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Teen movies we will never grow out of

Toronto Film Scene has been focusing on teen movies this month — and we hope you’ve been having as much fun as we have. Adolescence is a deeply emotional time in our lives and the movies and music we take in while we wind our way through it usually leave an indelible mark on us. We wanted to share with you the movies that had an impact on us as teens, especially those we still love today. Ada Wong: Can’t Hardly Wait In June 1998 I was graduating from high school, as were the students from Huntington Hills High...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Trigger

Since it’s music month here at TFS, we thought we’d turn to a film by a Director who’s proven especially apt at infusing his films with music. Bruce McDonald’s 2009 film Trigger centres on Kat (Molly Parker) and Vic (Tracy Wright in her theatrical swan song before succumbing to pancreatic cancer in 2010), ex-bandmates who are reuniting for a tribute show years after they broke up very publicly amidst issues with drugs, sex and general self-loathing. The two are a study in opposites: Vic is low-key where Kat is high-strung. Vic wants to stay under the radar while Kat...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Better Than Chocolate

In honour of this month’s foray into LGBT Cinema, writers Will Brownridge and Liam Volke took a look at Anne Wheeler’s 1999 film Better Than Chocolate , about the passionate relationship between Maggie (Karyn Dwyer) and Kim (Christina Cox) and what happens when Maggie’s recently divorced mother Lila (Wendy Crewson) decides to move in with them, unaware of her daughter’s sexual orientation. Is Better Than Chocolate Essential Canadian Cinema? Let’s find out. Will: So, I watched the film, and it wasn’t bad. The only thing that managed to take it out of the running for great was how it...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing

Patricia Rozema’s debut film I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing is one that seems omnipresent when people begin making lists of classic Canadian films. The story centres on the ever-whimsical Polly (Sheila McCarthy), a naïve amateur photographer in Toronto who becomes embroiled with the beautiful and sophisticated Gabrielle (Paule Baillargeon) after Polly’s hired to assist in the running of a trendy art gallery. Motivated by adoration, Polly smuggles Gabrielle’s artwork into the gallery for display, initiating events which eventually reveal a conspiracy between Gabrielle and her lover Mary (Ann-Marie MacDonald), to pass off Mary’s artwork as Gabrielle’s. The film also features...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: The Peanut Butter Solution

There’s no doubt that the experience of re-watching a film you loved as a child can sometimes be disappointing for an adult. It’s not as funny as you remember, the acting isn’t as good and the effects look downright primitive. It’s something universal that we’ll probably all go through at some point in our movie watching careers. This is especially true for people who grew up in the ’80s, when kid cinema was on the rise in Canada…more than likely a result of the tax shelter era. Kids, you see, aren’t always so particular about what they watch so...

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Best of TFS 2012: Movie Marathons

As we learned in this week’s cover story, the holidays are the time to stay in your pyjamas all day, settling in for a long winter’s movie marathon. Over the last twelve months, the team here at TFS put in a lot of time researching and watching an endless litany of the best and worst that cinema has to offer and as a result, has put together a whole host of suggestions that you’d do well to consider when programming your own personal mini-film festival. Here are a few of our favourite themed lists – feel free to pick...

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Holiday Movies and Movie Holidays: the TFS writers reveal their seasonal cinematic traditions

So here we are, a week before the night before Christmas Day. Most of you are probably well into whatever holiday movie rituals you may have, whether it’s traditional (weeping your way through It’s A Wonderful Life ) or a little bit off the beaten path ( Silent Night, Deadly Night marathon anyone?). Regardless of the way you choose to honour the holiday cinema gods during this twinkle light-lit season, your own particular ritual is probably one you hold dear. To honour everyone who chooses to celebrate the season with the gift of film, the Toronto Film Scene team...

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