Written By: Lucas Nochez
Toronto–Aaron Abrams has built up a very successful career playing the jerk in film and television, and this is by no means a reflection of my second interview with the multi-talented actor, producer and writer. Continue reading
Toronto–November 7th is a big date for the 2014 North American Box Office.
The weekend marks the beginning of the year’s Holiday movie season, with Christopher Nolan’s newest epic Interstellar and Disney’s hopeful money maker Big Hero 6 hitting megaplexes in wide release in search of big profit to justify massive investment by their respective studios. Costing an estimated $165 million each, both will look to gross in excess of a billion dollars, continuing the trend of Nolan’s films and Disney’s Frozen. With that said, Toronto has become an essential tool in the marketing and hype-building of these mega-budget blockbusters, mostly within Canada, but thankfully hasn’t lost it’s unique ability to introduce darling indies to the world either. Director Bill Taylor and actress Tommie-Amber Pirie’s film Don’t Get Killed in Alaska is one of those darling indies Canada’s movie capital gets to unleash on the movie world this weekend. When asked how he feels opening his film on the same day as Nolan’s much anticipated sci-fi tale, Taylor responds, “I could care less. People who are coming out to see my film are coming to enjoy the great talent that is found all around this amazing city”. I think he was on to something. So began our discussion of the hugely Canadian film made on a teeny-tiny budget. Continue reading
Toronto–Unbeknownst to me at the time, but the interview I had planned on the first Friday afternoon of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival was going to have an unofficial theme; determination.
Coincidentally, during the discussion, we so happened to draw upon one of my favourite myths from Greek mythology, the myth of Sisyphus. The story of Sisyphus tells of the plight of a King, who is punished for his deceit, and is tasked eternally to push a boulder up a hill, only to have the boulder roll back down by day’s end. Hole may not be a cinematic interpretation of this myth by any means, but the process of how it was made just might be. Continue reading