Friday, 26 June 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 26, 2009!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 26, 2009! If last weeks start of Wednesday releases wasn't enough to let you to know it is summer, this weeks heat wave here in the T-dot is a reminder. Stay cool and outta the sun, and preferable in a nice movie theatre.

I'm thrilled to share that one of our limited release this week is the beautiful and subtle Japanese drama Tokyo Sonata / Tôkyô sonata which I had the opportunity to see at TIFF'08. If you want to hear a description of the film from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa himself you can see the introduction to the TIFF'08 screening here. Need more convincing? How about being at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5 star reviews in both NOW and Eye (Don't click through Eye one unless you've seen the film). So yeah, it really is that good. We also have the highly anticipated The Girlfriend Experience from Steven Soderberg starring adult film star Sacha Grey as a call girl who provides, you guessed it, the girlfriend experience. Not sure what the appeal is, but people won't stop talking about it. This weeks limited releases continue with the period romance Chéri starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend and Woody Allens latest Whatever Works starring Larry David.

In wide release this week we have a sole wide release with My Sister's Keeper starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin from The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes. Other then getting the impression it will be quite the tearjerker, the only other thing I've seen about it was Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin promoting it on the MTV Movie Awards and the memorable moment of Abigail Breslin saying "Everyone wants to be an adult film star like you Cameron". Um, not quite. May I direct you perhaps to The Girlfriend Experience?

In the neither here nor there category we have previously releaesd on Wednesday Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which opened to dismal reviews citing everything from racial stereotypes to infantile plot to being way to long. My first question is anyone surprized at that? My next question is will most people still go see it? Likely no and yes. But, in other Wednesday news we have the Wednesday July 1st releases to look forward to including Michael Mann's dive into the period crime with Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christan Bale. Also up for Wednesday release is Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs which is playing some places in 3D and some in 2D so make sure to check your local listings if you have a preference.

Have a great weekend!


Festival Watch

Parkdale Film & Video Showcase
11th Annual celebration of artists & audiences of Parkdale. All screenings PWYC (Pay-What-You-Can) and family friendly
June 26 - 28, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ReelHeART International Film Festival
The Filmmakers Film Festival
Continues until June 27, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday June 26, 2009 Releases

Dir: Stephen Frears (The Queen, Mrs Henderson Presents)
Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

The Girlfriend Experience
Dir: Steven Soderbergh (Che, The Good German, Ocean's Eleven, Solaris, The Limey)
Cast: Sacha Grey, Chris Santos, Peter Zizzo
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

My Sister's Keeper

Dir: Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook)
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva, Cameron Diaz
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Tokyo Sonata / Tôkyô sonata
Dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pusle / Kairo, Retribution, Cure)
Cast: Teruyuki Dagawa, Kyoko Koizumi, Haruka Igawa, Yu Koyanagi, Kai Inowaki
Japan/The Netherlands/Hong Kong/China
Limited Release
Official Film Site: (UK, Japan), IMDb Page, Trailer

Whatever Works
Writer/Dir: Woody Allen (Vicky Christina Barcelona, Sweet and Lowdown, Manhattan, Annie Hall)
Cast: Larry David, Ed Begley Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Conleth Hill, Michael McKean, Evan Rachel Wood
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Wednesday July 1, 2009 Releases

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Dir: Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown)
Voices: Ray Romaro, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Simon Pegg
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Public Enemies
Dir: Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Ali, The Insider, Heat, Manhunter)
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, David Wenham, Stephen Dorff, Elena Kenney
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of July 1, 2009**


Suzie Ridler said...

That Cameron Diaz movie is also supposed to be controversial but I didn't get that far when I saw the preview, I just thought, woah, this is way too sad. Turns out there is a huge ethical debate and I totally missed it and will miss it, no thanks. I'm more likely to see the new Sandra Bullock movie, LOL, but then I'm not very deep when it comes to movies these days.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Controversial eh? I didn't get that from My Sister's Keeper but oh, maybe - I just got to the tearjerkingness.

The Proposal is actually getting great reviews if that is the Sandra Bullock film you mean. I laughed at the preview, I admit it!

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