Friday, 9 March 2012

Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 9, 2012

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Images: John Carter Poster (Early Version) / Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Courtesy of Alliance Films

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 9, 2012! It's a bit of a quieter week of releases this week but there is big news on the Canadian film front with The Genies Awards last night where Monsieur Lazhur when home with 6 awards including Best Motion Picture, director, adapted screenplay, editing and 2 acting awards. A Dangerous Method picked up 5 awards including best supporting actor to Viggo Mortensen (who was in attendance!) and fan & critic favourite Café de Flore went home with 3 awards. Now let's a look at what's new in theatres this week.

In limited release this week we have just one release, which is highly unusual here in Toronto! That film is Salmon Fishing in the Yemen from Chocolat director Lasse Hallström starring Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas and I have to say it actually looks quite quirky and sweet.

In wide release this week we have several films to choose from including the epic science fiction/adventure/action/sword & sandal-ish film John Carter which is just getting thrashed by advance reviews but I'm not going to let that stop me making up my mind for myself and heading out to see it, especially as it's on my most anticipated films of the year. Next up we hve 'in the style of a single take' horror film Silent House. Now, I'm always up for a good horror film but I have red flags pop up in my brain when the promo says stuff like it's like nothing you've ever experienced before!! And then find out it's a remake of the Spanish film La casa muda. I'm not saying that it isn't '88 minutes of terror', only that trying to pull the 'new' card on the horror crowd will be received with raised eyebrows as we've seen a lot. Of course I'll still likely see it. Also out in wide releases is the critically acclaimed comedy Friends with Kids, Bollywood film Kahaani and Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words.

Have a great weekend!


Festival Watch

Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Continues until March 9, 2012 at TIFF Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Irish Film Festival
March 9 - 10, 2012 at TIFF Lightbox Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screening

Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli

March 10 - April 13, 2012 at TIFF Lightbox Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bloor Reopening Free Open House
The Bloor is on the brink of re-opening it's doors as the newly renovated The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and in celebration they are having a free open house on Monday March 12 & Tuesday March 13, 2012 with screenings of the documentary Waste Land. Find out the details on the open house here. The Bloor will re-open next week Friday March 16, 2012 with tons of interesting documentaries, special events and more - see schedule here.

Friday March 9, 2012 Releases

Friends with Kids
Writer/Dir: Jennifer Westfeldt
Cast: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, Edward Burns
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

John Carter
Dir: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church, Willem Dafoe
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Dir: Sujoy Ghosh,
Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Dir: Lasse Hallström (Chocolat)
Cast: Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Silent House
Dir: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

A Thousand Words
Dir: Brian Robbins
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Cliff Curtis, Clark Duke, Allison Janney
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of March 9, 2012**


Luis said...

The two major films released this weekend are so vastly different from one another. 'John Carter' is the story of the ex-Confederate captain being transported to Mars to save the Planet, while 'Silent House' is about a young woman running in spooks at her house. 'John Carter' was made on a $250 million dollar budget, while 'Silent House' was made on a $1 million dollar budget.

I have to say, from the previews that were shown over the past few weeks on TV, I was more intrigued to see 'Silent House.' That is a little biased because I am a horror fan, but I can't tell enough about 'John Carter' from the TV spots to be interested in seeing the film. The marketing for the film just hasn't been all that great and based on the Box Office Report estimates for the weekend, many agreed.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

There has been way more marketing here for John Carter (months worth of posters & trailers) over Silent House (1 trailer.... literally), so much so I had it a challenge to compare them. I'm interested in both actually, although the early images and tone of John Carter was much different that what's out now.

I'm interested in Silent House because like you I am a horror fan, and it 'sounds' like they are trying to do something 'new'; although it doesn't feel new. But I'll wait and just for myself.

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