Author: Joseph Belanger

Go East: an interview with Brit Marling, writer and star of The East

The East is an environmental thriller about a group of anarchists whose mission is to point out big business hypocrisy to the world by forcing the people responsible to suffer the same fates they have inflicted on the environment and its inhabitants. Members of the movement live in an abandoned home in the forest; they wear whatever they can find; and they get their meals from discarded food in grocery store dumpsters. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the irony of interviewing the film’s star and co-writer, Brit Marling, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto, one...

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Page’s Perfect Part: an interview with Ellen Page, star of The East

Let Felicity Jones be a lesson to all of you up and coming actresses out there. She dropped out of The East , a new eco-thriller hitting theatres this summer, to work the awards scene for her critical darling, Like Crazy , only to see nothing come of it. This left the door wide open for Academy Award-nominee, Ellen Page, to assume the part. When you have work, you should keep it. This is especially true when the work is as good as The East . “I think a lot of the ideas that were being explored in what...

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The comedy of Cosmopolis: an interview with David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson

When a director is as prolific as David Cronenberg, it is not uncommon to end up interviewing them more than once in the same year for different projects. I had spoken with Cronenberg earlier this year when  Dangerous Method  had its Canadian release and with this week’s release of Cosmopolis , I found myself face to face with the icon for the second time in six months. Somehow I had completely forgotten that the man is way more amusing than I would ever expect him to be. “I used a little Apple program called iDirector,” Cronenberg announces of his...

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Nobody’s Goon: an interview with Marc-Andre Grondin

Before Québécois actor, Marc-André Grondin started work on the Canadian hockey comedy, Goon , he was not what you would call a great skater. “I skated like shit,” is how he actually put it to me when we met recently at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. This meant Grondin would have to train to convincingly play Xavier Laflamme, a major league hockey player burnout, who has been demoted to the minor league, which he can still barely keep up with. “The players today are machines. They start at 12 in the gym. There are like five guys in all...

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Review: Naked As We Came – Inside Out Film Festival 2012

If you’re the type of person who likes your movies melancholic and melodramatic, then Richard LeMay’s   Naked As We Came is the movie for you. This is not to say that the film doesn’t satisfy on these levels, but rather that you have to be prepared to dive into a particular mood for the entirety of the film. If you’re properly armed to handle the onslaught of yelling and screaming in this family drama, then you may actually leave in tears. With films like this one, that’s the point. Elliot and Laura (Ryan Vigilant and Karmine Alers) are...

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Review: Morgan – Inside Out Film Festival 2012

For a movie about how no obstacle can stand in the way of true love, Morgan is awfully depressing. When we first meet the title character in Michael D. Akers’ latest love story, he’s waking up to a pretty meaningless existence. He’s recently handicapped and, after wheeling himself to the fridge for a beer, he plops himself on the couch and just starts piling them back while watching television. The man just got up and the movie just got started. I miss the days when gay meant happy. Structurally, Morgan is extremely straight-forward. Morgan, played by sweet-faced, Leo Minaya,...

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Books on Film Club: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

If there is one thing I know about women, it is that they are both beautiful and complicated. One such perfect example of this, in both literature and film, is Holly Golightly, the central character in Truman Capote’s novella and Blake Edwards’ film of the same name, Breakfast at Tiffany’s . To simply glance at her, she comes across as frivolous and flighty, without a trace of any substantial personality. She is just another party girl, dolling herself up with hopes of snagging one of the richest men in the world for a mate. People like this are easily...

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