Calum Marsh is a freelance critic born in Great Britain and based in Toronto. His writings have appeared in such periodicals as the Guardian, the The New Yorker, and The New Republic.
14 days ago | Interviews
It was a suspiciously tranquil Ethan Hawke who appeared on the 18th floor of the Intercontinental hotel in Toronto. This was lunchtime on Sunday afternoon, day four (of eleven) of the Toronto International Film Festival — the most tempestuous hour...
2 months ago | Film and TV
Claims to bravery in art are easily overstated. In America, especially, everything seems courageous: We'll swiftly praise the valor of an actor who puts on weight for a role or performs without makeup. But the Beijing Independent Film Festival rea...
3 months ago | Film and TV
It’s common, in cities that play host to major film festivals, for locals to attend less out of interest in any particular film than because film premiere seems in general an attractive cultural event — much in the way an aspiring highbrow might “...
3 months ago | Interviews
Danny Elfman makes music like the conductor of the house band at a traveling circus. He does everything backward, whimsically: He scores horror movies like carnivals and comedies like funerals. The sheet music for Beetlejuice reads as if it were p...
4 months ago | Film and TV
There's no better barometer of the climate of independent filmmaking in America than BAMcinemaFest. And there's no better time for it than now. Many were surprised to learn recently that the New York Times, doubtless weary of the glorified home mo...
5 months ago | Rock 'n' Roll
Music fans and gamers shared a toast in celebration upon hearing the news in mid-April: Later this year, Activision and FreeStyleGames will resuscitate the long-dead Guitar Hero franchise with its first installment in nearly half a decade. Guitar ...