Friday, 7 March 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 7, 2008!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 7, 2008! March is one of those months where I always think you should be able to tell spring is around the corner, but you rarely can. Seems to be the case with film selections as well, I thought we were over the early winter dry slump but if feels like it is carrying though a little longer than normal. You can see that this week with the absence of any limited releases.

So, that leaves us with four wide releases. The most anticipated of the four would likely be the historical adventure film 10,000 B.C., with its combination of live action and CGI in an epic tale. Next up is The Bank Job, which is a 'based on true events' 70's UK set heist film, and looks like it could be a lot of fun. Keeping on the UK release vibe, we also have Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day which sports a stellar cast including Frances McDormand and Amy Adams in this period comedy film. Finally we have College Road Trip, the Walt Disney presented G Rated father/daughter film with Martin Lawrence. Am I the only one confused? Doesn't sound like your average college film that is for sure.

I’d also like to mention that the Genies were presented last week (see winners here), and the major winners were Away From Her (directing, writing, actor, actress, supporting actress) and Eastern Promises (writing and numerous technical awards). It was a great year for Canadian film and it’s always great to see the awards.

Have a great week!


Festival Watch

University of Toronto Film Festival
Films made by students for students
March 12-15, 2008 at Innis Town Hall, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screenings

Music for the Screen
Series of music films showing Canada Music Week
Including: Songs from the Soul, D Tour: A Tenacious Documentary
Continues until March 8, 2008 at The Royal, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday March 7, 2008 Releases

10,000 B.C.
Dir: Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot, Godzilla <1998>)
Cast: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis
USA/New Zealand
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free to 1/2 way point

The Bank Job
Dir:Roger Donaldson (The World's Fastest Indian, The Recruit, Thirteen Days, Cocktail)
Cast: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, James Faulkner, Daniel Mays, Stephen Campbell Moore
Official Film Site (includes synopsis), IMDb Page, Trailer
I was hooked by the trailer 1/3 of the way in, so stopped watching it. May contain spoilers

College Road Trip
Dir: Roger Kumble (The Sweetest Thing, Cruel Intentions)
Cast: Martin Lawrence, Raven-Symoné, Brenda Song, Kym Whitley, Eugene Jones III
Official Film Site (autoplays promo material), IMDb Page, Trailer
Spoiler free til the 1/2 way point

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Dir: Bharat Nalluri (Downtime, Killing Time, The Crow: Salvation)
Cast: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, Shirley Henderson
Official Film Site (includes synopsis), IMDb Page, Trailer

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of March 7, 2008**

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