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Medium to medium

David Lynch tells a story about how one day, as a young art student in Philadelphia, he was working on this painting. Green plants were slowly emerging from a blackened canvas. Then he heard wind and...
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Southward bound

There’s a problem with the Monty Hall Problem. The probability puzzle, named for the famous Canadian broadcaster and longtime host of Let’s Make A Deal, goes like this: you’re a gam...
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Criminal undertaking

When we first meet Scudder (Liam Neeson) it’s 1991. Back then he was NYPD, with dyed moustache and goatee. He drinks a breakfast of coffee and two shots of whisky in a bar that gets robbed. The...
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Head in the clouds

Breaking from its customary early September chill, Toronto has finally taken revenge on the polar vortex. The highs have been in the 30s. I would under any normal circumstance savour the pristine ski...
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Gotta Minute Film Festival

Beth Wishart MacKenzie was in Toronto in 2010, waiting for a TTC train when a flicker on a platform screen caught her eye: not the usual sports briefs or news shorts, but ads for a film festival, set...
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Style creating substance

Paolo Sorrentino reminds us not so much of cinematic style over substance as big-screen style leading, even creating, substance; from gliding cameras, 180-degree twists, illusions of angle, and depth...
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A life tenaciously lived

Among the refrains circulating the voluminous body of work generated by the late film critic Roger Ebert (and, yes, every working critic, this one included, has their refrains) was the desire to R...
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EFS Fall Film Series

From its giant hilltop letters to its poster boys, cover girls, marquee names and trophy shows, Hollywood’s publicity machine is all about stars’ signs. Tinseltown realized, and idealized...
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Irretrievable loss

Complexity, alienation and unease seem fundamental to Atom Egoyan’s experience. He was born in Cairo to Armenian parents and named after a nuclear reactor. He was raised in Canada, but his nasc...
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Dig yourself

There’s a scene in Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s remarkable feature debut in which the hero, a songwriter and musician reflecting on his life and work as he goes about his business on h...