Category Archives: Film


Elevation Pictures & Taro PR have once again given us the chance to give away some complimentary tickets to YOU so you can be among the first to get to see all the  hottest new movies in theatres!
This time it’s the brand-new animated film MISSING LINK!

“Mr. Link (Galifianakis) recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Jackman) to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Saldana), this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.”
The advance screening happens Saturday, April 6th at Cineplex Cinemas Queensway & VIP ahead of its opening April 12, 2019!
To enter, send an email to with the subject line “FOUND LINK” (hey they can’t all be winners) before March 28 at noon! Good luck, and thanks again to Elevation Pictures and Taro PR!



ELEVEN ARTS has been kind enough to supply us with one double pass to attend a screening of MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS, in theatres July 28 & 29!

“The people of Iorph live far away from the lands of men, weaving the happenings of each day into a fabric called Hibiol. They live for centuries while maintaining their youthful appearance. Maquia, an orphaned Iorph girl, lives her life in an oasis surrounded by friends, yet somehow feels “alone”. But the tranquil lives of the Iorph are shattered in an instant when the Mezarte army invades their territory on a dragon fleet, seeking the blood that grants the Iorph long life. Maquia manages to escape, but loses her friends and her home in the chaos. She then encounters an orphaned baby who is “alone”. Maquia raises this boy “Ariel”, with the help of some new friends. But as the era changes, the bond between Maquia and Ariel changes too, amidst a backdrop of racial tensions between the Iorph and the Mezarte. This is a story of irreplaceable time, woven by two lonely people who can only find solace in each other.”To enter, send an email to with the subject line “BLOOMED” and you’ll be entered in our raffle! One winner will be chosen July 20th, and can pick which screening they would like to attend!

For more info on the movie, go check out the Eleven Arts website! GOOD LUCK!


We’re co-presenting a screening of a film obviously very near-and-dear to our hearts, Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Brian Lee O’Malley’s SCOTT PILGRIM!

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD captures the Annex neighbourhood at a time when Honest Ed’s was still standing and Lee’s Palace still featured its original mural (not to mention a little place called THE BEGUILING!).

Keeping the laughs coming, POLE is an absurdist slapstick comedy about a turf war between two postering professionals who happen to be working the same beat at the same time near Dupont station. OK-TV is a parodical short about some recognizable Toronto figures: Toronto City Councillors, cyclists, police officers, and crosswalk guards play their part in the city’s daily “news” coverage.

Films @ Sundown (9:15pm)
Eats & Treats @ 7pm by Buster’s Sea Cove, Sweet Ride, & popcorn at the festival canteen
Free yoga class @7pm by YOGAthletix

Free / PWYC (suggested donation $10), not a ticketed event
Accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning
More info at

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Edgar Wright, 2010)
With short films
POLE (Peter Pasyk, 2014)
OK-TV (Chris Deacon, 2012)


Make way for the ultimate homage to one of the most enduring legends of the big screen-Godzilla! The King of the Monsters is back in Tokyo for a city-crushing crusade that speaks to the very roots of the world-renowned franchise.

Directed by Hideaki Anno, creator or Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shin Godzilla took home SEVEN awards at the 40th Japan Academy Prize, including Best Picture!

The Beguiling will have an awesome merch table on display, and a prize will be raffled off to a lucky winner!

SEE YOU THERE Click here to buy tickets:

SUMMER WARS: Anime @ The Revue Sept 26th!

Anime @ The Revue! SUMMER WARS (Sama Wozu)
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
JAPAN 2010 114min. STC
A modern-day anime classic! Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job – passing himself off as Natsuki’s boyfriend for four days during her grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration. But when Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control to national defense and nuclear launch codes.

Join us at 6:15PM! We’ll have merch on sale, and prizes courtesy The Beguiling and TCAF Shop!

Tickets $10 – $13, available on Eventbrite,


The ‘I Kill Giants’ Team in Toronto for #TIFF17
Sunday, September 10th, 5pm-6:30pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Free to attend

I KILL GIANTS is the brand new #TIFF17 debuting film based on the graphic novel from the Man Of Action Entertainment imprint of Image Comics, and by the creative team of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura. Tickets are still available for several screenings at the TIFF website.

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop and The Beguiling are proud to welcome Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura to a special signing event at Page & Panel on Sunday, September 10th, from 5pm-6:30pm. Copies of the I Kill Giants Graphic Novel, and other work by the creators, will be available for sale! As well, a special limited edition I Kill Giants print by Niimura has been produced!

In addition to their collaboration on I Kill Giants, both Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura are known for a number of other huge comics properties, including Joe Kelly’s beloved runs on Deadpool, JLA, and Uncanny X-Men, and Ken Niimura’s graphic novel Henshin and his work on Gotham Academy.

Both creators will be signing copies of all of their work. We are enforcing a limit of five signed items per person.

Tell your friends!

About Man of Action Entertainment/Joe Kelly

Man of Action Entertainment is the bi-coastal writers’ collective behind comic’s largest franchise characters as well as original characters published by their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. The four met while working on Marvel and DC most prized franchises from Superman to X-Men and realized that they were stronger together. Their original creations include Ben 10, the $4.5 billion boys’ action franchise for which they’re also executive producing the new iteration, and Generator Rex, both for Cartoon Network. Dentsu handpicked them to create/write/executive produce the all new Mega Man  series that debuts on Cartoon Network next year. Man of Action launched Disney XD’s Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble as EXP/writers. Man of Action also created the characters and team Big Hero 6, featured in Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award®-winning feature and the only comic book IP to win that award.

In comics, Kelly’s Eisner-nominated I Kill Giants (illustrated by Ken Niimura) received numerous awards and accolades domestically and internationally including the “International Manga Award” in 2012 and was named the one of the “Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by the Young Adult Library Services Association upon its release. Now I Kill Giants is in post-production as a feature film with a script by Kelly and produced by Kelly, Man of Action Entertainment, Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures, XYZ Films and UMedia. Kelly’s legendary Superman story, Action Comics #775: “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?” was turned into a hit DC Universe 2012 animated film, Superman vs. The Elite, scripted by Kelly. He’s long been credited with revising and revitalizing Deadpool and his creative thumbprint informed the characters, villains and origin story featured in the mega-hit film franchise.

Kelly’s  recent comic book projects  include the dark irreverent comedy, Bad DogFour Eyes, the genre-splicing revenge tale about dragon-fighting in depression-era Manhattan, and BANG!TANGO, a crime noir thriller that is violent, sexy, and perverse while simultaneously an examination of violence, sex, and perversion. Kelly also launched the New York Times Bestseller Spider-Man/Deadpool for Marvel. His MOA/Image series, Kid Savage, debuted in May and was Image’s FCBD selection in 2017.and his Kickstarter-funded short film, Poughkeepsie, debuts this year. Man of Action are the creator/producer/writers of current and upcoming live-action feature films and TV series based on their original comic books and graphic novels including I Kill Giants, Officer Downe, Kafka, The Crusades and The Great Unknown.

If you want to know more about Man of Action, you can follow them at their not-so-secret headquarters Online:  www.ManOfAction.TV Facebook:

Twitter: and @JoeKellyMOA


At the crossroads of Japanese, European and American comics, Ken Niimura has developed a dynamic, vibrant and humorous style of his own.

His breakthrough in the industry came with the publication of the acclaimed graphic novel, “I Kill Giants,” earning co-creators illustrator Niimura and writer Joe Kelly nominations for the prestigious Eisner Award and won the International Manga Award in 2012. “I Kill Giants” is now a soon-to-be released feature film.

Niimura is also the author of the short story collection “Henshin,” published originally in Japan by Shogakukan. His new series, “Umami,” is scheduled to launch this fall.

MOTHRA: Kaiju! @ The Revue

KAIJU! At the Revue!
Sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art!
Wednesday, August 30, 6:45PM
Tickets $10-$13
Directed by Ishirô Honda

JAPAN 1961 101min. PG

The Beguiling’s monthly anime series goes live-action this month with Toho’s classic Mothra. Amidst a pantheon of fire-breathing dinosaurs, flying lizards and three-headed behemoths – not to mention their various robotic incarnations – who would think that one of the most enduring characters in Toho’s kaiju (“giant monster”) universe would be the colourful, Mother Earth-loving Mothra? We sure think so. Mothra marks a departure in both tone and colour of previous kaiju films. Gone is the dark, metaphorical havoc brought on by Godzilla’s nuclear stomping of Tokyo. While the irradiated subtext is still obvious and Mothra’s wrath ain’t a laughing matter, the film borders on comedic whimsy, as clumsy reporter hero Sen-Chan (Frankie Sakai) comes off as a buffoonish Lou Costello, and the miniature twins (played by the singing duo “The Peanuts”) are downright adorable. No wonder Mothra wants them back.

The Beguiling will be on site with a merch table, plus prizes to raffle off!

Presented in 2K. Dubbed English.

Special event. Admission $13 General, $10 Members, Seniors and Students. All membership benefits welcome.

Advance tickets available  HERE!


Sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art!
Wednesday, July 26, 6:45PM
Tickets $10-$13
Directed by Shinichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura
Japan 2001 115min. 14A

The fan-favourite returns! A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it’s up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit. “Honors the affectless beauty of the original anime art and maintains the outlaw boppiness of the series concept,” wrote Entertainment Weekly upon its release.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

The Beguiling will be on site with a merch table, plus prizes to raffle off!

Advanced tickets available HERE

JUNE 16: I AM A HERO – Movie Screening at TJFF

Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 7:30PM
At The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
Tickets $12

Part of The Toronto Japanese Film Festival

The Beguiling and Page & Panel are proud once again to help support The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, presented by The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. This year, we will be the screening partners for I AM A HERO, based on the excellent manga by Kengo Hanazawa, currently being released by Dark Horse! The sole screening will take place Friday, June 16th, 2017, at 7:30pm. Tickets are now available!

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is always filled with great films, many of them with their origins in popular manga. This year the two that really stand out to me are Midnight Diner, and This Corner of the World.

In Midnight Diner, four different but related short stories are told through visits to a small Japanese ‘diner’ and the somewhat mysterious cook and owner. I’ve had the pleasure of watching this one already and I liked it a lot, it was really well-crafted, and contemporary, and you could feel the depth of story that being adapted from manga brought to the page. This movie was also so successful in Japan that it has already spawned a sequel (maybe two!), and been continued on Netflix as Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories, which you can watch even in Canada ;). Check it out.

I wanted to mention In This Corner of the World because it was also adapted from a bestselling manga by Fumiyo Kono, but also because of a connection it has to another important animated movie. In This Corner of the World is about a young woman in Kure, in the south of Japan, who is married to a Navy Officer in the Japanese military. Her life is radically changed when the war and the intense shelling and bombing comes to Kure. What you might not know is that the powerful Studio Ghibli film Grave of the Fireflies is also set in and around the Kure region of Japan, in roughly the same time period, and that will inevitibly make these two films interesting companions going forward. I’m looking forward to seeing In This Corner of the World a great deal now.

The full program for The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is online now at, and we hope you get a chance to get out and see some great movies.

  • Chris @ The Beguiling



The Beguiling is proud to co-present FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE, a new documentary about the first African American hired at Disney in 1956 screening at Hot Docs Bloor Cinema on Sunday, February 19th. It looks like a good one, so if you want to guarantee your ticket to the special presentation with the director and a Skype Q&A with Floyd Norman himself, go grab one now. We’ll also be running a contest this week for tickets! Stay tuned.


Pick an influential era of American animation within the last 60 years, and there is a good chance Floyd Norman was there. In 1956, he was the first African American hired at Disney, starting a career that also took him to Hanna-Barbera and Pixar. He was forcibly retired at 65, but his creativity is matched only by his tenacity, so he continues to work out of a vacant cubicle at Disney publishing. “I miss being around the action,” says Norman. “I found an empty office and I moved in. I was probably in violation of some rule or law or whatever, but there I was.” Whether facing racism or ageism, this self-avowed troublemaker never backs down.

Filmmaker Michael Fiore will be in attendance for a Skype Q&A with Floyd Norman.
SUN, FEB 19, 11:00 AM


To enter to win one of 8 double passes for the advance screening of FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE on February 19th, all you all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-left corner of, and send an email with your name, phone number, and “ANIMATED LIFE” in the subject line, to before Monday, February 13th, 2017, at 11am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners that day.


  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “ANIMATED LIFE” and must be sent to
  2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  3. Entries must be received before Monday, February 13th, 2017, at 11am.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per person/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

Good luck to all entrants! And yes, you can absolutely enter this contest AND any other contest we have going on at the same time.