Friday, 29 May 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 29, 2009!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 29, 2009! It's our fifth Friday in May for 2009 and what a bustling month it has been for film. Every week has had a huge opening film from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, to Star Trek, to Angels & Demons to Terminator Salvation and continues this week with polar opposite wide releases of the new horror film Drag Me to Hell alongside the latest Pixar animated film Up. But of course it isn't just about wide releases is it?

In limited release this week we have a trio of Canadian films with age inspired 40 is the New 20, a what if?...John Lennon was alive film Let Me Him as well as Carl Bessai's latest Mothers&Daughters. We also have the historical comedy/romance Easy Virtue and inspiring friendship drama Goodbye Solo. Although each of those films pull interest, my pick of the week for limited release is most certainly Every Little Step, a fantastic documentary on A Chorus Line from the original creation to the Broadway revival. I can do that!

In wide release this week we have the strangely different however both compelling pair of Sam Raimi's return to horror with Drag Me to Hell and animated family faire with Up. I wonder how they will fair to their years past predecessors Spider-Man and Wall-E respectively. We won't have to wait long to find out!

Have a great weekend!

Shannon
Festival Watch

Silver Screens Arts Festival
Festival showcasing seniors voice in the arts
June 1 - 7, 2009, at various location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday May 29, 2009 Releases

40 is the New 20
Dir: Simon Boisvert (Échangistes)
Cast: Pat Mastroianni, Claudia Ferri, Diana Lewis, Bruce Dinsmore
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page

Drag Me to Hell
Dir: Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-man)
Cast:Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Easy Virtue
Dir: Stephan Elliott (Eye of the Beholder, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)
Cast: Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, Kimberley Nixon
UK
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Every Little Step
Dir: James D. Stern & Adam Del Deo (...So Goes the Nation)
Documentary on the casting of the revival of "A Chorus Line" on Broadway and the history of the original production
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Goodbye Solo
Dir: Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop)
Cast: Souleymane Sy Savane, Red West
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, Trailer, IMDb Page

Let Him Be
Dir: Peter Mcnamee
Cast: Kathleen Munroe, Sean Clement, Graham Wignall
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, No IMDb Page

Mothers&Daughters
Writer/Dir: Carl Bessai (Normal, Unnatural & Accidental)
Cast: Gabrielle Rose, Tantoo Cardinal, Tinsel Korey, Babz Chula, Camille Sullivan, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
Canada
Limited Release
Film MySpace Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Up
Dir: Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.) and Co-Director: Bob Peterson
Voices: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer, Bob Peterson
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of May 29, 2009**

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Little Ashes

Dir: Paul Morrison (Wondrous Oblivion)
Cast: Javier Beltrán, Robert Pattinson, Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell, Arly Jover
UK, 2009

Seen: May 27, 2009 at the Cumberland

Reason to see: Salvador Dalí is my favourite painter, and curious to see Robert Pattinson non-Twilight performance

Walking into Little Ashes I was expecting to see a biopic on the friendship between painter Salvador Dalí, writer Federico García Lorca and filmmaker Luis Buñuel, and technically you can argue it is such but I honestly feel that it is really a biopic on Federico García Lorca. The film does follow the trio through school and into their professional lives, but at the heart focuses on Lorca played sweetly by Javier Beltrán and his friendship and relationship with Salvador Dalí played by Robert Pattinson. Not to dissuade Robert Pattinson fans, he gets plenty of screen time and does a fantastic job portraying the bizarre surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

Part biopic, part romance, part historical/political commentary the film walks an artful line creating a compelling drama inspired by the lives of these artists. The beauty is truly in the romance between Lorca and Dalí, and the chemistry fires up the screen. The casting choice of Javier Beltrán and Robert Pattinson was surprizing at first as they have a similar appearance, however this would makes sense from Dalí point of view because he was such an ego maniac that it is easy to believe he could fall for someone who looked like him. This is one among the many complexities in the relationship that the film does not shy away with, in fact it shows these details adeptly throughout..

But it ain't just about the boys. Marina Gatell gives us a fantastic and fearless performance as Magdalena, a writer and friend of Federico García Lorca. Arly Jover bears a striking resemblance to Gala, providing a great casting choice. The music feels almost like a character itself, and the use of music of the film pulls us along the beautiful tale, and shines especially bright during jovial and playful moments.

Is it a film about artists? Yes. About love? Oh, yes. About Friendship? Most definitely, yes. It is also about choices and how our choices shape us and change our lives.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'll buy it
I'd recommend it to art and love fans

? minutes of preshow including ? commercials and at least 5 previews: Taking Woodstock, Moon, Departures, Empty Nest / El Nido vacío and Coco avant Chanel

Return to Film Reviews

© Shannon Ridler, 2009

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Canada Sees Skynet, North America & UK Goes Museuming : Canadian, North American & UK Box Office May 22, 2009 Weekend

Terminator Salvation takes the cake and top spot here in Canada for the May 22, 2009 weekend and I'm not suprized as everyone I know went to see it. In North America it only placed second which makes sense for that on a US holiday weekend top spot went to a more family friendly choice with Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. No placement on the UK charts for Terminator Salvation, it will open there on June 3, 2009. One new title to my eyes on the UK chart was Tormented, a UK teen horror/comedy from director Jon Wright and it places #8 on its opening weekend but no word yet on a wider release. Also new (again) is to see Gran Torino back in the Canada charts, 24 weeks after release! Wowzers.

Top 20 Movies in Canada for the May 22, 2009 weekend
1. Terminator Salvation *
2. Angels & Demons
3. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian *
4. Star Trek
5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
6. Dance Flick *
7. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
8. 17 Again
9. Obsessed
10. Monsters vs. Aliens
11. Met Opera: La Cenerentola *
12. Munde U.K. De
13. The Soloist
14. Under the Sea 3D
15. Observe and Report
16. earth
17. Hannah Montana: The Movie
18. Gran Torino
19. I Love You, Man
20. State of Play

Top 20 Movies in North America for the May 22, 2009 weekend
1. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian *
2. Terminator Salvation *
3. Star Trek
4. Angels & Demons
5. Dance Flick *
6. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
7. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
8. Obsessed
9. Monsters vs. Aliens
10. 17 Again
11. The Soloist
12. Next Day Air
13. earth
14. Hannah Montana: The Movie
15. The Brothers Bloom
16. Fast & Furious
17. State of Play
18. Rudo Y Cursi
19. I Love You, Man
20. Summer Hours

Top 10 Movies in the UK for the May 22, 2009 weekend
1. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian *
2. Angels & Demons
3. Star Trek
4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
5. Coraline
6. Hannah Montana: The Movie
7. Fighting
8. Tormented *
9. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
10. State of Play

* indicates opening weekend in noted location, red text indicates Canadian film release

Source: Canada & North America info, UK info

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Vlog - Week in Film & 101 Films

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Films Discussed
In Theatres: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation
101 Films to See Films: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Day For Night, Harvey, McCabe & Mrs. Miller and Aguirre Wrath of God

Stumbled on: 'Robert Redford Mountain Man Film' is Jeremiah Johnson, of course.

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On the escalator up to see Terminator: Salvation.

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Working through those 101 Films!

Monday, 25 May 2009

New Moon Mondays: New Pics from New Moon

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Time goes by so quickly - How New are the New Moon images?
How quickly do you get your news? In my mailbox today arrived the May 29, 2009 copy of Entertainment Weekly with the exclusive on set New Moon story. Ok, let's work backwards. Today is May 25, 2009 and the issue is dated May 29, 2009 (the future is now!). As you can tell from the picture below I do love paper, and it is awesome to get these images in print but they've been online since Friday May 22, 2009 which was enough time to have already discussed, recorded and have it up on the most recent Before the Dawn podcast. With New Moon Mondays being a weekly article, sometimes it's blurring what is new and old from last week. With the pics been all the buzz recently it already felt like old news. It's amazing to see how quickly new becomes known.

MTV Movie Awards will be on MTV Canada May 31, 2009 9-11pm EST
Canadians that are chomping at the bit to not only see how Twilight does at the MTV Movie Awards this week but also hungry for the first look (outside Cannes) of New Moon footage can rejoice! The awards will be broadcasted here in Canada this Sunday May 31, 2009 at 9pm on MTV Canada (channel 52 and 274). I will likely be live tweeting through the show so be sure to join in the Twitter fun!

Twilight is nominated in the following categories for the MTV Movie Awards:
Best Movie
Best Female Performance (Kristen Stewart)
Breakthrough Male Performance (Robert Pattinson)
Breakthrough Male Performance (Taylor Lautner)
Best Kiss
Best Fight
Best Song from a Movie (Paramore - Decode)

Voting is open online until Wednesday May 27, 2009 for all categories except Best Movie which will be open until the night of the show Sunday May 31, 2009.
Source: Zap2It, MTV Movies Blog

Twilight Hour at Vamp Radio
I'm always on the lookout for Twilight podcast and shows, and I just ran across Vamp Radio Online today over at Blog Talk Radio. They have a variety of vampalicious shows including Twilight Hour on Tuesdays at 9pm EST. Curious as to how it all works? So am I! Good thing they have a handy dandy 'how to listen' section on the site just in case. Previous episodes include interviews with New Moon cast members Daniel Cudmore (Felix) and Justine Wachsberger (Gianna), so who knows what will be next!

New Before the Dawn Episode - All News, All the Time
For more podcasting goodness, it's Monday which means there is a new episode of Before the Dawn to enjoy. This week is all news show with a slight Terminator Salvation tangent. You never know what Marina & I will end up chatting about. Actually you do, because we tell you. Next week's episode is Edward Knows Best, where we discuss the age difference between Edward & Bella and if it is creepy or not.

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See all three 'new' New Moon images, plus the new poster and Wolf Pack pic over at EW.com

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Dir: Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Lynn Collins, Danny Huston, Will.I.Am, Taylor Kitsch, Daniel Henney, Kevin Durand, Dominic Monaghan, Ryan Reynolds
USA/Australia/Canada, 2009

Seen: May 2, 2009 at the AMC

Reason to see: It's Wolverine!

Time to rejoice. We can now happily forget X-Men: The Last Stand which made the X-Men series burn out too quickly in its third instalment. We have returned to the heart of X-Men films with X-Men Origins: Wolverine with action, interesting characters and a solid story in the X-Men world. It is a beautiful thing.

Hugh Jackman again lights up the screen as the charismatic and often in turmoil Wolverine. He shares the screen with Liev Schrieber who plays Victor Creed and the result is a rare wonder in current cinematic endeavours. They compliment each others performances instead of competing for the viewers attention. It is remarkable and thrilling to see the talented actors delve into their characters who are both powerful, intriguing and have their own stories. But, what got us into the theatre is Wolverine and loving that character is easy, especially for us Canadians who get to cheer along with historic and patriotic references throughout. I would have loved to see more screen time for some of the secondary characters, namely Wade Wilson played by Ryan Reynolds for character development and context. I was impressed by Taylor Kitsch whose performance as Gambit was beautiful, this is quite the feat as the character is much loved but would have been easy to mis-step.

The film is in essence a prequel, so at times turning off the brain helps to pretend you don't know where it is going. That would have been tricky if not for the action and story which move at such a captivating pace that it is easy to be completely absorbed into the film.

A great revitalization of the series. Looking forward to seeing more

Shannon's Overall View:
I highly enjoyed it
I'll buy it
I recommend it as a great action film, and especially to fans of X-Men & X2

14 minutes of preshow including 2 commercials and 5 previews (three of which are sequels!): Ice Age 2, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Up, Funny People and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Return to Film Reviews

© Shannon Ridler, 2009

Terminator Salvation

Dir: McG (We Are Marshall)
Cast:
Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Helena Bonham Carter, Common, Jadagrace, Michael Ironside
Germany/UK/USA, 2009

Seen: May 21, 2009 at AMC Yonge & Dundas

Reason to see: I'm a huge fan of the first The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

I was skeptical and excited at the same time for this fourth instalment of The Terminator franchise. The first two films are not only fantastic but iconic in the world of SciFi film and have become one of the few film duos where the sequel has been considered on par or even better than the original. Then came the third, and oh boy, I almost swore off the series. But, I'm a sucker for possible comebacks so I of course gave Terminator Salvation a chance.

I went in thinking of it as an action film as opposed to a Terminator film - and that would have worked except for all of the Terminator references. I'm not talking plot here, but things that a fan would pick out - familiar phrases, motions and even stances. This allowed for moments to smile knowingly at the screen in between the loud explosions. And boy, are there explosions. It's amazing that there is even that much stuff to blow up after Judgement Day. There are definitely a few liberties taken with the world that was created considering we've already seen and heard it described in the previous films. The world and people seem to be overly resourced and rather buff for a post apocalyptic future. Where did they get the equipment? How are they so fit? Aesthetics aside, the plot was not what I was expecting and again wasn't on par with the films origins but overall was interesting enough to go along for the ride.

Although the film seems to be purely playing the action card, what pulled me in was the characters and performances. There are many characters to connect to in the film, but only a few stood out for me. A new addition to the series is the character Blair Williams played by Moon Bloodgood (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) and it was great to see a strong female character in the film although I would have loved if it was a more prominent role. We also are treated to Anton Yelchin who provides another great performance this year just a few weeks after we've seen him in Star Trek. His performance is solid but I'm looking forward to seeing him play a character that does not have such strong reference material to hold to.

The true shining light of the film is Sam Worthington who plays the new character Marcus Wright. He has a fantastic presence both charismatic and enigmatic, and easily holds his own every time he is on screen. For his performance alone, the film is worth watching. We are lucky to see more of Sam Worthington in the future, upcoming film projects include prominent roles in both Avatar and Clash of the Titans (2010).

On the whole, it's a fun action film but it reads like a really well made glossy fan film. Enjoyable, re-watchable but keep it clearly divided from the first two films in the series

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it as an action film
I'll buy it
I'd recommend it as an action film

15 minutes of preshow including 1 commercial and 6 previews: Inglourious Basterds, Brüno, The Hangover, Surrogates, Sherlock Holmes and District 9

Return to Film Reviews

© Shannon Ridler, 2009

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As seen from the escalator at the AMC

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That's really me, but the boys are cardboard

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Me & my Mom before the film - while we still had our hearing.

Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast - Episode 05: News to Week of May 22, 2009




Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast - Episode 05 is up!

Need a Twilight fix? Head on over to Before the Dawn to check out Marina & I's discuss the News to Week of May 22, 2009 including the new poster, new images from the film, upcoming project of the cast and more.

Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast is a weekly 1/2 hour podcast meeting all your audio Twilight needs!

Friday, 22 May 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 22, 2009

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 22, 2009! Well, here we are at the 4th Friday of the biggest release month of the year so far and we have yet another huge release this week with Terminator Salvation. But, considering that is technically yesterdays news, lets see what else is being offered this week.

In limited release this week we have a wealth of choices from the crime/comedy The Brothers Bloom, more along the lines of crime-theme is quirky-yet-dramatic new film from Jim Jarmusch, The Limits of Control. Feel like travelling the world? Check out the Filipino drama Serbis or Mexican sport film Rudy Y Cursi starring Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. I'll likely be trekking to see the historical/biopic Little Ashes that centres on artists Salvador Dalí, Federico García Lorca and Luis Buñuel.

In wide release this week we have a first, dance film genre parody from the Wayans: Dance Flick. Also in wide release if family friendly adventure Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Inside Out
19th Annual Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
Continues until May 24, 2009 in various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Over the Top Fest
Film, music and art festival
May 21 - 24, 2009 in various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Film Festival (TIDFAF)
May 21 - 23, 2009 at Innis Town Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screening

09 Student Film Showcase
Wednesday May 27, 2009 at 7:30pm at AMC Yonge & Dundas

Thursday May 21, 2009 Releases

Terminator Salvation
Dir: McG (We Are Marshall)
Cast:
Christian Bale, Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard, Helena Bonham Carter
Germany/USA/UK
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Friday May 22, 2009 Releases

The Brothers Bloom
Writer/Dir: Rian Johnson (Brick)
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinki Kikuchi
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Dance Flick
Dir: Damien Wayans - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Shoshana Bush, Damon Wayans Jr., Essence Atkins, Affrion Crockett
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

The Limits of Control
Writer/Dir: Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai)
Cast: Isaach De Bankolé, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Gael García Bernal, Bill Murray, Hiam Abbass, Youki Kodoh
Spain/USA/Japan
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Little Ashes
Dir: Paul Morrison (Wondrous Oblivion)
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Javier Beltrán, Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell
UK
Limited Release
Official Film Site, Trailer, IMDb Page

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Dir: Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen <2003>)
Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Jonah Hill, Owen Wilson, Bill Hader
USA/Canada
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Rudo Y Cursi
Writer/Dir: Carlos Cuarón - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna
USA/Mexico
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Serbis
Dir: Brillante Mendoza (Tirador / Slingshot)
Cast: Gina Pareño, Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Coco Martin, Kristofer King, Dan Alvaro, Mercedes Cabral, Roxanne Jordon
Philippines/France
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of May 22, 2009**

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast - Episode 04: The Music of the Twilight Universe




Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast - Episode 04 is up!

Need a Twilight fix? Head on over to Before the Dawn to check out Marina & I's discuss the Music of the Twilight world current, future and fan-inspired. We even discuss and include our own Twilight playlists.

Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast is a weekly 1/2 podcast meeting all your audio Twilight needs!

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

New Moon Monday, on Wednesday

Slightly delayed New Moon Monday this week. I've been away from things a little longer than I expected but I'm back so let's have a look at the news for New Moon and all things Twilight!

New Moon New Poster
The most concrete addition to the New Moon world by far is new poster released for the film, which I found over at IMDb. I'm a little surprized at the image to be honest, it strongly features Edward in the front, then Jacob between Bella and Edward. Interesting to note that no one looks like they are directly looking at each other. This is the first poster to feature the returning characters on it, although overall it's the third poster. The first poster was the title, and second featured the Wolf Pack. What do you think of the new poster? Do you have a favourite of the three?

New Moon Footage headed our way on May 31, 2009!
Even though we are exactly 6 months away from seeing New Moon in the theatre, footage from the film will be revealed at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday May 31, 2009 and will be introduced by Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. I'm still looking to see if the show broadcasts live on Canadian TV, and I'll be sure to update when it is confirmed either way.
Sources: Yahoo News, MTV Movies Blog

Breaking Dawn, A Go Go
Although there is tons of footage, pictures and the like floating around of Robert Pattinson at Cannes, you know Movie Moxie is always after the actual intel and look what I've found. While in France Robert Pattinson confirmed that there will be a 4th installment based on the book Breaking Dawn. Is it too early to say that we never had any real doubt? I'm still not sure how they are going to swing that one stylistically, and digging deeper if you read the source article carefully they don't even use the term 'film' anywhere. I admit that I included this story almost only to applaud our horror friends over at Bloody-Disgusting for reporting on The Twilight Saga.
Sources: Bloody-Distusting, THR.com

Anyone seen my Angel? Canadian, North American & UK Box Office May 15, 2009 Weekend

Angels & Demons tops all three charts with week on it's debut and that marks the third week running where one film has dominated the charts. Star Trek comes in a strong second on it's second week, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine stays at 3rd in Canada and North America but slips to 4th place in the UK. Race to Witch Mountain jumps back on the Canadian charts, perhaps it was the Victoria Day holiday movie of choice? One amazing feat is with Taken which is still on the charts 16 weeks into it's release and now is available on DVD with a regular version and an extended cut.

Top 20 Movies in Canada for the May 15, 2009 weekend
1. Angels & Demons *
2. Star Trek
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
5. 17 Again
6. Monsters vs. Aliens
7. Obsessed
8. earth
9. Hannah Montana: The Movie
10. The Soloist
11. Munde UK De *
12. State of Play
13. Fighting
14. Under the Sea 3D
15. I Love You, Man
16. Fast & Furious
17. Taken
18. Knowing
19. Fired Up
20. Race to Witch Mountain

Top 20 Movies in North America for the May 15, 2009 weekend
1. Angels & Demons *
2. Star Trek
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
5. Obsessed
6. 17 Again
7. Monsters vs. Aliens
8. The Soloist
9. Next Day Air
10. earth
11. Hannah Montana: The Movie
12. Fighting
13. State of Play
14. Fast & Furious
15. Rudo Y Cursi
16. I Love You, Man
17. Management *
18. Knowing
19. Under the Sea 3D
20. Taken

Top 10 Movies in the UK for the May 15, 2009 weekend
1. Angels & Demons *
2. Star Trek
3. Coraline
4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
5. Hannah Montana: The Movie
6. Fighting *
7. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
8. State of Play
9. Monsters vs Aliens
10. 17 Again

* indicates opening weekend in noted location, red text indicates Canadian film release

Source: Canada & North America info, UK info

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Poll Results: What May Release Are You Most Looking Forward To?

It's no contest, the clear release people are most looking forward to is Star Trek at 38%. I will have to say it's a great flick so you all have great taste! Action, adventure and colon trend continues with Terminator Salvation & X-Men Origins: Wolverine as they tie for second place. To be honest, May 09 on the whole seems to be one of the best line ups for film in a long while. I'm looking forward to almost all of the films listed below, and can highly recommend Star Trek, Adrift in Tokyo and Every Little Step.

38% - Star Trek
13% - Terminator Salvation & X-Men Origins: Wolverine
8% - Up
5% - Drag Me to Hell, Little Ashes and The Brothers Bloom
2% - Adoration, Adrift in Tokyo and Every Little Step

Thanks for voting!

DIY Entertainment Club: May 2009

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I was in sale heaven for my DIY Entertainment Club this month, on average I snag 3 DVDs with my monthly budget, on occasion I'll go for something more 'premium' (read: new and gotta have it) which lands me with 2 DVDs. But this month there were some crazy deals so I went for the 'filling in the gaps' of my collection, with a slant to epic films. In total: 4 DVDs and 1 Book. Would love to have more months like this!

Once Upon A Time in the West DVD
This is one western I'm looking to revisit as it made quite an impression on me at first viewing but it was pretty dark. The DVD is packed with extras, just packed. Plus it was on as a crazy deal for like $6.50.
amazon.ca link

Excalibur DVD
When I wrote my list of Un-traditional Valentine's Day Films I realized I do like Arthurian films, but I don't have a ton of them. That is now corrected!
amazon.ca link

Enter the Dragon DVD
Going completeist on Bruce Lee films, this was one of the titles not included in the Bruce Lee collection I got for Christmas.
amazon.ca link

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon DVD
At the crazy low price of under $7, this was a no-brainer to add to the collection. One of the most beutiful films ever, I could honestly just listen to it even though I wouldn't understand anything.
amazon.ca link

Twilight Directors Notebook by Catherine Hardwick
I *love* this book. Totally takes me back to art school & fashion school days seeing inspiration boards, shopping trips, concept art and the inevitable 'how we made it work' solutions.
amazon.ca link

Friday, 15 May 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 15, 2009

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday May 15, 2009!

Dragnet version this week, prepping and posting this in advance so info is correct as of publish time. Any revisions will be updated in the near future. Thank you for your patience!

Revisions &
Additions *
The Brothers Bloom release day has been revised to Friday May 22, 2009.
Is Anybody There was also released on May 15, 2009

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch


Inside Out
19th Annual Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
Continues until May 24, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ryerson University Film Festival (RUFF)
5th annual presentation of films by the graduating class at Ryerson University
Continues until May 16, 2009 at The Royal in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday May 15, 2009 Releases

Angels & Demons
Dir: Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Far and Awar, Cocoon)
Cast: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Ayelet Zurer, Armin Mueller-Stahl
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action
Dir: Velcrow Ripper (ScaredSacred)
Documentary on spiritual activism
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Is Anybody There?
Dir: John Crowley (Boy A, Intermission)
Cast: Michael Caine, Bill Milner, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey
UK
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

The Queen and I / Drottningen och ja
Dir: Nahid Persson Sarvestani (Four Wives - One Man)
Documentary
Sweden
Limited Release
Trailer, IMDb Page

Thursday May 22, 2009 Releases

Terminator Salvation

Dir: McG (We Are Marshall)
Cast:
Christian Bale, Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard, Helena Bonham Carter
Germany/USA/UK
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of May 15, 2009**

*Revisions made Tuesday May 19, 2009

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Countdown to Star Trek Movie Marathon Vlog!

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Countdown to Star Trek Movie Marathon is now complete, I actually made it through watching all 10 films before the new Star Trek came out. A big shout out to Jennifer at Jennerosity Land for playing along the whole way - I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I!

Before starting this re-watching journey, I ranked them from favourite to least favourite. As I watched them again I did the same thing and the results are in. Watch the Vlog above or see the list below!

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Before Re-Watching Top Ten Star Trek Films:
10. "New Aliens" - Star Trek: Nemesis
9. "Long" - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
8. "Spock Lives" - Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
7. "Whales" - Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
6. "Old People Planet" - Star Trek: Insurrection
5. "God" - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
4. "Generations" (!) - Star Trek: Generations
3. "Borg/Zephran" - Star Trek: First Contact
2. "Klingons" - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
1. "Khan" - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Post Re-Watching Top Ten Star Trek Films:

10. Star Trek: Generations (down 6)
9. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (down 1)
8. Star Trek: Nemesis (up 2 - ouch)
7. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (up 2)
6. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (down 1)
5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (up 2)
4. Star Trek: Insurrection (up 2)
3. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (down 1)
2. Star Trek: First Contact (up 1)
1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (no difference - Khan reigns supreme!)

It's clear that Khan, Klingons and First Contact rock. The biggest increase jumps were Whales from #7 to #5 and Insurrection from #6 to #4, and decrease was Generations getting booted from #4 all the way to #10 - shocking!

How do you rank the Star Trek films?

Star Trek reBoot to the Head! : Canadian, North American & UK Box Office May 8, 2009 Weekend

Was there any doubt that Star Trek would top all the charts this weekend? I don't think so. Trek lives yet again!

Top 20 Movies in Canada for the May 8, 2009 weekend
1. Star Trek *
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
3. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
4. 17 Again
5. Obsessed
6. Monsters vs. Aliens
7. Met Opera: La Cenerentola
8. earth
9. Hannah Montana: The Movie
10. The Soloist
11. State of Play
12. Fighting
13. Fast & Furious
14. I Love You, Man
15. Under the Sea 3D
16. Knowing
17. Crank: High Voltage
18. Taken
19. Lymelife *
20. Adoration *

Top 20 Movies in North America for the May 8, 2009 weekend
1. Star Trek *
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
3. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
4. Obsessed
5. 17 Again
6. Next Day Air *
7. The Soloist
8. Monsters vs. Aliens
9. earth
10. Hannah Montana: The Movie
11. Fighting
12. State of Play
13. Fast & Furious
14. I Love You, Man
15. Taken
16. Sunshine Cleaning
17. Is Anybody There?
18. Knowing
19. Rudo Y Cursi *
20. The Haunting in Connecticut

Top 10 Movies in the UK for the May 8, 2009 weekend
1. Star Trek *
2. Coraline *
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
4. Hannah Montana: The Movie
5. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
6. State of Play
7. 17 Again
8. Monsters vs Aliens
9. I Love You, Man
10. Fast & Furious

* indicates opening weekend in noted location, red text indicates Canadian film release

Source: Canada & North America info, UK info

All X-Men, All the Time: Canadian, North American & UK Box Office May 1, 2009 Weekend

Late but not forgotten, Box Office for May 1, 2009 and no surprize that X-Men Origins: Wolverine tops the chart but it is a surprize that it blasts to the top and becomes the highest grossing weekend of the year so far (and will hold this title past the May 8, 2009 weekend with the debut of Star Trek)

Top 20 Movies in Canada for the May 1, 2009 weekend
1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine *
2. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past *
3. 17 Again
4. Obsessed
5. Monsters vs. Aliens
6. earth
7. Hannah Montana: The Movie
8. Fighting
9. State of Play
10. The Soloist
11. Fast & Furious
12. I Love You, Man
13. Crank: High Voltage
14. Taken
15. Knowing
16. Under the Sea 3D
17. Observe and Report
18. Two Lovers
19. 12 Rounds
20. Duplicity

Top 20 Movies in North America for the May 1, 2009 weekend
1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine *
2. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past *
3. Obsessed
4. 17 Again
5. Monsters vs. Aliens
6. The Soloist
7. earth
8. Fighting
9. Hannah Montana: The Movie
10. State of Play
11. Fast & Furious
12. Battle for Terra *
13. Taken
14. I Love You, Man
15. Knowing
16. Crank: High Voltage
17. Sunshine Cleaning
18. The Haunting in Connecticut
19. Observe and Report
20. Is Anybody There?

Top 10 Movies in the UK for the May 1, 2009 weekend
1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine *
2. Hannah Montana: The Movie *
3. State of Play
4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past *
5. 17 Again
6. Monsters vs Aliens
7. Fast & Furious
8. I Love You, Man
9. In the Loop
10. The Uninvited

* indicates opening weekend in noted location, red text indicates Canadian film release

Source: Canada & North America info, UK info

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast - Episode 03: News to May 8, 2009




Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast - Episode 03 is up!

Head on over to Before the Dawn to check out Marina & I's discuss news of the Twilight world including numerous actions and reactions of the cast and crew, awards and a few fun extras as well. We also share the exciting news that Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast will now be a weekly 1/2 hour show to meet all your audio Twilight needs!

Hot Docs 2009 Coverage

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Pre Fest Coverage
Opening Night & Select Films Announced
Festival Preview
Poll: Are You Attending Hot Docs?

Daily Coverage
Day 1 - Thursday April 30, 2009: Write Up
Day 2 - Friday May 1, 2009: Write Up, Vlog
Day 3 - Saturday May 2, 2009: Write Up, Vlog
Day 4 - Sunday May 3, 2009: Write Up, Vlog
Day 5 - Monday May 4, 2009: Write Up, Vlog
Day 6 - Tuesday May 5, 2009: Write Up, Vlog
Day 7 - Wednesday May 6, 2009: Write Up, Vlog
Day 8 - Thursday May 7, 2009: Write Up, Vlog
Day 9 - Friday May 8, 2009: Write Up, Vlog
Day 10 - Saturday May 9, 2009: Write Up, Vlog
Day 11 - Sunday May 10, 2009: Write Up, Vlog

Feature Film Reviews
65_REDROSES
Act of God
Action Boys / Woorin action beawooda
Another Perfect World
Ascension / Voschozhdenie
Audition
Best Worst Movie
Big John / BLOD & ÆRE
Big River Man
Cat Ladies
Farmer's Song / Nongminga
Hunting Down Memory / Jakten På Hukommelsen
My Greatest Escape / Ne me liberez pas, je m'en charge
Nobody Waved Good-bye
Old Partner / Wyo-nang So-ri
pereSTROIKA - reCONSTRUCTION of a Flat / PERESTROIKA - UMBAU EINER WOHNUNG
RiseUp
We Live In Public
Zombie Girl: The Movie

Short Film Reviews
Ali Shan
From Burger It Came
Ma Bar
Plane Days
Presidio Modelo
Statistics / Statistikk

Videos - Q&A's, Introductions
Audition Q&A
Best Worst Movie Q&A
From Burger It Came Q&A
Zombie Girl Q&A

Post Fest Coverage
Awards
Wrap Up

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival ran from April 30 - May 10, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hot Docs 2009 Wrap Up

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11 days of fantastic documentaries and I wish I could have packed more in there. Thankfully unlike last year, we didn't get hit with at TTC strike so I got to make it out to see something almost every day! Attendance was sure up this this year as the screenings were well attended with enthusiastic responses and it was a treat that so many of the filmmakers were their for Q&A's. Although the official awards have already been announced I'd like to add my 2 cents, especially since I've seen so few that won awards.

Here are some of the highlights of the festival from the perspective of the Movie Moxie.

Best Features: My Greatest Escape / Ne me liberez pas, je m'en charge
and Hunting Down Memory / Jakten På Hukommelsen

Best Shorts: Ali Shan and Plane Days

Most Enthusiastic Crowd and Best Q&A: Best Worst Movie

Most Inspiring: 65_REDROSES and My Greatest Escape / Ne me liberez pas, je m'en charge

Quintessentially Canadian: Nobody Waved Good-bye

Favourite Program: Made In...South Korea which included Action Boys / Woorin action beawooda and Farmer's Song / Nongminga, I'm going to cheat a little and include the South Korean film Old Partner / Wyo-nang So-ri even though it was part of a different program.

Best Day: Day 2 was a fun and fantastic day with screenings of Zombie Girl: The Movie and Best Worst Movie

Repeating themes: Portraits, connections, the online world

Wasn't expecting: Blending of seriousness with comedy: Big River Man and Cat Ladies

Fullest Screenings: All the huge full houses were American films: Art & Copy (still had latecomers coming in 30min into the film), Objectified (almost no seats available 30 minutes before the show) and We Live In Public.

Wish I hadn't missed: When We Were Boys

Happy Surprize: The sheer number of films in the festival that were by women directors. Often at film festivals the ratio seems about 90/10 male/female directors but Hot Docs 2009 had a huge number of women directors. Over half of the films I saw this year were from a woman director which I hope it a growing trend.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival ran from April 30 - May 10, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Looking for Trek Tuesday?

Today is the day I said I'd post about the new Star Trek film but I couldn't wait to share so my Star Trek review is already up here. I will be posting more Trek goodness soon counting down my faves from the Countdown to Star Trek Marathon - from both before and after rewatching all the original films.

Get more of a Trek fix right away in audio form by heading over to Gmanreviews for a spoiler filled edition of The Unnamed Movie Podcast where I join Andrew and Douglas along with Dave from Screen Geeks in a fun filled conversation all about the new Star Trek film. Just to reiterate, the podcast *does* have spoilers so I recommend listening to it only after you've seen the film.

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Hot Docs 2009 Winners

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You've had your say, here are the top ten audience choice winners:
1. The Cove
2. 65_REDROSES
3. Inside Hana's Suitcase
4. Best Worst Movie
5. A Hard Name
6. Over the Hills and Far Away / The Horse Boy
7. Winnebago Man
8. Burma VJ
9. Rough Aunties
10. Prom Night in Mississippi

Juried Awards:

The Best International Feature Award goes to The One Man Village (Dir: Simon El Habre)

The Special Jury Prize - International Feature goes to Cooking History (Dir: Peter Kerekes;

The Best Canadian Feature Award goes to Invisible City (Dir: Hubert Davis)

The Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature goes to Waterlife (Dir: Kevin McMahon)

The Best Mid-Length Documentary Award goes to Rabbit à la Berlin (Dir: Bartek Konopka)

The Best Short Documentary Award goest to The Delian Mode (Dir: Kara Blake)

The HBO Emerging Artist Award goes to Chung-ryoul Lee, director of Old Partner

Outstanding Achievement Award goes to Alanis Obomsawin (Professor Norman Cornett - "Since When Do We Divorce the Right Answer from an Honest Answer?)

documentary’s Don Haig Award goes to Brett Gaylor (RiP!: A REMIX MANIFESTO)
Runner up: Tracey Deer (Club Native)

The Lindalee Tracey Award has been award to two filmmakers: Laura Bari and Will Inrig

Congratulations to all!

The Hot Docs Festival Jury, which decided on films in competition, were:

Canadian Features:
Nahid Persson Sarvestani, filmmaker; Sky Sitney, director of programming, SILVERDOCS; Geoff Pevere, columnist, The Toronto Star.

International Features:
John Greyson, filmmaker; Cara Mertes, director of the Documentary Film Program, Sundance Institute; Esther van Messel, CEO, First Hand Films.

Short and Mid-Length Films:
Sara Diamond, president, Ontario College of Art and Design; Marie-Anne Raulet, director, Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal; Jean Marie Téno, filmmaker.

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Monday, 11 May 2009

New Moon Monday: Cast & Crew Adventures Outside the Saga

Let's have a look at what is new and notable this week in the land of Twilight.

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke to be honoured by Women in Film at the 2009 Crystal + Lucy Awards with the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award. Ceremony will be held June 12, 2009. Congratulations Catherine! Also confirmed for Catherine Hardwicke signed on for upcoming projects If I Stay and Maximum Ride (IMDb Link).
Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Hat Tip to Twilight Lexicon.

The book "Maximum Ride" by James Patterson is already on my 'to read' and I'm really looking forward to checking it out. Anyone read either of the novels & have thoughts to share?

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray tomorrow May 12/09 for all the Michael Sheen fans. He's also an active twitter-er, be sure to follow him for fun twitter updates and pics.

Kellan Lutz appears to be confirmed as the character Dean in the A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot (IMDb Link) anticipated for release in 2010. With so many horror remakes on the go it's not a huge surprize to see this 80s classic rehashed for the big screen. The film will be directed by Samual Bayer and primary roles go to Jackie Earle Hayley (Watchmen) as Freddy Kruegar, Rooney Mara as Nancy. Further casting includes the impressive Kyle Gallner (Red, The Haunting in Connecticut) and Thomas Dekker.

Exciting news for the Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast, we will now be coming to you in weekly instalments. Check back soon here or at Before the Dawn for all the details on our next episode.

Hot Docs 2009 Day 11 - Sunday May 10, 2009

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All festivals eventually come to an end. After 11 amazing days, Hot Docs 2009 came to a close. What a fantastic year of documentary film from around the globe. The audiences were full and enthusiastic, especially on the final day. Rather watch that read? Check out my Day 11 Vlog!

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RiseUp director Luciano Blotta (centre) and producer Darrin Holender (right)

RiseUp
Dir: Luciano Blotta
Argentina/Jamaica/USA

In RiseUp we head to Jamaica to hear the stories and the song of up and coming artists Turbulence, Ice Anastasia and Kemoy. One of the beautiful things about the film is that it takes place over quite a lenghty period of time which allows us the opportunity to see each of the artists develop. The stories are varied and dousted with bouts of luck, sometimes good and sometimes bad which can be heartbreaking or heartwarming as all of the artists are talented and provide the film with richness in musicality and spirituality. The audience reaction to the film was warm and enthusiastic, and I like many others look forward to seeing it again.

RiseUp Website

Highlights from RiseUp Q&A with director Luciano Blotta and producer Darrin Holender
-the film took 5 years to make
-the subjects have not yet seen the film but the plan is to show it in Jamaica
-the music (soundtrack) will be available when the home video will be available as well
-the intent was not to make a historic film of the music but rather to show what is is like today

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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival ran from April 30- May 10, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hot Docs 2009 Day 10 - Saturday May 9, 2009

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Day 10 started off as a rainy Saturday. Really rainy, I got drenched on the way to The Royal, the venue for all the screenings I saw that day! It was worth it as it was another day of fantastic film, many home grown here in Canada or even Toronto!

Rather watch that read? Check out my Day 10 Vlog!

Ali Shan
Dir: Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze/ 沿江⽽上)
Canada, 6 minutes

Introduced as a 'film poem' Yung Chang teleports us to another time and place with a vivid dreamlike quality to it. This film is so beautiful that it made my jaw drop and in my notes I simply wrote "This is Art". And it is. Stunning.

Ali Shan website

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65_REDROSES directors Nimisha Mukerji (centre) and Philip Lyall (right)

65_REDROSES
Dir: Philip Lyall and Nimisha Mukerji
Canada

I usually shy away from any films that have to deal with medical issues, but I really wanted to see Ali Shan (see above) and it was playing with 65_REDROSES which had been getting serious acclaim so I decided to tough it out. Wow, what a journey it was. The film revolves around Eva, a young woman with cystic fibrosis awaiting the call for a double lung transfer. While in and out of hospital stays she finds an online community of peers with CF and becomes friends with 2 women in the community whom bond online. Tragically, the can only bond online because if they meet in person they can easily get sick. The film show s the power of friendship, the importance of building and giving back to a support system and the strenght of the human spirit. It was not always an easy watch and I'd be lying if I said there weren't tears but there was also roaring applause and the only full standing ovation for a festival screening I was at this year. It is no surprize the film ranked high (#2) for the audience choice award.

Statistics / Statistikk
Dir: Solveig Melkeraaen
Norway, 29 minutes

Who knew Norwegian call centres were so interesting? Who is the person on the other end of the line when you receive a call regarding a survery of your opinion of a new kind of toothpaste, a radio station or even a match-game like scenario of slogans to companies. How long have those callers worked there and how many times have they asked the same question? The innerworkings of the centre have a striking similarity to the calls they make: cyclic, limited options and not surprizingly, high turnover rate. Compelling and humourous we spend a vieweristic half over over the shoulders on the calls where it's all about the numbers.

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Cat Ladies
Dir: Christie Callan-Jones
Canada

Who is a cat lady? And where is the line from cat lady to crazy cat lady? From Cat Ladies it would seem that this depends on the person but it can start with as few as three cats but is a certainty if you are caring for cats in the 100 or over range. Although a number of the situations and scenarios shown were comical the underlying tone really was that there was concern for those that turn to animals instead of people. There certainly were times where what we are seeing is so unbelievable that it feels funny, but other times it didn't feel funny at all where you truly were concerned for the women. Whether it be from the driving need to take in stray cats or the distance shown or inferred in their everyday lives. I do hope some balance can be found for all of them. Overall we are treated to great moments as well, including lots of cats and cuddles.

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Cat Ladies director Christie Callan-Jones

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival ran from April 30- May 10, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Hot Docs 2009 Day 9 - Friday May 8, 2009

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Day 9 was all about putting the pieces together as the day started of one way and switched gears to another rather quickly. Amazing that both of the films of the evening also had themes of combining efforts!

Rather watch than listen? Check out my Day 9 Vlog!

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pereSTROIKA - reCONSTRUCTION of a Flat director Christiane Büchner

pereSTROIKA - reCONSTRUCTION of a Flat / PERESTROIKA - UMBAU EINER WOHNUNG
Dir: Christiane Büchner
Germany

The process of moving is never an easy one, so many options to weigh and usually it requires making decisions before having all the information that you'd like. Now, imagine trying to move but have 4 groups of people that are all involved in the process and require agreement to make it happen. This is the take of pereSTROIKA - reCONSTRUCTION of a Flat where a series of room owners (yes, owners - not tenants. Of rooms.) embark on the journey to sell their flat. The result is a jovial stride to a collective goal even though not all steps along the way are happy ones, everyone does wish to create for themselves a brighter future.

Highlights with Q&A with pereSTROIKA - reCONSTRUCTION of a Flat director Christiane Büchner
-at the fall of the Soviet Union you recieved the deed to the living space, and if that was a room (like in the film) you got a deed to a room
-when they researched the project it was possible to go from a room to a small flat to increase your living situation but soon after afterwards this was not possible
-the music from the film came from 2 composers and a choir

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One of Another Perfect World directors Femke Wolting with Hot Docs Programmer Angie Driscoll

Another Perfect World
Dirs: Jorien van Nes & Femke Wolting
The Netherlands

With 70 million people worldwide visiting a virtual world daily, Another Perfect World asks the immenent question of how the virtual world and real world interact or in cases collide. Focusing on an economic and social level we see trending patterns in virtual worlds and how they effect people behaviour in real world from buying products or services from one world to another to forming relationships beyond the screen. I've seen a fair amount of films on gaming and was impressed by Another Perfect World as it takes it's subject seriously but not without humour. Many films on gaming tend to highlight some of the oddness of gamers, but not here where they are shown as they are, often as professionals, business owners and gaming participants. With the focus on games like Eve and Second Life that have, or have developed a social, economic and/or political structure from within, interesting analogies are formed especially depending on the games depth of control by the game masters. It's a pretty comprehensive look at the worlds growing around us from the point of view of gamers, sellers and developers. Impressive all around.

Another Perfect World website

Highlights with Q&A with one of Another Perfect World director Femke Wolting
- No patterning was found between gamers in terms of being the same or opposite of extroverted or introvered when online vs. offline
- When creating there own online governments, they tend to replicate the governement of the country they are in
- There are economists involved in the online worlds to watch and experiement with the online economies

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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival ran from April 30 - May 10, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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