Thursday, April 06, 2006

Film Fan Friday for Friday April 7, 2006

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!

We have a very odd combination of films with week. Both Sophie Scholl: The Final Days and Brick has received critical acclaim, and Brick has also been at and an award winner of the Sundance Film Festival, although to me it feels like it falls into the category of giving away way too much in the preview. I feel like there should be a new type of 'limited release' as this week with Bloodrayne is playing in 5 theatres in the GTA but zero in Toronto. I am curious to see it but all the theatres are too far to get too.

Now, for me the real star film of this week is Take the Lead. I admit I am biased toward inspirational teacher films, but this is a double zinger as it is also a dance film. Dance films are in a category all to themselves. From Strictly Ballroom to Save the Last Dance to Center Stage I love them all. Ok there are some exceptions like the J.Lo/Richard Gere version of Shall We Dance should just not have been made, especially as the original Japanese version is one of the most touching dance films ever. So if you love dance films and love to dance I know you will check it out, and you should also check out this Invitation To Dance a Virtual Dance Party on May 1, 2006. I know it's already in my calendar!!!

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch:
Cinefranco, A Celebration of International Francophone Cinema, continues until April 9th, Toronto

Images Festival, festival of Film & Video, Installation, Performance, New Media. April 13-22, 2006, Toronto

Friday April 7, 2006 Releases

The Benchwarmers
Dir: Dennis Dugan (National Security, Saving Silverman, Big Daddy)
Cast: Rob Schneider, David Spade, John Heder
USA

Bloodrayne
Dir: Uwe Boll (Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, Heart of America)
Cast: Kristanna Loken, Michael Madsen, Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley
USA/Germany
Limited Release

Brick
Dir/Writer: Rian Johnson (Evil Demon Goofball from Hell!!!)
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Nora Zehetner, Noah Segan
USA
Limited Release

Lucky Number Slevin
Dir: Paul McGuigan (Wicker Park, The Reckoning, Gangster No. 1)
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Ben Kingsley
USA

Phat Girlz
Dir: Nnegest Likke - directorial debut
Cast: Mo'Nique, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Kendra C. Johnson
USA

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Dir: Marc Rothemund (Das Duo - Der Liebhaber, Harte Jungs)
Cast: Julia Jentsch, Robert Mohr, Fabian Hinrichs, Johanna Gastdorf
Germany
German
Limited Release

Take the Lead
Dir: Liz Friedlander - directorial film debut
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Alfre Woodard, Rob Brown, Ray Liotta
USA

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