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National Canadian Film Day: What We’ll Be Watching

If you’re a Canadian film connoisseur (and let’s face it, you probably are if you’re reading TFS), you may be watching a Canadian film tomorrow as part of your everyday routine. However, many of us will be watching a Canadian film as part of National...

Gaspar Noé: cinema’s ultimate provocateur

As more directors bend the R rating through graphic stories of sex, violence and sexual violence, it feels like audiences are becoming numb to shock value. Movies that would be tough to stomach 10 years ago are easier to digest. Films that push the boundaries of taste...

Media Impact: are we desensitized to violence?

After Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery was released in 1903, it had a polarizing effect on audiences because of its depiction of violence. This silent western showcased several gunfights, a bludgeoning, and, perhaps most infamously, a shot of a gun being...

Has pop culture changed our perception of incest?

Agreed upon around the world, especially throughout the major religions and forms of government, is that the practice of incest is forbidden. But lately, pop culture doesn’t seem to fall under this umbrella, as there have been increasing portrayals of incest on TV and...