Friday, 26 February 2010

Film Fan Fridays for Friday February 26, 2010

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday February 26, 2010! Feature film directorial debut week with 5 of our 8 releases coming from new directors, at least in the feature film.

In limited release this week we have award inspiriting film and lots of docs. The Maid multiple award winning film including several awards for actress Catalina Saavedra's performance and writer/director Sebastián Silva and The Messenger which is up for 2 Oscar: Original Screenplay and Actor in a Supporting Role for Woody Harrelson. Our three documentaries of the week are all from first time feature film directions. First up is the highly acclaimed and gorgeous looking Inferno / L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot, then the journey of Last Train Home and then music doc The White Stripes Under Great White North.

In wide release this week we have 3 films, and let's start with one of my most anticipated films of 2010: The Crazies, which is a remake of 1973 George A. Romero film of the same name, this time starring Timothy Olyphant (Hitman) & Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black) who live in a town where people appear to go... crazy! Also out is Kevin Smith cop buddies-that-don't-really-like-each-other comedy Cop Out and teen drama To Save a Life.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Cinéfranco Youth & Family Program

Celebration of International Francophone Cinema
March 1 - 10, 2010 at The Bloor Cinema in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Reel Artists Film Festival
Continues until February 28, 2010 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Taiwan Cinema Yesterday and Today Film Festival
February 26 - 28, 2010 at Innis Town Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Continues until March 6, 2010 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screening

Oscar Shorts!
With the Oscars just around the corner there is a special opportunity to get to see the shorts before the awards on March 7, 2010. Here in Toronto the Live Action shorts are playing on Monday March 1, 2010 and the Animated shorts are playing on Thursday March 4, 2010 at select theatres (Scotiabank & Varsity plus several others). Be sure to check your local listings for more information.

Friday February 26, 2010 Releases


Cop Out

Dir: Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy)
Cast: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott, Michelle Trachtenberg, Rashida Jones
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Crazies
Dir: Breck Eisner (Sahara)
Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson
USA/United Arab Emirates
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Inferno /
L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot
Dir: Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea - feature film directorial debuts
Documentary / edited from Henri-Georges Clouzot 1964 film L'enfer
France
Limited Release
Official Film Site & French Trailer, IMDb Page

Last Train Home
Dir: Lixin Fan - feature film directorial debut
Documentary
Canada/China/UK
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

The Maid
Writer/Dir: Sebastián Silva (La vida me mata)
Cast: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Mariana Loyola, Alejandro Goic
Chile/Mexico
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

The Messenger

Dir: Oren Moverman - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Samantha Morton
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

To Save a Life
Dir: Brian Baugh - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Randy Wayne, Deja Kreutzberg, Joshua Weigel, Steven Crowder, Kim Hidalgo
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights
Dir: Emmett Malloy - feature film directorial debut
Documentary
USA
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 February 26, 2010**

5 comments:

Suzie Ridler said...

The Crazies kind of reminds me of Pontypool, just with a bigger budget. Looks creepy! I have been reading about travelling at Chinese New Year in the book "The Last Chinese Chef" but that really is shocking, the mass migration they go through. To Save a Life is one I might like to see and The White Stripes one has me puzzled, I read a newspaper article saying that they weren't brother and sister. He is an interesting person, I would like to see that one for sure, especially since it is in Canada. Wish the trailer showed more!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Interesting comparison with The Crazies to Pontypool - I can kind of see that.

I really want to see Last Train Home, it does look very heartbreaking though.

I hadn't heard that about them not being siblings, I actually only even know him from being in the music doc It Might Get Loud. I've heard the White Stripes doc is good though I think this week I'm more likely to get to L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot because it was ridiculously highly recommended by a friend.

James McNally said...

Last Train Home is awesome. And the story on Jack and Meg is that they were once married(!) but are now divorced. The brother and sister act is kinda creepy, I think.

Suzie Ridler said...

Very creepy, I don't get it but then you can tell from It Might Get Loud that he is about pushing boundaries. Still!

Dreher Bear (...Where The Buffalo Roam) said...

I wanted to check out Cop Out, since I'm a fan of Kevin Smith. However the reviews have been pretty negative, so now I'm debating if I should just wait till it gets released on DVD.

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