Peter Strauss

Thing My Friends Gone and Done in 2014

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Totally forgot to post this article. It was sitting there, abandoned and neglected in my Unpublished bin. Here it is: (header image by Jon Simo) I have a lot of awesome friends who are incredibly creative and inspiring and I thought I would namedrop share some of their best work from this past year as well as have a go-to playlist of their best work. Mike Palmer & Jon Simo Roaming Focus Ep 5 – Prison Roaming Focus is a cool, ongoing photography series but this episode was on another…read more

Best of 2014: Film

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Hurray! Year end recaps of the year in movies. The time of cramming all the ones I’ve missed! This list will likely be redundant in six months when I see all the other stuff I missed. Still, a great year for movies. I was especially happy that most of the Oscar bait/prestige pictures were painfully obvious and of little interest to me and many of the blockbusters were actually excellent. I try to base my picks off of Toronto releases (or VOD availability in Canada) but I don’t really care…read more


tiff 14 picks

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It’s that time of year again.. TIFF time. That means I obsessively comb through the selection and pick best bets about what to see. I update and re-arrange as new info becomes available. I’ll also add showtimes. Hope this helps you. Oh, 1. No Galas will be added 2. Suggest anything I might have missed This is: Update 1 (15 movies added) Update 2 (3 movies removed; Midnight Madness, Vanguard, Docs, and Masters added) Update 3 (3 new Canadian movies added; several movies with near release dates removed) Update 4…read more


Best of 2013: Film

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Movies live! 2012 was a letdown year for me, luckily a lot of great films were saved for 2013. This year was packed with awesome blockbusters, cool indies, and a variety of envelope-pushers. The following are a loose list of what really made an impression on me, generated some great discussion, and were altogether memorable, satisfying films from 2013. Half of my TIFF films this year are releasing in 2014 and already make up half of my Top 10 list for that year—things are looking good.


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A lesson in self-indulgence. If you have any exposure to Max Landis, you’ll instantly gravitate to the poles of love or hate. Here is a guy whose social dysfunction has him constantly restate he’s a guy no one likes because of his self-aware obnoxious personality and the only reason he’s in front of a camera is because he’s John Landis’ son. That said, when Max is on point, he’s a riot.

TIFF 2012: Short Cuts #1 (Canadian Short Films)

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As my sixth year at TIFF, I decided to try something a little different. Rather than trying my hand at the toughest tickets, I would experiment with the smaller stuff. I wanted to see what kind of output was coming from Canadian short directors who range from students to veterans. I’ve been to many short festivals and screenings for Canadian stuff, but TIFF is probably the place to get the cream of the crop, one could only assume.


Shadow of the Colossus

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Few games earn the reputation that Shadow of the Colossus has gained for its breathtaking battles of epic scope. Yet most of the game is an experiment in minimalism. Its prestige combined with its relative anonymity gives it a strange sort of legendary status, suitable for such an enchanting game.