Friday, 20 June 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 20, 2008!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 20, 2008! With Canada Day closely approaching it's thrilling to see that half of the releases this week are Canadian including two of the most anticipated of the summer.

This leads us right into the limited releases of the this week starting with the phenomenal docu-fantasia from Guy Maddin: My Winnipeg. If you have not seen a Maddin film yet, be sure to check out the trailer so see how his films are like no other. Another truly unique film is the international metal documentary Global Metal which looks awesome. Rounding out the Canadian releases is the family drama Family Motel and out final limited release of the week is Before the Rains.

Our two wide release this week are both comedies. First up is the TV to to film adaptation of Get Smart which has one of the best casting choices I've ever seen with Steve Carell playing Maxwell Smart. The final release for the week is Mike Myers' lateest The Love Guru.

Have a fabulous Pride weekend!


Festival Watch

Bicycle Film Festival
Continues to June 21, 2008 film screenings at the Royal in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Continues to June 22, 2008 at the Bloor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ReelHeART International Film Festival
The Filmmakers Film Festival
Continues to June 21, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screenings

Shock and Awe: The Grindhouse Experience All night 35mm film goodness including: Dead Alive, The Boogeyman, Naughty New Orleans and the Black Six. The mayhem begins Saturday June 21, 2008 at the Fox starting at 11:30PM.

Yonge and Dundas Square kicks off summer outdoor screenings this Tuesday June 24, 2008 at 9pm with Gone with the Wind (Part I). See full screening schedule here

Friday June 20, 2008 Releases

Before the Rains

Dir: Santosh Sivan (Anandabhadram, Navarasa)
Cast: Linus Roache, Nandita Das, Jennifer Ehle, Rahul Bose
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer (top left), IMDb Page
Trailer gets spoilery at 1/2 way point

Family Motel
Writer/Dir: Helene Klodawsky (No More Tears Sister, Undying Love)
Cast: Nargis Ahman, Asha Jibril, Sagal Jibril
Limited Release
NFB Film Site, IMDb Page, Unable to find Trailer

Get Smart
Dir: Peter Segal (The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates)
Cast: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp
Official Film Site (autoplays trailer), IMDb Page, Spoiler free trailer, Spoilerific trailer

Global Metal
Dir: Scot McFadyen & Sam Dunn (Metal: A Headbanger's Journey)
Documentary on the International heavy metal scene
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, No IMDb Page
Trailer is awesome!! And spoiler free

The Love Guru
Dir: Marco Schnabel - directorial debut
Cast: Mike Myers, Romany Malco, Meagan Good, Jessica Alba, Verne Troyer, Justin Timberlake
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

My Winnipeg
Dir: Guy Maddin (Brand Upon the Brain!, The Saddist Music in the World)
Cast: Ann Savage, Amy Stewart, Bredan Cade, Wesley Cade
Limited Release
IFC Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of June 20, 2008**


Cinexcellence said...

Get Smart is the only decent release near me this weekend. Loved the show. Hoping this will be good.

Still wishing Mongol was showing nearby, though.

Sacred Suzie said...

Global Metal isn't playing here at all, darn! I agree, Steve Carell is a perfect choice, we're probably seeing that this weekend.

The Love Guru may be super racist or not, can't tell. Sometimes I think the commercials look offensive and then it looks charming. I am confused!

My Winnipeg looks completely original and the writing fantastic!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

The Global Metal site only has dates for Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary so far. Here in T.O. it's only playing at one theatre (but they have a great sound system - woohoo).

I think Get Smart looks pretty fun, I hope I have a chance to get to see it.

I'm not holding my breath with The Love Guru. I loved that there are Canadian references in it but the voice over during the trailer says something like "The 2nd best Guru in India comes to America". Doesn't he come to see one of the Toronto Maple Leafs? *Toronto*.

Marina said...

Global Metal is the movie to watch this weekend. It's AWESOME. I think you'll enjoy it Shannon!

No "new film" theater trips for me this weekend. Catching the first two films in the Manoel de Oliveira retrospective and that's about it for new stuff. Lots of DVD's to get through though!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I can't wait to see Global Metal, it's definitely my pick of the week (but that is also because I've already seen and loved My Winnipeg!).

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