For the love of a pony: A Brony Tale one of this year’s DOXA highlights

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A Brony Tale closes this year’s DOXA documentary film festival. Image courtesy DOXA.

As the go-to location for cable SF and fantasy series, Vancouver has a lot of ties to pop culture. But one of the more lesser known facets of the city is its ties to brony culture - that is, adult male fans of the animated children’s show, My Little Pony.

In A Brony Tale, which screens at this years DOXA Documentary Film Festival, you’ll find out more than you’d ever wanted to know about this subculture. But if bronies aren’t your scene – or even if they are – there’s still plenty of other fare to tickle your fancy at this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival (May 2-11).

All told, there are more than 90 films and 78 screenings at this year’s DOXA. Here are some of the films we think look particularly illuminating, crowd-pleasing, inspiring or just plain weird.

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For the love of a pony: A Brony Tale one of this year’s DOXA highlights

Cronenberg retrospective comes to Vancouver’s Cinematheque

A scene from 1977's Rabid, starring Frank Moore and Marilyn Chambers and directed by David Cronenberg.

A scene from 1977′s Rabid, starring Frank Moore and Marilyn Chambers and directed by David Cronenberg.

Before there was Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, there was David Cronenberg.

Since his first, early low-budget horror film, the Toronto filmmaker has helped spread the word that there’s something not quite right about us Canadians. We may be polite and nice on the surface, but underneath – well, watch Dead Ringers, Rabid or Scanners to get a  sense of what’s really going on beneath our placid surface(s).

And now, Cronenberg is getting the retrospective he deserves. Beginning April 3 and ongoing until May 2, Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) presents From Within: The Films Of David Cronenberg. A comprehensive series, From Within follows the career trajectory of the director, from early films like The Came From Within and Rabid to recent films like Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis, along with mid-career masterpieces/oddities The Fly, Dead Ringers and Naked Lunch. Continue reading:
Cronenberg retrospective comes to Vancouver’s Cinematheque

Where to watch the Academy Awards in Vancouver

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, one of 10 contenders for this year's Best Picture Oscar. Image courtesy Paramount Pictures.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, one of 10 contenders for this year’s Best Picture Oscar. Image courtesy Paramount Pictures.

Want to party like Leonardo DiCaptrio in The Wolf of Wall Street? Vancouver offers a few options this year for viewing the 86th Annual Academy Awards this Sunday (March 2).

And the winner is…

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Where to watch the Academy Awards in Vancouver

Batman on the big screen – an inside look at this week’s Spark [FWD] film fest

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Visitors to the city might not know this, and it’s something even a lot of Vancouverites aren’t aware of. But our little town is a last stop in the production line for many of Hollywood’s biggest movies.

Ender’s Game, Man of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla are just a few of the blockbusters that have passed through the city’s visual effects studios on their way to the cineplex. Some industry watchers say that visual effects has surpassed videogames to become one of the city’s most lucrative cultural industries.

Spark [FWD], which runs Feb. 5-9, celebrates the city’s reputation as a VFX hub with a conference, a festival and a job fair. And the event begins tonight with a Batman theme.

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Batman on the big screen – an inside look at this week’s Spark [FWD] film fest

A Woodman for all seasons

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Beginning later this month, Vancity Theatre is throwing a year-long Woody Allen party.

Woody Allen 4 Seasons: Woody in Winter looks back on the Brooklyn-born auteur’s oeuvre, cherry-picking flicks according to seasons. The whole thing kicks off Dec. 22 with a documentary, some of Allen’s finest comedy/dramas, and that one with Madonna.

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A Woodman for all seasons