Friday, 30 January 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday January 30, 2009!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday January 30, 2009! We have a jammed packed week filled with regular releases, special screenings and our first film festival of the year.

In limited release this week we have one film, Luck by Chance a comedy set in it's very own Bollywood film industry setting and looks pretty funny at that.

In wide release this week we have three films, Taken a crime/thrilled based on kidnapping starring Liam Neeson which is finally being releases here in Canada and the States. I'm not really into kidnapping flicks but considering Pierre Morel (District B13) is directed I think it will tip the balance. The January horror remakes releases continue with The Uninvited, a remake of the South Korean Ji-woon Kim film Janghwa, Hongryeon / A Tale of Two Sisters. We also have the romantic comedy New in Town starring Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr.

We also have our first festival of the year with The 8 Fest Small-Gauge Film Festival. Numerous special screenings grace Toronto this year, suited to fit any fancy from wrestling, mushrooms, Liverpool or Canadiana. See details on the screenings below and for upcoming festivals and special screenings you can always check the new 2009 Toronto Film Festival Calendar.

Have a great weekend!


Festival Watch

The 8 Fest Small-Gauge Film Festival
A festival focusing on small-gauge film including 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm, loops and zoetropes
January 30 - February 1, 2009, at Trash Palace, 89-B Niagara Street (west of Bathurst) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screenings

Canada's Top Ten
Screenings are January 30 - February 7, 2009 at Jackman Hall.
See the Canada's Top Ten website for details and to buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Be sure to check back here at Movie Moxie for coverage of the fantastic Canadian films.

Vampiro: Angel, Devil Hero
Dir: Lee Demarbre (Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter)
Documentary on the wrestler Vampiro (Ian Hodgkinson)
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Screening this
Friday January 30 and Saturday January 31, 2009 at 9:30 PM at The Royal, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Know Your Mushrooms
Dir: Ron Mann
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Screens January 30 - February 3, 2009 at The Royal, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Of Time and the City
Writer/Dir: Terence Davies (The House of Mirth)
Official Film Site, IMDb Page
Screens February 1 - 4, 2009 at the Bloor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday January 30, 2009

Luck by Chance
Dir: Zoya Akhtar - directorial debut
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Konkona SenSharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Isha Sharvani, Sanjay Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Hrithik Toshan
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

New In Town
Dir: Jonas Elmer (Monas verden / Mona's World)
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr., Siobhan Fallon Hogan, J.K. Simmons
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free

Dir: Pierre Morel (District B13)
Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Trailer is pretty spoiler free

The Uninvited

Dir: Charles Guard & Thomas Guard - feature film directorial debuts
Cast: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Massar
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
You get a sense of the film by the 1/2 way point (then gets scary!)

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of
January 30, 2009**


coffee said...

Taken was like a cross between Kiss of the Dragon (Jet Li), Bourne Identity (Matt Damon) and Ransom (Mel Gibson)

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I've only seen Bourne Identity of those three and I can see the similarities to Taken but overall I found it a lot harsher than any of the Bournes.

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