Friday, 30 April 2010

Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 30, 2010

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 30, 2010! It's a great week for film here in Toronto. Not only has Hot Docs just started but we have 2 Canadian releases hitting screens today. Let's take a look at what's out there.

In limited release this week we begin with Passenger Side, a Canada's Top Ten 2009 selection and it's a unique urban road movie starring Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette as brothers on an inadvertent joint journey around town. Although set in the States, the dry wit and brilliant dialogue is where it shows it's distinctly Canadian stamp. The humour and dynamic between the two leads is fantastic, I'd recommend checking out Passenger Side while you can. We also have the inspired by true story baseball film The Perfect Game and two films from India: English Butler Masala Chai and Housefull.

In wide release this week we have our second Canadian release of the week with the western/comedy Gunless starring Paul Gross as an American gunslinger who find himself in a Canadian town and no one to pick a fight with. Yes, a western/comedy... haven't seen one of those in a while! Also in wide release if A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), a re-make of Wes Cravens 1984 classic horror film this time starring Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children, The Bad News Bears) as Freddy Kruger and Rooney Mara as Nancy. The horror re-make in the past few years haven't had the results, but I know I'll be giving Nightmare a go because I just can't resist being fond of the original and horror in general. Last up is family comedy Furry Vengeance starring Brendan Fraser as a real estate developer who faces the ultimate protesters - nature itself retaliates, with fur and vengeance.

Be sure to check out my daily coverage of Hot Docs here at Movie Moxie from April 30 - May 9, 2010 for reviews throughout the festival. If you are trying to decide what to go see I've put up a festival preview, reviewed some of the festival films already here and here.

Have a great weekend!


Festival Watch

Hot Docs
Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
April 29 - May 9, 2010 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
See Movie Moxie coverage of Hot Docs here

Maximum Exposure Film Fest
Ryerson School of Image Arts graduate and end of year show
April 30 - May 2, 2010, at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday April 30, 2010 Releases

English Butler Masala Chai
Dir: Maneesh Malhotra
Cast: Tara Joshi, Sachin Sharma, Geoff Hymers, Richard Young
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, No IMDb Page

Furry Vengeance
Dir: Roger Kumble (College Road Trip)
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, Matt Prokop, Skyler Samuels, Ken Jeong
USA/United Arab Emirates
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Writer/Dir: William Phillips (Foolproof, Treed Murray)
Cast: Paul Gross, Seinna Guillory, Dustin Milligan, Tyler Mane, Callum Keith Rennie, Graham Greene
Official Website, IMDb Page, Trailer

Dir: Sajid Khan (Heyy Babyy)
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Deepika Padukne
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Dir: Samuel Bayer - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Kellan Lutz, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekkar
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Passenger Side
Dir: Matthew Bissonnette (Who Loves the Sun, Looking for Leonard)
Cast: Adam Scott, Joel Bissonnette
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Perfect Game
Dir: William Dear (
Angels in the Outfield, Simon Says)
Cast: Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Martin, Emilie de Ravin, Moises Arias, Jake T. Austin, Gabriel Morales, Ryan Ochoa, Carlos Padilla, Jansen Panettiere, Mario Quinonez Jr., Anthony Quinonez,
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 April 30, 2010**

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