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Starting a revolution: the golden age of Godard at TIFF

Oh, Jean-Luc; how you inspire such mixed feelings within me. There is no doubt that the man revolutionized cinema, arguably more than any other filmmaker in the history of the medium. As one of the leaders of the French New Wave, he played with style, structure, and...

Essential Canadian Cinema: Fubar

It’s comedy month here at TFS, so we decided to take on the 2002 mockumentary Fubar in our Essential Canadian Cinema column. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s sort of like Christopher Guest meets Wayne’s World. It follows two lifelong...

TFS Explains: sketch comedy and film

In 1975, a Canadian producer named Lorne Michaels created a show called NBC’s Saturday Night, which eventually became known as just Saturday Night Live. The show helped to bring sketch comedy, previously performed by theatrical troupes such as The Second City,...

Dying of laughter: exploring comedy in horror films

Fear and laughter. You wouldn’t assume that those are two terms which belong together, but if you’ve ever been in a theatre for a horror film, you’ll realize that they frequently occur at almost the same time. A character in a horror film will open a...

Why film comedy is in a laugh drought

There is an old joke: two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort. One of them says, “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know; and such small portions.” Well, that is essentially how I feel...