Friday, 11 July 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday July 11, 2008!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday July 11, 2008! This week if full of films with the same person doing multiple roles filling both the writer and director chairs. The most prominent being Guillermo del Toro with the release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. But I'm getting ahead of myself speaking of the wide releases.

In limited release this week we have the Canadian surreal thriller The 4th Life, which looks like quite the creepy tale. We also have the highly anticipated The Wackness, which is a bit of a festival sweetheart film and although I'm not ready to get nostalgic about a film set in 1994 yet, it seems to be the inevitable. It appears to be a coming of age story with a lot of shenanagans, all of this to a soundtrack that kicks butt including the likes of A Tribe Called Quest. Rounding out the limited releases including the Brazilian film Alice's House which shows the stagnant life of one woman who is ready to break free of the mould. We also have stunning Silent Light which explores forbidden love in a Mennonite setting.

In wide release this week the film I'm most looking forward to is Hellboy II: The Golden Army, I really enjoyed the first one for its quirky sense of humour and superhero fun. Let's hope they do it all again with the second film! Then we land into remake-o-rama-with-a-spin, Journey to the Centre of the Earth 3-D, official remake of the 1959 film and Meet Dave, which is not noted as a remake but the concept is a new take of films such as Innerspace or Fantastic Voyage.

Have a great weekend!


Festival Watch

Fokus Jamaica: A celebration of film and television from Jamaica
Continues until July 13, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
See schedule here

Mississauga Independent Film Festival
July 10 - 13, 2008 at various locations in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

3D Fest
Numerous classic 3D films including: House of Wax 3-D, Jaws 3-D, Creature from the Black Lagoon 3-D and Dial M for Murder 3-D
July 11 - 17, 2008 at the Fox Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screenings

Ilsa, the Tigress of Siberia
Friday July 11, 2008 at 9:30PM at the Revue Cinema presented by Vagrancy Films (site has sound)

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
Thursday July 17, 2008 at 9:30PM at The Bloor, presented by Rue Morgue with Robert Englund in attendance
Director: Jon Knautz
Cast: Trevor Matthews, Robert Englund, Rachel Skarsten
Canada, 2007
See trailer here

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma

Continues until July 15, 2008 at the NFB Cinematheque
See details here

Outdoor screenings throughout the summer at Yonge and Dundas Square and Harbourfront Centre.

Advance Screenings: The Dark Knight has screenings around town at around on Thursday July 18, 2008 but the word is many of them are sold out. You can also check out The Bat-Pod and The Tumbler from The Dark Knight outside the Scotiabank Theatre on Friday July 11, 2008 and at the Eaton Centre on Saturday July 12, 2008

Friday July 11, 2008 Releases

The 4th Life

Dir: François Miron
Cast: Janet Lane, Andrea Sheldon
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer looks pretty spoiler free

Alice's House / A Casa de Alice
Writer/Dir: Chico Teixeira (Carrego Comigo)
Cast: Carla Ribas, Zé Carlos Machado, Carlos Machado, Berta Zemel
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer (select Trailer on left hand side)
You get the gist of the film 2/3rds of the way into the trailer

Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Writer/Dir: Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Blade II, The Devil's Backbone, Chronos)
Cast: Ron Pearlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
I have been avoiding trailers for this one as I will see it soon, watch at your own risk of spoilers!

Journey to the Centre of the Earth 3-D
Dir: Eric Brevig - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
Official Film Site (autoplays Trailer), IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer shows a lot, spoiler free until the half way point

Meet Dave
Dir: Brian Robbins (Norbit, The Shaggy Dog, The Perfect Score)
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union, Scott Caan, Ed Melms, Kevin Hart
Official, Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Trailer is spoiler free

Silent Light / Stellet licht
Writer/Dir: Carlos Reygadas (Batttle in Heaven / Batalla en el cielo)
Cast: Cornelio Wall Fehr, Miriam Toews, Elizabeth Fehr, Jacobo Klassesn, Maria Pankratz
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Trailer spoiler free

The Wackness
Writer/Dir: Jonathan Levine (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane)
Cast: Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Olivia Thirlby, Famke Jamssen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Method Man
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until halfway point

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of July 11, 2008**


Anonymous said...

I'll definitely be watching Hellboy II. Depending on how I feel, I may watch Journey as well. 3-D is just so much dang fun to watch.

Suzie Ridler said...

I wish I could tell whether or not 4th Life is a torture fest or a scare fest. Hmmm....

Go Hellboy! Can't wait! I'm trying not to have too high expectations for this one but that's so hard, I've been waiting for this one for a long time.

Man, that's a lot of movies in comparison to last week!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

The trailer for Journey to the Centre of the Earth 3-D you certainly see how they will apply the 3-D effects. I'm stumped on if to try it - I usually don't visually see the effect of 3-D so those films are usually a miss for me.

Suzie, I'll let you know about The 4th Life, it's a little hard to tell. My main concern is actually the acting.

Anonymous said...

Silent Light is BRILLIANT. If it's not already on your to see list, you should definitely add it!

I'm hitting up Hellboy and whatever I can find around these parts! I noticed your Tweet about Hellboy 2 and The Wackness. I'm hoping H2 surprised you.... *fingers crossed*

Have a great weekend!

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