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A scar is born: the work of Paul Dano

In just a few short years, actor Paul Dano has morphed into Hollywood’s go-to punching bag, a default casting option when your story needs a particularly weaselly character in need of a vicious beat down or two. Dano joins the ranks of a peculiar brand of actor,...

The emergence of Southern art house drama

The peculiar rhythms of the American South, along with its rich history of folklore and stock of surreal, eccentric archetypes has always been a draw for film makers seeking to capture the region’s undeniable mystique. Culturally, the South occupies a unique...

Family on film

One of the most compelling and elastic subjects in all of creative fiction is the family. It is a common denominator across different cultures, generations, times and locales. We can  immediately connect with being a son or daughter, of being part of a family....

Mary Pickford and the United Artists

With the up and coming Mary Pickford Weekend at TIFF Bell Lightbox, it’s important to remember not only Mary Pickford, but to remember those who helped shape the film  industry and art form as we know it. Sometimes referred to as “the company that changed...