<IMAGE ABOVE – Elham Numan/The Varsity>
AVNEET SHARMA, second-year student at Trinity College, thinks it’s about time we stopped doubling for other cities – especially American ones. Our chameleon city is seldom identified as TORONTO on the silver screen. “Significant examples of this include the superhero movies Suicide Squad, X-Men, and Kick-Ass, which were filmed in TORONTO but are set in New York.” ‘Orphan Black’ is shot entirely in TORONTO and yet remains ambiguous as to where it’s set. There are many more examples, including ‘Chicago’, the musical, shot in (where else?) TORONTO.
‘La La Land‘ romanticizes LOS ANGELES, a city not that different from TORONTO in many respects, and opens with a massive production number on a freeway on-ramp. The film also promotes L.A.‘s Central Market, the nearly always defunct Angels Flight <PHOTO ABOVE>, Griffiths Observatory (which has never looked better), and Watt’s Towers.
Concludes Mr. Sharma – “TORONTO should more openly embrace and romanticize the flaws and characteristics that make up its identity, not just as ‘the city of Drake’, but rather as the multidimensional city that it is.” To read the entire column go to http://thevarsity.ca/2017/01/22/what-the-6ix-can-learn-from-la-la-land/