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DVD releases: April 26, 2016

April 19, 2016 Releases Judging by some of the weather we’ve gotten this month in Toronto, it’s not really strange to be picking up the holiday horror hit Krampus. Who says that Christmas only comes once a year! Not everybody wants to experience winter once more yet, so there are lots of other options showing up in this weeks DVD and Blu-ray releases. For some laughs, you can always go with Schitt’s Creek: Season 2 or Ride Along 2. If you’re in the mood for something a little more moving, you can’t go wrong with Son of Saul or the documentary The Last Man on the Moon. Perhaps you dream of the dusty plains, so Jane Got a Gun is probably the choice for you. No matter what mood you may be in, this week has them all covered. Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Also available this week That’s Sexploitation – Hot in Cleveland (S6) – Royal Pains (S7) – Death Becomes Her – Dolemite – Sssssss – Phoenix – Crypt of the Living Dead/House of the Living Dead – Backtrack – Vampire Princess Miyu: The Complete TV Series – Cromartie High School: The Complete TV...

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DVD releases: April 19, 2016

April 12, 2016 Releases April 26, 2016 Releases Oscar winners, action sequences, chainsaws and killer yogurt are just a few of the options for movie fanatics this week. Now is the time to bring home The Revenant as the film gets its release today. If you prefer your action to not include a bear, there’s always Ip Man 3. For horror fans, there’s some great releases this week. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 brings a lot more blood, gore and gags to the series while The Stuff oozes its way into homes. There’s also the horror comedy My Boyfriend’s Back if you enjoy a good B grade flick. For parents who are looking to keep the kids quiet for a bit, Norm of the North is out this week, but we can’t promise they’ll enjoy it as much as you may be hoping for. Also available this week are The Lady in the Van and Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon. If you happened to miss our contest for American Hero (which is totally why you should always check our contest page!), you can pick that one up this week as well. Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Also available this week And Then There Were None – Pretty Little Liars (S6) – Haven: The Final...

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DVD releases: April 12, 2016

April 5, 2016 Releases April 19, 2016 Releases It’s a great week for horror fans as they’re treated to some great classics. Along with the latest creepy flick The Forest arriving on DVD and Blu-ray, both Bride of Re-Animator and John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned get new releases. If you prefer things a little less spooky, DC Comics latest animated film, Justice League vs Teen Titans, comes out in a special steelbook edition featuring a Robin action figure. Also available this week is the Howard Hawks directed Only Angels Have Wings from Criterion, Heroes Reborn, About Scout and The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun. Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Also available this week London Spy – Maken-Ki!: Complete Season 2 – Flight 7500 – Standoff – Grace & Frankie (S1) – 400 Days – Wolf Girl & Black Prince: Complete...

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DVD releases: April 5, 2016

April 12, 2016 Releases This week may be one of the biggest of the year as Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally arrives. Although we haven’t really been waiting that long for it since it hasn’t even been 6 months sit it hit theatre screens. Oscar Isaac shows up in another release this week with Mojave. Isaac was certainly the star of that film, so fans of his work should definitely check it out. There’s also a lot of other great releases this week, including Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series, The Expanse: Season 1, Banshee: Season 3 and Salem: Season 2. Anime fans also have a lot to look forward to with Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, which continues the storyline from the Arise series, Lupin the 3rd: Jigen’s Gravestone and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Part 2 Collection.   Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Also available this week Banshee (S3) – The Expanse (S1) – Hallow – Salem (S2) – House of Lies (S4) – Casual (S1) – Countdown – Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 2 Collection – Lupin the 3rd: Jigen’s Gravestone – #Horror – Anguish – Natural Born...

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A look back at 50 issues of Essential Canadian Cinema

One of the goals of Toronto Film Scene has always been to increase the exposure of locally produced films for a Canadian audience. To help achieve this goal, the Essential Canadian Cinema column was created. Each month, two TFS writers would discuss a Canadian film a decide whether it is essential viewing for audiences. While the specific definition of what makes a film Essential Canadian Cinema tends to vary from writer to writer, the general goal of the column is determine if the discussed film has a cultural or historical significance to Canadian cinema as a whole. This month in our Media Impact column, we looked inwards at the effect of examining Canadian cinema in this way. Over the course of Toronto Film Scene’s 50 issues, we have discussed 38 Canadian films and measured them against the bar of “essential”. Beginning in our July 2012 issue (Pornography as Art) with Young People Fucking, we have looked at one film per issue (with seven exceptions). In that time we have found that 19 films were essential Canadian cinema, 12 were not essential, and 7 were split between our writers. Here are the films we have deemed to be essential, not essential, and the ones for which we were on the fence. One Big Happa Family Essential The Sweet Hereafter – September 2012 Jovana Jankovic and Trista DeVries discussed Atom Egoyan’s The...

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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 live the flesh” before shooting himself. The television explodes and human intestines shoot out of the screen. Max, watching this unfold, raises his own hand to his head, also fleshy and gun-shaped. “Long live the flesh” he utters before shooting himself. Thus ends David Cronenberg’s masterful Videodrome. An engaging science-fiction imbued with prescient social commentary, Videodrome is ever more applicable in the contemporary moment of mediated content and mediated selves. Nicole Frangos: Black Christmas (1974) is definitely my favourite Canadian film – it also happens to be my favourite horror movie, ever. Director Bob Clark establishes tension and creeps me out at the same time. My favourite scene happens around the climax of the film. [SPOILERS AHEAD! If you haven’t seen this movie yet though, honestly what are you waiting for?] After she realizes...

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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 a little while that a follow-up to Ryan Coogler’s critical and financial surprise hit, Creed, is in the works, but now we have a few more details on the plot, as well as a release date. According to Variety, Creed 2 is tentatively set for a November 2017 release, though the shortened time frame might mean that Coogler will be unable to return as director. He is set to direct the Black Panther film for Marvel, which is due out in 2018. In addition to the potential absence of Coogler, we may also see much less of the man who started it all, Rocky Balboa. Movie News Guide reports that producer Irwin Winkler intimated that the upcoming sequel will focus entirely on Creed and will delve further into the life...

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