Aram Rappaport grew up in the hills of Los Angeles. His father was a screenwriter. Talking to him you get the impression that he could care less about celebrity or fame. He didn’t grow up in that LA. He grew up in a world of artists who made movies because they loved it.
Director Roland Emmerich seems to be taking a break from blowing up the world and focusing on more intimate targets, like the centre of the American government, but whatever scale you’re talking about, White House Down is exactly what we have come to expect from the bombastic filmmaker.
R.I.P.D. exists at the point where Men in Black meets The Frighteners, but leaning heavily towards the MIB side of things. Somewhere in that mix, there is probably a winning combination, but R.I.P.D. only gets it about half right, with a storyline that is more than likely to bomb until it rises again in a few months on Blu-ray.
Last week, leading in to the massive debut of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 in North America, actor Don Cheadle made one of his near-final stops on the film’s worldwide publicity tour to chat with press in Toronto, and I was lucky enough to ask him a few questions about his return as Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes.
Writer and director Jeff Renfroe’s The Colony is one of the best-looking action films Canada has ever produced, but it has the kind of script and concept that you might expect from a direct-to-DVD Hollywood prequel. Where the film manages to surprise is in the casting, and some of the hell-bent villains that bring much-needed action to the second half of the story.
Whether it’s the African family happily reuniting over Tim Horton’s coffee or the glossy magazine rankings of successful émigrés, narratives about the immigrant experience permeate Canadian media and popular culture. But, though ubiquitous, these scripts rarely speak to the nuances of immigration, and hardly ever touch on its quiet trauma.
The short film industry has made an impact on filmmakers and audiences alike. Actor, writer and director Ryan Kotack talks about his involvement in the ReelWorld Film Festival.
Talented filmmakers from around the world converged at the 13th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto recently to discuss their latest works. Read the interview with filmmaker Omii Thompson about his new film Modern Romance: The Affair.
Talented filmmakers from around the world converged at the 13th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto recently to discuss their latest works. Read the interview with director Vikram Dasgupta for his short film, Calcutta Taxi.
In the process of promoting another installment of her highly anticipated film festival, if there is one thing that ReelWorld founder Tanya Lee Williams hopes for, it is that filmmakers will feel more empowered.