Friday, 23 March 2012

Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 23, 2012

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Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 23, 2012! This week is chock-full of awesome, let's get right to it!

In limited release this week we have the awesome Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption with Iko Uwais directed by Gareth Evans; I saw this one back at TIFF 2011 and if you have any love of action in you then you must see this film (hear my review and the Q&A from TIFF on the most recent Movie Moxie Podcast here). We also have Starry, Starry Night / Xing kong out this week and I really enjoyed director Tom Lin's film Winds of September / Jiu jiang feng and am very much looking forward to this release, he has a beautiful and adept style that gently captures emotion which is a joy to watch. Rounding out the limited releases we have the gorgeous looking nature documentary One Life narrated by Daniel Craig, Carl Bessai's latest with Sisters & Brothers and Israeli drama Footnote / Hearat Shulayim.

In wide release this week we have a film I'm sure everyone has heard about at this point: The Hunger Games. Set in a dystopic world which hosts annual event involving teens setting forth as tributes from respective districts in an extreme fight to the death. The Hunger Games is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins which was an honourary selection for the 2011 Movie Moxie Book to Film Club, and the film Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. This is certainly one gathering a huge amount of energy and the second book, Catching Fire, is already in process to be adapted to a film as well, and to be released next year on November 22, 2013. It's one of if not the biggest releases so far this year and it's one of two of our wide releases of the week which also include the international espionage Bollywood film Agent Vinod.

Have a great weekend!


Festival Watch

Canadian Music Week Film Festival
Continues until March 25, 2012 at TIFF Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

See my Cinéfranco Preview here or listen to it on the Movie Moxie Podcast here
March 23 - April 1, 2012 at TIFF Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Friday March 23, 2012 Releases

Agent Vinod
Dir: Sriram Raghavan (Johnny Gaddaar)
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Malika Haydon
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Footnote / Hearat Shulayim
Writer/Dir: Joseph Cedar
Cast: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen, Alma Zak, Daniel Markovich, Micah Lewesohn, Yuval Scharf, Nevo Kimchi
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Hunger Games **Honourary Movie Moxie Book to Film Club Selection **
Director: Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit)
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

One Life
Dir: Michael Gunton & Martha Holmes - feature film directorial debuts
Documentary, narrated by Daniel Craig
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

The Raid: Redemption
Writer/Dir: Gareth Evans (Merantau)
Cast: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Sisters & Brothers
Dir: Carl Bessai (Repeaters, Normal, Unnatural & Accidental)
Cast: Cory Monteith, Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Gabrielle Rose, Tom Scholte, Ali Liebert, Camille Sullivan
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Starry, Starry Night / Xing kong
Writer/Dir: Tom Lin (Winds of September / Jiu jiang feng)
Cast: Rene Liu, Harlem Yu, Kenneth Tsang, Hui Ming Lin
Taiwan/Hong Kong/China
Limited Release
Official Facebook Page, IMDb Page, Trailer

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of March 23, 2012**

1 comment:

Luis said...

I went to see 'The Hunger Games' this weekend and while I enjoyed it highly, I did not understand the praise it got from critics.

I felt that a lot of the relationships weren't as developed as they should have been to make the acting more believable. Jennifer Lawrence did a great job in her more dramatic scenes, but when it came to the chemistry between her and the other characters, in some instances they felt flat in my opinion.

My mistake may have been reading the fantastic book prior to watching the film (literally less than a day before), but I'm hoping that future films delve more into details to make the films more believable.

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