Friday, 27 June 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 27, 2008!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 27, 2008 and the 5th Year Anniversary to Film Fan Fridays! Here we are over 200 editions later and still committed to spreading the word on your weekly releases with a focus on Canadian, Foreign and Independent films. Thanks to everyone for your support throughout the years.

In limited release this week we have the beautiful Encounters at the End of the World from the one and only Werner Herzog. Out of all the films I've seen of his this is the most accessible, I would definitely recommend seeing it in the theatre for all it's glorious beauty as it documents the wonders and the people of Antarctica. Our second limited releases is the comedy The Promotion which has received a fair amount of good buzz so far.

In wide release this week we have Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed a curious documentary exploring and supporting Creationism over Darwinism and the effect on people who support this idea. With kids out of classrooms, we have the super family friendly release with the widely anticipated Wall-E "From the humans that brought you Finding Nemo". If you are looking for a little more action that cute robots, the film to see is Timur Bekmambetov's Wanted for some high flying fun.

It is a little sad that just before Canada Day our weekly release are 100% from the States, but there are a lot of great Canadian titles still in the theatres. In fact, the theatres are brimming with them covering many bases and they are all rockin' films. If you wanna rock to a doc, check out Global Metal, if you need to chill off you can almost feel the snow of Winnipeg in My Winnipeg or if you are up for some laughs try kicking back with Young People Fucking.

Have a great Canada Day & Pride weekend!


Festival Watch

Toronto International Portuguese Film Festival
June 26 - 29, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Parkdale Video + Film Showcase

June 27 - 29, 2008 at various locations in Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
World Tour website, Toronto specific information
June 27 - 29, 2008 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Advance Screening
Although Hancock is officially opening Wednesday July 2. 2008 but there are numerous screenings on the evening on Tuesday July 1, 2008.

Friday June 27, 2008 Releases

Encounters at the End of the World
Dir: Werner Herzog (Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo)
Documentary exploring the land and people who live in Antarctica
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer (from site, select film)
Trailer is spoiler free

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Dir: Nathan Frankowski - feature film directorial debut
Featuring: Ben Stein
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Teaser Trailer & Super Trailer are spoiler free

The Promotion
Writer/Dir: Steve Conrad
Cast: John C. Reilly, Seann William Scott, Jenna Fischer, Lili Taylor, Chris Conrad, Fred Armisen, Gil Bellows
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free, but not offensive free

Writer/Dir: Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo)
Voices: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Sigourney Weaver, Fred Willard, Jerr Farlin,
Official Film Site (site has sound & video), IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until halfway point

Dir: Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch / Nochnoi Dozor, Day Watch / Dnevnoy Dozor)
Cast: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann
Official Film Site (site has sound & popups), IMDb Page, Trailer
You get the gist of the film by the halfway point of the trailer

Wednesday July 2, 2008 Releases


Dir: Peter Berg (The Kingdom, The Rundown, Very Bad Things,)
Cast: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Spoiler free until halfway point

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of June 27, 2008**


Anonymous said...

"Out of all the films I've seen of his [Herzog's] this is the most accessible"

Definitely. I really liked it, and loved how focused it was on the random people he met there.

I should write up a quick review of that; I've been meaning to.

Suzie Ridler said...

Congratulations MovieMoxie! That is amazing you have been putting the newsletter together five years, completely impressive. I have always thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated your newsletter and all the work that goes into it.

Encounters at the End of the World looks amazing! I was riveted during the trailer.

Expelled also looks fascinating. I really love documentaries.

Anonymous said...

Expelled looks interesting though it doesn't open here for another week and it looks like Herzog's newest will also make a stop in Vancouver but probably not for another week or two.

I'm looking forward to catching Wanted tomorrow and Wall-E's positive reception is impressive.

Just popped over to check the films at the Portuguese film festival...a good selection but if you decide to watch one, I highly recommend Pedro Costa's Casa de Lava (aka Down to Earth).

Suzie Ridler said...

I give Wall-E two thumbs up (me & R). It was so charming I think we're going to see it again this week which is crazy because I rarely watch things twice but this really stole my heart. Disney making an environmental movie feels hypocritical though but I still truly loved it.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Out of this weeks I made it out to Wanted and quite enjoyed it althought it was very violent.

I didn't make it out the Portuguese Festival, but I will keep any eye out for that title Marina!

It's good to hear that Wall-E was charming Suzie! I'm not sure I am going to see it (in the theatre) but it seems to be 'the one' this week!

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