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The top 10 film directors from Toronto

Posted by PO Karim / November 23, 2014

toronto film directorsThe top film directors from Toronto prove this city is rich in cinematic excellence in more ways than just TIFF. From mainstream movies to indie classics, the cinematic contributions made by our city's most eminent filmmakers owe much to Toronto's thriving film community, a little bit to luck, and that rare flicker of greatness.

Here are my picks for the top 10 film directors from Toronto.

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The top 10 highest grossing movies shot in Toronto

Posted by PO Karim / November 15, 2014

Highest grossing movies TorontoThe highest grossing movies shot in Toronto prove that this city is the Meryl Streep of Canadian film locations - versatile. We've stood-in for other major North American cities in disaster flicks, period pieces, contemporary dramas, and dystopian futures.

The construction of the massive Pinewood Studios on Commissioners Street has allowed mega-productions to move-in with increasingly larger budgets. As our film industry continues to grow in size and scope, we look back on the biggest blockbusters that were shot in Toronto.

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10 Toronto buildings that used to be movie theatres

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 15, 2014

toronto theatre rioToronto used to have a lot of movie theatres. "The Nabes," as neighbourhood cinemas were known during the boom years of the 1940s, were essentially multipurpose community centres; part entertainment venue, part meeting place, part communal TV set. Later, as the public began to shy away from the silver screen, numerous Toronto movie houses fell on hard times. Many closed for good while the architecture lived on.

The first movie ever screened in Toronto was The Kiss. It was shown in 1890 in the basement of Robinson's Musee, a Yonge Street curiosity emporium similar to the famous P. T. Barnum oddity museum in New York. The film, recorded by the Edison Company, starred Broadway actors May Irwin and John Rice and consisted of a single scene from the popular farce The Widow Jones. For about 17 seconds, Irwin and Rice nuzzle and kiss in choppy black and white.

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That time when Train 48 left Union Station

Posted by Ed Conroy / November 14, 2014

Train 48Do you remember Global TV's Train 48, which took place on a GO Train car carrying average denizens home from Toronto to Burlington every evening?

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10 under the radar places to watch a movie in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / November 13, 2014

movie theatres torontoUnder the radar movie theatres in Toronto often don't make it into the city's easily Google-able movie listings like commercial and rep screenings do, but without them the film community would be a shadow of its current self. From small traditional cinema spaces to back alley bike shops, local film makers, programmers, and midsize festivals keep Toronto's micro screening houses busy year round.

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Stunning Stanley Kubrick exhibit lands at TIFF Lightbox

Posted by Derek Flack / October 31, 2014

Stanley Kubrick TIFFStanley Kubrick has touched down at the TIFF Lightbox just in time for Halloween. The retrospective tracks Kubrick's evolution as a filmmaker with dedicated areas for each of his seminal works, with particular attention paid to landmark films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining. Casual fans and Kubrick-nerds alike will find something to like here, as the show does a good job of introducing viewers to the director's practice but also offers enough production images and props to appeal to die-hard fans.

While the exhibition has traveled elsewhere, the Lightbox has outdone itself here with its mix of educational resources and cinematographic curiosities. Kubrick's various inspirations and lasting influence on cinema culture is all well accounted for, which should enrich the experience of watching his films after the exhibition. The show runs until January 25th.

Check out the weird and fascinating world of Stanley Kubrick in this photo gallery.
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