Films

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 »

TIFF 2013: the buzziest movies and biggest stars in this year’s lineup TIFF 2013: the buzziest movies and biggest stars in this year’s lineup

Judging from the list of galas that TIFF CEO Piers Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey announced earlier today, the buzzword for this year’s film festival is “earnest.” In a year dominated by dopey Adam Sandler sequels and giant robots fighting giant lizards, TIFF 2013 feels like the guy at the party warning about the hazards… Read more »

Silver Linings Playbook wins the People’s Choice Award at TIFF (despite the la... Silver Linings Playbook wins the People’s Choice Award at TIFF (despite the lame name)

TIFF differs from Cannes and Venice in that it’s not in a glamorous European city its major awards are chosen by audiences rather than by a jury. So, while critics and industry types raved about Argo, it was David O. Russell’s romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook that took home the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award—plus $15,000,… Read more »

TIFF Teasers: Argo, a Ben Affleck movie that finally leaves Boston TIFF Teasers: Argo, a Ben Affleck movie that finally leaves Boston

After a string of terrible films in the early aughts (Gigli being the most egregious), Ben Affleck reinvented himself by co-writing and directing the critical and commercial successes Gone Baby Gone and The Town. The now credible star’s latest effort is Argo, a highly charged political thriller based on a so-strange-it-must-be-true story. Amid the chaos of… Read more »

TIFF 2012: secrets, celebrity viruses and a teenage badass in this year’s line... TIFF 2012: secrets, celebrity viruses and a teenage badass in this year’s lineup of Canadian features

The Canadian films to earn spots at TIFF this year include a range of comedies, dramas and thrillers, but also some that aren’t so easily defined—for instance, Sarah Polley will screen her follow-up to Take This Waltz, the genre-bending Stories We Tell, and David Cronenberg’s son Brandon will show his first film, a horror-thriller called Antiviral that premiered… Read more »

Atom Egoyan taps fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds for new film Queen of the Night Atom Egoyan taps fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds for new film Queen of the Night

Atom Egoyan has an eye for gorgeously rendered depravity and kink, so we can’t help our befuddlement at his latest casting choice: fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds, who seems about as vanilla as they come in Hollywood. Egoyan’s newest project, Queen of the Night, will feature Reynolds as a father who’s determined to find his daughter… Read more »

TIFF 2012: sexual abuse in the Catholic church, how to sell drugs and more subje... TIFF 2012: sexual abuse in the Catholic church, how to sell drugs and more subjects in this year’s Documentaries programme

The Documentaries programme at TIFF this year is packed full of interesting subject matter, from Ben Johnson’s record-breaking run at the 1988 Seoul Olympics (and the reality that he took steroids to achieve that feat) to Tomi Ungerer and his subversive art to moon worshippers. For those who want to step away from genre films… Read more »

TIFF 2012: these 14 films are expected to defy conventions in this year’s Vang... TIFF 2012: these 14 films are expected to defy conventions in this year’s Vanguard programme

There are films at TIFF with Hollywood polish, and then there are the Vanguard entries, which are meant to be cutting edge and genre-defying. This year, TIFF will host films by singer Peaches, directors  Soi Cheang and Michel Gondry, musician Ben Drew and more. According to TIFF, these entries are darker than the Midnight Madness… Read more »

TIFF 2012: Alfred Hitchcock and Roberto Rossellini among directors in this year... TIFF 2012: Alfred Hitchcock and Roberto Rossellini among directors in this year’s Cinematheque programme

TIFF isn’t just about bright, shiny and new blockbusters. Sure, it requires celebrities and world premieres to get international attention, but the festival’s emphasis continues to be on showing great films from around the world. This year’s Cinematheque programme features restored classics like Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, Roberto Rossellini’s Stromboli and Roman Polanski’s… Read more »

TIFF 2012: Finding Nemo 3D and more to premiere in this year’s TIFF Kids progr... TIFF 2012: Finding Nemo 3D and more to premiere in this year’s TIFF Kids programme

TIFF isn’t just for adults, which is why there are always a few choice children’s films to check out during the festival. This year’s big gets are American films Finding Nemo 3D (apparently, it wasn’t visually compelling enough as-is and needs to be shown in 3D) and Hotel Transylvania, but Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey… Read more »

TIFF 2012: 17 galas, 45 special presentations and a lot of star power at this ye... TIFF 2012: 17 galas, 45 special presentations and a lot of star power at this year’s festival

This morning, TIFF CEO Piers Handling and Artistic Director Cameron Bailey announced TIFF 2012’s opening night gala, galas and special presentations. The big surprise? Genre film Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, is opening the festival, and not Midnight’s Children as some had hoped. It appears that TIFF is continuing to have fun by… Read more »

The Argument: In Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley transforms Toronto into a brightl... The Argument: In Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley transforms Toronto into a brightly coloured urban fantasy

By Jason McBride In the middle of directing Take This Waltz, recently released in theatres, Sarah Polley hit a snag. She desperately wanted to get Leslie Feist to record a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Closing Time” for the soundtrack. Given how in demand the singer-songwriter is, it was almost impossible to pin her down—even for… Read more »

VIDEO: Watch Mia Kirshner being terrorized in Toronto VIDEO: Watch Mia Kirshner being terrorized in Toronto

Found footage films have become very popular these days, and Toronto is getting in on the action: 388 Arletta Avenue, which was shot in Toronto, is opening in theatres on Friday.  The film stars Nick Stahl and Toronto-born actress Mia Kirshner, and the story is very creepy. A stalker’s cameras are tracking every move they… Read more »