This Week in Film: Meek's Cutoff, Jurassic Park, Clue, The Strange Case of Angelica, The National Parks Project, Tuesday After Christmas, The Revolt of Mamie Stover
This week in film rounds up the most noteworthy independent screenings and cinema-related events happening in Toronto.
TUESDAY MAY 17TH / MEEK'S CUTOFF / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 9:15PM
A bad navigational choice leaves a group of settlers in jeopardy as their only way to water is by following the shifty directions of a captive tribesman. This ain't the Oregon Trail that you remember from middle school computer class. Or maybe it is? Reichardt's bleak tale of survival and paranoia plays on expectations of the Old West from the perspective of the settlers, rather than ranchers or cowboys, focusing on the people that did most of the living and dying on the frontier. Tickets are $12 and can be bought at the cinema or online, also check for additional screening times.
WEDNESDAY MAY 18TH / JURASSIC PARK & CLUE / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 7PM & 9PM
A repeat screening of the two films that made the Toronto Underground Cinema what they are, were screened for free this past Sunday. For those who couldn't make it out, a second screening has been added! Clue was the first film the Underground showed just a year ago, and the staff all met a few years ago at the Fringe Festival while performing a shadow-cast of Jurassic Park. Fitting? Celebrate the little cinema that could on Wednesday. Tickets are (probably) $8 each and can be bought at the cinema.
THURSDAY MAY 19TH / THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
A local photographer, enlisted to take some mementos of a young newlywed who has just died, has the shock of his life when he realizes that every image he took of her is an alive and moving portrait. The film setting sways in a dreamlike way between the present and the past, with no real sense of time, as the photographer slowly goes mad. Considering the director is an 102 year old filmmaker who has been consistently working for 80 years, I'm sure this is artistic license rather than anachronism. Tickets are $12 at the theatre or online, check tiff.net on the day of for showtimes.
FRIDAY MAY 20TH / THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT / ROYAL CINEMA / 8PM
Cinema, nature and artistic expression collide in the National Parks Project, most recently featured at the Hot Docs Film Festival. Featuring one filmmaker for each province and territory, and 3 musicians per filmmaker, the documentary is ambitious at best. A mishmash of styles, both musically and cinematically, the National Parks Project website has all kinds of goodies available to peruse and will have each film available to view online soon. Filmmakers will be in attendance for a q & a.Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SATURDAY MAY 21ST / TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS / BLOOR CINEMA / 9PM
An unfaithful husbands worst nightmare, his spouse and his mistress meet at his work just days before the Christmas holiday. Enter Paul, the typical family man and dentist, who has his affair and his family compartmentalized neatly but tack on holiday and work stress and his worlds collide, leaving him with all the tough questions and only one possible answer. Sad fact is, he's gotta choose. Screening as part of the Toronto Romanian Film Festival, actress Maria Popistaşu and screenwriter Alex Baciu will be around for a q & a. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online.
SUNDAY MAY 22ND / THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 1PM
The Revolt of Mamie Stover is a story about a hooker with a business sense that even Scarlett O'Hara would be proud of. The scene is set in San Francisco, as local hustler Mamie is run out of the city and shipped to Hawaii. On the ride over, her flaming locks and voluptuous curves lure Jim, a writer who, despite his 'morals', can't quite shake the attraction. Once landed, Mamie's fortunes begin to turn as she becomes the main event at her club but as time goes by, money isn't all she looks to claim as her own. Screening a newly stuck CinemaScope print, tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.