Issue: May 2015 - Toronto Cinema History

Essential Canadian Cinema: The Rep

In May 2010 Torontonians were filled with hope when the Toronto Underground Cinema opened its doors. Run by three local cinephiles, the theatre community hoped it would fill the void in the city’s repertory cinema landscape left by Bloor Cinema (which closed its doors as a rep cinema, and found new life as an upscale documentary-focused art house theatre). Alex, Charlie and Nigel had no previous experience running a business, nor helming a single-screen theatre on their own. The cinema faltered and had a rough start, and local documentary filmmaker Morgan White decided to make a movie about the...

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Spring Awakening: interview with Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, and Nadia Hilker

Filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have jokes. Lots of jokes. Anyone that has ever seen one of their always fun post-screening Q&As – locally in Toronto following the debut of Resolution at Toronto After Dark a few years ago or following their world premiere of Spring (officially opening this Friday, May 15, 2015) at TIFF last year – would know that. They have an irreverence to them that makes sitting down with them and keeping a straight face sometimes difficult. They’re a joy to be around, and one hopes that joy never fades from them. It’s that same...

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Strolling the Promenade de la Croisette: TFS Cannes 2015 preview

Ah, the Festival de Cannes (or Cawww-nes, if you want to get all faux-pretentious about it). It’s the apex of high film culture, a bourgeois celebration of the cinema (not “movies”; that’s crass) that takes place along a sparkling European beachfront that James Bond might frequent. Accordingly, Cannes is also the most unattainable film festival that I can think of. Seriously, does anybody other than journalists, industry people, and Saudi princes attend this thing? Not even all journalists are allowed, as yours truly found out when his e-mails requesting accreditation went unanswered (on second thought, maybe I shouldn’t have...

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No rest for the wicked: an interview with Katharine Isabelle, star of 88

Horror fans have been watching Katharine Isabelle on the big screen since her outstanding performance in Ginger Snaps in 2000. Since then she’s starred in a string of genre hits, including two sequels to Ginger Snaps, American Mary, See No Evil 2, and an ongoing role in the most disturbing show on network television, Hannibal. She’s certainly Canada’s scream queen, but Isabelle has been featured in a number of films and shows that are outside of the genre she may be most known for. Lawrence & Holloman showed she could pull off great comedy, something she’ll be proving once...

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