Film and TV

Advertisements you can’t stand.

Never mind dropping out; as far as turning on and tuning in go, there’s never been a better time. Over the past decade, both cable and the major networks have upped their game, giving us better writing, better characters, better jokes, and better plot twists than we’ve ever seen on the small screen. As for the advertising—well, that’s another story.

James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D.

There is a moment in James Cameron’s new film Deepsea Challenge 3D where viewers might ask themselves, “Why is he doing this, again?” Cameron kisses his wife and waves goodbye to his expedition team, before hunkering down in the Deepsea Challenger submersible that will take him to the deepest part of the ocean.

Escape to the cinema.

One of the main charms of central Amsterdam is its Renaissance architecture. Just northwest of Rembrandt Square—named after Dutch master painter Rembrandt van Rijn—sits a prime example, the Pathé Tuschinski theatre.

A captive mind.

Atom Egoyan’s trajectory from the art house fringe to the high altar of Cannes reveals the riddling signature of a man in love with complexity on an elusive search for light within the darkness.

Film, fishing, and frivolity.

There’s plenty to swoon over in Florida’s Key West, not least of which was the recent Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in the Florida Keys.

Seating arrangements and arraignments.

The history of dinner seating, like the history of art, yo-yoes between moments of brilliance and periods of stagnation, and the politics of place cards is a tricky business.

Truth be told.

Truth can be stranger—or even more interesting—than fiction, so the rise of documentary film in recent years perhaps comes as no surprise. This year, Toronto’s annual Hot Docs film festival is showcasing 197 documentaries from Canada and around the world.

Muse material.

From the Broadway stage to the depths of the human subconscious, Rebecca Hall has played her way into the limelight. Now, the actress appears in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, a science-fiction blockbuster opening today.

Wally Pfister’s Transcendence.

While many science-fiction movies have tackled the subject of artificial intelligence and the threat it could pose to humankind in a typical “us versus them” conflict, Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence, raises a different question.