Issue: June 2014

Life Itself: What Roger Ebert taught us

In anticipation of the acclaimed documentary Life Itself and its upcoming release, the TFS team has gathered their personal reflections of the film’s main subject —  iconic film critic Roger Ebert. From his humble personality, to his unabashed critique, Ebert has left his admirers with life lessons that remain a part of his legacy in pop culture. Here’s what Ebert taught us. Ada Wong Roger Ebert taught me that no matter how famous or important you become, you can still be a respectful and courteous moviegoer. For some years I volunteered at the Toronto International Film Festival working at...

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Franchised: Transformers

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Transformers franchise, which began in 1984 with the Hasbro toy line, followed the by the popular animated series. It’s fitting that the anniversary will be celebrated with the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction on June 27 this year. The film is the fourth entry in Michael Bay’s live action film series, which began with the original Transformers in 2007. In anticipation of the release of the new film, here’s a look back at the Transformers film franchise to date. Please note that this column will likely include plot details and spoilers for the films in...

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Kill Your Darlings is not simply a tragic love story

Within the last twenty minutes of Kill Your Darlings, Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) narrates for the viewer what he believes to be the nature of the relationship between Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) and David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall). He says, [Kammerer] loved you. And the truth is, once, you loved him back. But this secret ate away at you … He rescued you. He saved your life. You needed him as much as he needed you. Since Ginsberg is the main character of the film and also the lens through which the audience sees the sequence of events unfold,...

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Toronto’s Laserblast Film Society brings the VHS revival

VHS is having a moment. Despite the fact that its been dead technology for almost a decade now and the majority of the world doesn’t even have room in their lives anymore for DVDs—let alone chunky videotapes—the legend of VHS continues to live on. I, for one, am happy about it – not because it’s a superior product, but because the VHS era was one of the most important periods in film production and distribution history. Not only could people finally get all of their favourite Hollywood theatrical hits into their living room, but new production companies sprang up...

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Honouring our past; building our future: Canadian filmmakers reflect on art for National Aboriginal Day

Canadians will honour National Aboriginal Day across the country this weekend — notably through appreciating Aboriginal dance, performance, and film. Throughout history, Aboriginal artists have transcended views about their communities, despite a relentless ignorance toward Aboriginal peoples seen in media. The artists that we celebrate on National Aboriginal Day remind us that above the misinformation is authenticity and endless room for growth. National Aboriginal Day is an annual celebration of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples and their contributions to Canada. The celebration dates back to 1982 when the Assembly of First Nations (formerly the National Indian Brotherhood) first...

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Women in Film: An interview with Jovanka Vuckovic, director of Jacqueline Ess

The horror genre is about to take an innovative leap with the all-female anthology XX. This project will feature a series of segments by female directors and will star female actresses in major roles. One of these directors is the Gemini award-winning Canadian filmmaker, author, and artist Jovanka Vuckovic. Vuckovic will also direct the highly-anticipated feature film Jacqueline Ess, which is being produced by Clive Barker and will star Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey. Toronto Film Scene had the opportunity to ask Vuckovic about these projects, as well as her thoughts on this ever-changing, dynamic genre. She offers up...

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