Friday, 13 February 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday February 13, 2009!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday February 13, 2009! This week is full of possible themes including Family Day for us Ontarians and Valentine's for the love birds. If your are tired of romcom Valentine's suggestions, check out my Untraditional Valentine's Day suggestions. It's doubly fitting as we don't even have a romance out this week!

In limited release this week we are in documentary fans dreamland with 3 docs coming out. First up is the Oscar nominated Trouble with Water about the Katrina aftermath. We also have 2 of the sea inspired films, Saving Luna about a whale who bridges the animal / human connection and Under the Sea 3D an IMAX adventure that shares the underwater world. Our last limited release is Billu Barber, a limited release Bollywood film which was hard to find info on but stars heavy hitters Shahrukh Khan and Irfam Khan.

In wide release this week we the timely release of Friday the 13th (2009), don't let the name fool you though it isn't a remake of the 29 year old original Friday the 13th but in a film in a long line of sequels. It does look very scary and I'm very tempted to check it out. Also out this week is The International, a thriller with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts but I'm more interested in seeing it solely for Ulrich Thomsen an astonishing Danish actor whose performance in Fear Me Not / Den du frygter at TIFF'08 blew me away. Keeping up with the idea of money themed films, our last wide release of the week is Confessions of a Shopaholic, based on the novels by Sophie Kinsella.

Also in film news with week is the nominations for Genie Awards have been announced. Those who attended Canada's Top Ten 2008 got a chance to see many of the top nominated films such as Ce Qu'il Faut Pour Vivre / The Necessities of Life and Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s. The Genies will take place Saturday April 4, 2009 in Ottawa.

Have a great Valentine's Day and "Family Day" long weekend.

Shannon

Festival Watch

Caribbean Tales Youth Film Festival
February 13 - 27, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

OzFlix
Australian Film Weekend
February 13 - 16, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2nd Annual Toronto-Romanian Film Festival
February 13 - 15 2009, at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screening

The Dark Night of the Scarecrow
When: Thursday February 19, 9:30pm at The Bloor
Screening of the 1981 made-for-tv horror classic.
Writer J.D. Feigelson will be in attendance for a Q&A.
This screening is presented by Rue Morgue as a part of their Cinemacabre Movie Nights

Saving Luna screenings at Yonge & Dundas Square on Friday February 13th, 2009 will have the filmmakers in attendance for Q&A's.

Friday February 13, 2009 Releases

Billu Barber
Dir: Priyadarshan (Kanchivaram, Bhool Bhulaiyaa)
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Irfam Khan
India
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailers, IMDb Page

Confessions of a Shopaholic
Dir: P.J. Hogan (My Best Friend's Wedding, Muriel's Wedding)
Cast: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, Kristen Scott Thomas
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Friday the 13th (2009)
Dir: Marcus Nispel (Pathfinder)
Cast: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Danielle Panabaker, Derek Mears, Aaron Yoo, Travis Van Winkle
USA
Official Film Site (autoplays trailer), IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer sight unseen, watch at own risk for spoilage!

The International
Dir: Tom Tykwer (Perfume: Story of a Murderer,
Run, Lola Run, Heaven)
Cast: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Ulrich Thomsen, Armin Mueller-Stahl
USA/Germany/UK
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free until 1/2 way point

Saving Luna
Dir: Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit - directorial debuts
Documentary on the whale Luna
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Trailer is spoiler free

Trouble the Water
Dir: Tia Lessin (Behind the Labels) & Carl Deal - directorial debut
Documentary on the aftermath of hurricane Katrina
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Under the Sea 3D
Dir: Howard Hall (Deep Sea 3D)
Documentary on the underwater world, narrated by Jim Carrey
USA/Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Trailer is spoiler free

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of February 13, 2009**

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

JASON HERE. GO SEE FRIDAY THE 13TH
WITH JARED PADALECKI. IT'S THE BEST FRIDAY THE 13TH EVER. SCARY AS HELL AND JASON IS MORE BRUTAL AND SCARIER THAN EVER. IT ROCKED. JARED PADALECKI ROCKED IN IT. HE'S GREAT ON SUPERNATURAL TOO. THE MOVIE HAS MADE 45 MILLION DOLLARS SO FAR. #1 AT THE BOX OFFICE. GO SEE IT. IT'S A MUST SEE MOVIE.

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