Friday, 29 January 2010

Film Fan Fridays for Friday January 29, 2010

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday January 29, 2010! This week we are heavy on the limited releases which include two Canadian films La Donation / The Legacy and Grown Up Movie Star and we also have our first slew of festivals of the year. If you want to keep up to date on upcoming festivals around Toronto I've got you covered - check out the 2010 Toronto Film Festival Listing which has not only this weeks festivals but well festivals into the future as well.

In limited release this week we have 5 releases and 2 of those are Canadian to boot. I'm thrilled to share that the beautiful film La Donation / The Legacy is hitting theatres, it's the third film in Bernard Émond humanist trilogy exploring Faith (La neuvaine), Hope (Contre toute espérance) and now Charity with La Donation but don't let the fact that it's in a series keep you away - you can watch it as a stand alone film if you haven't seen the first two yet, and I highly recommend catching all of them when you can. Next up for Canadian releases is Grown Up Movie Star which is hitting out theatres straight after being at Sundance 2010. Also in limited release is the award winning drama Bliss / Mutluluk, Brazilian thriller Body / Corpo and the documentary The Yes Men Fix the World.

In wide release this week we have just 2 releases. First up is When in Rome a romantic comedy starring Kristen Bell who is unlucky in love and decides to take matters into her own hands and out of a lucky fountain which result in some bizarre results. Also in wide release is Edge of Darkness a crime/thriller of the revenge flavour starring Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone from Casino Royale director Martin Campbell.

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 27 - 31, 2010 at Canadian Corps Headquarters, 201 Niagara Street (Just South of King), in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Caribbean Tales Youth Film Festival
February 2 - 25, 2010 at the William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Avenue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

January 29, 2010 Releases

Bliss / Mutluluk
Dir: Abdullah Oguz (Sicak, O simdi mahkum)
Cast: Özgü Namal, Talat Bulut, Murat Han
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page

Body / Corpo
Writers/Dirs: Rossana Foglia & Rubens Rewald - feature film directorial debuts
Cast: Regiane Alves, Rejane Arruda, Louise Cardoso, Chris Couto, Leonardo Medeiros
Limited Release
No Official Film Site or Trailer Found, IMDb Page

La Donation / The Legacy
Dir: Bernard Émond (La neuvaine, Contre toute espérance)
Cast: Élise Guilbault, Jacques Godin, Éric Hoziel, Françoise Graton, Angèle Coutu
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Edge of Darkness
Dir: Martin Campbell (The Green Lantern (2011), Casino Royale)
Cast: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page, Trailer

Grown Up Movie Star
Writer/Dir: Adriana Maggs - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Shawn Doyle, Tatiana Maslany, Jonny Harris, Julia Kennedy, Mark O'Brien, Steve Cochrane, Andy Jones
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

When in Rome
Dir: Mark Steven Johnson (Ghost Rider, Daredevil)
Cast: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston, Jon Heder, Will Arnett
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Yes Men Fix the World
Dirs: Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno - feature film directorial debuts
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 January 29, 2010**


Unknown said...

I want to see Edge of Darkness. Mel Gibson always plays well in 'distraught daddy' roles. I read an article that said Edge of Darkness and When in Rome won't really pass up Avatar this weekend, but will take away some of its momentum.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I wonder when something will pass Avatar, but I don't think it will be this week.

I really like Mel Gibson but I've kind of gone off vengeance films so I'm going to give Edge of Darkness a miss. I wonder if I'll get out to the theatre this week at all!

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