Author: Toronto Film Scene

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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Best of TFS 2012: Toronto Treasures

We continue our look back at 2012 with a handful of articles that, in our opinion, highlight some of the best aspects of the Toronto film community. From cutting edge filmmakers to some pretty awesome organizations that ensure we’ll always have a fresh supply of up-and-comers to cover here at Toronto Film Scene, it’s clear that Toronto has some true film-related treasures worth talking about. Spotlight On: Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film Program Most people have a very vague notion that something called the Canadian Film Centre (or the “CFC” to those up on the lingo) exists within...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Double Happiness

As we’re looking at Asian Cinema this month at TFS, it seemed appropriate to look at a Canadian film that wooed critics in the ’90s with its tale of Asia-to-Canada immigration and the adventures and woes of these immigrants’ Canadianized kids. Mina Shum‘s Double Happiness was released in 1994 and, at the time, seemed to charm the pants off everybody. Pam Fossen and I re-watched the film (it was the second viewing for both of us, and neither of us had seen the film in years ) and decided to dole out our musings. Why don’t we let Pam...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Young People F*cking

Each month, two intrepid TFS writers will watch a Canadian film and debate on whether or not it deserves to be essential viewing for the Canuck movie enthusiast. Since TFS’ July theme is focused on pornography as a legitimate art form, it seemed like a no-brainer for Editor-in-Chief Trista DeVries and Managing Editor Kristal Cooper to discuss 2007’s Young People Fucking which was written and directed by Martin Gero, with co-writing by Aaron Abrams. Kristal: I hadn’t watched this since its opening theatrical weekend and the thing that struck me the most was the fact that for a film...

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