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Canadian Connections: Heavy Metal

When MTV launched with The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star,” it made a bold statement about the role it would play in shaping the culture of the next decade. By the end of the week, our country dropped its own significant contribution to 80s culture Read More

<i>The French Connection</i> and the gritty realism of the 70s

The movies of the 70s are known for their gritty realism, and William Friedkin’s The French Connection (1971) paved the way for that trend by turning the classic cops-chasing-criminals movie genre on its head with innovation and style. Read More

Gladiator: The Rebirth of a Genre

The year 2000: The dawn of a new millennium, the height of the dot-com bubble, and just one year to go before we all found out if the fantastic future of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey would come to pass. Read More

How <i>Ghost</i> became the biggest movie of 1990

It would be almost inconceivable that a romantic supernatural thriller about a woman reconnecting with her murdered lover through a psychic would go on to be the highest-grossing film of the year, but the 90s looked to be an optimistic new decade. Read More

Caddyshack: The Snobs Against The Slobs

With the tagline “the snobs against the slobs,” Caddyshack inadvertently defined a whole era of comedies. 1980 was the dawn of a new decade, but plenty of the issues of the 1970s, including crippling unemployment and inflation, dragged into the 80s. Read More

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