July 2015 - Blockbusters
Scares for everybody: Blumhouse Productions and mainstream horror

Bringing horror back to the multiplex: Blumhouse Productions and mainstream horror

Many people these days will associate Blumhouse Productions with the horror genre, since the company has been responsible for hit films, such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious,...

Fake it 'til you make it: the myth of the blockbuster

Fake it ’til you make it: the myth of the blockbuster

When you try to define what a blockbuster is, you may find yourself a little confused. Before Jaws arrived in 1975, a blockbuster was a...

Knowing what to expect: actors who are always the same

Knowing what to expect: actors who are always the same

Since the days that people began to actually care about who created the films we watched, we also started making assumptions based solely on...

Wild world: the Crocker family on All the Time in the World

Wild world: the Crocker family on All the Time in the World

Every summer, a large number of Canadians and their families retreat from bustling metropolises to rural, wooded, or lakefront cabins and islands with hopes...

Responsible choices: director Josh Rothstein on his film, Dukale's Dream

Responsible choices: director Josh Rothstein on his film, Dukale’s Dream

Dukale’s Dream documents Hugh Jackman’s journey to Ethiopia in order to learn more about the birthplace of coffee, immerse himself in the rigorous process of...

Buster Keaton: silent era blockbuster star

Buster Keaton: silent era blockbuster star

Buster Keaton is hardly whom anyone thinks of when they think of blockbuster stars, but Keaton was exactly that in the heyday of silent films....

Learning to move on: actress Katherine Barrell on My Ex-Ex

Learning to move on: actress Katherine Barrell on My Ex-Ex

Learning who we are, what we want, and what we deserve in life is an ongoing process. Nobody understands that better than Katherine Barrell,...

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Look Inside Deep Web

Down the rabbit hole: a look inside Deep Web

When filmmaker, documentarian, and actor Alex Winter (yes, the one best known for his starring role in the Bill and Ted films) first decided to document...

Fear and unexplored realms

Fear and unexplored realms: the inherent terror in Jurassic World

When I left the theatre after watching Jurassic World, one of the initial thoughts which struck me was that it was very similar to...

TIFF Senior Programmer Steve Gravestock on Canada’s All-Time Top Ten poll

Canada’s All Time Top Ten poll changes with the times

Every year in January, TIFF celebrates the New Year by presenting the best in Canadian cinema of the previous year at Canada’s Top Ten....

Canadian co-productions

Blockbuster Canadian co-productions, are they helping or hurting?

When you look at a list of Canadian films, you will find it includes Canadian classics from instantly recognizable names such as David Cronenberg’s Naked...

The TFS List: where it ended (for '90s blockbuster directors)

The TFS List: where it ended (for ’90s blockbuster directors)

Being a ‘90s kid, everything from the ‘90s is automatically better than anything from other decades. I am fully aware of my bias. But...

You’re going to need a bigger box office: how Jaws revolutionized the summer blockbuster

Cinema Revisited: how Jaws revolutionized the summer blockbuster

It was never supposed to be a hit. The film was scheduled for 55 days of production on Martha’s Vineyard, but the shoot lasted...

Ghostbusters II

Media Impact: 1989, the summer of sequels

The summer of 2015 looks to be a potentially record shattering movie season, with several prominent releases poised to rank quite highly on the...

Essential Canadian Cinema: Porky's

Essential Canadian Cinema: Porky’s

Released in 1982, Porky’s was a commercial success, and is still one of the top grossing Canadian films around. Although critical success was hard...

Editor's Note: July 2015 - Blockbusters

Editor’s Note: July 2015

Summer means different things to everybody. For some it’s two months of sleeping in, vacations, and being lazy. For others it’s just a warmer,...