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Our favourite moments in Canadian film

April 2016 happens to be the 50th issue of Toronto Film Scene. Over the last few years we’ve focused as much as possible on the world of Canadian film and our writers have all had opportunities to watch some great Canadian movies in that time. To celebrate not only our 50th issue, but Canadian film in general, we’ve gathered our writers together to share their favourite moment in Canadian film. Raj-Kabir Birk: Max Renn (James Woods) sits in an abandoned boat watching television. The television shows a video of himself raising a fleshy gun-shaped hand to his head and proclaiming “long...

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Creed Gets Ready for Round 2

We’re not going to lie, we’re still a little bit salty about Sylvester Stallone not getting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the aging Rocky Balboa in 2015’s Creed. While we’re very pleased that he at least got a Golden Globe, this might have been Sly’s best and final shot at an Academy Award. We don’t think there will be too many more opportunities for the 69-year-old actor to shine. In fact, we hear that we won’t be seeing too much of him in the forthcoming sequel to last year’s surprise hit. We’ve known for...

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Marvel genius Stan Lee: how much is he actually worth?

Stan Lee is the creative genius behind the money-spinning movie and comic franchise, Marvel Comics. As the son of Romanian Jewish immigrants, Lee began creating comic books in the 1940s. He began turning his hand to Superman and Batman, while also contributing hugely to Captain America. But everything changed in the 1960s when Marvel was handed over to Lee in a “last ditch effort to save the business.” During this time, he began creating a different kind of superhero including the Hulk, Spider-Man, Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four. Lee changed the landscape of comic books forever when he...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Strange Brew

Long before Wayne and Garth brought their brand of public access comedy to the world, Canada was celebrating the success of Bob and Doug McKenzie. Starring Rick Moranis as Bob and Dave Thomas as Doug, these two brothers appeared on SCTV (a popular Canadian sketch comedy show that would eventually garner a bit of success across the border). The characters were actually created as a way to fill Canadian content on the show while simultaneously mocking it. Bob and Doug sat on their set, surrounded by cases of Canadian beer, throwing in an “Eh?” at the end of their sentences and...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Back to God’s Country

Choosing a film for Essential Canadian Cinema for Classic Movies month at Toronto Film Scene was no easy task. An attempt to find the earliest Canadian film proved challenging, as many have been lost to time. Coming across Back to God’s Country was a blessing though. Not only does the film still exist, but it’s considered one of the most successful silent films in Canadian history, earning over $1.5 million on its estimated production budget of $67,000. It also includes one of the first nude scenes, proving that Canada is more than the quiet and polite country we’re known...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: One Magic Christmas

Christmas movies usually come in one of three flavours: incredibly sappy and sweet; terribly depressing; or a combination of both. One Magic Christmas definitely falls into the latter category, ranking up there with It’s a Wonderful Life for heartbreaking Christmas fare. The film stars Mary Steenburgen as Ginny Grainger, a woman who’s forgotten what Christmas is about. Her husband, Jack (Gary Basaraba), has lost his job and their family is being forced out of their company home. With little money and no holiday spirit, Ginny needs a reminder of what’s important. Her daughter, Abbie (Elisabeth Harnois), meets an angel...

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Film clichés we can’t stand

If you’re going to dedicate a month to the things we’re tired of seeing in film, the cliché is a good place to start. Even the most forgiving film fan has the odd cliché they’re sick of seeing. Maybe it’s the generic stereotypes that pop up in so many movies. Perhaps it’s the predictable route every romantic comedy takes. It could be the lazy, “it was all a dream” twist ending. In order to vent some of our frustrations, the writers at Toronto Film Scene submitted the clichés they can’t stand. Perhaps you’ll find some you agree with or...

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