Kelly Bedard

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If you need to be reminded about how toxic masculinity can be used as a business model, then the documentary The Pickup Game should be essential viewing. Or if you are simply fascinated by human behavior, and how mating has been influenced by social media than this piece is also for you. Sibling filmmakers Matthew […]

  Laura Anne Harris

The Guardians is an alarming new documentary from Toronto director-journalist Billie Mintz about the American public and private guardianship scam which captures unsuspecting elderly out of their home by court order. At first it seems implausible, but Mintz carefully investigates this ongoing issue in the region where this scam started: Clark County, Nevada a suburb […]

  Laura Anne Harris

Toronto’s HotDocs Festival is in full swing, and if you are craving a spectacular nature documentary look no further than Grant Baldwin’s love letter to British Columbia, This Mountain Life. Baldwin follows several subjects lust for adventure, solitude or inner peace. He travels alongside a mother and daughter team, Martina and Tania as they take […]

Click Here to read all of our coverage from 2017 San Diego Comic-Con We caught up with two of the giants of voice-over acting  John DiMaggio (Futurama‘s Bender) and Frederick Tatasciore (Avengers Assemble‘s Hulk) who were on hand at San Diego Comic-Con to promote I Know That Voice, their documentary about the industry that is now being adapted into […]

  Laura Anne Harris

This year’s International HotDocs Festival in Toronto, is made up of eclectic array of documentaries divided into different categories. Part of the collection this year is an emphasis on the Asian perspective with docs like Tokyo Idols, Still Tomorrow and Ramen Heads. Other documentaries explore niche subcultures in society like, Mermaids and Shiners. However the […]

  Laura Anne Harris

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada, however it’s nearly impossible for people to buy property due to the high housing prices. Charles Wilkinson’s documentary Vancouver: No Fixed Address examines the many reasons why buying property in Vancouver is so difficult. Whether it is offshore buyers moving in or lack of regulations […]

  Kelly Bedard

For the past three years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how much I enjoyed and/or connected with or appreciated the film rather than on some sort of objective artistic criteria. Basically, this is a list of […]

  Kelly Bedard

For the past three years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how much I enjoyed and/or connected with or appreciated the film rather than on some sort of objective artistic criteria. Basically, this is a list of […]

  Kelly Bedard

I heard about director Jody Lee Lipes’ Ballet 422 because, during its run at Toronto’s Hot Docs Cinema, it was preceded by a short dance film choreographed by the National Ballet of Canada’s wunderkind choreographic associate Robert Binet and directed by My Theatre Award winner Dylan Tedaldi (one of my favourite dancers in the company). To my […]

  Kelly Bedard

I’m not even a little bit embarrassed about seeing the Backstreet Boy documentary. Other than Joshua Jackson and Gilbert Blythe, I’ve loved nothing in my entire life as long or as consistently as I’ve loved the Backstreet Boys. Those opening chords of “As Long As You Love Me” still pull my heartstrings and, yes, I […]

  Kelly Bedard

For the past two years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how much I enjoyed and/or connected with or appreciated the film rather than on some sort of objective artistic criteria. Basically, this is a list of […]

  Kelly Bedard

The straightforward documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show isn’t great because of its execution (the structure is too formulaic and some of the main shows discussed just aren’t that good) but it’s really great because of its subjects. Showrunners (meaning the Executive Producers in charge of “running” a TV show; usually the […]

  Kelly Bedard

Steve James’ documentary about Roger Ebert- filmed in the last few weeks of his life and release after his death- moved me more than any other movie in 2014 so far. The scenes shot in the hospital are harrowing, the unbelievable strength of Roger’s wife Chaz is inspiring, and the film’s dedication to portraying the […]

  Kelly Bedard

Netflix be damned, this month alone I raced through the first season of Game of Thrones, the third season of Mad Men and the fifth season of The Good Wife, all on the great and sadly dying medium of TV on DVD (Netflix, by the way, only has one of those three things available in […]

  Greg Dalgetty

Full disclosure: I’m a big Star Trek fan. Well, I should qualify that by saying I have no use for anything that came after Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Voyager and Enterprise didn’t do much for me, and don’t even get me started on the J.J. Abrams movies. But the OG Star Trek from the […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

This Clement World is part of the Carbon14: Climate is Culture Exhibition and Festival hosted by the Cape Farewell foundation and The Theatre Centre. Cynthia Hopkins is a sheer delight whom I have never had the pleasure to see on stage, and it is not surprising to learn that she is a multiple award winning […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

A group of actors from Canada embark on a journey touring Michael Redhill’s play about genocide, Goodness, to Rwanda – of all places.  My immediate thought is that this experience will be wrought by topics as obvious as the social function of theatre in different cultural and geographical environments.  Or the role that interpretation and […]

  Mike Strizic

“Why do you assume you can look at people and they can’t look back?”  Godfrey Masauli admonishes his travel companion Benjamin Jordan, who is lamenting that he gets called a white man everywhere he goes in Malawi.  Jordan is directing a documentary entitled Ndizotheka (It Is Possible) about travelling to Africa to teach a lucky man […]

  Kelly Bedard

Post-Avengers, there have been a pile of movies I’ve been excited to see and only one of them has exceeded expectations. Magic Mike wasn’t what I was expecting, Brave annoyed me, and I was largely disappointed in The Dark Knight Rises– just for a few examples. But the one movie I saw on absolute instinct […]