This was a fun project — combining brief film essays, local Toronto history, andÂ some fascinating side-by-side photo comparisons of familiar movie scenes with their real-life locations. As it turns out, Toronto has quite the long history with Hollywood projectsÂ (just take a quick glance at this long list of films shot in Toronto).
The book covers quite a range of movies –from 1980s classics like A Christmas Story and Police Academy, to superhero genres like X-Men and The Incredible Hulk, award-winning dramas like Good Will Hunting and cool Indie flicks like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (one of my personal favorites from the book).
Reel Toronto series from Torontoist is an indispensable resource, which sums things up nicely:
“Torontoâ€™s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesnâ€™t always hold up to scrutiny.Â Reel TorontoÂ revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, orâ€”in rare casesâ€”proudly display our city.”Â