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. […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It seems like there are so many ads about distracted driving. All I need to do is turn on the TV and during a commercial break, I’m sure to see an ad about using phones while behind the wheel. I believe they’re all necessary, because there are way too many road accidents in Toronto and nothing seems to be changing. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Being surrounded by the glamour of TIFF for the past week reminded me of my time before Ryerson, when I travelled to Mumbai in search of stardom. Yet, what I found was nothing close to what I expected. Some of these memories I choose to cherish and others, not so much. Mumbai’s glitzy Bollywood world is filled to the brim […]
What was supposed to be a film that displayed the work of L’Arche, an international organization based in Toronto that works with people living with developmental disabilities, turned out to be a touching documentary about a boy. Jason Clinker, a 23-year-old who lives with a developmental disability, has become the shining star of the RTA school of media documentary, Unwritten. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
“You can’t be a follower. You have to be a leader to get anywhere. You have to figure it out for yourself,” says Ula Jurecka, an acting student at the University of Toronto.
One week after image arts students were shaken by the news of the death of one of their own, they’re coming together to pay tribute to their friend and classmate. On Wednesday night, the Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) is hosting a memorial art exhibit for Nadia Marzouca, a third-year film student who died on campus last week.
Ryerson students and professors lit up Ryerson’s Artspace as part of Nuit Blanche this Saturday with screenings of their short films. The films are the result of a 10-day workshop, where 12 students from across programs and two professors travelled around Iceland
Students, friends and strangers gathered to remember third-year film student Nadia Marzouca at Lake Devo Thursday night. They held candles while watching a film Marzouca starred in and sharing one of her favourite foods — Oreos. Marzouca was found dead in the Image Arts building just after midnight on Sept. 30.
Ryerson film student Luke Villemaire, who is the vice-president of finance for the Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS), excused himself from voting when his film project came up for funding consideration. Nonetheless, the fact that his he was awarded $20,000 from RCDS has raised eyebrows.
Where is Kyle Walker, and how far are you willing to go to find him? That is the central question in a feature film project that is being developed by students and alumni from Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD). The creative mind behind the project is Luke Villemaire, a 20-year-old film student who has partnered up with Ryerson […]
This Wednesday, Ryerson will be hosting the second annual women in art event. The event will take place at the Thomas lounge at Ryerson and will showcase all forms of art, including film photography, poetry and music, from Ryerson female students of any program. We sat down with Rebeca Ortiz, image arts course union president and curator to tell us […]
By Hailey Salvian A new poll indicating that university students consume TV mostly through streaming services is sparking a debate about mental health. The University of Texas studied the TV-watching habits of 300 young adults, as well as their emotional states, and found a strong link between depression levels and the hours of TV watched. These findings are important to […]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences attracted quite a bit of criticism this month when a lack of diversity was noticed in this year’s group of nominees for the 87th annual Academy Awards. For the third time in 16 years the 20 acting nominees are all white, and females have been excluded from many of the major categories. […]
The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition is getting a Ryerson twist while it spends the next month at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The retrospective exhibit looks back at the famed director’s film career and background in photography through props and memorabilia. It will feature 12 screenings of Kubrick films introduced by a variety of Kubrick experts–actors from his films, critics, and even […]
If you had plans to see a new release in theatres this weekend, you may need to re-evaluate them. It appears that Hollywood studios have been scared away by Halloween. According to The Hollywood Reporter, box office traffic is expected to fall tremendously on Friday, as no new films will be released. Instead, the North American box office will be […]
This week our hosts speak with Ryerson professor and Cinemascope film critic Adam Nayman about horror movies; discuss this week’s special SNL host Chris Rock and musical guest Prince; debate whether it’s too early to be airing Christmas movies and look ahead at the local music scene. Got a question? Comment? Topic idea? Hit us up by email Samantha Sobolewski: […]
Kayla Hoolwerf talks live to reporter Sidney Cohen about Rob Ford’s tumour diagnosis, the 9/11 memorial and the latest in the RAMS fencing team. RyersonianTV is a daily newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Monday to Friday, at noon EST.
In his feature film debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ryerson alumnus Pat Mills plays a guidance counsellor who gives his students offbeat advice. The film studies graduate, who also directed and wrote the movie, offers aspiring artists and filmmakers his best tips on how to succeed in the industry. Read The Ryersonian‘s coverage of his film, Guidance, here.
Gina Wicentowich talks about a man that was struck and killed by a truck near Yonge and Dundas, the Scottish referendum and the Toronto International Film Festival. RyersonianTV is a daily newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Monday to Friday, at noon EST.
It’s never too late to be a teen. That’s the phrase greeting visitors to Pat Mills’s personal website. A film studies alumnus from Ryerson, Mills grew up loving movies in the teen genre from the ’80s. Naturally, his own film’s subject matter progressed to involve high school-aged teens as well. On Sept. 5, Mills made his feature film debut at […]
It’s that wonderful time of year again. The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Thursday and will run until Sept. 14. For your convenience, The Ryersonian’s Laura Calabrese compiled TIFF synopses of 10 must-see films that are playing at the Ryerson Theatre. If you weren’t lucky enough to snag tickets, remember you can always “rush.” Rush tickets are sold 10 minutes before the […]
Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 film Showgirls is widely regarded as a flop. It was panned by both audiences and critics, earning the ignominious award for Worst Picture at the Razzies that year. But now that nearly 19 years have passed, film critic Adam Nayman, who teaches a class on documentaries at Ryerson, explores why the movie is actually a cinematic gem in his new book It […]
You may be familiar with the critically-acclaimed film Inglorious Basterds. The film, directed by Quentin Tarantino and loosely based on the events of World War II, follows a group of Jewish-American soldiers who go on a dangerous mission to hunt Nazis behind enemy lines. But while there are elements of truth in that film, don’t expect The Real Inglorious Bastards to feature […]
This year’s Academy Awards saw many firsts for the film industry. 12 Years a Slave’s won Best Picture on Mar. 2, making the film’s director, Steve McQueen, the first black man to ever win this award. Alfonso Cuarón became the first Mexican filmmaker to take home the award for best director for the space thriller Gravity. Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress, […]
Going to an Oscar party but you haven’t seen all of the nine films nominated for Best Picture? We’ve got you covered. We break down each movie’s chances to help you cheat your way through conversations (while pretending you actually know something about Hollywood’s biggest night). American Hustle What it’s about: Two con artists are forced to work with an FBI […]
Film students are taking centre stage at the Ryerson Image Centre’s first student art exhibit of the year, but this is not your typical movie-going experience. “Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries: Artistic Experiments and Innovation in Film and Video,” featuring 65 films by first and second-year Ryerson students, opens tonight at the Ryerson Image Centre’s first exhibition of the year. The films are […]