Friday, 11 June 2010

Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 11, 2010!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 11, 2010! World Cup starts today, but given the huge time change it shouldn't interfere with your movie watching schedule for the week! And we've got a great set of releases so make sure you get out there to the theatre.

In limited release this week we have an amazing selection of films to choose from. I'm very excited to see Black Field playing here in Toronto, it is the winner of the Best Canadian Feature at the Female Eye Film Festival and is a dark historical drama starring Sara Canning ("TheVampire Diaries"), Mathieu Bourguet & Ferron Guerreiro and from writer/director Danishka Esterhazy. More historical goodness with Alejandro Amenábar's gorgeous looking Agora, a historical drama set in Egypt. 391 A.D. Alexandria starring Rachel Weisz. If documentaries are your style, your in luck with 2 to choose from this week including The "Socalled" Movie featuring artist Socalled, whom has an amazing ability to make what you'd think never go together, work together brilliantly, including combining hip hop and klezmer music. Keeping it artsy, you can check out It Came From Kuchar, a documentary of the underground twin filmmaking brothers George and Mike Kuchar. Last up is Machotaildrop, a film that's been on my radar a while but I can't really 'get' what it's about but I keep picking up 'skateboarding' and it's billed as 'fantasy'. Sounds interesting enough to me!

Make sure to check the listings for Black Field, It Came From Kuchar (here) and Machotaildrop (here) as they have runs that are just short of a week run, but you don't want to miss them! Also, the Friday June 11, 2010 9:15pm screening of Black Field will have a Q&A with star Sara Canning ("TheVampire Diaries")and writer/director Danishka Esterhazy.

In wide release this week we only have two films in release, but they are both biggies. First up, and one I can't wait to see is The A-Team, taking the premise of the 80s TV show and blasting, plastering and blowing it up on the big screen. Also 80s redux this week is The Karate Kid (2010), previously (and sounding like it was more aptly) titled The Kung Fu Kid. Wax on, wax off! I'll admit it. I want to see it too. In fact, this week I want to see everything!

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Special Screening

[REC] 2 will be shown at The Bloor on Thursday June 17, 2010 at 9:30. Catch the sequel to the fantastic Spanish horror flick [REC].

Festival Watch

Doc Now.ca Festival
Film, Photography & New Media
Continues to June 26 2010, at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Luminato
Toronto Festival of Arts + Creativity
June 11 - 20, 2010 in various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

North by Northeast Music and Film Festival & Conference (NXNE)
June 16 - 20, 2010 in various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday June 11, 2010 Releases

The A-Team
Dir: Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces)
Cast: Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Henry Czerny
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Agora
Dir: Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside, The Others)
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Rupert Evans, Sami Samir
Spain
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Black Field
Writer/Dir: Danishka Esterhazy - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Sara Canning, Mathieu Bourguet, Ferron Guerreiro
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

It Came From Kuchar
Dir: Jennifer M. Kroot (Sirens of the 23rd Century)
Documentary filmmaking twin brothers George Kuchar & Mike Kuchar
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Karate Kid (2010)
Dir: Harald Zwart (The Pink Panter 2, Agent Cody Banks)
Cast: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan,Taraji P. Henson, Rongguang Yu, Wenwen Han, Zhenwei Wang
USA/China
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Machotaildrop
Dir: Corey Adams - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Anthony Amedori, Lukács Bicskey, James Faulkner, Vanessa Guide
USA/Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The "Socalled" Movie
Dir: Garry Beitel (Asylum)
Documentary on artist, musician, filmmaker &magician "Socalled"
Canada
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 June 11, 2010**

1 comment:

Faith said...

I saw the film when it first came out in NYC and loved Weisz' performance as Hypatia. Amenabar distorts some history in service to his art, but that's what artists do. Don't go to the movies for history. For people who want to know more about the historical Hypatia, I highly recommend a very readable biography "Hypatia of Alexandria" by Maria Dzielska (Harvard University Press, 1995). I also have a series of posts on the historical events and characters in the film at my blog (http://faithljustice.wordpress.com) - not a movie review, just a "reel vs. real" discussion.

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