Friday, 21 October 2011

Film Fan Fridays for Friday October 21, 2011

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday October 21, 2011! This week is a bit of a Dragnet version of the newsletter as I'm currently attending the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and who knew there would also be 11 regular release and a total of 4 festivals in town. Nutty, I tell you, it's nutty!

Most of our releases this week are limited release and we have a impressive number of Canadian films including follow up to On the Road we have the new Down the Road Again, Peepers centred on rooftop voyeurs who meet their match, Die / Six following six people in a near future world, documentary Wiebo's War and faux making-of documentary The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard starring Kris Holden-Ried ('Lost Girl'). Wow. 5 Canadian releases in 1 week, I think that's a record. Filling out the limited releases are City of Life and Death which is a dramatizating of the 1937 Japan laid siege of Nanking, French comedy The Women on the 6th Floor and Dirty Girl which has a 'bad' girl, remedial classes and I'm thinking there are likely gonna be misfits and unlikely friendships - two things I always enjoy!

In Wide release we have 3 films to choose from including the Book to Film Club Selection The Three Musketeers, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing how it will be interpreted as teh book is crazy-long and the film stars Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief), Matthew Macfadyen, Mads Mikkelsen (After the Wedding / Efter brylluppet, Valhalla Rising), Ray Stevenson (King Arthur, Kill the Irishman), Milla Jovovich (Fifth Element, Resident Evil), Christoph Watlz (Water for Elephants), Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean), directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and overall it sounds like crazy good fun. We also have the latest in the Paranormal Activity series with Paranormal Activity 3, the series started with indie hit in 2009 and then we had the still-scary sequel Paranormal Activity 2 in 2010. Will they be able to keep scaring us a third time around? I have a feeling they might. Rounding out the wide releases is Rowan Atkinson comedy Johnny English Reborn.

Special Note - 3 films out in release this week have Q&A's at certain screenings
  • Wiebo's War has a Q&A on the Friday October 21, 2011
  • The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard will have Q&A's at the 9:20 screenings on both Friday October 21 & Saturday October 22, 2011 with the cast & crew - I'd love to be there for that!
  • Down the Road Again has a meet stars & director before the Sunday October 23, 2011 4:30 show
Be sure to check out my daily coverage here at Movie Moxie of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival all week here at the site and also at my Facebook Fan Page.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Ekran Film Festival
Toronto Polish Film Festival
October 21 - 23, 2011 at The Revue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Celebrating works of Indigenous peoples from around the world
October 19 - 23, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Israel Film Festival
October 22 - 27, 2011 at the Sheppard Grande in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto After Dark Film Festival
After 2 bouts of summer fun the Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Film Festival returns to the month of Halloween and crispy goodness
October 20 - 26, 2011 at the Toronto Underground in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday October 21, 2011 Releases

City of Life and Death / Nanjing! Nanjing!
Dir: Chuan Lu (Mountain Patrol, The Missing Patrol)
Cast: Ye Liu, Wei Fan, Hideo Nakaizumi
Hong Kong/China
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Die / Six
Dir: Dominic James - feature film directorial debut
Cast: John Pyper-Ferguson, Emily Hampshire, Caterina Murino, Elias Koteas
Canada/Italy
Limited Release
No Official Film Site or Trailer Found, IMDb Page

Dirty Girl
Writer/Dir: Abe Sylvia - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Jeremy Dozier
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Down the Road Again
Dir: Donald Shebib
Cast: Doug McGrath, Kathleen Robertson, Anthony Lemke, Jayne Eastwood, Cayle Chernin, Tedde Moore
Canada
Limited Release
No Official Film Site Found, IMDb Page, Trailer

Johnny English Reborn
Dir: Oliver Parker
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Kaluuya
USA/UK/France
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Paranormal Activity 3
Dir: Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (Catfish)
Cast: Katie Featherston, Chloe Csengery, Sprague Grayden, Jessica Tyler Brown
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Peepers
Dir: Seth W. Owen (The Recommendations)
Cast: Joe Cobden, Paul Spence, Howard Bilerman, Ricky Mabe, Jessica Paré, Janine Theriault
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Three Musketeers, The (2011)
Dir: Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Death Race (2008), AVP: Alien vs Predator)
Cast: Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Matthew Macfadyen, Mads Mikkelsen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Christoph Watlz, Orlando Bloom
USA/UK/France/Germany
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Wiebo's War
Writer/Dir: David York - feature film directorial debut
Documentary
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Women on the 6th Floor / Les femmes du 6ème étage
Dir: Philippe Le Guay (Du jour au lendemain, The Cost of Living)
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura
France
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard
Writer/Dir: Jeremy Lalonde
Cast: Kris Holden-Ried, Mary Krohnert, Christine Horne, Alex Poch-Goldin, Zoie Palmer, Tricia Braun, Pat Mastroianni
Canada
Limited Release
Film Facebook Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

UPDATE: Wednesday October 26, 2011 Releases

RA One
Dir: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal
India/USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of October 21, 2011**

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