At Seventh Row, we take a multidisciplinary approach to cultural criticism, looking at film and theatre through the lens of other disciplines. Here you’ll find some of our mainstay approaches, like science on film, as well as our areas of focus, like Canadian cinema and female directors. This is a great place to start to get a feel for The Seventh Row.
Here you’ll find articles about adapting one medium to another: plays adapted for the screen, films adapted for the stage, and books adapted for the screen or stage.
All about Craft is where you’ll find reviews, interviews, and essays that address filmmaking and stage craft. This includes: cinematography, sound, costumes, score, framing, blocking, and acting.
Promoting and spotlighting Canadian Cinema is one of the goals of The Seventh Row. Here you’ll find reviews of Canadian films and interviews with Canadian directors.
Creative Nonfiction is often a more appropriate word for describing innovative forms in documentary filmmaking, which go beyond mere information dump. Here you’ll find reviews of films that are pushing the form and interviews with non-fiction filmmakers about making non-fiction works of art.
In honour of #52filmsbywomen, we’ve collected all of our reviews of films directed by women and interviews with female directors all in one place.
From the Vault is where you will find reviews of or essays on older films. If it’s no longer a new release when we publish the article, you’ll find it here. We only write about films we really care about in this section, making it a great place to find recommendations.
What makes an actor great? Why do we love the actors we love? Here you’ll find essays about performances and the careers of performers.
Here you’ll find reviews, interviews, essays, and features that focus on how science and scientists are depicted in film. Written by journalists with expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), these pieces focus on how mainstream audiences are introduced to science and scientists through film and theatre.
Must reads are the best of the best articles at The Seventh Row. These include reviews, interviews, and essays. If you’re new to the site, this is a good place to start to get a sense of what kinds of stories we write. Here is the best of our multidisciplinary approach to reviewing films, our most illuminating and original interviews, and our best essays.
When there’s a film we really love, we will sometimes dedicate an entire week to articles about the film. So far, we’ve done this for two 2016 releases: Louder Than Bombs and A Bigger Splash.
To celebrate the release of Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, we published essays on each of the four leading actors — Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Mathias Schoenaerts — as well as a review of the film and an interview with Guadagnino.
To celebrate the release of Louder Than Bombs, the best film of 2016, we published a new feature every day during the week of April 18–22, 2016. Here you’ll find everything you ever wanted to know about the film: a two-part interview with director and co-writer Joachim Trier, an interview with cinematographer Jakob Ihre, a review of the film, and an essay on exile in Louder Than Bombs and Oslo, August 31st.