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Faking a Murderer

Here's the trailer for Stu Stone's new film "Faking a Murderer". You might know Stu from his appearances on Pandemic Friday episodes of Toronto Mike'd. Produced in partnership with Hollywood Suite and Astrolab Studios, the film is set to have its world broadcast premiere on the Hollywood Suite channel on
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The Last Munchkin Has Died

As a kid, watching The Wizard of Oz seemed like a big deal. The 1939 film was appointment viewing when it would come on TV, and pretty damn epic. I must have seen it a hundred times. It's the end of an era, as the last surviving munchkin has died.
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Oscar Category Fraud

Every year I tell myself the Oscars are nothing more than an irrelevant circle jerk, but every year I try and see every film nominated for best picture and end up watching the Academy Awards regardless. It's harmless silly fun, afterall. I watched Fences last night and was blown away
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I've Never Seen Top Gun

Is there a pop culture marker you completely missed? For example, are you in your 40s but have never seen Star Wars? Against all odds, I have somehow never seen Top Gun. I'm willing to bet very few movie-watching guys in this country who are my age can make the
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Creed and The Force Awakens

I recently watched Creed, the seventh film in the Rocky series. It reminded me a great deal of The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the Star Wars series. There will be no major spoilers below, but if you really want to see either movie knowing as little as possible,
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The World At War and Making a Murderer

I'm toggling between two stellar documentary series during my free time this holiday break. One is quite old, and the other is quite new. The World at War is a British documentary series about World War II that aired in 1973-74. I only recently discovered this 26-episode series existed, and
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Ode to the Video Store Guy

My kids will never know a world without the internet. As far as they're concerned, it's always been there, a pervasive connection to a massive database of facts and myths. Periodically, I'll remind them that I didn't surf the web until university. When I was 13, my buddies and I
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The Hateful Eight

So few directors can actually get me into a theatre these days, but Quentin Tarantino is definitely one of them. Without a doubt, he's my favourite director, and he's yet to disappoint me. His latest film, The Hateful Eight, arrives in December. The teaser trailer was released today.
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Pac-Man Invades Toronto

I spent most of last week offline enjoying the kids during the March break. We rode our bikes, played some basketball and football, watched a lot of March Madness and had a blast. It was awesome. It also meant I missed a whack of stuff. For example, Adam Sandler's new
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Best Picture Nominees Ranked

For the first time in many years, I've seen all the films nominated for a Best Picture Oscar before the award is handed out. Here's my personal ranking. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments. WhiplashBoyhoodThe Theory of EverythingBirdmanThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation GameSelmaAmerican Sniper
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I Am What I Play

I didn't know I Am What I Play existed until David Marsden told me about it in episode 106. It's a documentary about rock radio DJ's featuring Meg Griffin, Charles Laquidara, Pat O'Day and our very own David Marsden, best known as the driving force behind CFNY in the 1980s.
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I Was Wrong

When the Leafs game went to shit tonight, I started watching ¡Three Amigos! on YouTube. I had no idea it was stylized that way until tonight. I hadn't seen ¡Three Amigos! since the '80s. As I recall, there was a free preview weekend of First Choice / Superchannel and we recorded
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I'm a Bit Behind on my Movie Watching

The Golden Globe Award nominations were announced today, and it seems I'm a bit behind on my movie watching. Here are the nominations for Best Motion Picture, Drama. Of these, I've only seen Boyhood, which I loved. BoyhoodFoxcatcherThe Imitation GameSelmaThe Theory of EverythingHere are the nominations for Best Motion Picture,
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How Did I Miss In Bruges?

Yesterday afternoon, I watched In Bruges for the first time. In Bruges stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes and was originally released way back in 2008. That's six years ago. Somehow, this six year old movie fell completely below my radar, despite the fact it's precisely the type
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The Canadian Conspiracy

The Canadian Conspiracy was a 1985 mockumentary illustrating a supposed conspiracy to infiltrate American culture through employment in the entertainment industry. It featured John Candy, Lorne Greene, Monty Hall, Doug Henning, Margot Kidder, Eugene Levy, Rich Little, Howie Mandel, Lorne Michaels, Anne Murray, Leslie Nielsen, Morley Safer, William Shatner, Martin
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The Incomparable Atuk Curse

Mordecai Richler's 1963 novel The Incomparable Atuk is the basis for a screenplay named Atuk that has never been made into a movie. Many Hollywood film studios since the early 80s have wanted to make Atuk, but for a variety of reasons this has never happened.  There's an urban legend
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My 2014 Oscar Picks

Below are my Oscar predictions for 2014.  Feel free to disagree in the comments. For only the second time ever, I've actually seen all the movies nominated for best picture.  And last time I did that, there were only five nominations. Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave Best Director: Steve
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