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Local brilliance: an interview with Mpho Koaho

Toronto continues to be a growing influence on the film landscape, with more stars and productions coming from the city. One Toronto native that everybody should be paying attention to is Gemini award-winning Mpho Koaho, one of the stars of the new film, Black or...

The Taken franchise is an extended, rotten dream sequence

The Taken franchise, which devotes 294 minutes over the course of its three films to retired CIA operative Bryan Mills’ various missions to save his daughter and ex-wife from impending gang-induced doom, is, quite obviously, not real. The plotting of Taken 1-3 defies...

Media Impact: how programming works

In our efforts to better understand the landscape of film in the city and Canada as a whole, we caught up with Colin Geddes and Katarina Gligorijevic of The Royal cinema to talk about the challenges of film programming for independent theatres. Since joining as...

Are Canadians really interested in watching Canadian films?

Who goes to see Canadian movies? It is quite sad to think that Canada’s locally produced film industry goes mostly ignored. There can be a million reasons why people won’t give Canadian movies their due. The biggest of these reasons is the fact that, like...

Obsession and the problematic portrayal of women on screen

After seeing Gone Girl a few months ago, I remember hearing people’s commentary as they left the theatre. One person’s comment, although it was probably a joke, was particularly memorable: something along the lines of “marriage turns women batshit crazy.” It is an...