|Catherine Martin appears at CFI's 'Enlightened Screen' June 20|
Screening in the third installment of “The Enlightened Screen” are:
(Canada, 90 min.)
Dir. Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert; Writ: Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert, Margaret Webb
Starring: Nicola Correia Damude, Patrick McKenna, Claire Lautier, Christine Horne, Maya Ritter, Marco Grazzin.
What a charmer Margarita is! It’s easy to see how this delightful Canadian production won over audiences at last year’s Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto, and managed to do the same at festivals in America and Europe. This international crowd-pleaser, which plays like an indie relative of Mary Poppins with a LGBT twist or like Canada’s answer to The Kids Are All Right, is sure to receive a warm reception when it opens this month in Ottawa and Toronto.
micro_scope released a trailer today for their latest production Gabrielle, which is the newest film to be produced by Luc Déry and Kim McCraw, the Oscar nominated producers of Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar. (And last year's equally good Inch'Allah.) Gabrielle is directed by Louise Archambault, whose credits include the feature Familia and a segment from 2011's The National Parks Project. The film stars Gabrielle Marion-Rivard and Incendies star Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, along with Alexandre Landry, Benoit Gouin, Marie Gignac, Isabelle Vincent, Sébastien Ricard, and Vincent-Guillaume Otis. The film's synopsis, described by my rough translation, is as follows: 'Students Gabrielle and Martin are madly in love. However, their friends do not allow them to realize their love, as Gabrielle and Martin are not quite like the others. Determined, they will face the prejudices to expect to live a love story that is anything but ordinary.'
|A Long Way Down should be first on your reading list!|
(USA/UK, 116 min.)
Dir. Zal Batmanglij, Writ. Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling
Starring: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Julia Ormond, and Patricia Clarkson.
The West seems to have it all. The countries on this side of The Prime Meridian have a sizable share in the wealth, power, and privilege of the world. One percent of the population wields more influence than the other ninety-nine. Fortunes are made, empires are built, and profits soar for some, while others lose. Such powers come with equal responsibilities, though, and the majority might not always remain silent as it sits and deals with a mess that allows few to prosper.
(USA, 108 min.)
Dir. Richard Linklater, Writ. Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke.
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it, there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl.
-Bernstein (Everett Sloane), Citizen Kane
What does it mean to chase the one that got away? Mr. Bernstein’s nostalgic monologue in Citizen Kane—one of the film’s best—is a classic ode to a kind of love that seems to exist only in the movies. The unattainable girl on the ferry, the one that got away, serves as a quintessential catalyst in the cinema’s quest for happily ever after.
|Cate Blanchett as Jasmine Photo by Merrick Morton|
© 2013 Gravier Productions, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Blue Jasmine will be released July 26 from Sony Pictures Classics. Mongrel Media will distribute the film in Canada.
|Mary Spencer Shadow Boxing|
|Barbara Sukowa in Hannah Arendt|
(South Korea, 104 min.)
Written and directed by Kim Ki-duk
Starring: Cho Min-soo, Lee Jung-jin.
The press notes for Kim Ki-duk’s Pieta begin with the following note, which appears on a page unto itself thus stressing its overall significance in the grand scheme of the film:
‘Pieta’, meaning ‘pity’ in Italian, is an artistic style of a sculpture or painting that depicts the Virgin Mary sorrowfully cradling the dead body of Jesus. The Virgin Mary’s emotions revealed in ‘Pieta’ have represented the countless pains of loss that humans experience in life that are universally identifiable throughout centuries. It has been revived through master artists such as Michelangelo and Van Gogh.
|Photo courtesy the NFB|
(Canada, 85 min.)
Dir. James Genn, Writ. Dane Clark
Starring: Noah Reid, Melanie Leishman, Meghan Heffern, Jack Daniel Wells, Corinne Conley, Ana Gerguson, and Gene Mack.
|Melaine Leishman and Noah Reid star in Old Stock.|
Courtesy of eOne Films
Some kids grow up too fast. Stock, played by Noah Reid (Score: A Hockey Musical), barely grows up at all. He goes from puberty to retirement with the snap of two fingers. Stock skips his college years, his midlife crisis, etc. and heads straight to the old folks' home after high school. Life at Golden Seasons is pretty swell for Stock: sweater vests are sexy, meals are free, and prescription meds are widely available.
Now You See Me
(USA, 115 min.)
Dir. Louis Letterier, Writ. Ed Solomon and Boaz Yakin & Edward Rincourt
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine.
|Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson in Now You See Me|
Courtesy of eOne Films
Abracadabra! There’s something magical about going to the movies. Whether it’s the sheer entertainment value of the cinema or the thrill of diversion, the smoke and mirrors of moviemaking is great entertainment. I’ve never been one for literal magic—I’ll take the conjuring act of Meryl Streep any day—so it’s a pleasant surprise that Now You See Me pulls a rabbit out of its hat and brings the two art forms together to offer entertainment with a top hat.
The Hangover Part III
(USA, 100 min.)
Dir. Todd Phillips, Writ. Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Justin Bartha.
They say the cure for a hangover is to start drinking. Pour the boys a round, for they've managed to take one of the funniest, raunchiest comedies of the past decade and turn it into a bad case of coyote ugly. We all got drunk on the Wolfpack’s goofy debauchery in the original Hangover, but this once funny franchise has overstayed its welcome like the nausea that comes the morning after a night of hard drinking. The Hangover Part III is a textbook example that no formula exists to make a good franchise.
The Kings of Summer
(USA, 93 min.)
Dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Writ. Chris Galletta
Starring: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Bosso, Moises Arias, Erin Moriarty, Nic Offerman, Megan Mullally, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Alison Brie.
| (L-R) Nick Robinso, Moises Arias and Gabriel Basso, star in eOne Films’|
upcoming release The Kings of Summer.
School’s out for the summer! Escape pencils, books, and the teacher’s dirty looks with the whimsical indie comedy The Kings of Summer. Not too distant a relative of Mud and with a few signs of a little inbreeding with Moonrise Kingdom, The Kings of Summer is a quirky, Sundance-y coming-of-age story.
(Canada, 93 min.)
Written and directed by Kate Melville
Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Spencer Van Wyck, Steven McCarthy, Susan Coyne, Fiona Highet, Nathalie Bailey.
|Claire (Tatiana Maslany). Photo by Johnny Vong.|
I used to hate Picture Day. Dressing up, posing for the camera, and saying “Cheese!” all seemed like a lot of effort just so your parents could give Grandma the same Christmas present year after year. Whatever happened to fruitcake?
|Tommy Wiseau (centre) will be on hand to present his cult hit The Room.|
Star Trek Into Darkness
(USA, 132 min.)
Dir. J.J. Abrams, Writ. Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, Alice Eve.
“Lens flare!” cried J.J. Abrams on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness. “I need more lens flare!”
“It won’t hold, sir! We haven’t any more lights,” replied the team of gaffers, exhausted and sweating from the heat beating down from all those heavy-duty lights.
“Gosh, darn it,” the directed shot back, “did you see those blue lines in Looper? Nobody’s gonna steal my thunder. I WILL GIVE THEM LIGHTNING!”
“But this is Star Trek… not an art film,” said the gaffers.
“Fiddlesticks,” Abrams grumbled, “I want red lines—like, Scorsese red! I want blue lines cutting across the screen! I want white dots turning Spock’s face into a disco bulb!”
“Can we add it in post?”
“Sure, why not? More lens flare for all!”
(USA, 103 min.)
Dir. Ariel Vromen, Writ. Morgan Land, Ariel Vromen
Starring: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, James Franco
No actor plays crazy as well as Michael Shannon plays crazy. It’s interesting to see/review The Iceman the day after seeing/reviewing Jeff Nichols’ Mud, which featured Shannon in a memorable supporting role. Shannon gave one of the best performances of the past few years in Nichols’ previous film Take Shelter, but he meets the high bar he set for his follow-up work with his menacing turn in The Iceman. Playing real-life contract killer Richard “Richie” Kuklinski, Shannon is undeniably disturbing and wholly believable as the stoic merchant of death.