Friday, 16 May 2008

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**

3 comments:

Sacred Suzie said...

Flight of the Red Balloon looks great! I loved the original and I adore Juliette so...sounds like a winning combo to me.

I'm kind of puzzled by "Where in the world..." On the one hand, at least someone is looking for him in the right place but it is done kind of flippantly which falls into the absurd. I don't know what to make of it.

Marina said...

I've stopped looking at the Indy marketing. I too want to be surprised. Unfortunately, my surprise is going to wait until the Saturday!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I bet you would like Flight of the Red Balloon Suzie! I had no idea you'd seen the first one - score!

Good luck on avoiding the Indy hype Marina! I know for me it's been quite the challenge so far but I am determined to do it!

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