Friday, 6 June 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 6, 2008!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 6, 2008! This weekend is likely to be a warm and rainy here in Toronto, what better time to spend it at the movies? We have seven releases this week so it's likely that there will be something for everyone!

In limited release this week we start with history inspired releases and it's exciting to see the epic Oscar nominated Mongol released and we also have historical drama The Children of Huang Shi. Keeping with the international theme is political drama My Brother is an Only Child. Closer to home is the road movie The Go-Getter and then right in our back door is the Canadian Finn's Girl. The Friday June 6/08 7pm show of Finn's Girl at the Carlton in Toronto will have Q&A with directors Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert (see here for more information, thanks Marina at RowThree for the tip!)

In wide release this week we have two releases, Kung Fu Panda (also being released in IMAX) which has already received surprizingly positive reactions all around. Last film of the week is You Don't Mess with the Zohan, the latest Adam Sandler comedy.

After a week of being festival free, we are back to having many festival to choose from. One starting today and then a few mid-week starters next wee. Be sure to check out daily coverage of the Worldwide Short Film Festival here at Movie Moxie from June 10-15, 2008 during the festival.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Luminato
Toronto Festival of Arts + Creativity
June 6 - 15, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 10 - 15, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

10th Annual festival presenting films from Italy and the Italian Diaspora
June 11 - 15, 2008 at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 12 - 15, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday June 6, 2008 Releases

The Children of Huang Shi
Dir: Roger Spottiswoode (Shake Hands with the Devil, The 6th Day)
Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh
Austrailia/China/Germany
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
You get the gist of the film by the 1/2 way point, some spoilers after that

Finn's Girl
Dir: Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert - feature film directorial debuts
Cast: Brooke Johnson, Gail Maurice, Chantel Cole, Richard Clarkin, Andrew Chalmers
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, No Trailer Available

The Go-Getter
Writer/Dir: Martin Hynes (The Big Split)
Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone
USA
Limited Release
Film MySpace Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Mild spoilers start 1/2 way through

Kung Fu Panda
Dir: Mark Osborne (Dropping Out) and John Stevenson - feature film directorial debut
Voices: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, David Cross, James Hong
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free, and no where near as fun as the trailer shown in theatres

Mongol
Dir: Sergei Bodrov (Bear's Kiss)
Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun
Germany/Kazakhstan/Russia/Mongolia, 2008
Limited Release
Official Film Site (autoplays music), IMDb Page, Trailer
Spoilers start at the 1/2 way point

My Brother is an Only Child / Mio fratello è figlio unico
Writer/Dir: Daniele Luchetti (Ginger and Cinnamon)
Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Elio Germano, Angela Finocchiaro, Massimo Poplizio, Alba Rohrwacher
Italy/France
Limited Release
Official Film Site (autoplays music and stills from film), IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Dir: Dennis Dugan (I Now Pronouce You Chuck & Larry, The Benchwarmers)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Emmanuelle Chriqui, John Turturro
USA
Official 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 6, 2008**

5 comments:

Marina said...

BUGGER! Mongol doesn't open around here for another week so I have to wait. That said, I am planning on finally catching up with Son of Rambow which finally moved to a theater closer into town and The Children of Huang Shi which I'm really interested in checking out and will be watching next week. If I'm not mistaken, I think next week I also get to take in XXY which I'm *very* excited about!

Sacred Suzie said...

I'm worried the Panda movie might be a little offensive but it is so cool that those styles of kung fu do exist, although not the Panda one of course.

A lot of those look like winners, I especially like that quote about writers and fighting in The Children of Huang Shi. So many good stories out there.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Aww, sorry you have to wait to see Mongol Marina. But enjoy Son of Rambow!

I'm not sure if XXY is even slated to a regular release here, although I don't see why it wouldn't be.

Suzie, I was surprized to find the Kung Fu Panda trailer actually quite charming. So far all the buzz I've heard is positive - who knew?

I'm not sure on The Children of Huang Shi. I guess when I saw 'The Tudor's' Jonathan Rhys Meyers performance really stuck on me and I just keep seeing him wanting to sleep with everyone.. which isn't fair but it's what comes to mind!

Kurt Halfyard said...

I'm going to the GENIUS PARTY Screening at the WWSF this thursday. Should be a good one. Love Studio 4C

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Genius Park looks like a really good program! It's on my list!

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