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TIFF ’12 Scenes: Thursday and Friday

TIFF ’12 began with a bang on Thursday night, with the red carpet premiere of Looper, a terrific time-travel noir from director Rian Johnson. Also making its North American bow on Thursday was Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s boho classic On the Road, while Juno director Jason Reitman conducted a read-through of American Beauty […]

Historicist: Titillating and Terrorizing Toronto

Historicist is, like many in Toronto, off to the movies this week. Here is one of our favourite installments, first published on September 13, 2008. Front Page of the Globe and Mail from September 9, 1952. On September 8, 1952, four men sawed through the window bars at the Don Jail and crawled over the […]

Midnight’s Children

Deepa Mehta (Canada/United Kingdom, Gala Presentations) SCREENINGS: Sunday, September 9, 6:30 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street) Monday, September 10, 9 a.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 (350 King Street West) To describe Deepa Mehta’s rich, multigenerational love letter to India as epic may still be an understatement. Adapting the lengthy Salman Rushdie novel—work done […]

Hurricane Hazel, Conflicted

For Hazel McCallion, it was an unwanted holiday gift. On December 11, 1981, the mayor of Mississauga was greeted by a process server delivering a writ. John Graham, a lawyer and former mayor of Streetsville whose political relationship with McCallion had deteriorated when they worked together during the late 1960s, filed an application accusing her […]

Darcy Allan Sheppard Remembered at Launch of Michael Bryant’s Memoir 28 Seconds

In August 2009, an altercation between former Attorney-General Michael Bryant and bike courier Darcy Allan Sheppard on Bloor Street ended with Sheppard’s death and Bryant’s descent into public shame. Yesterday, just over three years later, around the corner from where the original accident occurred, Michael Bryant launched 28 Seconds: A True Story of Addiction, Tragedy […]

Fall 2012: Our Theatre and Comedy Picks

The new year might officially begin on January 1, but everyone knows that autumn is really the time to start anew. It’s intrinsic to the season: leaves change and fall, students go back to school, patios put away their chairs, and Canada gets back to its true (chilly) identity. For theatre, this is a good […]

Public Works: A Bullet Train for Toronto

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, governance, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Flying from Toronto to Montreal always feels like more trouble than it’s worth. Traffic jams, line-ups, security, steely-eyed flight wardens whinging about seatbelts and how your Facebook updating is crashing the […]

TIFF ’12 Reviews: Sci-Fi Meets Non-Fi

Wondering how to navigate the torrent of films? Our growing list of TIFF reviews is right here. They say that truth is stranger than fiction. But, when you think about it, the notion of hunting down your future-self whilst riding a hoverbike is also pretty out-there. We survey some fest selections in the non-fiction and […]

Rob Ford’s Conflict of Interest Hearing: Day Two

4:55 PM: The lawyers have shaken hands, and the judge promises to deliver his decision in a “timely” way. This hearing is officially over. 4:48 PM And that’s it. We’re done. 4:44 PM Now Hasan is rebutting Lenczner’s points about whether council’s 2010 decision to penalize Ford was outside its jurisdiction. As before, Hasan is […]

TIFF ’12 Reviews: Cannes Award-Winners

Wondering how to navigate the torrent of films? Our growing list of TIFF reviews is right here. Having each already claimed an award at Cannes, how will these heavyweights fare in TIFF’s People’s Choice stakes? Though we loved Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winner Amour, fest audiences could find the Austrian’s unflinching mortality drama a tough sell. […]

TIFF ’12 Reviews: Tyro Canadian Talent

Wondering how to navigate the torrent of films? Our growing list of TIFF reviews is right here. Xavier Dolan has already taken three films to Cannes, and was justifiably aggrieved to miss out on a spot in the Competition with his latest, Laurence Anyways, which was relegated to the Un Certain Regard sidebar. And now […]

At Any Price

Ramin Bahrani (USA, Special Presentations) SCREENINGS: Sunday, September 9, 10:00 p.m. Princess of Wales (300 King Street West) Monday, September 10, 12:00 p.m. Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street East) What on Earth happened to Ramin Bahrani? Having established a well-earned reputation as an astute chronicler of hardscrabble America with three intimately-scaled, but widely-acclaimed features (Man […]

Laurence Anyways

DIRECTED BY XAVIER DOLAN Patently emboldened by the accolades heaped on his precociously stylish first features (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats), the epic, operatic Laurence Anyways finds Xavier Dolan indulging his every extravagant whim. At 23, the French-Canadian filmmaking prodigy is fast becoming one of world cinema’s most audacious aesthetes, and this frequently stunning, ‘90s-spanning […]

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners

Shola Lynch (USA/France, Gala) SCREENINGS: Sunday, September 9, 1:30 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street) Monday, September 10, 4:45 p.m. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West) Saturday, September 15, 12 p.m. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West) Angela Davis has had an eventful life, from her rigorous training in continental […]

The Central Park Five

DIRECTED BY KEN BURNS, SARAH BURNS, AND DAVID MCMAHON Revisiting New York’s infamous 1989 case of The Central Park Jogger—which saw five black and Latino teens tried and sentenced for a savage rape they didn’t commit—veteran documentarian Ken Burns teams with daughter Sarah Burns and David McMahon to present a meticulous chronology of a heinous […]

Short Cuts Canada: Programme #1

Various directors (Canada, Short Cuts Canada) SCREENINGS: Friday, September 7, 7:15 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 (350 King Street West) Saturday, September 8, 1:15 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 (350 King Street West) TIFF’s annual showcase of Canadian short filmmaking kicks off with a diverse programme linked mostly by a commitment to high style. Looking […]

Why is Mayor Rob Ford in Court?

Today, Mayor Rob Ford testifies as part of a lawsuit that could cost him his job. By this afternoon, it’s likely that whatever happens at court will be all over the news (including right here). If you haven’t been paying attention to this thing as it developed over the past few months, or some of […]