Friday, 27 April 2012

Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 27, 2012

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 27, 2012!

Images: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Credit: Well GO USA); The Raven, The Lady and Safe Posters

In limited release this week we have 4 films to choose from, with a few telling personal stories and historical focus including the impressive and epic film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale / Sàidékè balái set in Taiwan and following clans of aboriginal warriors during a Japanese invasion and occupation. We also have The Lady, a biopic starring Michelle Yeoh as Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi; the film follow Aung San Suu Kyi and her Michael Aris (played by David Thewlis) and is directed by Luc Besson. Also out in limited release is the Darling Companion a drama following the relationship between a woman and her dog and her husband; plus the Canadian documentary Material Success with opens at the Projection Booth.

In wide release this week we have the theme of real continue with The Raven, which stars John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe in a gothic mystery following the puzzle of similarly themes crimes that appear very close to the ones in his books. We also have he action film Safe starring Jason Statham as a man who has to protect a young girl from baddies (this one is *so* a Shannon film). If claymation and pirates are your thing, you are finally in luck as The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens this weekend, and I have to admit it looks like a lot of fun. Rounding out the wide releases we have the comedy The Five-Year Engagement starring Jason Segal and Emily Blunt, directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall). Edit: the Bollywood film Tezz also was released on April 27, 2012.

This week we also have Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, hitting theatres all over the city, bringing us documentary film from around the world and lots of Canadian docs to boot. I look forward to the festival each and every year. Be sure to check out my Hot Docs coverage here at Movie Moxie during this years festival.

Have a great weekend!


Festival Watch

Hot Docs
Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
April 26 - May 6, 2012 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday April 27, 2012 Releases

Darling Companion
Dir: Lawrence Kasdan (Mumford, Dreamcatcher)
Cast: Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, Ayelet Zurer, Sam Shepard, Kasey the dog
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Five-Year Engagement
Dir: Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
Cast: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Lady
Dir: Luc Besson (The Big Blue, The Professional, The Fifth Element)
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett
Limited Release
No Official Film Site Found, IMDb Page, Trailer

Material Success
Dir: Jesse Mann - feature film directorial debut
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Dir: Peter Lord (Chicken Run) & Jeff Newitt
Cast: Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Martin Freeman, Jeremy Piven
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Raven
Dir: James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin)
Cast: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Writer/Dir: Boaz Yakin (Uptown Girls, Remember the Titans)
Cast: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, James Colby, Barry Bradford, Robert John Burke, Matt O’Toole, Jay Giannone
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale / Sàidékè balái
Writer/Dir: Wei Te-Sheng (Cape No. 7)
Cast: Lin Ching-Tai, Da-Ching, Vivian Hsu, Ando Masanobu, Umin Boya
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 April 27, 2012**


Luis Mendez said...

'The Five-Year Engagement' and 'The Raven' are the two films I'm most interested in seeing this weekn. 'The Five-Year Engagement' seems like a pleasant and funny enough film to watch in theaters but I may just wait for Redbox. The film has gotten mostly favorable reviews, however, the comparison to 'Bridesmaids' has somewhat tainted the release for me. Rather than watch it in theaters objectively, I fear that I'll be comparing throughout, even though I wasn't particularly obsessed with 'Bridesmaids' as others were.

Edgar Allen Poe's poem 'The Raven' turned into a movie seems like a very interesting choice. I absolutely love the poem and I am a fan of John Cusack, so I'm more likely to catch this. The premise seems good enough, although the reviews haven't necessarily been kind.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I am quite interested in seeing The Raven, although the intensity of the violence seems to be cropping up a lot and that disappoints me as I was hoping for a stylish, gothic mystery and not a torture fest. I don't think it's based on Poe's The Raven (Poe isn't listed w/writing credit), but rather using him as a fictional character of another story.

It will be interesting to see how The Five-Year Engagement does, although I'm more likely to go to The Lady or Safe; and have already enjoyed Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale.

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