Issue: January 2013 - Kid Cinema

TFS Questions: Elizabeth Muskala, Director, TIFF Kids

If you polled a bunch of true film lovers about what their dream job would be, it’s safe to say that a good number of them might answer “film festival programmer”. Well, not only does Elizabeth Muskala get to actually live that dream each and every day in her role as Director of TIFF Kids, she also has the privilege of getting to help shape a whole new generation of cinemaniacs. This includes overseeing everything from TIFF Kids International Film Festival each April, to the upcoming TIFF Next Wave as well as cool new initiatives like the digiPlaySpace. TFS...

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Confessions of a Hayley Mills Addict: live-action Disney classics worth obsessing over

I was raised by movie-buff parents who instilled in me a love of all things Disney. The films they watched as kids were on regular rotation in our household and we were usually first in line for any of their new releases. So when Editor-in-Chief Trista DeVries and I decided to focus on children’s film for January 2013, I started thinking about how very much I loved vintage live-action Disney films and how it might be a service-y thing to let people know that not all of Disney’s live action movies suck.   Initially I got really excited at...

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A hard-hearted look at kids’ films

I stand before you ready to fully admit my perhaps excessive serious-mindedness. I’ve rarely been able to enjoy a film “just for fun”. There have   been a few exceptions, of course: Wayne’s World (1992), The Cutting Edge (1992), and maybe even, on an exceptional day, something saccharine yet playful like   Home Alone (1990). But for the most part, when my twenty-something friends suggested a couple of years back that we all go see   Madagascar (2005) in the theatre, I groaned pretentiously and declared I was going to stay home to read post-structuralist literary theory instead. I...

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Japanese Divas: great actresses of classic Japanese cinema hits screens at TIFF Bell Lightbox on January 24, 2013

Japanese Divas: Great Actresses of Classic Japanese Cinema , a lavish 31-film salute to Japan’s finest actresses and the directors they worked with, hits TIFF Bell Lightbox screens on January 24 and runs until March 31, 2013. Part of Spotlight on Japan, a city-wide festival celebrating classic and contemporary Japanese culture, TIFF Cinematheque is pulling out all the stops with this in-depth, wide-ranging look at the best of the Golden Age of Japanese cinema. As the programme notes for Japanese Divas: Great Actresses of Classic Japanese Cinema indicate, diva might not be the word that springs to mind when...

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TFS Filmmakers of the Month: Matt O’Neil, Ryan St. Pierre and Steve Shilson

It’s probably fair to say that anyone who’s ever watched a movie has had that moment when they’ve sat through a particularly terrible Hollywood offering and thought, “I could do better than that!” It’s also probably fair to say that, despite the number of crowdfunding solicitations that seem to pop up on social media sites, most of us have never actually attempted to turn their sure-to-be award-winning idea into an actual finished product. Matt O’Neil, Ryan St. Pierre and Steve Shilson are in that minority of people who decided to try their hand at making their personal movie dreams...

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Cinema Revisited: kids’ movies we used to love…as kids

What is it about a movie that makes a lasting impression? Characters? Effects? Plot? The emotions it evoked at the time? The people you were with? Perhaps simply the weather?  I hold a special place in my heart for the moves I loved as a child. I think most people do, to a certain extent. When I see the majority of the kids’ films today I find myself sighing deeply in an “oh, they don’t make “˜em like they used to” kind of way. Technology aside I got to thinking; do they really not make children’s movies so great...

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TIFF celebrates the oldest movie studio in Japan with Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu retrospective

Founded in 1912, Nikkatsu didn’t really hit their high point until after WWII, when a massive soundstage was completed in 1954. With a promise of quick advancement, many assistant directors from competing studios moved over to Nikkatsu. This included Toshio Masuda and Seijun Suzuki. To celebrate the centenary of Nikkatsu, the TIFF retrospective Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu offers a dozen films from the company’s golden age. With sexploitation films, gangsters, and thrillers, the retrospective compiles some of the best content of Nikkatsu and showcases some of the most important Japanese directors in history. One of the most...

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