Friday, 31 October 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday October 31, 2008!

Happy Halloween Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday October 31, 2008! Well, well, well it is a good day to be a film fan. I was expecting a bunch of scarefest horror this week but we actually have some awesome festival films making their debut in the regular cinemas. One film meets both definitions. I hope you take the opportunity to see these films while you can (although there will be more great releases in the weeks to come).

In limited release this week we have the highly acclaimed Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In / Låt den rätte komma in, which would be an awesome Halloween choice if you are heading to the theatre. It isn't paced like horror film but is captivating throughout - I highly recommend it. It you are looking for something a smidge less dark and enjoy historical martial arts films, bring on Wong Kar Wai's Ashes of Time Redux, restored from the 1994 print with enhanced cinematography and soundtrack. Both Let the Right One In / Låt den rätte komma in and Ashes of Time Redux will be in the running for my favourite films of the year, I highly recommend you get out there and see them while you can! We also have Madonna's directorical debut with Filth and Wisdom, a documentary on reggae with Made in Jamaica and a look through the eyes of a Hollywood producers in What Just Happened?, based on the memoirs of Art Linson.

In wide release this week we have choices from different genres with of course one horror film just in time for Halloween with The Haunting of Molly Hartley. If you are looking for romance, there is the across-the-world romance The Other End of the Line. We also have the highly anticipated Kevin Smith comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

November is a huge month for film festivals. This week alone there are six playing throughout the city and this pace will continue throughout the month. For a look ahead you can always check out the September to December listings.

Have a spooktacular Halloween weekend (and remember it's daylight savings on Sunday!)

Shannon

Special Screening

48 Hour Film Project
The results of the world's largest extreme film competition, the 48 Hour Film Project will be revealed!
Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 4:00PM at The Bloor, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tickets $8 at the door

Festival Watch

International Diaspora Film Festival
Selections from a wide spectrum of diverse ethnicities and cultures from Eastern Europe, North Africa, Latin America and Asia.
November 5 - 9, 2008
at Innis Town Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Moving Image Film Festival
This is the festivals first year and the focus of the festival is to welcome fusion and clash of different genres and the experimentation of moving images
November 5 - 9, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Regent Park Film Festival
November 5 - 9, 2008 at the Nelson Mandela Public School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
Films focusing on mental health and addiction
November 6 - 15, 2008 at Workman Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto International Latin Film Festival
October 31 - November 8, 2008 at The Royal in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Palestine Film Festival
Continues until November 1, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday October 31, 2008 Releases

Ashes of Time Redux
Dir: Wong Kar Wai (My Blueberry Night, In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express)
Cast: Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Jacky Cheung, Charlie Young
Hong Kong/China
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until 3/4 of the way through

Filth and Wisdom
Dir: Madonna - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Eugene Hutz, Holly Wseston, Vicky McClure, Richard E Grant
UK
Limited Release
Official Film Site (autoplays trailer), IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

The Haunting of Molly Hartley
Dir: Mickey Liddell - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Haley Bennett, Marin Hinkle, Chace Crawford, Jake Weber, Shannon Marie Woodward
USA
No Official Film Site Found, IMDb Page, Trailer
Spoilers start at the 1/2 way point

Let the Right One In / Låt den rätte komma in
Dir: Tomas Alfredson
Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson
Sweden
Limited Release
Official Film Site (autoplays trailer), IMDb Page, Trailer
You get the gist of the film by the 1/2 way point, spoilers at 2/3rd and beyond

Made in Jamaica
Writer/Dir: Jérôme Laperrousaz (À l'école des étoiles)
Documentary on the leaders of Reggae music
France/USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

The Other End of the Line
Dir: James Dodson (Deadly Rivals)
Cast: Shriya, Jesse Metcalfe
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Trailer spoiler free until 1/2 way point

What Just Happened?
Dir: Barry Levinson (Man of the Year, Sphere, Wag the Dog)
Cast: Robert De Niro, Robin Wright Penn, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site (autoplays trailer), IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Writer/Dir: Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy)
Cast: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Jason Mewes, Justin Long
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
You get the gist of the film by the 1/2 way point

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of October 31, 2008**

3 comments:

Sacred Suzie said...

I think the most frightening film on that list is the porno one, IMHO.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Well there is that perspective too of course, although I find that one looks goofy more than anything else.

Sacred Suzie said...
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