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May 29, 2020

This is the time of year when the Toronto International Film Festival normally begins its summer-long reveal of plans for its big cinema celebration in September.

This traditionally follows months of planning and screenings by TIFF officials, programmers and other staff...

May 6, 2020

We’re all familiar with the cautionary adage about not giving an inch to a slippery person or group, lest they respond by taking a mile.

In the same vein is the proverb about not allowing a beseeching camel to stick its nose under your tent, for fear the beast’s entire...

April 29, 2020

Like many people during these locked-down days, I’ve been having anxiety dreams — more like nightmares — that interrupt my sleep.

They come as random reminders of my previous life outside the walls of my home, where I’m fortunate to have only boredom to contend with, f...

March 29, 2020

 "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (Twentieth Century Fox)

On that awful day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, when we were all transfixed by the horror unfolding on live TV, a woman standing near me remarked: “I wish Harrison Ford could come and save us from this....

March 1, 2020

My dear ol’ dad, John Peter Howell, used to tell me about an unwritten rule in the Royal Air Force, where he served as an aircraft mechanic during the Second World War.

“The pilots always insisted that the mechanics go up with them on the first flight after a repair,” h...

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Movies I can't live without  


Toronto Star movie critic Peter Howell has written a book about his 25 favourite movies, with highly personal reviews from Apocalypse Now to The Wizard of Oz.  

Here's a sample of his review of 2001: A Space Odyssey, his all-time favourite film: 


It was billed as "the ultimate trip," and the hyperbole was justified, then as now.

Stanley Kubrick's space opus still seems like the future, 52 years after its release and 19 years after its significant title year. It never gets old and I never tire of seeing it, even after 50-plus viewings..."




01/22/15:  Sundance Film Festival begins


05/13/15:  Cannes Film Festival begins


09/04/15:  Toronto International Film Festival begins


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