This Week in Film:Leave Her to Heaven, Stop Making Sense, Carrie, Chained Heat, The Princess Bride, The 83rd Academy Awards.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 22ND / LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
Daddy issues never looked this sweet! Fall into John Stahl's 1945 film noir classic about an engaged woman whose pathological obsession with her late father leads her to fall in love with a new man who resembles him. Leaving her fiancee to elope with him, she jealously guards him against anybody who could divert his attentions from her. But just how far will she go to be the apple of his new husbands eye? Tickets cost $12 for non-members, $9 for members and can be bought at the theatre or online.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 23RD / STOP MAKING SENSE / BLOOR CINEMA / 9:10PM
Not your typical concert documentary, Stop Making Sense is a Talking Head's doc by Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Caged Heat, Rachel Getting Married) that slowly, song by song, builds the band up one member at a time, to showcase the full spectrum of who the Talking Heads are as a band. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for members and can be purchasedat the cinema.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24TH / CHRIS ALEXANDER'S FILM SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL FEATURES CARRIE / BLOOR CINEMA / 9:15PM
To celebrate 35 years of telekinetic/hyper-religious themed teen horror from the mind of Stephen King, Chris Alexander will be treating the audience to a lecture on the importance of this classic horror tale. Complete with a vintage 1976 print of the film and prizes, you can be sure that the original Carrie is back and you don't want to make her angry. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for members and can be purchasedat the cinema.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25TH / CHAINED HEAT / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 9:30PM
One of exploitations well known 'women in prison films' (also see Caged Heat by Jonathon Demme from Stop Making Sense!) this film features Linda Blair from the Exorcist as an immature naive girl sentenced to 18 months for accidental manslaughter into an already overcrowded prison. The film has all the tropes; predatory lesbians, racial tension, sexually inappropriate prison staff and s&m. Tickets are $8 and can be bought at the theatre.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 26TH / BACK TO THE 80'S PRESENTS THE PRINCESS BRIDE / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 2PM
TIFF'S Back to the 80's programming has been consistently fantastic and continues this week with The Princess Bride, one of the classic Rob Reiner adventure-fantasy films of the 80's based on an amazing book by William Goldman. Complete with a prince, a princess, sword fights, giants, horses, a battle of the wits, rodents of unusual size (R.O.U.S) dread pirates and more. Tickets are $12 for non-members, $9 for members and can be bought at the theatre or online.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 27TH / THE 8RD ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS!
Tonight is not the night to watch movies, but the night to get outrageously irate when terrible performances/films/directors get awarded with the little gold statue. It's also the night to place bets with your friends for fun and profit. With newbie hosts James Franco (yes, THE James Franco) and Anne Hathaway, it could actually be a semi-interesting evening.
You could watch from home or join the festivities for free at 7pm at the Bloor and 8pm at the Revue. If you know of any other place screening the Oscars, please let us know in the comments.
Still from the Princess Bride