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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.

How market research made an unlikely hit out of <i>Mannequin</i>

Movies have always had a unique place among other art forms because, as an art that’s also a business, they rely so heavily on audiences and box office takes. Because of this, test screenings and audience opinions have weighed heavily on the minds of stud Read More

<i>Jumanji</i>: Lions and spiders and scares, oh my!

There’s plenty of buzz around the big Christmas release of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, but with the original over 20 years old, some of you may need a walk down memory lane to recall what captured family audiences in the first place. Read More

Have you seen the 90s gay rom-com starring… Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston?

Every decade seems obsessed with defining itself from its predecessor, but the phrase “It’s the 90s!” has really lived beyond the decade it came from. Free from the conservatism of the Reagan era, the 90s flaunted change and tried to define itself based o Read More

<i>Roller Town</i>: A hidden Canadian comedy gem

The unfortunate truth is the days of Bob Clark and Ivan Reitman making big budget comedies north of the border are long gone. Since the 80s, Canadian comedy talent heads south to sell their wares and has left the Canadian feature comedy a leaner, even mor Read More

<i>In Bruges</i>: A Christmas classic for Christmas cynics

That crisp winter feeling in the air means one thing for many movie fans: awards season! This year you’re likely to hear a lot about Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh. He’s a frontrunner after the success of his TIFF Audience Choice Award-winning film Read More

What to watch in December on Hollywood Suite

The holidays are here and Hollywood Suite is on Free Preview just in time for all sorts of get togethers with friends and family. We’ve come up with movie recommendations to fit any occasion. Read More

Why <i>The Bodyguard</i> still matters 25 years later

This month of the 1992 romantic thriller The Bodyguard celebrates its 25th anniversary. Read More

Two very different war films, and the two brave men who made them classics

This week as we take a moment to remember our veterans, it’s always a tricky thing to consider how Hollywood fits into that picture. Read More

Dolly, Diana, Cher & ABBA: 70s musical divas on the big screen

Many top musical divas of the 1970s found their way to the big screen, but in a fallow period for straight-up musicals they found interesting and diverse projects to utilize their talents. This month we have five glorious divas from different musical back Read More

Why <i>Cujo</i> is among Stephen King’s favourite film adaptations

The famous anecdote about the 1981 book Cujo is that Stephen King doesn’t remember writing it. It came during a hugely prolific time for the writer, but (like most of his stories) the anecdote has a dark side. Read More

<i>Rhymes for Young Ghouls</i> – Indigenous voices in Canadian film

We’re seeing more and more films released from established and emerging Indigenous filmmakers with engaging and unique voices – including one of this decade's most exciting Canadian feature film debuts, Jeff Barnaby’s 2013 film Rhymes for Young Ghouls. Read More

<i>Scream 2</i> – A horror sequel that might just be better than the first film

After director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson re-ignited passions for horror with Scream, they were faced with the daunting task of immediately producing a sequel. Scream 2 not only had to be turned around in a year, but also had to top what Read More

20 horror films to watch this October

Shocktober is here once again! Hollywood Suite has lined up over 60 movies to put you in the Halloween spirit. Here are 20 that you definitely shouldn't miss Read More

5 legal lessons from <i>My Cousin Vinny</i>

The 90s were a decade that created some of the most iconic legal movies in Hollywood history. A Few Good Men, A Time To Kill, Philadelphia and The Firm were all massively popular, but many of those films make lawyers and legal experts roll their eyes when Read More

Kinky, funny, outrageous: Paul Bartel’s <i>Eating Raoul</i>

You’d be forgiven if you’re a little surprised that a movie like Eating Raoul is a part of The Criterion Collection. It’s easy for the pitch-black sex-driven comedy to get categorized alongside broader 80s fare like Police Academy or Porky’s by careless c Read More

Why Tim Burton’s 1989 <i>Batman</i> still stands out

An unfortunate consequence of the critical success of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is how quickly it has erased Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman from the conversation among movie fans. There’s no denying the thrills of Nolan’s tightly-wound action movie, b Read More

On Film: <I>Brokeback Mountain</i>

"I think the big strength of Brokeback Mountain is in the silences. Ang Lee is such a master of what people aren't saying." Hollywood Suite Connect blogger Cam Maitland discusses Ang Lee's 2005 film Brokeback Mountain. Read More

How <I>Trainspotting</i> went viral before “going viral” was a thing

1996’s Trainspotting paired the buzziest filmmaking team working in the UK – director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald and screenwriter John Hodge – with an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s exciting and controversial novel. Read More

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

<i>The Poseidon Adventure</i>: 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>

HBO’s Westworld TV series is the kind of slick, high-budget remake that tends to make an original property fade in the public consciousness. But while 1973’s film Westworld may look old-fashioned … 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

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