Friday, 22 August 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday August 22, 2008!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday August 22, 2008! Huge number of releases this week count 'em up and you are gonna get ten films which certainly means there should be something for everyone.

Seven of the releases are limited release including the spectacular Boy A, which I would highly recommend for the tour de force performance by Andrew Garfield and phenomenal story. If you are looking for some giggles I suspect that Hamlet 2 would be in order as it follows a failed actor turned teacher who needs to save the school drama program, and it looks hilarious. If you'd rather get a tad more serious with a touch of sweet we have we have Ben Kingsley and Penélope Cruz in Elegy which is defined as: A mournful or melancholy poem (yes, I looked it up). But Elegy isn't the only drama/romance this week, we also have Henry Poole Is Here which also adds some comedy to the mix as well. Critical acclaim is all around many of this weeks limited releases including the war film Beaufort, the border crossing drama Frozen River and Mongolian set heart wrenching drama Tuya's Marriage - all three films have an over 80% rating over at Rotten Tomatoes.

In wide release this week we have Death Race which IMDb lists as a sequel to the 1975 cult classic Death Race 2000 with David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone, however it feels more like a revisioning of the idea in a different setting. Also in wide release we get warmed up for the school season with the college themed The House Bunny where the house mother is former bunny, however I'm more likely to and suggest checking out The Longshots which is based on a true story of a girl football player starring Keke Palmer and Ice Cube.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon
Festival Watch

Rue Morgue Festival of Fear National Horror Expo
August 22 - 24, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Guests include: Wes Craven, Sid Haig, Bruce McDonald, Hugh Dillon, Brad Dourif, Ruggero Deadato, Kristy Swanson, Linnea Quigly, Shawnee Smith, Lloyd Kaufman, Sean Astin and many more.

Off-site Screenings include:
Sins of a Supervixen: An Intimate Evening with Tura Santana
, including a screening Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! - Friday Aug 22/08 9:00PM at The Bloor.

American Monsters: An Intimate Evening with Tobe Hooper, including a screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Sunday Aug 24/08 9:00PM at The Bloor.

Fan Expo
Includes: Comic Book Expo 2008, SFX 2008 Science Fiction Expo, Rue Morgue Festival of Fear Horror Expo, 2008 CNAnime Expo, GX 2008 Gaming Expo
August 22 - 24, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Guests include: Buzz Aldrin, Brent Spiner, Kate Mulgrew, Jamie Bamber, Edward James Olmos, Henry Wrinkler and many more.

Wednesday August 20, 2008 Releases

The Rocker
Dir: Peter Cattaneo (Lucky Break, The Full Monty)
Cast:Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Emma Stone, Teddy Geiger, Josh Gad
USA
Official Film Site (autoplays audio), IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until 2/3rds through

Friday August 22, 2008 Releases

Beaufort / Bufor
Writer/Dir: Joseph Cedar (Campfire / Medurat Hashevet)
Cast: Oshri Cohen, Itay Tiran, Eli Eltonyo, Ohad Knoller, Itay Turgeman
Israel
Limited Release
Official Film Site (French) Autoplays trailer, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Boy A
Dir: John Crowley (Intermission)
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Siobhan Finneran, Alfie Owen
UK
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free for first third

Death Race
Writer/Dir: Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil, Event Horizon, Mortal Kombat)
Cast: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Ian McShane, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer has lots of spoilers, but not time tracking so watch at your own risk!

Elegy
Dir: Isabel Coixet (The Secret Life of Words, My Life Without Me)
Cast: Sir Ben Kingsley,
Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Dennis Hopper
USA
Limited Release
No Official Film Site Found, IMDb Page, Trailer
(remember to select 'trailer' not 'film clip') You get the gist of the film by the 1/2 way point

Frozen River
Writer/Dir: Courtney Hunt - directorial debut
Cast: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Michael O'Keefe
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
You get the gist of the film by the halfway point

Hamlet 2
Dir: Andrew Fleming (Nancy Drew, The In-Laws, The Craft, Threesome)
Cast: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue, Josephy Julian Soria, Skylar Astin, Phoebe Strole, Melonie Diaz
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
You get the gist of the film by the halfway point

Henry Poole Is Here
Dir: Mark Pellington (U2 3D, Arlington Road)
Cast: Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, Adriana Barraza, George Lopez, Cheryl Hines
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until 2/3rds through, then lots of spoilers

The House Bunny
Dir: Fred Wolf (Strange Wilderness)
Cast: Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Katharine McPhee, Beverly D'Angelo, Colin Hanks
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
You get the gist of the film by the halfway point

The Longshots
Dir: Fred Durst (The Education of Charlie Banks)
Cast: Keke Palmer, Ice Cube, Tasha Smith, Matt Craven, Dash Mihok
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until the halfway point

Tuya's Marriage / Tuya de hun shi
Dir: Quanan Wang (Jing zhe / The Story of Ermei)
Cast: Yu Nan
China
Limited Release
No Official Film Site found, IMDb Page, Trailer on Youtube
Trailer spoiler free for first third

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of August 22, 2008**

1 comment:

Joseph said...

Dangit. No movie title showing nearby that I can't read. :(

Death Race sounds a little promising, though. I'll save it for DVD, though.

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