Features archive

And The Winners Are…

December 15, 2014

Click to see the full list of the 2014 TFCA Awards, including Best Film of the Year, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

Piers Handling – Recipient, 2014 Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award

November 27, 2014

The Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award is given annually to a Canadian whose work has enriched the understanding and appreciation of film.

May The Schwartz Be With You: When Parody Outstrips Its Source

“Grow up,” you might say, to someone defending Spaceballs. But Adam Nayman argues that’s exactly what that film helped him do

Veterans of their Crafts: Brian Johnson and David Cronenberg

November 21, 2014

Brian Johnson, a writer/novelist-turned-director, chats with David Cronenberg, a director-turned-novelist.

Too Many Cooks: Stirring Christopher Nolan’s Critical Broth

November 13, 2014

Angelo Muredda comments on Interstellar and reactionary prescriptions to what “good criticism” is.

Tricks of the Documentary Trade: The Non-Fiction Twist

November 6, 2014

Twists are typical of fiction, but as Jason Gorber writes, non-fiction filmmaking can reveal some devastating surprises.

Books, Beats, and Birds: This Season’s “Honest” Characters

October 30, 2014

Andrew Parker looks at three recent films that openly discuss the nature in which artists perceive harsh and brutal criticism.

The Day I Discovered Stanley Kubrick

October 23, 2014

Peter Howell reflects on the first time he saw 2001: A Space Odyssey. “We were all suitably awed by the Glendale’s huge curved screen, which is still the most impressive one I’ve ever seen.”

I’ll Take That, Thanks: Genre Films and Horror Hybridity

October 16, 2014

As much fun as their gene-splicing, cliché-mashing and shameless pilfering can be, genre filmmakers may have become worryingly risk-averse. With Toronto After Dark 2014 creeping its way into town, Jason Anderson looks at Wyrmwood and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter as examples of a mongrelized tradition defined by cross-pollination

Music and Lyrics: God Help the Girl and True Stories

October 9, 2014

“Some pop songs feel like short films.” Adam Nayman explores musicians who have also turned to filmmaking.