Liv Stein

Combining near cinematic imagery that verges on the iconic and powerhouse performances from its actors, Liv Stein, presented by Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto is sure to wow and elicit discussion. Director Matthew Jocelyn’s sure hand brings Nino Haratischwili’s original German play to the Canadian stage via a translation by Birgit…

An American in Paris (1951) – Vincente Minnelli

  Gene Kelly singing and dancing to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, sounds perfect and entertaining. And this Best Picture winner is definitely entertaining, and my next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Singin’ in the Rain. I feel bad, because I know this…

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) – Luis Bunuel

  The next recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film for my screening of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, is this increasingly surreal French film. Three couples seem to have insurmountable problems in getting together for a dinner party. Amorous couple, the Senechals, Alice (Stephane Audran) and Henri (Jean-Pierre Cassel),…

Toronto After Dark – Shorts After Dark

In the midst of a brilliantly busy Saturday in Toronto, including the annual Zombie Walk and the Grand Opening of the iconic comic book store The Silver Snail in its new Yonge¬†Street location, I settled into the balcony of the Bloor Cinema to watch the shorts program of this outstanding festival. Featuring 9 shorts of…