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Kerwin Mathews at Columbia: Pirates & Lilliputians

Kerwin Mathews at Columbia: Pirates & Lilliputians

December 9, 2017 | By

Reviews of two films starring Kerwin Mathews, courtesy of Twilight Time: The Pirates of Blood River (1962) and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960).

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BR: 3 Worlds of Gulliver, The (1960)

BR: 3 Worlds of Gulliver, The (1960)

December 9, 2017 | By

Ray Harryhausen’s fantasy epic adventure is surprisingly low on stop-motion creatures, but his brilliance with trick photography made him the perfect hands-on producer for this fanciful, exciting version of Jonathan Swift’s classic tale that’s apparently remained in print since its inaugural (and initially sanitized) publication in 1725…

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ArtScopeTO 06: Interview with Abstract Painter Donna Wise

ArtScopeTO 06: Interview with Abstract Painter Donna Wise

December 6, 2017 | By

December’s ArtScopeTO podcast features abstract painter Donna Wise, whose series Flights of Fancy can be seen at Toronto’s Urban Gallery until Sat. Dec. 30, 2017.

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Calling Hedy Lamarr: Inventor, Glamour Goddess, and Hollywood Icon – Part 2

Calling Hedy Lamarr: Inventor, Glamour Goddess, and Hollywood Icon – Part 2

November 28, 2017 | By

Review of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017), the 3rd and likely final chronicle of the actress / inventor, now screening at Toronto’s Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

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Film: Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

Film: Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

November 28, 2017 | By

With a third documentary on the famous Hollywood icon now in release, the question is What new information could there be, since Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004) and Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star (2006) both presented a wealth of information using very different approaches…

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Citizens Bill and Jane

Citizens Bill and Jane

November 23, 2017 | By

Reviews of two docs on iconoclasts: Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017), currently running at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema + Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City (2017) on DVD from IFC, and screening Nov. 29 at the Revue Cinema.

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Film: Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017)

Film: Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017)

November 23, 2017 | By

According to Bill Nye, when the young engineer met astrophysicist Carl Sagan in 1987, he got the bug for science, and within a few years became Bill Nye, the Science Guy, the titular hero / educator of the popular PBS show that ran from 1993-1998…

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DVD: Citizen Jane – Battle for the City (2016)

DVD: Citizen Jane – Battle for the City (2016)

November 23, 2017 | By

To Torontonians, Jane Jacobs is perhaps best remembered as one of the key figures who managed to successfully kill the major section of the Spadina Expressway in 1971, a route that would’ve provided drivers in the west end with a needed alternate expressway to reach the city from mid-town suburbs…

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ArtScopeTO 05: Interview with Painter Mary Lynne Atkinson

ArtScopeTO 05: Interview with Painter Mary Lynne Atkinson

November 21, 2017 | By

New ArtScopeTO podcast features artist Mary Lynne Atkinson, whose series Land on Fire can be seen at Toronto’s Urban Gallery until Sat. Nov. 25, 2017.

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From Fake News to Chamber Drama: 3 by Woody Allen

From Fake News to Chamber Drama: 3 by Woody Allen

November 16, 2017 | By

Reviews of Woody Allen’s formal feature directorial debut Take the Money and Run (1969) from KL Studio Classics, the short mockumentary Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971), and the underrated drama September (1987) from Twilight Time.

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