Curated by Andréa Picard, the Wavelengths programme aims to expand your notion of cinema by screening some of the best new experimental and visually audacious filmmaking around. Here is a sampling of this year’s most exciting offerings.
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Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Chris Hadfield is packing up his moustache and retiring from the Canadian Space Agency. Thanks for the memories.
DIRECTED BY SETH GORDON In its odd-couple pairing of a plus-sized chatterbox (Melissa McCarthy) and an uptight working stiff (Jason Bateman) for an impromptu cross-country commute, Identity Thief is a lot like John Hughes’ Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Except that where Hughes’ much-beloved buddy comedy exemplified its director’s gifts for blending humour and humanism, Identity [...]
Flat metal shapes, painted in bright colours and fastened together, dancing along frame by frame to a 1792 French folk song. Not the most typical career-launching film, but a significant one: Toronto-born animator George Dunning’s Cadet Rousselle (1947). Pushing the boundaries of conventional animation techniques, with it Dunning announced himself as an important new talent, [...]
You have to be good to get a table at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF): applications are juried. Creators come from all over the world to sell their work, mingle with contemporaries, and spend a weekend in Toronto. While some big names (Pendleton Ward, Kate Beaton, Ryan North) drew fans in droves, there were [...]
The trial of accused anti-G20 plotter Byron Sonne threatens to lurch from merely drawn-out and confusing to a full-on Kafkaesque spectacle, with news that prosecutors now want to reopen the case (which had been nearing a long-awaited conclusion) in order to introduce new evidence. The evidence in question is apparently a stash of potassium chlorate, [...]
Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains—the very best and very worst people, places, things, and ideas that have had an influence on the city over the past twelve months. From December 12–23, the candidates for Mightiest and Meanest—and new this year, a reader’s write-in option! From December 26–29 you’ll be [...]
There’s always a certain point during the festival where you begin to wonder why people bother making movies. But those are the bad days, and today there are stellar celluloid offerings! First, we’ve got the five-star (that’s right, count ‘em, all five) ALPS (). From Yorgos Lanthimos—the director that brought us the tooth-smashing, Oscar-nominated, incestuous [...]
Jeanne Leblanc, Simon Ennis, Hugh Dillon & Enrico Colantoni, Gina Haraszti, Renaud Hallée, Kylse Sanderson (Canada, Short Cuts Canada) SCREENINGS: Friday, September 9, 10 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 (350 King Street West) Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West) It’s a pleasure to report that the selections [...]
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey/Bosnia and Herzegovina, Masters) SCREENINGS: Tuesday, September 13, 6:15 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 (350 King Street West) Wednesday, September 14, 8:45 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 (350 King Street West) Friday, September 16, 5:45 p.m. Scotiabank Theatre 3 (259 Richmond Street West) At once gruelling and enrapturing, Anatolia is a crime story [...]
Now that TIFF has announced the full 2011 programme with additions today to the Masters, Discoveries, and Mavericks slates, it’s time for us to announce the films we’re most excited about. To keep things magical, we’re going to stick with the number 11. (And because chaos reigns, these are in no particular order.)
In a special meeting held this evening—called just yesterday by Rob Ford—city council decided, by a vote of 25–18, to immediately remove all remaining members of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation board of directors. The vote came after several hours of impassioned debate, in a meeting that many found infuriating and which could reasonably be [...]
Author Andrew Borkowski. Photo by Brendan Ross/Torontoist. Andrew Borkowski has spent most of his life writing, but it wasn’t until the death of his parents that he found the inspiration for his first book of short stories, Copernicus Avenue. By his own admission, the fifty-four-year-old writer spent much of his life “noodling around trying to [...]
Turn around, bright eyes—it’s Caturday! Also, Saturday! Today, strap on your skates and enjoy the ice while you can, but keep your coffee cup out of the toxic chemical vat. Ombudsman Fiona Crean explains why Doug Ford shouldn’t talk smack, fighters impersonate fighters, and Toronto, Ohio, gets the photo treatment.
Photo by Chris Erwin from the Torontoist Flickr Pool. In what is best described as Kafkaesque theatre, for the last two days Toronto city council debated the capital, operating, water, and waste budgets for 2011. Things got weird right off the bat, with a head-spinning exchange between Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul’s) and [...]
Today is the first Wednesday of the rest of your life, but why is it always about you anyway? In the news, downtown development discussed, suitcase sorters strike, and torrid temperatures tomorrow.
According to our handy-dandy five-star rating scheme for films playing at TIFF this year, the best we’ve seen is Toronto-based film and video artist Daniel Cockburn’s You Are Here, ranking a full half-star above arthouse darlings like Quebec’s Denis Côté and Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This modest decoration (we can practically see the post blurb: “FIVE [...]