Film and TV

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.

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

Now that the 86th Academy Awards have been left in the bin of history, and all that’s left are the sore tushes engendered from over-sitting at the Dolby Theatre, and the delivery bills racked up for the bijoux lent to starlets, it’s time to take a moment to consider some of the lessons from this year’s Oscar night.

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

There’s no place like Oscar. When the orchestra swoops on Sunday night—the flutes and French horns acting as a paean for all those careers on the line, and all those dreams set to make or break—the evening’s proceedings will eventually settle in on a plucky young woman in a blue gingham dress.

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

Has it really been already a year since Jack Nicholson made Jennifer Lawrence’s acquaintance for the first time, going so far as to do the one thing even more brazen than photo-bombing—interview-bombing?