Friday, 9 May 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 9, 2008!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 9, 2008! It looks like we've finally broken the trend of wallflower releases and have a delightful variety of genres spanning films this week, many of which have been met with critical acclaim or are highly anticipated. I know that I will have to do some creative scheduling to fit in all the ones I want to see!

In limited release this week we have four films including the definitely not for kids release of The Babysitters and haunting The Unknown Woman. Next up are two films I have been looking forward to all year. My Blueberry Nights from Wong Kar Wai, a gifted director who creates very evocative and touching films and Son of Rambow a festival favourite comedy in which two boys set out to create a home made sequel to Rambo: First Blood.

In wide release this week we have five films and I'm very excited to see the theatrical releases of The Stone Angel, I had the opportunity to catch the film during TIFF 07 and I highly recommend seeing this excellent drama. If you are looking for some laughs there is A Previous Engagement which looks funny and touching or there is also What Happens in Vegas with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher. The more kid friendly release this week is the widely anticipated Speed Racer from the Wachowski's (Matrix trilogy) which is a combination of live action and animation and reminds me of what would happen is Sky High met Hackers. I am surprized that is clocks in over 2hrs though considering it's rating and audience. Next up we have a film I've been looking forward to all year, Redbelt, the latest from David Mamet starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as a martial arts instructor.

Numerous festivals and screenings happening this week and I'm getting back in the festival spirit myself. Be sure to check out my daily coverage of the Inside Out Film and Video Festival here at Movie Moxie from May 15 - 25, 2008.

Have a great weekend!


Festival Watch

2nd Annual OCAD Video Festival

I Made This For Class, May 14, 2008 at 7pm at the Bloor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Canadian Sport Film Festival
May 14 - 17, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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
May 15 - 25, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ryerson University Film Festival (RUFF)
5th annual presentation of films by the graduating class at Ryerson University
Continues until May 10, 2008, at the Royal in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
RUFF Podcast

Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Continues until May 11, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screenings

Dark Reprieve
Dir: Richard Boddington - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Janelle Bartosek, Liam Card, Shawn Storer, Sarah Jackson, John Cronk
Friday May 10 & Saturday 11th, 2008 at 11:00PM at The Royal
Official Film Site & Trailer
Trailer has disturbing images

Dir: William Lustig (Vigilante, Maniac Cop)
Cast: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton
USA, 1980
Wednesday May 15, 2008 at 9:30PM at The Bloor, presented by Rue Morgue
Director William Lustig will be in attendance

Friday May 9, 2008 Releases

The Babysitters
Dir: David Ross - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Katherine Waterston, John Leguizamo, Cynthia Nixon
Limited Release
IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer gets spoilery pretty quickly

My Blueberry Nights
Dir: Wong Kar Wai (In the Mood for Love / Fa Yeung Nin Wa,
Chungking Express / Chung Hing Sam Lam, Happy Together / Chun Gwong Cha Sit)
Cast: Jude Law, Norah Jones, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, David Strathairn
Hong Kong/China/France
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer mostly spoiler free, stop before last quarter if super sensitive

A Previous Engagement
Writer/Dir: Joan Carr-Wiggin (Honeymoon)
Cast: Juliet Stevenson, Tchéky Karyo, Daniel Stern, Valerie Mahaffey
Official Film Site & Trailer (autoplay), IMDb Page
Trailer has lots of content in it, but looks charming. Only mild spoilers up until halfway point

Writer/Dir: David Mamet (Spartan, State and Main, House of Games)
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Emily Mortimer, Alice Braga, Joe Mantegna, Tim Allen, Randy Couture, Ricky Jay, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, Rodrigo Santoro
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Original Trailer, New Trailer
Both trailers show content pretty quickly, I turned them off as I know I will see this film

Son of Rambow
Writer/Dir: Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
Cast: Bill Milner, Will Poulter
Limited Release
Official Film Site (autoplays a trailer), IMDb Page, Trailer
I only watched first half of the trailer - this film looks so good!

Speed Racer
Wirter/Dir: Andy & Larry Wachowski (Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions)
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Christina Ricci, Melissa Holroyd
Official Film Site (autoplays trailer), IMDb Page, Trailer

The Stone Angel
Writer/Dir: Kari Skoglard (Chicks with Sticks, Men with Guns)
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Christine Horne, Cole Hauser, Ellen Page, Kevin Zegers, Dylan Baker
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until just after the dance scene

The Unknown Woman / La Sconosciuta
Writer/Dir: Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, Malèna)
Cast: Kseniya Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini, Margherita Buy, Pierfrancesco Favino
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Trailer way to scary for me, turned off after moments!

What Happens in Vegas
Dir: Tom Vaughan (Starter for 10)
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Lake Bell, Treat Williams
Official Film Site (autoplays trailer), IMDb Page, Trailer
You get the gist of the film by a third of the way in.

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of May 9, 2008**


Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Anyone else notice Ashton Kutcher's Lloyd Kaufmanesque hand posing in the
What Happens in Vegas poster?

Suzie Ridler said...

Sorry Shannon, don't know the hand posing reference! :)

Hmm.....looks like there is a supernatural element to Dark Reprieve. It may be a little too dark for me but for a supernatural movie I might make an exception.

My Blueberry Nights has a STELLAR cast! And of course I've heard nothing about it until now. Thank you Movie Moxie!

I did the same with Redbelt, didn't want to know too much because I immediately knew this is one we would like to see.

I'm not sure how I feel about The Stone Angel. Now how I remembered the book at all, so many flashbacks.

Anonymous said...

most of the romantic comedies i've seen with Ashton Kutcher have been pretty good, A Lot Like Love is another example

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