Author: Toronto Film Scene

Essential Canadian Cinema: Exotica

A few years prior to Atom Egoyan’s arguably best known film The Sweet Hereafter, he found great box office success with Exotica. The film follows a number of characters who all wind up being connected through a strip club called Exotica. Marketed as an erotic thriller, the film performed so strongly in its limited release, that it was quickly given a wide release, managing to play in Toronto for 25 weeks. Not only a financial success, Exotica gathered high praise from critics across North America. Considered by some to be Egoyan’s box office breakthrough, the film may not be the first...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Prom Night

It’s not easy to find a film for Essential Canadian Cinema that fits into the category of guilty pleasure. There tends to be a more serious attitude when it comes to Canadian film and most of them are quite good. A guilty pleasure film needs to be a little bit bad at least, but there’s one genre of film that has almost always had a hushed appreciation, and that’s horror. In the ’80s, if you said you loved horror films, people probably assumed you also had a Satanic altar in your basement, and it wasn’t something you generally shouted to...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: When Jews Were Funny

Well known Canadian director Alan Zweig turns his attention to the world of comedy, but not just any kind of funny. He’s interested in Jewish comedy and comedians. That’s not what he wants people to know about his film, When Jews Were Funny. Zweig wanted to look at the history of Jewish people, which would explore their sense of humour. The film is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming, and Toronto Film Scene wanted to see how well it would or wouldn’t fit into the category of Essential Canadian Cinema. Writers Aren Bergstrom and Katie O’Connor discussed the film and whether it’s...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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:...

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