Friday, 30 May 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 30, 2008!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 30, 2008! It seems like summer fun has just begun, now if we could just watch movies and be on patios at the same time. Later in the summer there will be outdoor screenings at Yonge-Dundas Square but until there we will have to choose one form of recreation at a time.

In limited release this week we have two fantastic looking films. Mister Lonely has a very quirky feel to it with its focus on people who live their lives as impersonators, but it isn't a documentary. It even has Werner Herzog in it, which is his second acting screen credit this year. Our second limited release is a documentary, Planet B-Boy, which follows the lives of breakdancers across the planet, including a competition. The opening night screening (Friday May 30, 2008) of Planet B-Boy at the Royal will have live breakdancing at 6:30pm and 8:45pm.

In wide release this week we have just 2 films. The first is Sex and the City, which is in the unique position of a screen adaptation of a TV show where I don't think they could get more controversial on the big screen as the show never pulled any punches. Then again, with a 2 hrs 28 minutes running time maybe they did. If you would rather get scared than hang out with Carrie and the gang, you can check out The Strangers which is our second wide release of the week.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Special Screening

Mystic Ball
Wednesday June 4, 2008 at 7pm at The Bloor Cinema, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
This is a special screening as a Burma Cyclone Relief Benefit with the proceeds going directly to aid the Burmese people featured in the film.
Director Greg Hamilton will be in attendance.

Friday May 30, 2008 Releases

Mister Lonely
Dir: Harmony Korine (Gummo)
Cast: Diego Luna, Samantha Morton, Denis Lavant, Werner Herzog
UK/France/Ireland/USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Planet B-Boy
Dir: Benson Lee (Miss Monday)
Documentary on international breakdancing
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Sex and the City
Dir: Michael Patrick King - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jennifer Hudson
USA
Official Film Site (autoplays music), IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer has spoiler after spoiler after spoiler

The Strangers
Writer/Dir: Byran Bertino - directorial debut
Cast: Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler, Kip Weeks
USA
Official Film Site (autoplays trailer), IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until 2/3 way through, and it's really scary... even the image on the trailer page is scary

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of May 30, 2008**

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Bigger, Stronger, Faster * The Side Effects of Being American

Dir: Christopher Bell
USA

Seen: April 23, 2008 at Hot Docs 2008

This is a documentary that not only explores the use of steroids but also the personal journey of Christopher Bell and a portrait of his family. Growing up during the age Hulkamania and action stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, the goal for him and his brothers was clear: get big and be successful. But in reality, and is it even possible? If it is possible, can it be done legally? Are steroids the only answer to get pumped? This is a fascinating film looking at the reasons behind use of steroids and also covers health concerns, legal issues and links to current sports. The film is filled with not only personal archival footage but great clips of action films and wrestling moments. A stellar film.

This film was one of my unexpectedly loved films of Hot Docs 2008. Although I'm not American and it's been years since I lifted weights I felt very connected to the common experience of growing up watching wrestling and action movies.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'll buy it
I highly recommend it

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© Shannon Ridler, 2008

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

S&M: Short and Male

Writer/Dir: Howard Goldberg (Being Dorothy)
Documentary on the lives and challenges of short men
Canada, 2008

Seen: May 19, 2008

Reason to see: It's Canadian, got pretty good buzz at Hot Docs and being short myself (4'9"), although not a guy I was compelled to see it.

One thing that is refreshing about this documentary is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. There is a jovial tone to the majority of the film which for the most part allows you to relax and relate to the film and it's characters. However, that creates the challenge of not taking the subject matter seriously but it's apparent that many of the non short people that are encountered do thing the same thing. But it is serious if you are faced with limited opportunities and feel unaccepted by your environment or peers.

While I empathized with the stories shared throughout the film, I found that the facts and even stereotypes didn't quite match up. For example, many of the statistics didn't seem to be specifically geared to short men, but short people. They discussed how salaries could be less for short people and opportunities fewer, yet among the interviewed were dentists, a lawyer and a former police officer. Another consistent topic surrounded romantic relationships, or the lack thereof but this wasn't overly explored with the characters in the film.

Overall I found it had a unique perspective and gave a voice to the affects of judgements people have over short men. If showed varying degrees they will go to do hide, change or embrace their height which had a surprizing range from painful to inspirational.

Shannon's Overall View:
I found it interesting
I'd not watch it again *
I recommend it

* I feel it is only fair to share the reason I would not watch this film again, as have a unique perspective in this regard. The first surgical procedure shown the film is something I have undergone, twice. It didn't have it for lengthening and to be honest I didn't think they would do it just for that. Watching those segments was very challenging and I wanted to let people to know that ahead of time, especially if they have had any involvement with the procedure.

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© Shannon Ridler, 2008

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Inside Out 2008 Coverage

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Pre-festival Coverage
Wednesday May 14/08

Daily Coverage
Inside Out 08 Day 1 - Thursday May 15/08
Inside Out 08 Day 2 - Friday May 16/08
Inside Out 08 Day 3 - Saturday May 17/08
Inside Out 08 Day 4 - Sunday May 18/08
Inside Out 08 Day 5 - Monday May 19/08
Inside Out 08 Day 6 - Tuesday May 20/08, Surprize guest performance: Laura Landauer
Inside Out 08 Day 7 - Wednesday May 21/08
Inside Out 08 Day 8 - Thursday May 22/08
Inside Out 08 Day 9 - Friday May 23/08
Inside Out 08 Day 10 - Saturday May 24/08

Post Festival Coverage
Awards
Wrap Up

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 ran from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Inside Out 08 - Wrap Up

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Inside Out 08 was quite the adventure. Films ranged from touching to enlightening to beautiful and beyond. It was great to see films from all corners of the world, a solid number of Q&As and a fantastic selection of shorts. Truly a festival not to miss!

Favourite Feature: Drifting Flowers / Piao Lang Qing Chung

Favourite Documentary: Impossible to single one out, all the docs I saw were fantastic: On the Downlow, Patti Smith: Gift of Life, Derek and She's a Boy I Knew.

Favourite Program: Hogtown Homos from Day 7

Favourite Short: I've Never Had Sex

Artistic works of wonder: Sleep Lines and Compost Mon Amour

Best Day: Day 9 - Derek and Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance

Most Inspiring: She Was a Boy I Knew

Most Haunting: Gone

Wish I hadn't missed: The Q&A for the Queer Youth Digital Video Project on Day 10. I didn't anticipate the preshow to go on for over an hour and I had to run after the last short was shown.

Fullest Screenings: Boystown/Chuecatown, Were the World Mine and Newcastle.

Most Enthusiastic Crowd: Boystown/Chuecatown and Were the World Mine

Festival First: Being the only woman in the audience!

Best Line:
"Why did you break up with her?"
"Because I realized, she didn't have a dick"
-Ciao

Refreshing: I actually really enjoyed all three of the previews/trailers for and about the festival shown before the films.

Wasn't expecting:
Tiered line-ups. As they said in the previews, membership has its benefits. Depending on your level of membership you can get to be in one of the first two sets of line ups, or or bypass the line altogether. Some membership levels also have reserved seating.

Also wasn't expecting the live performance by Laura Landauer before the Gala presentation of Newcastle. That was awesome!

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The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Inside Out 08 - Awards

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Inside Out 2008 Winners are announced. Congratulations everyone for a fantastic year!

She's a Boy I Knew, directed by Gwen Haworth
-Elle Flanders Documentary Award for Best Documentary Film or Video, presented by NOW Magazine (Audience Award)
-Honourable Mention: Entertainment Partners Canada Award for Best Canadian Feature-Length Narrative or Documentary (Jury Award)

Be Like Others, directed by Tanaz Eshaghian
-Entertainment Partners Canada Award for Best Canadian Feature-Length Narrative or Documentary (Jury Award)

For a Relationship, directed by Jim Verburg
-Colin Campbell Award for Best Canadian Short presented by Movieola–The Short Film Channel (jury Award)

Pariah directed by Dee Rees, USA
-Mikey/Schmikey Award for Best Short Film or Video (Audience Award)

Barb Taylor, for directing Tomboy
-Best Up-and-Coming Toronto Film or Video Maker Award, presented by Charles Street Video (Jury Award)

Were The World Mine, Directed by Tom Gustafson, USA
-Inside Out Award for Best Feature Film or Video (Audience Award)

No Bikini, directed by Claudia Morgado Escanilla
-Honourable Mention: Colin Campbell Award for Best Canadian Short presented by Movieola–The Short Film Channel (Jury Award)

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Monday, 26 May 2008

Favourite Art House Films

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Expressive, beautiful and often rather colourful the films I hold as my favourite art house film have those as common threads. They are the films that make you think in a way you've never thought before. They make magic on the screen through tone and texture, creating an emotional response. Champions of the genre are Guy Maddin, Wong Kar Wai, Ingmar Bergman and Lee Myung-se.

Big Blue, The
Brand Upon the Brain!
C.R.A.Z.Y.
Chungking Express / Chung Hing Sam Lam
Continental, un film sans fusil
Donnie Darko
Fountain, The
Hail the New Puritan
Hard Core Logo
I Heart Huckabees
In the Mood for Love
M (2007)
My Blueberry Nights
Once
Rashômon
River
Saddest Music in the World, The
Seven Samurai / Shichinin no samurai
Seventh Seal, The / Det Sjunde Inseglet
Solyaris / Солярис
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ...and Spring / Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom
Strada, La
Three Times / Zui hao de shi guang
Un Chien Andalou
Waiting For Guffman

See also all reviews of Art House films.

Film Reviews - by Genre

Reviews by genre, a handy-dandy location for film fans who love particular types of films over others. You can also browse reviews by Year or Country.

All reviews © Shannon Ridler, 2006-2012

Action
Adventure
Animated
Art House
Biopic
Comedy
Coming of Age
Crime
Dance
Documentary
Drama
Family
Fantasy
GLBT
Gaming
Historical
Horror
Martial Arts
Musical / Music
Mystery
Political
Romance
Science Fiction
Speculative Fiction
Sport
Supernatural
Sword & Sandals
Thriller
Vampire
War
Werewolf
Western
Zombie

River

Dir: Mark Wihak
Cast: Maya Batten-Young, Adam Budd

Seen & Reason to see: During the Canadian Film Fest 08

This is a touching and heartfelt film about friendship, in every sense of the word. Impressive debut performances by both of the leads, Maya Batten-Young and Adam Budd whom with the director Mark Wihak developed with story for 2 months before improvising all of the dialogue. I loved how every moment felt real, whether it was a moment of joy, sadness, awkwardness or play. And play they did! Isn't that what friends are for? Someone to play, share experiences with and talk to. This is a beautiful film to experience.

For more on River check out their website

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'd buy it
I highly recommend it

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© Shannon Ridler, 2008

Film Reviews - Art House

Shannon's Definition of Art House Films: Films that are off the beaten path, sometimes trying to 'say' something, stylistically rich and the way in which they a story (if there is one) is creative and innovative. What is being said is not as important as how it is as being said. This is one of my favourite genres and when it hits it really hits home but when it misses, oh boy it can be a mess. Experimental, experiential and everything in between.

When I think of 'Art House' film, it's not hard to pull to mind films that I would classify as such, but it isn't that simple to define it. Often described as art films shown at an art house theatre, which I don't disagree with but I don't think it's limited to that. I define them as films that are off the beaten path, sometimes trying to 'say' something, stylistically rich and the way in which they a story (if there is one) is creative and innovative. What is being said is not as important as how it is as being said. This is one of my favourite genres and when it hits it really hits home but when it misses, oh boy it can be a mess. Experimental, experiential and everything in between.

Hear more about Art House Film on Episode 35 of the Movie Moxie Podcast where I take on Art House Films as a Genre.

4:30
24 City / Er Shi Si Cheng Ji

Achillles and the Tortoise
Air Doll / Kûki ningyô
Angel-A
Another Earth
Antichrist
Ape, The / Apan
Arirang
Ashes of Time Redux

Bellflower
Big Blue, The
Brand Upon the Brain!
Bubba Ho-Tep

C.R.A.Z.Y.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Cèdre penché, Le / Mona's Daughters
Chungking Express / Chung Hing Sam Lam
Confessions of a Salesman
Cosmopolis

DAINIPPONJIN
Decline of the American Empire, The / Le Déclin de l'empire américain
Derrière moi / Behind Me
Donnie Darko

Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzet, L' / Inferno
Enter the Void

Face / Visage
Flight of the Red Balloon / Voyage du ballon rouge, Le
Fountain, The
Future, The (2011)
Future is Now!, The

Glory to the Filmmaker! / Kantoku Banzai!
Griff the Invisible

Hail the New Puritan
Heavenly Creatures
Hansel and Gretel

i am a good person i am a bad person
I Heart Huckabees
Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The

Kaboom

Lollipop Generation, The
Lost Song
Love (2011)

M (1931)
M (2007)
Man from London, The / A Londoni férfi
Meek's Cutoff
My Winnipeg
Mystery of Picasso, The / Le Mystère Picasso

Nashville
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
Nymph / Nang Mai

Once

Personal Velocity

Rashômon
River

Saddest Music in the World, The
Seven Samurai / Shichinin no samurai
Seventh Seal, The / Det Sjunde Inseglet
She, A Chinese
Solyaris / Солярис
Somewhere
South of Heaven
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ...and Spring / Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom
Strada, La
Sun Also Rises, The / Tai Yang Zhao Chang Shen Qi
Surrogate Valentine
Swirl / Girimunho
Symbol / Shinboru

Terrains Connus, En / Familiar Grounds
Tempest, The (2010)
Three Times / Zui hao de shi guang
Toby Dammit

Un Chien Andalou
Universalove

Valhalla Rising
Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey

Waiting For Guffman
Wild Grass / Les Herbes Folles
Wuthering Heights

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Hail the New Puritan

Dir: Charles Atlas
1985-6, USA/UK, 85 minutes
Choreographer: Michael Clark
Performers: Michael Clark, Gaby Agis, Leslie Bryant, Matthew Hawkins, Julie Hood, Ellen van Schuylenburch

Seen & Reason to See: Images Festival 2008

The audience was very lively at this screening and it was clear from the curators of the program Ben Portis (from Pleasuredome) and Kathleen Smith that they were very excited to present this film, especially considering that the filmmaker Charles Atlas was in attendance. Seeing Hail the New Puritans in this atmosphere was quite the delight. I am always up for seeing a dance themed film, and this one takes place in the 80's London punk scene and portrays a (fictional) day-in-the-life of dancers, primarily Michael Clark. From posed performances, video shoots to nightclub scenes and rehearsal conditions we travel with these heightened versions of the dancers persona's from the accessible to the surreal. Fantastic.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'd buy it
I recommend it

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© Shannon Ridler, 2008

M (2007)

Dir: Lee Myung-se (Duelist/Hyeongsa , Nowhere to Hide/Injeong sajeong bol geot eobtda)
Cast: Kang Dong-won, Lee Yeon-hee, Kong Hyo-jin
South Korea, 2007 (festival release date)

Seen: TIFF 2007

Reason to see: This was my anticipated film of the TIFF in 2007. I absolutely loved Duelist from 2005 which combined a beautiful story, fantastic visuals and tugged at the heart strings but also and soaring swords. I’d be happy to see anything by Lee Myung-se and now I know why the fans in the audience that year were so excited.

A truly wonderful film to watch. The visual description is so delicious and varied, layer upon layer of sights and sounds. There was an air of mystery to everything which perfectly pararelled the story. Not to be missed for us visual folk. The Q&A was also delightful where director Lee Myung-se revealed that the idea of this film began with a dream he had where he met Hitchcock, who gave him a book in the dream titled "M".

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'll buy it
I highly recommend it

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© Shannon Ridler, 2007

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Inside Out 08 Day 10 - Saturday May 24/08

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Gwen Haworth, director She's a Boy I Knew

Invitation
Dir: Michael V. Smith
Canada, 6 minutes

Beautiful and brave short exploring and celebrating the body, and inviting the viewers to do the same.

She's a Boy I Knew
Dir: Gwen Haworth
Canada, 70 minutes

Candid and touching film following the directors transition from male to female, through archival footage and interviews with family and friends. One of the beautiful things about this film is it shows the people involved finding the their way through the process, through deciding how to come to with their memories, terminology, and how to approach the current and the future. All of this is done in such a caring and open environment but doesn't shy away from the truth of their concerns. An extremely powerful film.

Highlights from the Q&A with the director, Gwen Haworth

-one of the reasons she wanted to make the film was during the process of the transition, her family asked if there was anything they could see that was from a positive point of view
-The importance of showing positive stories, as the seeing the same tragic stories keeps people down
-The importance of the film coming from a trans perspective and how it is important to create new narratives

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10th Anniversary Queer Youth Digital Video Project
Left to Right: Suzanne Carson (Dear Selection Committee), Phil McCaffrey (Familiarity Unknown), Juan Antonio Llamas Rodriguez (The Coming Out), Jayme Spinks (Gone), Alison Leigh (f[l]ight), Leonardo Zuñiga (Seeking Conclusion!), Marc Cleary (DAY/MONTH/YEAR), Zara Ganj (I Heard It Through the Grapefruit), Gabrielle Zilkha (The Check-Up)

Dear Selection Committee
Dir: Suzanne Carson
Canada, 5 minutes

Artsy and honest audition style video that explores the many ways we try to say 'pick me!'.

The Coming Out
Dir: Juan Antonio Llamas Rodriguez
Canada, 5 minutes

Clever short playing with secrets and assumptions.

Gone
Dir: Jayme Spinks
Canada, 5 minutes

A powerful retelling of the experience of living through the Queen West fire of 2008.

Seeking Conclusion!
Dir: Leonardo Zuñiga
Canada, 5 minutes

The story of one man as he fights for the opportunity to live with dignity, and is currently facing possible deportation. Startling statistics and personal reveal the reasons why he wants to stay in Canada.

Click here to read and sign the petition to Let Leo Stay in Canada

DAY/MONTH/YEAR
Dir: Marc Cleary
Canada, 5 minutes

A heart wrenching tale of fear of identity and acceptance.

The Check-Up
Dir: Gabrielle Zilkha
Canada, 5 minutes

A tongue-in-cheek look at the medical prognosis. Hilarious.

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The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Inside Out 08 Day 9 - Friday May 23/08

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On Friday for my journeys at Inside Out I went with my sister Jamie, we always have fun together - especially at dance movies. Considering that Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance was one of the films to be seen, it was destined to be a fantastic night, and it was! Great films, lovely company and the weather behaved which made hanging out around Vic and the Bader all the better.

Berlin Hair Today
Dir: Ole Bendtzen
Germany/Denmark, 14 minutes

Hilarious documentary following an on-the-fly hairdresser set out to cure Berlin of bad hair cuts. I loved the openness with regards to whom they would approach and offer free hair cuts to. I loved the short, however I question the logic of having blue subtitles with a pink outline as they were a challenge to read a times.

Derek
Dir: Isaac Julien
UK, 76 minutes

This documentary chronicles the life and work of Derek Jarman, in part through a 1991 interview and voice overs by Tilda Swinton. The film also shows a variety of archival footage as well as well known films of Derek Jarman, his work and his home. This provides us with the opportunity to see the different facets of his life and how he played a strong role in many capacities be they as an artist, filmmaker, activist or all three.

Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance
Dir: Darren Ashton
Australia, 95 minutes

This hilarious Australian dance film in the style of a mockumentary feels like what would happen if you put Mad Hot Ballroom in the world of Strictly Ballroom. It has many of the classic dance film elements (a competition, popular vs the underdogs, stage moms), and a bucket load of humour which for the most part was delightful but a few times felt a bit biting. I loved the fantastic deadpan performance of Ben Miller as Mr. Jonathan, the dance teacher from the underdog school. Overall extremely enjoyable, especially the performance by all the young dancers, how they captured the culture of the dance schools and lives of those involved.

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The packed out for the sold out screening of Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance

Schedule change for Saturday May 24/08
The 4:45pm screening of With Gilbert and George will be replaced by a repeat screening of Shelter.

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Friday, 23 May 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 23, 2008!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 23, 2008! It's been an unseasonable chilly week for May, here is to hoping for a nice weekend.

All of our Friday releases this week are limited release. The much anticipated and controversial Uwe Boll film Postal is getting a very limited release, as is the compelling The Edge of Heaven and the Toronto centric This Beautiful City.

In wide release it is all about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and it's odd to say this but it's coming straight from Cannes.

Remember to check back for daily coverage of the Inside Out Film and Video Festival here at Movie Moxie until May 25, 2008.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Contact
Toronto Photography Festival May 1 - 31, 2008
Films on Photography throughout festival at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Contact festival site, Contact film schedule

Inside Out
18th Annual Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
Continues until May 25, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival (THAFF)
Spanish language film festival featuring dramas, comedies, and documentaries from Spanish speaking countries
Continues until May 25, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screening

Reel Asian Spring Showcase
May 23 - 25, 2008 at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Program includes screenings of Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Three Times / Zui hao de shi guang, A Battle of Wits, Canadian Shorts Programme: Power Play and many more.
Check the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival website for all the details.

Advance Screenings

If you are raring to see next weeks release of Sex in the City, there are some late night screenings on Thursday May 29, 2008 at Scotiabank, Rainbow Market Square, Varsity and others. Check local listings for details.

Thursday May 22, 2008 Releases

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Dir: Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Amistad, Artificial Intelligence)
Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen,
Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailers
Trailer is sight unseen, I don't want to see spoilers

Friday May 23, 2008 Releases

The Edge of Heaven / Auf der anderen Seite
Writer/Dir: Fatih Akin (Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul)
Cast: Nurgül Yesilçay, Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Hanna Schygulla
Germany/Turkey/Italy
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Postal
Dir: Uwe Boll (Bloodrayne, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale)
Cast: Zack Ward, Dave Foley, Verne Troyer, Jackie Troyer
USA/Canada/Germany
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer: "Offending everyone soon"

This Beautiful City
Writer/Dir: Ed Gass-Donnelly - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Kristin Booth, Caroline Cave, Tony Nappo, Noam Jenkins, Stuart Hughes, Aaron Poole
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Trailer feels pretty spoiler free, although it does show a fair amount

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of May 23, 2008**

Inside Out 08 Day 8 - Thursday May 22/08

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Going Down, Under - Shorts Program
A series of campy and tongue-in-cheek Australian shorts.

The Omphalites
Dir: Bartholomew Sammut
Australia/Germany, 11 minutes

This cute short involving three presumably belly-button festishing "omphalites" dream, share and dance their way through revealing their true self to those around them.

Undressing Vanessa
Dir: Matthew Pond
Australia, 21 minutes

A stellar short looking at the history and behind the scenes life of Australian Drag Queen and activist Vanessa. Funny as well as touching, this short explores not only the physical but also the personal transformations in a beautiful dignified way.

The Vicious and the Delicious
Dir: Tonnette Stanford
Australia, 11 minutes

Hilarious soap opera style short that could rival the plot lines of any daytime fodder with its cocktail dresses, crazy interwoven plot lines and cat fights galore. 100% over the top!

Prada Handbag
Dir: Stuart Vauvert
Australia, 22 minutes

A touching short with a hint of harshness, we follow Prada with her unique sense of style as she looks for an environment that accepts her for her beautiful and eccentric self.

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Sinara Rosa Executive Director of aluCine (co-presenter of La León), Inside Out Director of Programming Jason St-Laurent

Milonga Gay
Dir: Paul Chernosky
Argentina, 5 minutes

A visit to a gay tango hall in Buenos Aires we see some fantastic dancing and chemistry.

La León
Dir: Santiago Otheguy
Argentina/France, 85 minutes

Beautiful visuals were the joy of this black and white film for me, set in river islands of Paraná Delta in Argentina. We see many stunning shots of travelling along the river, and the river itself which is quite captivating and hypnotic. The main tension of the film is the harsh yet often subtle conflict between gay Alvaro and the captain of the boat La León, Turu.

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Inside Out 08 Day 7 - Wednesday May 21/08

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Day 7 started off to a bit of a rocky start for me, I was paranoid about being late for what was sure to be a packed house for the Hogtown Homos shorts program. Then, I ended up misjudging time and being early. Then for some reason I thought it was at the ROM but it was actually at the Bader, which meant I was even earlier as it was closer and they tend to open the house later than the ROM. On top of all that it was a little chilly and gently raining and of course I didn't bring an umbrella. What a way to start the night! It's a good think the films kicked butt, and made it all worthwhile. Let's get to the are the highlights.

Hogtown Homos - shorts program of films by local Toronto filmmakers

Tranzploitation
Dir: Rachel Matlow
Canada, 8 minutes

Brilliant tongue in cheek film commenting not only on Kalib's journey but also the many Trans references in everyday life. Delightful.

Life #2
Dir: Dennis Day
Canada, 5 minutes

Blending dimensions in this exploration of common activities through a filter of meditative notions.

Compost Mon Amour
Dir: Lesley Loksi Chan
Canada, 12 minutes

Beautiful story of Louanne Chan mixes nostalgia with a timeless tale of repeating patterns and inevitable effects. A wondrous sense of openness paired with luck and chance leave every turn a combination of the familiar and unexpected. A joy to watch.

Rewind
Dir: Andrew Hull
Canada, 5 minutes

A wild experience of watching a visuals running backwards as the story is told from the linear start to finish perspective.

I've Never Had Sex
Dir: Robert Kennedy
Canada, 2 minutes

Beautiful with it's simplicity and honest responses, this film contains cell phone captures of the back and forth conversations of party game "I've never has sex..... ". One of the best short films I've seen.

Sleep Lines
Dir: Kathleen Mullen
Canada, 7 minutes

Absolutely gorgeous film that bridges dream and waking life through a gentle sentiment with beautiful washed out high contrast black and white aesthetic. Delicious, I could watch this film again and again.

Rock Garden: a love story
Dir: Gloria Kim
Canada, 10 minutes

It was lovely to have the opportunity to see this fantastic short film again. I am astounded by the high production value. See more at Reel Asian 07 Day 2.

It was such a treat to see this program, and the audience appeared to agree as the majority of the films were met with thunderous applause. Many of the filmmakers were in attendance and kudos to Inside Out for having each and every filmmaker be given the opportunity to speak before the film.

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Left to Right: Kathleen Mullen (Sleep Lines), bee sack (The Last Visit), Kent Monkman and Gisèle Gordon (Robin’s Hood), Maxime Desmons (Good Mother / Bonne mere), Cassandra Nicolaou (Congratulations Daisy Graham), Lesley Loksi Chan (Compost Mon Amour), Andrew Hull (Rewind), Dennis Day (Life #2), Leif Harmsen (Digital Nudes in Oil) Gloria Kim (Rock Garden: a love story), Robert Kennedy (I’ve Never Had Sex), Kaleb & Rachel Matlow (Tranzploitation).

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Inside Out 08 Day 6 - Tuesday May 20/08

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Day 5 was all ROM, all the time and Day 6 was all Bader! How do these things happen? It ended up being a good thing as the night was filled with great films from around the world from the States to Taiwan to Australia. All the films I caught were also all features, not a short in sight onscreen or off, although we did some some shorts come off.... but I am getting ahead of myself.

Ciao
Dir: Yen Tan
USA, 87 minutes

The role of chance plays a big part in Ciao, seeing as an unexpected event lends the opportunity for two men to take a chance on following a path that presents itself to them at a time of sorrow. The film plays with the idea of a near miss and in some ways I felt like I was watching two films as the scenes with dialogue felt so different that ones without. I quite enjoyed scenes without words, sensing the presence of the characters as they responded to their environments it spoke a millions words. There was a gentle tenderness throughout that was quite lovely, as well as curiosity involved with meeting someone for the first time.

I was sad that the director couldn't make the screening as noted in the program, aand would have loved to hear more about the characters and how the story developed. There is quite a bit of information on the films website, but it also reveals a lot of the plot content.

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Emma Lewzey, Inside Out Board of Directors Chair introduces Drifting Flowers

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Heather Keung, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (co-presentors of Drifting Flowers / Piao Lang Qing Chung)

Drifting Flowers / Piao Lang Qing Chung
Dir: Zero Chou
Taiwan, 97 minutes

What a beautiful film Drifting Flowers is. Tender and tough it melds through the stories of three women as they journey through self discovery. I loved the complexity of the sections, as they all had a clear protagonist but you viewed them through multiple points of view which were sometimes favorable, but sometimes not. This added a lovely richness to the experience like multiple portraits painted by different artist, yet all created a true and unique likeness. The fantastic Drifting Flowers has been the best of the festival so far.

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Dan Castle, director of Newcastle

Newcastle
Dir: Dan Castle
Australia, 95 minutes

Newcastle was the Centrepiece Gala presentation of the festival, and not only was the director Dan Castle in attendance but there was also live preshow entertainment to get the crowd started.

Newcastle is an electric coming of age film focused on Jesse, a pro surfing hopeful in a working class area where prospects other than surfing look pretty dim. Surrounded by complicated family relationships and rivalries with friends he is constantly at odds with those around him. When do we stop and acknowledge what we have, instead of comparing it to the lives of others? How do we learn to negotiate with peers that are competitors for success and attention? Why do people not accept others as they are and what happens if they do? These questions are explored through the backdrop of sun, surf and great music in this stellar exploration of youth.

Highlights from the Q&A with the director, Dan Castle
-Introduces the film as not a gay film per se but that he is gay and that it has a gay aesthetic.
-The twins Fergus and Jesse both have a lot of the director in them, like two halves of a whole.
-All the guys in the film are surfers and at the time of filming were aged early twenties, although the main characters were 17 (This is astonishing, as the acting was so real).

I'd love to share more but it's quite a plot driven film and I don't want to spoil anything!

To find out more, check out the films website.

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Sold out audience for the Centrepiece Gala screening of Newcastle

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Inside Out 08 - Surprize guest performance: Laura Landauer

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At the Centrepiece Gala screening of Newcastle on Tuesday May 20/08 there was a surpirze guest, Laura Landauer. A fabulous comedian whom delighted the crowd with her Celine Dion impersonation including performing "My Heart Will Go On" (see clip below).

For more on Laura Landauer check out her website, and also see her Celene Dion workout here on Youtube.




The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Monday, 19 May 2008

Inside Out 08 Day 5 - Monday May 19/08

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Outside the ROM

Happy Victoria Day to all! Considering it was chilly and not ideal BBQ weather it was perfect timing to stay inside and catch some great movies. It was a day all at the ROM for me, starting with the sold out screening of Patti Smith: Dream of Life. Here are the highlights.

Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Dir: Steven Sebring
Documentary
USA, 109 minutes

Fantastic documentary on Patti Smith done in an experimental style showing footage that was collected over ten years. This gives us a glimpse at candid moments as well as historic ones, all with a sense of artistic integrity. As someone that is not overly familiar with her work I still enjoyed all aspects of the film be they personal, random or performance based. The striking contrast of calm artist & poet with the electric performer was phenomenal. Never without a cause history repeats itself and brings the activist to the forefront in a bittersweet reunion.

By the Kiss
Dir: Yann Gonzalez
France, 5 minutes

A woman bombarded with kisses ranging with responses ranging from welcome to resistant in this evocative short film.

Water Lilies / Naissance des pieuvres
Writer/Dir: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adele Haenel, Warren Jacquin
France, 85 minutes

Brilliant coming of age film revolved on the fringes of synchronized swimming. The protagonist, Marie, is friends with the awkward Anne but is attracted to the oft thought experienced Floriane. As friendships are fostered and cracked, motivations are clear and often desperate this film builds a world of want and desire like no other. Throw a young fellow into the mix and your guess is as good as mine in how the chips will fall.

Film Site (UK), Film Myspace Page (autoplays music)

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Indiana Jones Trilogy, revisited

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Above: Silver Snail, May 2008

Earlier this year I made a few notes on things I wanted to do to prepare for some of the film events for 2008. One of the biggest releases this year appears to be Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and as I have only seen the previous Indiana Jones films a few times each, I spent some time revisiting them. They may not have made the hugest impact on me considering when a friend mentioned a few years back they were set in the past, I had no recollection of that at all! A refresher was clearly in order.

We begin with Raiders of the Lost Ark, set in 1936 and this one holds up very well. An adventure film from start to finish with an intelligent and witty protagonist. One of the things I enjoyed about it was Karen Allen as the strong and savvy Marion. Action, adventure and humour are all there. I did notice this time around that the humour was a little campy, which surprized me. All and all it is a fun film, and anytime I'm in Uldaman it comes to mind.

Next up is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which all I really remembered from the first viewing was being scared. I believe I saw it for my brother's birthday and if my math is correct that would have make me 7 at the time. Too young (see below). There are oodles of creepy crawlies, and dinner sequence just freaked me out. My reaction this time around was strong, but for a completely different reason. I couldn't stand the female counterpart, Willie, yelling, whining, seducing, what have you for every moment she was on the screen it felt like the worst form of comic relief. At times, I left the room or was doing other things because I could barely stand it. I also found it a little less interesting due to the lack of a sense of adventure as they were in one place for the majority of the film. On the positive note, I enjoyed the character Short Round and the innovative and elaborate sets.

Lastly, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade which I know I enjoyed seeing at the time and was surprized I had never revisited it until now. Getting to see a more about Indy himself was a big treat, and it was a joy to was River Phoenix in the film. I also thought Sean Connery was fantastic and it was a great to see him and Harrison Ford play off each other. Great casting, interesting story and a return to true adventure this film was a whole lot of fun.

I am really glad I revisited these films before heading out to the fourth, even if only to be made aware that the humour is campy.

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Inside Out 08 Day 4 - Sunday May 18/08

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I was amongst many braving the rainy Sunday afternoon to attend Inside Out today. A fabulous day it was. I attended just one screening today but both the short and feature were full of energy.

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Kimahli Powell, Inside Out Development Coordinator

Souljah
Dir: Rikki Beadle-Blair
UK, 10 minutes

This vivid short contrasts the urban jungle with the world of a previous child soldier. Clashes with identity, status and acceptance run alongside a created hierarchy that make you ponder the phrase 'strength in numbers'.

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Abigail Child director of On the Downlow

On the Downlow
Dir: Abigail Child
USA, 54 minutes

This compelling documentary follows the lives of four African-American men in Cleveland who live the lifestyle of being on the downlow, that is being bisexual but presenting themselves in many aspects of their lives, including possibly to their female partners, as straight. One of the strengths of the film is that it provides an opportunity for those leading double lives to speak their truths, which is always a powerful thing. What makes the film so beautiful is that no judgement is placed on the men as we watch their stories unfold.

Highlights from the Q&A with the director, Abigail Child:

-There is a paradox in being downlow, and being in the film. Some of the men did use it as an opportunity, and some became more withdrawn as the filming progressed.
-She did not make villains of them.
-It was a challenge to focus on 4 people in only one hour.
-On motivating people to participate, people want to be heard.

See more about Abigail Child on her website.

Head's up on some upcoming sold out and cancelled screenings:
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The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Inside Out 08 Day 3 - Saturday May 17/08

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Day 3 of Inside Out was a full day of screenings! It was nice that the overcast weather was overrated and the sun came out to play for most of the day. Here is the run down on the films.

The Folding Role / O Papel das Dobras
Dir: Bruno Jorge
Brazil, 19 minutes

A window into a passive yet turbulent relationship, and the high costs it comes with.

Before I Forget / Avant que j'oublie
Writer/Director: Jacques Nolot
Cast: Jacques Nolot, Marc Rioufol, Lyes Rabia, Albert Mainella
France, 108 minutes

This film follows the cyclic nature of young gigolo's and their older keepers. What becomes of the young men as they age and the lifestyle changes from being paid to paying others? How do they live and whom do they turn to in their need, who are their true friends? This film shows this world brought to life with a sense of adoration mixed with harsh reality.

This Kiss
Writer/Director: Kylie Eddy
Cast: Tamsin Gatewood, Melanie Lockman
Australia, 70 minutes

An earnest look at combining self discovery with nostalgia between two separated friends on the night of their 10 year high school reunion.

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Jason St-Laurent Inside Out Director of Programming (left), Juan Flahn Director of Boystown (right)

Boystown / Chuecatown
Director: Juan Flahn
Cast: Pepón Nieto, Carlos Fuentes, Pablo Puyol, Concha Velasco, Rosa Maria Sardà, Eduard Soto, Mariola Fuentes
Spain, 100 minutes

A brilliant dark comedy involving the no holds barred vision of one real estate agent to renovate Chueca to the perfect gay neighbourhood, and the myriad of unlikely events that follow. The sold out screening had the audience in stitches throughout. Wonderful performances by a highly talented cast from quick witted banter to playful romps. In between the giggles there is a also a strong sense of family and community. A deliciously delightful film.

The director was present to introduce the film, and received a warm welcome from the audience. He stated that he hoped people would enjoy the film, and oh boy they sure did.

Film website (autoplays trailer)

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Scott Ferguson Inside Out Executive Director, J.D. Stewart Director of the one about icarus

the one about icarus
Dir: J.D. Stewart
Canada, 6 minutes

This beautiful experimental 16mm film has a lovely hypnotic quality to it that feels like visual poetry. A unique pacing and captivating shots bring to life a classic story with a fresh approach.

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Scott Ferguson Inside Out Executive Director, Tom Gustafson Director of Were the World Mine

Were the World Mine
Director: Tom Gustafson
Cast: Tanner Cohen, Zelda Williams, Ricky Goldman, Wendy Robie, Nathaniel David Becker, Jill Larson, Christian Stolte
USA, 91 minutes

Were the World Mine is truly a gem of a film. A coming of age/musical/comedy with elements of magical realism and a meta-A Midsummer Night's Dream theme. Sound like too much? Never! I would have to say it was the perfect combination of truth and dream. What if your classmates, instead of playing dodgeball, danced and sang to your tune? Or, instead of being the odd one out, you were looked on with admiration from your peers? A satisfying film from beginning to end that charmed the audience through and through.

Highlights from the Q&A with the director, Tom Gustafson:

-The inspiration for the film came from a combination of his highly successful short film Fairies and William Shakespheare's "A Midsummer Nights Dream".
-All the actors sang their own parts in the film, the soundtrack will be available. Keep an eye on the films website for details and you can listen to some of the songs on their MySpace page.
-Were the World Mine is going to show at festivals in the US as well as Vancouver in 2008, and they are really looking to get youth involved to see the film
-Upcoming: Mariachi Gringo is his next project

He also told a beautiful story about the creation of the film and how at some point you have to stop waiting for the perfect timing and just decide that you are going to do it. After that point, by the time it took them to get to the shooting location all of the chips fell into place and they were able to make the film. Not only is the film itself uplifting, but the story behind it is as well!


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The packed house for Boystown

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Friday, 16 May 2008

Inside Out 08 Day 2 - Friday May 16/08

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival continues strong today with Day 2 of the festival and many films to choose from.

Like to see a preview before you head out? Check out these trailers:
Out at the Wedding (dir: Lee Friedlander) trailer
Japan Japan (dir: Lior Shamirz - in attendance) trailer
Love Songs / Les Chansons d’amour (dir: Christophe Honoré) trailer

Perhaps you are more into the conversation side of things? If so, check out General Idea: Art, AIDS and the fin de siècle (dir: Annette Mangaard). This film will be introduced and have a post film Q&A moderated by Luis Jacob, renowned local artist and curator.

Are shorts your thing? Check out the line up for Let's Get Physical.

So many great selections, it's hard to choose!

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 16, 2008!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 16, 2008! We have a lovely combination of interesting limited releases plus blockbuster summer fun this week. Add to that festivals of a variety of natures, it shouldn't be hard to find something to fit your fancy,

In limited release this week we have a Canadian documentary straight from Hot Docs, S&M : Short and Male which explores the challenges and biases experienced by short men. We also have Flight of the Red Balloon / Le Voyage du ballon rouge, and extraordinary and compelling film (see my take on the film here back at TIFF 07). If you haven't seen any films by Hou Hsiao-hsien this is a lovely introductions. In retrospect, I feel that the experience of the film would have been fuller if I had seen Albert Lamorisse's Le Ballon rouge (1956) ahead first as it was a strong part of the inspiration of the film but it's not a necessity. Last up for limited releases is the comedically presented documentary Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden brought to us by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me). I admit watching the preview I found myself dumbfounded on this one. I don't understand how such a topic can be taken so flippantly.

In wide release this week we have two of the big films of the summer. This weekend it is further adventures of the Pevesive siblings Peter, Susan, Edward and Lucy in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I enjoyed The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe therefore I'm quite looking forward to this one. Starting next Thursday we have one of the biggest releases of the summer with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. After a 19 year hiatus the trio of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford are back for adventures in archaeology.

Remember to check back for daily coverage of the Inside Out Film and Video Festival here at Movie Moxie from May 16 - 25, 2008.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Canadian Sport Film Festival
Continues until May 17, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Contact
Toronto Photography Festival May 1 - 31, 2008
Films on Photography throughout festival at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Contact festival site, Contact film schedule

Inside Out
18th Annual Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
Continues until May 25, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival (THAFF)
Spanish language film festival featuring dramas, comedies, and documentaries from Spanish speaking countries
May 15 - 25, 2008
at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screening

Student Film Showcase 08
Wednesday May 21, 2008 at 7pm at the Cumberland
Presented by: Toronto International Film Festival Group

Friday
May 16, 2008 Releases

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Dir: Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shrek)
Cast: Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, Peter Dinklage, Warwick Davis
UK/USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is sight unseen, I don't want to see spoilers

Flight of the Red Balloon / Voyage du ballon rouge, Le
Dir: Hou Hsiao-hsien (
Three Times / Zui hao de shi guang, Flowers of Shanghai / Hai shang hua)
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Fang Song, Simon Iteanu
France
Limited Release
IFC Films Site Link, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer itself is spoiler free but there is a long review quote inserted in the middle of it that 'defines' the movie which I think is a spoiler

S&M: Short and Male
Writer/Dir: Howard Goldberg (Being Dorothy)
Documentary on the lives and challenges of short men
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden
Dir: Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me)
Documentary
France/USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free, to the point where it isn't the inspiration/drive of the film isn't noted

Thursday May 22, 2008 Releases

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Dir: Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Amistad, Artificial Intelligence)
Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen,
Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailers
Trailer is sight unseen, I don't want to see spoilers

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of May 22, 2008**

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Inside Out 08 Day 1 - Thursday May 15/08

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival opens tonight with the South Korea film Like a Virgin / Cheonhajangsa Madonna (Directors: Lee Hae-yeong and Lee Hae-jun).

After the film you can kick up your heels with more festival fun and the tunes of DJs Rory Them Finest & Produzentin at the Opening Gala Party tonight, Thursday May 15/08 at 10pm at Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street (south of Wellesley Street East). Free with Like a Virgin ticket stub or $10 / $8 Inside Out members.

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Inside Out 2008 Preview

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This week we have the opening of the 18th Annual Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival. It is an 11 day festival running from May 15 - 25, 2008 and is Canada's largest queer video and film festival.

One of the many exciting programs this year is the International Focus on Australia, which includes This Kiss a film about and unexpected reunion of two friends and Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance which looks at dance competition for pre-teens.

The festival has an ingenious mid-festival event with the Centrepiece Gala screening of Newcastle in its International Premiere. Director Dan Castle will be in attendance.

In terms of exciting one screening will be such an experience that I can't wait to go is The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Sing & Drag Along. How great is that going to be? I admit that this is one film that has been on my to see list for so many years and I can't imagine a more fun way to check it out.

The festival also tackles tough issues across the globe with people in self conflict in films like the documentary Be Like Others and closing film XXY.

There is also a great selection of shorts programs including the 10th Anniversary Queen Youth Digital Video Project, and the Hogtown Homos celebrating local filmmakers, including Compost Mon Amour by Lesley Loksi Chan, multiple award winner from Reel Asian 07 and Gloria Kim's stunning Rock Garden: a love story. I'm also curious to see the Dark and Dangerous program a series of darker shorts to scream and laugh by including Michael Simon's Gay Zombie.

For more information, check out the Inside Out website, Online Film Guide, Venue Information, Ticket Availability, find out where you can get a Festival Program and you can also Purchase Tickets online.

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(55 Bloor Street West, Box Office location - see here for hours and specific info)

The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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