Friday, 20 February 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday February 20, 2009!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday February 20, 2009! Holy smokes we have a lot to get to this week. 7 new releases, 4 festivals, 2 specials screenings and 3 awards shows including the Academy Awards! You couldn't see anything if you tried! Get your picky-choosy hat on and delve into the details of what is going on this week in Toronto and beyond!

In limited release this week we have the long awaited biopic Che from director Steven Soderbergh. Continuing with the historical theme, Cadillac Records is set in the 1950's and follows the stories of Chess Records including artists Etta James and Muddy Waters. Included in this weeks limited releases we have the Canadian The Necessities of Life / Ce qu'il faut pour vivre which has received 8 Genie nominations! I'll admit the trailer got me teary eyed and I couldn't even understand most of what was going on as I could only find a French & Inuktitut trailer.

In wide release this week we have the TIFF'08 Canadian closing night Gala: Stone of Destiny, a historical heist film where the object of desire is the Scottish Stone of Scone. We also have our first Tyler Perry film of the year with Madea Goes to Jail, which from the trailer feels like 2 films put into on as scenes with Madea character have a different feel from the rest of clips. We also have the teen comedy Fired Up about 2 football players who decide to go to cheer camp for a summer. Our Bollywood release of the week is Delhi-6.

I've forgone spoiler notations on trailers, 3 out of 7 of this weeks films are historically based and therefore fall into that odd place of 'it isn't a spoiler if you know the history' and I don't know if you know the history! Heck, I'm not sure I know this history! What I do know is in general, trailers are spoiler free for the first half, if you are really sensitive to spoilers only watch the first third. Or, be *wild* and just go see the film if it sounds interested! Old skool!

More than just releases, this week we also have three awards shows. Saturday is the Spirit Awards and the Razzies, and Sunday is one of the biggest nights in film of the year with Academy Awards. I'll be live tweeting through the Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards to keep you all up to date! Feel free to login or join Twitter and join the fun! Need nominations lists to refresh your memory. I got 'em: Academy Awards and Spirit Awards.

Have a great weekend!


Festival Watch

Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival
6th Annual film festival celebrating film about visual art and artists
February 26 - March 1, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Toronto Human Rights Watch
February 24 - March 5 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

World of Comedy Film Festival
February 27 - March 1 at Innis Town Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screenings

Unspoiled Zombies
A blind double bill of zombie films!
Saturday February 21, 2009 at 7:30pm at Onofono, 193A Augusta Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

AMC Best Picture Showcase 2009
See all 5 of the best picture nominees at the AMC, Saturday February 21, 2009 starting at 10:30 AM. Toronto screening at the AMC at Yonge & Dundas in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
To find a location outside Toronto, check here

Friday February 20, 2009 Releases

Cadillac Records
Writer/Dir: Darnell Martin (Prison Song)
Cast: Beyoncé Knowles, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Cedric the Entertainer, Mos Def, Eamonn Walker
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Dir: Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic, Out of Sight)
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Julia Ormond, Demián Bichir, Rodrigo Santoro, Catalina Sandino Moreno
Limited Release
UK Film Site including trailer, IMDb Page: Part 1: The Argentine, Part 2: Guerrilla, Trailer

Dir: Rakesh Omprakash Mehra (Rang De Basanti)
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Sheeba Chaddha
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Fired Up!
Dir: Will Gluck - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Nicholas D'Agosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer, Molly Sims, David Walton
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page, Trailer

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail
Writer/Dir: Tyler Perry (The Family That Preys, Meet the Browns, Daddy's Little Girls)
Cast: Tyler Perry, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Ion Overman, Derek Luke, David Mann, Tamela J. Mann, Viola Davis
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Necessities of Life / Ce qu'il faut pour vivre
Dir: Benoît Pilon (Nestor et les oubliés)
Cast: Natar Ungalaaq, Paul-André Brasseur, Éveline Gélinas
Limited Release
Official Film Site & French Trailer, IMDb Page

Stone of Destiny

Dir: Charles Martin Smith (The Snow Walker)
Cast: Charlie Cox, Billy Boyd, Kate Mara, Ciaron Kelly, Robert Carlyle, Peter Mullan
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of February 20, 2009**

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