Website of Ariel Fisher, Freelance Writer

Ariel Fisher

Ariel Fisher is a freelance writer, editor, and podcaster from Toronto, Ontario. She has written for Toronto Film Scene, Sound on Sight (now PopOptiq), and Rue Morgue Magazine to name a few, and contributed to the BBC Culture’s 2017 poll of the 100 greatest comedies of all time. She co-hosts and produces the podcast A Frame Apart, comparing and contrasting films in obscure ways. She also co-hosts, edits, and produces After All: A Mary Tyler Moore Podcast, a cross-generational podcast exploring the social, political, and personal impact of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Most recently, she was published in Spectacular Optical’s latest book “Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television.”

Recent Work

Critical Mess: Spoilers and Censure via Row Three

Yesterday morning, I found myself wracking my brain about how I would review Tickled, the Hot Docs and Sunday film festival success about competitive endurance tickling and the dark truth behind it. In the midst of my wracking, I found Matt Zoller Seitz's article on...

The Last Laugh at Hot Docs 2016

When I was 15 years old, I worked at the local movie theatre. One of my coworkers, who wasn’t Jewish, decided he wanted to tell me a joke about Jews. Against my better judgment, I told him to go ahead. “What’s the difference between a Jew and a pizza?” he asked. I...

League of Exotique Dancers at Hot Docs 2016

Last night, Rama Rau's rousing documentary League of Exotique Dancers opened the 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival with a bang. One of my favourite films of the festival thus far, it's an exhilarating look at the lives of aging icons of...

The 2016 Oscars

Ladies and gentlemen, we have before us tonight the 88th annual Academy Awards. A year fraught with controversy, namely the #OscarsSoWhite scandal, everyone's waiting to see what will happen. I have here for you my Oscar predictions, if only because participating is...

My Self-Doubt

I assume I'm not the first person on the planet to endure crippling self-doubt. To have something crop up that altogether cripples you intellectually, makes you question every word out of your mouth, and forces you into a state of redundancy within your own life. In a...

Why Trudeau’s Not Letting Us Down

This morning, I woke up to an article published by the Toronto Star’s own Thomas Walkom. A man infinitely more qualified than most to write about the political environment around the world, especially than myself. However, Walkom’s column disturbed me. In fact, it downright pissed me off.