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Cameron Maitland — Cameron is a writer, filmmaker and movie fan. He believes every movie artistically captures a unique moment in history and has an interesting story to tell. He is young enough to have missed the golden age of cinema but old enough to still own a VCR.

The editing genius behind <i>Goodfellas</i>

Goodfellas is a film people rewatch over and over. It’s a classic in the canon of gangster movies and Martin Scorsese’s filmography. But so much of its success is thanks to another filmmaking genius – editor Thelma Schoonmaker. Read More

On Film: Cabaret

August 1, 2017 Cam
On Film: <i>Cabaret</i>

Cam Maitland shares his thoughts on Bob Fosse's Cabaret, from it's inspiration to Liza Minelli's Oscar-winning performance. Read More

Snakes alive! <i>Fatal Attraction’s</i> controversial release and legacy

Shocking movies always stir up their share of controversy, so it’s no wonder 1987’s Fatal Attraction has some strange associations. Today we’ll look into its portrayal of women, its reshot ending and why snakes were released in South Korean theatres. Read More

Why 2008’s <i>Taken</i> works so well

Taken was an unexpected box office hit when it came out in 2008, and I think that can be traced to two performers working on the film: Liam Neeson and his fight choreographer Olivier Schneider. Read More

On Film: Titanic

July 26, 2017 Cam

Cam Maitland discusses the technical, cultural and financial success of James Cameron's Titanic. Read More

<i>Ghostbusters</i>: How to make a comedy classic

School’s IN for summer! From Canada Day to Labour Day, Hollywood Suite is offering Summer Film School, a crash course in 40 of the most iconic films of the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Ghostbusters w… Read More

<i>Forrest Gump</i>: (re)making history

Forrest Gump was a cultural phenomenon in the mid-90s to say the least. Raking in hundreds of millions at the box office and earning six Academy Awards, including 1995’s Best Picture, it earned its place in film history. Read More

How 2000’s <i>X-Men</i> set the scene for Marvel’s box office domination

You’d be forgiven if you haven’t revisited Bryan Singer’s first X-Men film from 2000 in a while. Special effects can age poorly, and with a new Marvel or DC comics picture out every month there’s little need to return to the past. But X-Men stands at an i Read More

<i>Shampoo</i>: A blast from the past

This week, as Hollywood Suite’s Summer Film School looks back at Shampoo, let’s consider some of the reasons why it topped the box office in 1975, and what makes it an important film to this very day. Read More

Based on a true story: <i>Dog Day Afternoon</i> and <i>The Dog</i>

Real life events constantly inspire movies, and on rare occasions films become so iconic that they begin to overshadow the stories that inspire them. As time marches on, the public can easily forget a film is based on a true story. Read More

<i>Paper Moon</i>: A look at fatherhood on film

Hollywood isn’t always kind to fathers. The tension between bad fathers and their children or good fathers and the monsters they’ve created tends to show up as often as motherly love in movies. One of the best explorations of this dynamic is by one of the Read More

<i>Enemy</i>: A creepy (Canadian!) doppelgänger film

Enemy follows two versions of Jake Gyllenhaal: Adam, a meek teacher in a funk, and Anthony, a rich, callous bit-playing actor. Read More

Sandra Bullock: The early years

What an actor becomes doesn’t always reflect what first got them noticed. Sometimes an actor’s early career relied on a whole different bag of tricks that helped them make a splash. This week Hollywood Suite is showcasing a couple early Sandra Bullock hit Read More

<i>Atlantic City</i>: The story behind the only Canadian film ever nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars

Many are surprised this film is considered Canadian, what with it starring Susan Sarandon and Burt Lancaster, and being shot and set in Atlantic City. Outside of the leads though, almost all the talent in front of and behind the camera is Canadian. Read More

The Poseidon Adventure: Irwin Allen’s 70s disaster movie magnum opus

With his first disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure, Irwin Allen not only produced one of his most successful films, but he created what many see as the pinnacle of the disaster genre. Read More

A wide-ranging look at motherhood: Almodóvar’s All About My Mother

As we pay cinematic tribute to Mothers, I want to focus on one of the most complex dissections of motherhood on film: Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother. Read More

Not just a science movie: Discovering <i>A Brief History of Time</i>

This movie is a lot of fun, whether you’re deeply scientific or not, because it’s a sort of chess game between two geniuses explaining something from different points of view. Read More

Satisfaction: A Unique Female-Driven 80s Teen Movie

The 80s were a Golden Age of teen movies. With so many produced, a lot of gems are overlooked. 1988’s Satisfaction, for instance, isn’t well remembered even though it touts something pretty unique for the era: a female-led movie directed by a woman. Read More

What To Watch On National Canadian Film Day

On National Canadian Film Day Hollywood Suite is turning its programming over entirely to Canadian films and highlighting some of the most fun, unique and thrilling movies Canada has to offer. Read More

Living In Oblivion: The Absurd Agony of Independent Filmmaking

Among of Tom DiCillo’s best quotes about filmmaking is this refreshing bit of honesty, "Making a movie is one of the most tedious, boring, painful experiences, and that's just when something goes right.” Read More

Bergman’s <i>Wild Strawberries</i>: An echo in time

It’s easy to see why Wild Strawberries film is part of The Criterion Collection. Beyond the beautiful images of rural Sweden, Bergman keenly blends the feel of a Hollywood melodrama and his own ability to plumb deeper emotions. Read More

The Canadian 80s Teen Movie You’ve Gotta See

The setup is a meeting of two classic 80s teen movie tropes: new girl from the city trying to find her way in a small town, and a young man struggling under parental pressure to be the best at sports. Read More

Muriel’s Wedding: A Comedic Swiss Watch

Muriel’s Wedding is an interesting time capsule of a type of comedy constructed from writing, filmmaking techniques and performance in a way very different from most modern comedies. Read More

The Unlikely Inspiration Behind Cruel Intentions

If the films of the 80s were obsessed with the upwardly mobile nouveau riche, the 90s had to tangle with the children born to those yuppies. Hollywood turned to an unexpected source of inspiration to portray this young new aristocracy: Classic literature. Read More

Boy, have we got a vacation for you: Crichton’s <i>Westworld</i>

School’s IN for summer! From Canada Day to Labour Day, Hollywood Suite is offering Summer Film School, a crash course in 40 of the most iconic films of the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. HBO’s Westwo… Read More

Something Special: The Comedic Trio of Douglas, Turner and DeVito

For Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, much of the sense of humour that made them household names came from three hit films of the 1980s: Romancing The Stone, The Jewel of The Nile and The War of The Roses. Read More

Indie Spirits: Not Just Another Awards Show

In the midst of awards season, it’s easy to look at the wave of shows and wonder: “Why should I care?” When it comes to the Film Independent Spirit Awards it's a no-brainer. Read More

10 Spirit Awards Nominees to Check Out

Does the list of Spirit Awards nominees have you feeling like you just don’t know where to begin? Here are 10 movies you might want to check out before the Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25th! Read More

The True Story of the Cronenberg Film That Got Parliament’s Attention

David Cronenberg has received the Order of Canada, plenty of lifetime achievement awards and even a star on the walk of fame. But he was once one of the most debated and politically targeted directors in the country. Read More

Closer: Mike Nichols’ Master Adaptation

Mike Nichols was undoubtedly one of the greatest film directors of the 20th century. One skill he possessed that few others have mastered was his ability to adapt plays to film. Let's take a look at his final theatrical adaptation: 2004’s Closer. Read More

5 Reasons to Watch the BAFTAs

We’re joining in the glitz and glamour of the EE British Academy Film Awards! Here are five reasons you should watch the BAFTAs exclusively on Hollywood Suite – February 12 at 6pm ET. Read More

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Ahead Of Its Time: Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy

Gus Van Sant's groundbreaking film Drugstore Cowboy, which swept the 1989 Film Independent Spirit Awards, was ahead of its time thanks to its novel visual techniques and a realistic but creative depiction of drug use. Read More

Three Great 90s Movies By African-American Filmmakers

Sometimes even the biggest movie fan gets fatigued seeing the same story over and over. It’s good to remember Hollywood creates a lot of movies by the same kind of person, and a great way to get out of a rut is to seek out more diverse creators. Read More

Independent Streak: Sunshine State and the Work of John Sayles

Director John Sayles’ doesn’t easily fit a mould, and tends to sail under the radar. Nonetheless, his films, including Sunshine State, are worth checking out. Read More

Silverado: The 80s Western You’ve Gotta See

From the legendary writer of Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Silverado brings together an all-star cast in an epic 80s western any action-adventure fan will love. Read More

Why you need to watch <i>Seven Samurai</i>

While its subtitles and runtime might be intimidating, I’ve got five reasons Seven Samurai should excite any action fan. Read More

The Day of the Locust: The Grim Reality of Old Hollywood

While the “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” has existed almost as long as the movies themselves, The Day of the Locust brings to life the darker side of Golden Age of Hollywood. Read More

Le Confessionnal: A Quebecois Film With a Hitchcockian Twist

When Canadian theatre director Robert Lepage made his transition to film with 1995’s Le Confessionnal, he found a bridge between the Quebecois experience and audiences with someone a Hollywood film fan would already know and love: Alfred Hitchcock. Read More

John Huston’s Last Film: A Powerful Holiday Story Of Connection

Christmas movies can feel a bit cheesy, however, there are plenty of complex and lesser seen movies that take on the holidays from different perspectives. John Huston's last film, The Dead, is one of them. Read More

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A Cinematic Coming of Age: Two Formative Mexican Films

How two filmmakers who captured the essence of modern Mexican life creatively and beautifully got the attention of Hollywood. Read More

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Grishmas: 3 Grisham Movies To Watch

To describe John Grisham’s legal thrillers as a 90s movie phenomenon is putting it lightly. Sure, lawyers have long been on film, even taking on the spotlight in classics like the Perry Mason films of the 1930s and To Kill A Mockingbird, but in the 90s, G Read More

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Cocoon: A Graceful Closing Act

You probably remember 1985’s Cocoon best as a corny movie in your parent’s or grandparent’s VHS collection. The science fiction “fountain of youth” tale is undeniably sentimental, but like with most sentimental movies, examining the feelings behind it... Read More

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Remembrance Day Films To Watch

War movies sometimes stand out as unusual among film genres. Their reputation was tarnished by jingoistic propaganda films released early in cinematic history and especially in the period leading up to and during World War II. However, it’s important to n Read More

Was the 80s The Best Decade for Horror Movies?

Horror movies have existed as long as movies themselves, and while there have been great scary movies every decade, pretty much any fan would single out the 1980s as one of the greatest decades for horror. Read More

Three Early 90s Gems from the Coen Bros

It’s always interesting trying to understand the development and influences of a unique artist’s style, and there are few people with as unique a style in Hollywood today as the Coen brothers. Read More

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James Franco and Exploring the Role of an Artist

Since the days of Charlie Chaplin, it hasn’t exactly been groundbreaking for an actor to wear many hats, including writing and directing their own work: actors are artists after all. So why do so many people hate James Franco when he does it? Read More

Stage to Screen: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s a strange fact of the 70s that The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which would go on to be the movie with the longest theatrical run of all time, flopped twice when it was released. Read More

You Left the Bodies: The Poltergeist Curse

Over the years, plenty of film sets have been considered “cursed” with injuries and fatalities plaguing the cast, crew and fans. These are often horror movies, seen as “deviant” or full of sinister, supernatural content that is welcoming disaster in the e Read More

Shadow of the Vampire: Art, Horror and Mythology

By the year 2000, film was over a century old and had long been considered among the established art forms. Like anything with an antique past, the birth of film was now separated by generations and becoming the subject of its own mythology. This shadowy Read More

Sisters are doing it for themselves: 9 to 5 and Working Girl

The 1980s produced two of the greatest films about women in the workplace, but each had quite a different eye on issues and origins in different decades. 1980's 9 to 5 exists as much more of an ideologically 1970s movie, chronicling the decade’s surge... Read More

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