Friday, 1 July 2011

Film Fan Fridays for Friday July 1, 2011

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday July 1, 2011 and a Happy Canada Day to All! Yes, North, South or side of the border I hope everyone has an awesome Canada Day weekend.

In limited release this week we have 4 films to choose from and starting things off patriotically we have a Canadian western, The Mountie which following relocated Mountie who comes to straighten things out after an innocent man is found dead. We also have the Cannes 2010 Critics Week winner Armadillo a documentary following Danish soldiers from an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. On a bit of a lighter note we have The Trip starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon semi-as-themselves in a comedy/improvised tour reviewing restaurants in the North of England. Last up for limited releases is The Names of Love / Le nom des gens, a French romantic/political-comedy. That's a whole new genre!

In wide release this week we also have 4 releases to choose from starting with Monte Carlo, which follows a trio of girlfriends take a trip to Europe which goes awry and a course correction presents itself in the form of taking on mistaken identity of a British heiress - stars Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester (Country Strong), Katie Cassidy and Cory Montieth (Glee) and I think out of the wide releases this is the one I'd see. We also have Larry Crowne starring Tom Hanks (also director on this title) and Julie Roberts star in this romantic comedy about a man who goes to college after being downsized. Two Bollywood choices this week with Bbuddha...Hoga Tera Baap I love the description of this one which starts with the well-known premise of a retired hitman returning for one last job,.. and then the twist of 'Just don't call him "Buddah"' cracks me up and Delhi Belly which might be my favourite title of the year because it's just so much fun to say.

And already in release is Transformers: Dark of the Moon which technically came out on Wednesday June 29, 2011 although I know they had Tuesday night shows as well.

Have a great weekend!


Special Screening

Fellini/ Felliniesque - Fellini Dream Double Bills

A fascinating concept of double bills hand picked by the internationally recognized film folk who put together dream double bills for a Fellini + non-Fellini-yet-Fellinieque film (see my thoughts on the selections here). Here are some of the selections:
  • Fellini’s Roma and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil - July 3, 2010
  • Fellini’s Casanova and Hal Ashby’s Shampoo on July 23, 2011
  • Fellini’s La Strada and Jane Campion’s An Angel at My Table - July 30, 2011
  • And a huge highlight will be this weekends Fellini’s Toby Dammit and Dario Argento’s Suspiria on July 2, 2011 which will have Guillermo Del Toro in attendance.
Fellini Dream Double Bills runs At TIFF Bell Lightbox from June 30 - August 26, 2011

Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions
An Exhibition exploring the obsessions in director Federico Fellini work presented at TIFF Bell Lightbox from June 30 - September 18, 2011

Free Screenings

Harbourfront Free Flicks presents City Flicks: Six int the City
Stars with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at 9pm on Tuesday July 5, 2011 on the WestJet Stage
Harbourfront Free Flicks runs July 5 - August 9, 2011

TIFF in the Park: Classic Musicals
Starts with The Wizard of Oz at 9pm on Wednesday July 6, 2011 at at David Pecaut Square (formerly Metro Square, next to Roy Thomson Hall)
TIFF in the Park runs until July 6 - August 31, 2011

Free Dancing in the Dark Films at Yonge & Dundas Square
Stars with Beach Blanket Bingo at 9pm on Tuesday July 5, 2011 at Yonge & Dundas Square
Dancing in the Dark runs until August 30, 2011 and make sure to check showtimes carefully as some start before the hour and the double bills start earlier than singles.

Friday July 1, 2011 Releases

Dir: Janus Metz Pedersen - Feature Film Directorial Debut
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Bbuddha...Hoga Tera Baap
Dir: Puri Jagannath (Golimar, Neninthe)
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Raveena Tandon
Official Film Site & Videos, IMDb Page

Delhi Belly
Dir: Abhinay Deo (Game (2011))
Cast: Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Imran Khan, Shenaz Treasury
Film Facebook Page, IMDb Page, Trailer

Larry Crowne
Dir: Tom Hanks (That Thing You Do!)
Cast: Tom Hanks, Julie Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Cedric The Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Monte Carlo (2011)
Dir: Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone)
Cast: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Cory Montieth, Luke Bracey, Andie MacDowell
Film Facebook Page, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Mountie
Dir: Wyeth Clarkson (Sk8 Life,
Cast: Andrew W. Walker, Jessica Paré, George Buza, Earl Pastko
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Names of Love / Le nom des gens
Dir: Michel Leclerc (J'invente rien)
Cast: Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, Zinedine Soualem
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Trip
Dir: Michael Winterbottom (The Killer Inside Me, A Mighty Heart)
Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of July 1, 2011**

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