Film & Television

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Film Fridays: La La Land review

La La Land has it all: singing, dancing, comedy, drama and romance. Mia (Emma Stone) is a struggling actress. Her life consists of running from her part-time job to auditions. Life hasn’t worked out the way she wanted it to. She thought she would’ve made it in L.A. by now, but she hasn’t. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck jazz musician. […]

Things to do this weekend (Dec. 2-4)

Things to do this weekend (Dec. 2-4)

It’s finally December! What better way to welcome the holiday season then by going out an exploring the wonderful events happening in the city. 1.Treasure Island Treasure Island opens tonight! You can still pick up your tickets at our box office at 345 Yonge St. or online at ryersontreasureisland.bpt.me . . . . #TreasureIsland #RUPerformance #Ryerson #Aaarryouready #RUTreasureIsland #RyersonPirates #Performance345 A photo […]

Joyce Carpenter, the mother of Patricia Carpenter, in her home during shooting for the documentary. (Courtesy Shades of Our Sisters)

RTA project honours missing and murdered indigenous women

For their final thesis project, eight media production students came together and created Shades of Our Sisters, an installation that celebrates the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women, trans and two-spirit individuals. The project focuses on the lives of Patricia Carpenter and Sonya Cywink, two of the more than 1200 missing and murdered indigenous women. The installation is a […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Arts & Life, Film & Television, Media, News
A lot of people believe that feminism is only for women, but it's also for men. (Ryersonian Archive)

What does feminism mean?

Feminism’s a word that a vast majority of people don’t fully understand. Until recently, I didn’t completely understand it either. This is partly because in the media, most movies and TV shows never give a definition. Equality shown in media In the TV shows and movies that I watched growing up, most of the characters I saw were shown in […]

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Film Fridays: Moana review

The thing that separates Moana from other Disney films is the culture it depicts. It’s rare for the Hawaiian culture to get a spotlight and Disney has now brought the land and culture to the big screen. When Moana is a young girl, the ocean calls to her and gives her a stone. She learns through oral stories that this […]

Billy Lynn (Joe Alywn) crying while hearing the national anthem. (Courtesy Sony Pictures)

Film Fridays: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk review

Ang Lee has created an honest film about what the realities of war are and what the media perceives them to be. Billy Lynn (Joe Alywn) and his fellow soldiers have come back home to America for a victory tour. This comes after Lynn’s team, Bravo, are caught on camera in a harrowing battle in Iraq. Yet, the young soldier […]

Canada gets first 4DX movie theatre at Yonge and Dundas

Canada gets first 4DX movie theatre at Yonge and Dundas

Canada has received its first 4DX auditorium at Cineplex Cinemas on Yonge and Dundas Streets and the new theatre experience is getting great reviews. “The response we’ve gotten has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Sarah Van Lange, the director of communications at Cineplex. “We were anticipating Canadians to love 4DX but we weren’t expecting almost every show to be sold out.” Viewers can […]

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Film Fridays: Arrival review

Arrival is not the usual alien invasion film. Amy Adams plays expert linguistics professor Louise Banks. When 12 alien space crafts land in different locations across the world, she’s asked by the government to help. She ends up leading the American team to try to figure out why the aliens have invaded Earth. Yet, it’s only Banks who believes the aliens […]

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Film Fridays: Loving review

It’s shocking to think that in 1967, the state of Virginia had a law that prohibited interracial marriage. The new film Loving tells the story of an interracial couple’s fight to remain married and live in their state. The film is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who fell in love in the state of Virginia. […]

The movie poster for Moonlight. (Courtesy of A24)

It’s time to end stereotypes in movies

There’s never been a film quite like Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Moonlight focuses on the narrative of a young black male coming out while living in inner-city Miami during the 1980s. The most revolutionary scenes of the 2017 Oscars contender happen when two black men are allowed to be intimate and vulnerable with each other. This is a rarity on screen. […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Film & Television, Opinion
Mary Gyulay is the inspiration behind the film VIABLE. (Courtesy Melissa Scicluna)

Q-and-A: Rye grad and ‘VIABLE’ director talks MS

In the summer of 2014, Mary Gyulay was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and at the age of 22 her life changed forever. Her journey inspired the story behind the short film VIABLE, which she directed and co-wrote. Gyulay is an RTA graduate who initially created this short film with her team of RTA grads for their course practicum. The film was […]

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Q-and-A: Rye grad talks about new TV show Second Jen

Amanda Joy and Samantha Wan first met each other on the set of a horror film in 2014. Two years later, they’re starring on a TV show they’ve written and created. Second Jen, which airs on City, explores the cultural and generational gaps that most children of immigrant parents experience. Joy is an actor, screenwriter, producer and comedian. She studied […]

by Danielle Lee· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
RTA grads take VIABLE to Orlando Film Festival

RTA grads take VIABLE to Orlando Film Festival

  What initially started as a course practicum has recently taken a team of RTA grads beyond the classroom and onto the big screen at the Orlando Film Festival. “This particular story was an important one to tell because it’s a personal story about multiple sclerosis,” says Mary Gyulay, director, co-writer, and inspiration behind the film VIABLE. “It meant a […]

by Selena Singh· · Arts & Life, Film & Television, Health
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Film Fridays: Doctor Strange review

It seems that Marvel has figured out what the movie-going audience wants and delivers it to the silver screen. This is no different with Doctor Strange. It was once said that the comic was the only one that wouldn’t work on screen. Well, somehow Marvel has made it work in very strange, pun intended, and unique ways. The film follows […]

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Film Fridays: Hacksaw Ridge review

War is a big topic on the news all around the world. The subject is never a positive one and has an impact not only on the people directly involved, but on the world as a whole. People are seeking refuge, being taken away from their families, and soldiers and innocent civilians are dying everyday. So in the world that we […]

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From the stage to the camera

A Ryerson dance graduate is taking her first step back into the dance world after suffering from a brain injury. Only this time, instead of being up on stage, she’ll be behind a camera. Miranda Forbes, who graduated from Ryerson in 2009, has been dancing since she was a child. In 2012, Forbes suffered a brain injury after being hit […]

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Film Fridays: Moonlight review

The Toronto International Film Festival’s 2016 indie-hit is now ready to have its big weekend release. Moonlight follows an African-American male, named Chiron, from his childhood to adulthood. It takes place in three acts. The first when he’s a child, the second as a teenager, and the third as the man he’s become. As a child living in a poor […]

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Get spooky and spirited: Halloween films featuring previous Ryerson students

Halloween is only a couple of days away, which means everyone is looking for a scary movie to get them in the spirit. For students, heading to the cinema is costly. So why not cozy up with your computer and watch a former Ryerson student act in a horror film? It will make you scared, save you money and see […]

Q-and-A: Rye grad and ‘Little Mosque’ creator talks comedy

Q-and-A: Rye grad and ‘Little Mosque’ creator talks comedy

Since graduating from the Ryerson journalism program in 1992, Zarqa Nawaz has carved out an impressive comedy career. She created the hit CBC show Little Mosque on the Prairie, based on her documentary Me and the Mosque. The Ryersonian spoke to Nawaz about everything from laughing about Islamophobia to her thoughts on Donald Trump’s election campaign. Q: You’ve been a […]

by Avneet Dhillon· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
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Can comedy crush Islamophobia?

The irrational fear of Muslims, otherwise known as Islamophobia, might have a comedic cure. Becky Choma has spent years researching prejudice and discrimination. The Ryerson psychology professor recently turned her focus to the effects of fear on Islamophobia, given the rise of prejudice towards Muslims in the western world. Choma was awarded a grant for her latest project, which she […]

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Ryerson students rev up support for ‘The Benz’

A 45-minute film written and directed by Ryerson students is almost complete, but one thing is getting in their way —money. All of the work the team has done for their debut film so far has been financed from their not-so-deep student pockets, said Zach Silverstein, Ryerson film studies student and co-director of The Benz. “There are so many difficulties […]

by Isabelle Docto· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
A survey released in 2013 by Harris Interactive showed that about 60 per cent of TV streamers binge-watched shows. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Best new TV shows to help Ryerson students procrastinate

The beginning of a school year means a change in schedule, more stress and finding different ways to avoid it all. Luckily, September also brings in the fall TV season that’s packed with shows, including old and new, to love and love-to-hate. But which shows debuting this fall are worth checking out? The Ryersonian has you covered. 1. For when you […]

by Patricia Karounos· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
Armenian genocide film at TIFF prompts online backlash, students react

Armenian genocide film at TIFF prompts online backlash, students react

Ryerson’s Armenian community fought back online against the low ratings for Armenian genocide film The Promise. After only five screenings at TIFF, the movie received 50,000 “one-star” reviews on IMDb, but only had a maximum possible viewership of 7,700 people. Both Terry George, the film’s director, and Lori Tashjian, president of Ryerson’s Armenian Students’ Association (ASA), speculate that Turkish users are […]

by Casimir Boivin· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
Still from Forever Pure (Photo courtesy of TIFF)

TIFF Review: How discrimination kicked Israeli soccer team

TIFF REVIEW: Forever Pure DIRECTOR: Maya Zinshtein (Israel) GENRE: Documentary, 87 minutes, 14A RATING: 3.5/4 stars Director Maya Zinshtein’s documentary Forever Pure shows Israel’s soccer giant Beitar Jerusalem Football Club at war from within. Before watching this film, I did not know much about mideast conflicts. The film effectively tells the story of what happened when two Muslim players joined […]

by Michael Norton· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
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Review: Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!

Imagine university life without cellphones and laptops. It may seem impossible. However, there was a time when plans were made using notes left on dorm room doors and parties happened without any minute-to-minute documentation on Snapchat. That time was 1980. Richard Linklater’s new film Everybody Wants Some!! perfectly captures the essence of this pre-social media era. It seems almost mystical for […]

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Students roll out red carpet for TARA awards

It’s considered to be the Oscars of the RTA school of media. The TARA Awards recognizes student achievements across the media school. The awards are a prestigious event for the media production, sport media and new media programs. This year, the 38th annual awards will be held on April 15 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts. Josh […]

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Ryerson holds second women-in-film conference

Ric Bienstock believes there is no better time than now for women to enter the film industry. “Being a female is an advantage… I would hate to be a white man in the business,” the Emmy Award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker said at a conference discussing women in the film industry. The conference was hosted by Ryerson’s school of image arts […]

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Ryerson student aims to raise $50k for film

By Saheel Shah After 17 days and over $20,000, funds continue coming in for the Ryerson-directed feature film Goliath as it enters the third week of its Indiegogo campaign. Goliath is being written, directed and produced by Luke Villemaire, a third-year film student at Ryerson. In September, Villemaire secured $20,000 through the Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) to contribute […]

Rye grad overcomes fear to produce film

Rye grad overcomes fear to produce film

By Brynn Farren Haunted by horrifying visions of the future? If you’re a soon-to- be graduate of any arts program at Ryerson, this might be the case. Stephen Dunn is an award- winning director and a graduate from Ryerson University’s film program. He recently held a screening at Ryerson for his award-winning film Closet Monster that took home the award […]

RyersonianTV: March 18, 2016 : Rams CIS Recaps, Three Breaking News Stories, and Zootopia Movie Review

RyersonianTV: March 18, 2016 : Rams CIS Recaps, Three Breaking News Stories, and Zootopia Movie Review

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: March 17, 2016 : Rams CIS Preview, Quebec Corruption Breaking News, and Interview with Luke Galati

RyersonianTV: March 17, 2016 : Rams CIS Preview, Quebec Corruption Breaking News, and Interview with Luke Galati

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: March 16, 2016 : Obama named Supreme Court nominee, Canadian military knife attack, and What’s Trending?

RyersonianTV: March 16, 2016 : Obama named Supreme Court nominee, Canadian military knife attack, and What’s Trending?

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

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Journalism student makes a slam dunk

Luke Galati wakes up at 8 a.m. He packs his things, grabs his red baseball hat and is ready to start shooting his documentary. “I wore this thing every single day,” Galati, a third-year Ryerson journalism student, says as he shows off the red hat. “It made me feel like a pro.” Galati is the director of the documentary Eastern. […]

RyersonianTV: March 11, 2016 : Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, New report about Canada’s Food Guide, and Battle of the Bands

RyersonianTV: March 11, 2016 : Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, New report about Canada’s Food Guide, and Battle of the Bands

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: March 10, 2016 : RSU Election Results, Men’s Volleyball Team Headed for the CIS National Championships, and What’s Trending?

RyersonianTV: March 10, 2016 : RSU Election Results, Men’s Volleyball Team Headed for the CIS National Championships, and What’s Trending?

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

The Toronto Short Film Festival will be hosted at the Carlton Cinema. (Vanessa Francone/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson students embrace short films

The Toronto Short Film Festival (TSFF) provides a creative outlet for local and international film directors.

Q-and-A: Ryerson grad, Stephanie Noritz

Q-and-A: Ryerson grad, Stephanie Noritz

How a fine arts student turned into a successful photographer.

RyersonianTV: March 9, 2016 : RSU Election Updates, Women’s International Day, and RSU Money Theft Allegations Updates

RyersonianTV: March 9, 2016 : RSU Election Updates, Women’s International Day, and RSU Money Theft Allegations Updates

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: March 4, 2016 – RSU Urged to Report Allegations of Stolen Funds, RSU Election Debate Highlights, and Robotic Competitions at MAC

RyersonianTV: March 4, 2016 – RSU Urged to Report Allegations of Stolen Funds, RSU Election Debate Highlights, and Robotic Competitions at MAC

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: March 3, 2016 – TIFF DigiPlay Space, Interview with Mature Student, and Rams Weekend Preview

RyersonianTV: March 3, 2016 – TIFF DigiPlay Space, Interview with Mature Student, and Rams Weekend Preview

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RTA students create the ultimate video channel

RTA students create the ultimate video channel

Doesn’t recording yourself playing video games with your friends for YouTube sound like the dream final thesis project?

RyersonianTV: March 2, 2016 – Rally and March on campus for women’s rights, Provincial Budget followup, and High School Musical is Back

RyersonianTV: March 2, 2016 – Rally and March on campus for women’s rights, Provincial Budget followup, and High School Musical is Back

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

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Missed the Oscars? Here’s what you need to know

By Jessica Albotra and Michael Sist Last night was the 88th Academy Awards, and if you didn’t have a reason to watch Mad Max before you might now. Mad Max swept the Oscars receiving a total of six awards. But it was Leo DiCaprio who stole the hearts of the nation when he received his first Academy Award after being […]

Leo takes home the Oscar

Leo takes home the Oscar

[View the story “Leonardo DiCaprio’s Big Win” on Storify]

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LIVE BLOG: The 88th Academy Awards

Roll out the red carpet! Tonight is the 88th Academy Awards. Follow The Ryersonian’s live blog as we keep you up to date with the night’s winners. We’ll also have some guest bloggers to discuss the nominated films, actors, directors and everything in between. The show will be hosted by comedian Chris Rock. Check out the complete list of nominees here. Tune in tonight to […]

Give Leo the Oscar!

Give Leo the Oscar!

Leonardo DiCaprio is always a nominee, never a winner. This year, he shouldn’t be snubbed.

by Kelsey Rambaran· · Film & Television, Opinion
RyersonianTV: February 26, 2016 – Ontario’s new budget plan for OSAP, Cereal not preferred for breakfast, and Oscars predictions

RyersonianTV: February 26, 2016 – Ontario’s new budget plan for OSAP, Cereal not preferred for breakfast, and Oscars predictions

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: February 25, 2016 – FCAD’s plan for unpaid internship, Damn Daniel, and Facebook’s new Reactions

RyersonianTV: February 25, 2016 – FCAD’s plan for unpaid internship, Damn Daniel, and Facebook’s new Reactions

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

YouTubers walk the pink carpet for Lilly Singh’s documentary ‘A Trip To Unicorn Island’

YouTubers walk the pink carpet for Lilly Singh’s documentary ‘A Trip To Unicorn Island’

Singh said that the tour and documentary brings her “YouTube videos into reality.”

The eight students behind VIABLE. (Courtesy: Jacob Morris)

RTA thesis project to raise money and awareness for MS

Mark your calendars. VIABLE, a new non-profit film and campaign tackling multiple sclerosis awareness, has its exclusive screening on March 3.