November 3, 2016

Christian Burgess
Programmer/Programming Manager/Communications Manager/Publicity/PR Manager
Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Christian has over twenty-years experience within the home entertainment industry, including working for one of Canada's leading video rental franchises to running his own online DVD business, during the early and lucrative booming years of the format. He also worked at the film distribution level, working for a division of Canada's largest distributors, and short stints...

October 30, 2016

When it comes to foreign directors making movies in Hollywood, I have a tendency to hold those movies to a higher standard. That is, a higher standard than how I would judge that same director's work in their home country. And maybe it's because of this that I often find myself disappointed when it comes to their 'foreign' efforts. This will be a 3-part piece looking at some examples, and for reasons of personal interest, I'll start off with Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, a number of directors hav...

October 18, 2016

When I initially saw the first Hunger Games movie, I absolutely hated it. And it wasn't because the movie itself was pretty mediocre - for a young adult franchise starter, I could easily look past that. And what really irked me about this movie wasn't that it completely ripped off the premise of the 2000 Japanese movie Battle Royale, it was that they toned down one of the most fundamental elements of what made the original movie so great: a fear of violence.

When you think abo...

October 12, 2016

Constance Wu is pretty damn awesome. I can’t remember a time when an Asian actor working in America spoke out about the industry the way she’s doing right now. She’s honest and passionate, and most importantly, she’s actually being heard. And we’re not just talking about re-tweets on Twitter, we’re talking about full interviews and features. What’s distinct about her presence in American media is that she refuses to be popularized because of stereotypes. Sure, one could argue that she’s onl...

October 5, 2016

The idea of an artists' work transcending the artists themselves, even through death, is nothing new. It's the reason why people still idolize the likes of Mozart and van Gogh, and it might be the reason why, despite our best efforts, people will remember Rob Schneider in years to come. But when it comes to embracing more contemporary artists posthumously, specifically those who pass away when they're young, it can often be a delicate subject for both the audience and filmmakers.

In recent m...

October 1, 2016

Welcome to throwdown815.

I'm still trying to figure out what exactly this site is. Is it a blog about movies? A collection of interviews from film festival programmers? Or is it some kind of personal journal? In light of labelling it one thing or another - and likely being inaccurate - I thought I'd just reflect on how I came to creating this site.

The idea first came to me during a screening of La La Land at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film blew me away,...

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