Friday, 13 April 2012

Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 13, 2012

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!


Images: The Cabin in the Woods Poster (Courtesy of Alliance Films), Jason Patric in KEYHOLE (Courtesy of eOne Films) and Hard Core Logo 2 (Courtesy of Alliance Films)

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 13, 2012!

We have a jam packed week of film from around the world and from right here in Canada two, with lots of hype for many of the films. An exciting week of releases unfolds...

In limited release this week we have films from 2 iconic Canadian directors, both of whom I love, with Bruce McDonalds Hard Core Logo 2 and Guy Maddins Keyhole. Also exciting to see in release is The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe based on the novel by Julia Leigh; this one was a hopeful for the Book to Film Club but it was too hard to determine the release date even though now we have it! I definitely recommend reading the book, described as a 'Tasmanian gothic'. Also out this week in limited release is Hong Kong film A Simple Life and drama/romance The Deep Blue Sea starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston (Thor). And on the documentary front Hot Docs Bloor Cinema has in release the haunting looking Girl Model as well as Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (co-directed by Werner Herzog!).

In wide release this week we have the fun horror jaunt of The Cabin in the Woods (it's clever and easily a must-see for horror fans) and the bombastic scifi/action/prison break/comedy Lockout (it's pretty entertaining although you really have to just 'go' with it). I've got my eye on StreetDance 2 which is a follow up to the 2010 dance film StreetDance and uses the classic dance-movie premise of mixing up the styles, and it looks like they mix up the cast too as it's mostly a new crew with the exception of George Sampson as Eddie and Stephanie Nguyen as Steph. Yes, I know the original StreetDance *that* well that I can tell. Also out in wide release is The Three Stooges for the slapstick comedy fans, and I'm a little suprized I only started hearing about this week - but I'm more in the StreetDance/The Cabin the in Woods/Lockout circle(s) over comedy ones.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon



Images: The Hunter Poster (Courtesy of eOne Films), Lockout Poster (Courtesy of Alliance Films) and A Scene from StreetDance 2 (Courtesy of eOne Films)

Festival Watch

Images Festival
25th Annual festival of independent film, video and other time-based media
April 12 - 21, 2011 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Reel World Film Festival
12th annual festival celebrating diversity in film, video, and new media
Continues until April 11 - 15, 2012 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

TIFF Kids International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth
Continues until April 22, 2012 at TIFF Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday April 13, 2012 Releases

The Cabin in the Woods
Dir: Drew Goddard - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Amy Acker
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Deep Blue Sea
Dir:Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, The House of Mirth)
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Ann Mitchell, Simon Russell Beale
USA/UK
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Girl Model
Dirs: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin (Intimidad, Kamp Katrina)
Documentary
USA/Russia/Japan/France
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Dirs: Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World) & Dmitry Vasyukov - feature film directorial debut
Documentary
Germany
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Hard Core Logo 2
Dir: Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo, Roadkill, Pontypool, Trigger)
Cast: Care Failure, Bruce McDonald, Julian Richings, Shannon Jardine, Sera-Lys McArthur, Adrien Dorval
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

The Hunter
Dir: Daniel Nettheim - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor
Australia
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Keyhole

Dir: Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg, Brand Upon the Brain!)
Cast: Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Brooke Palsson
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Lockout
Dir: James Mather & Stephen St. Leger - feature film directorial debuts
Cast: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James
France
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

A Simple Life / Tao jie
Dir: Ann Hui (All About Love, The Way We Are, The Postmodern Life of My Aunt)
Cast: Andy Lau, Deannie Yip
Hong Kong
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

StreetDance 2
Dir: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini (StreetDance)
Cast: Falk Hentschel, Sofia Boutella, George Sampson, Stephanie Nguyen
UK/Germany
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Three Stooges
Dir: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly (Hall Pass, Fever Pitch)
Cast:Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson, Sofia Vergara
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of April 13, 2012**

2 comments:

vouchersmate said...

Oh great, I love to read her novle, I have already read the novel the Hunter, Disquiet and also watch sleeping beauty.

Luis Mendez said...

The Cabin in the Woods looks like it's going to be a great horror film. I'm a fan of Joss Whedon's previous work and as I've mentione before, a huge fan of horror films.

The reviews have been excellent, even though I'm wondering just how much of "game changer" this film may be, because the premise of someone controlling what occurs to the main characters doesn't seem THAT unique to me. Sure, most horror films now-a-days are about good looking people being buthered, but the premise just doesn't seem too original. Though what is in Hollywood these days.

Regardless, I'll be catching this movie soon.

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