new ceremony is still relatively unknown, even among Canadians. Last night’s glitzy CBC broadcast from the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts seemed designed to help change that, and perhaps it…

For David Cronenberg, turning 70 is like waking up as the Brundlefly For David Cronenberg, turning 70 is like waking up as the Brundlefly

Somebody needs to send David Cronenberg a candygram or something, because it seems like the 70-year-old Torontonian director is a little bummed about his advancing age. In an essay for the Paris Review, he draws an elaborate analogy between becoming a septuagenarian and turning into a horrifying beetle in the manner of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis…. Read more »

The Dark Knight: David Cronenberg’s creepy obsessions say as much about us as ... The Dark Knight: David Cronenberg’s creepy obsessions say as much about us as they do about him

By Katrina Onstad | Photograph by Norman Wong In a way, David Cronenberg put me in the hospital. Last January, I attended a screening of a documentary by the filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock about the black market buying and selling of human organs, called Tales From the Organ Trade. Bienstock had asked Cronenberg to narrate… Read more »

Cronenberg Filmography: how one Toronto director changed filmmaking and turned a... Cronenberg Filmography: how one Toronto director changed filmmaking and turned actors into megastars

Over a 40-year obsession with mutants, fetishists and freaks, David Cronenberg has transformed from avant-garde boy wonder into one of Canada’s most famous director (you can read our feature profile of him here). Below, a film-by-film guide that reveals how Cronenberg influenced filmmaking the world over—by turning actors into megastars, challenging ratings boards and earning Oscar nominations. See… Read more »

QUOTED: Jeremy Irons, Oscar-winning actor, says he can identify with Rob Ford QUOTED: Jeremy Irons, Oscar-winning actor, says he can identify with Rob Ford

  “The great thing about being an actor is that you play all these strange characters and it allows you to relate to almost anybody. I’ve played over 60 different people and seen life through their eyes. So when I see something like your mayor, I think, yeah, it’s a tough call, but you’ve got… Read more »

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of November 1–3 Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of November 1–3

In this edition of The Weekender, the annual Royal Agricultural fair opens, the TIFF Bell Lightbox mounts an eerie David Cronenberg exhibition and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend. EXHIBITION David Cronenberg: Evolution Fans of the Toronto-raised pioneer of body horror flicks get a chance to see props and costumes commemorating his… Read more »

SLIDESHOW: A preview tour of the new David Cronenberg Exhibit at the TIFF Bell L... SLIDESHOW: A preview tour of the new David Cronenberg Exhibit at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

For over three decades, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has disturbed and delighted audiences with his uncanny knack for exploring (and exploiting) our most unsettling fears. Starting November 1, Torontonians can take a terrifying peek inside the mind that gave us The Fly, Dead Ringers and Videodrome. Cronenberg: Evolution, the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s first large-scale touring… Read more »

Best of Fall 2013: the six best art exhibitions in Toronto this autumn Best of Fall 2013: the six best art exhibitions in Toronto this autumn

1 | David Bowie Is David Bowie released the song “Golden Years” in 1975, but only now, at 66, has he officially reached retirement age. The Thin White Duke doesn’t like to spend much time looking back, and so this exhibition—which was assembled with his blessing—does it for him. Curated by London’s Victoria and Albert… Read more »

Sarah Gadon is ready to heat up Hollywood Sarah Gadon is ready to heat up Hollywood

By Courtney Shea | Photographs by Norman Wong Sarah Gadon lies motionless in a bed, luminous as a light bulb against a backdrop of crisp white linen. Her lips are painted a rusty red, her blonde hair frozen in perfect ringlets. Even with her eyes closed she radiates intensity. It’s a scene from Antiviral, the… Read more »

The Weekender: The Penelopiad, Canada’s Top Ten and five more events on our to... The Weekender: The Penelopiad, Canada’s Top Ten and five more events on our to-do list

1. THE PENELOPIAD Following last year’s acclaimed run, Nightwood Theatre’s production of The Penelopiad is back at Buddies in Bad Times. Written by Margaret Atwood as a response to Homer’s The Odyssey, this play’s all-female cast is led by Megan Follows (yes, of Anne of Green Gables fame), who stars as Odysseus’s wife Penelope as… Read more »

QUOTED: Brandon Cronenberg on what’s really behind all that TIFF red carpet ga... QUOTED: Brandon Cronenberg on what’s really behind all that TIFF red carpet gawking

I think celebrity obsession in our culture is a manifestation of a broader human impulse. If you look at, say, the saints, they were essentially elevated almost to the status of gods….I think that deification process and that fetishism is something that exists beyond our culture, this is just one manifestation of it. –Filmmaker Brandon… Read more »