Author: Adam Sidsworth

Theatrical evolution: a history of TIFF ‘s relationship to Yonge and Bloor

Toronto is changing. Nowhere is it clearer than in the downtown core. Large parts of the city’s centre are being torn down and rebuilt, notably Regent Park. Industrial lands are being transformed into condos, such as CitySpace, Liberty Village and the Distillery, and thanks to the recent PanAm Games, our waterfront is finally getting attention. Perhaps the biggest change is the Yonge Street strip, particularly between Dundas and Bloor. Nestled between what was once hippie Yorkville to the north and Toronto’s seedy underbelly to the south, this part of Yonge contained old, decrepit buildings, seedy massage parlours, and dive...

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The TFS List: TIFF 2015 films you shouldn’t overlook

I’m a huge fan of TIFF — not just the actual fest, but throughout the rest of the year. I love TIFF Bell Lightbox (the cinematic gem that screens movies seldom seen elsewhere); the Film Reference Library, where you can explore Toronto’s rich cinema history; and TIFF in Your Park, where parents can catch a free movie while their children play on the swings. Yet, every September, I’m overwhelmed by, and apprehensive of, the craziness of the Toronto International Film Festival; it’s a movie-industry monster. Huge sections of downtown are blocked off so that people can stargaze. It’s where...

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Remaking the classics: famous films that were remakes

Of all the trends in moviemaking, the remake is the most despised. Many see it as proof that Hollywood has emptied the cupboard of ideas, while others dislike the Americanization of foreign movies, seeing it as proof that American audiences will watch only English-language films. Remaking movies has such negative connotations that Hollywood has rechristened it “retooling,” Hollywood’s marketing slang for today’s generation. Today’s superhero movies are retooled with bigger special effects. From that perspective, 1959’s Ben-Hur is a retooling of the 1925 original, as it adds sound and colour. It may come as a surprise that many classic Hollywood movies...

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