This Week in Rep Cinema: Star Trek II (The Wrath of Khan), Juan of the Dead, Jaws, Tracey Moffat's Night Cries, Waiting for Guffman
This Week in Rep Cinema features second-run and classic film selections from cinemas such as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, The Fox, The Revue, The Royal, Toronto Underground Cinema, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and more.
Summer films are traditionally meant to grant tired audiences a method of escapism--whether from their lives, their jobs or the heat. So as the summer heat seeps in, take advantage of the cool air-conditioning of the TIFF Bell Lightbox and imagine yourself hunting in a boat with the digitally remastered print of Jaws, or picture yourself on a beach in Cuba, slaying zombies with Juan of the Dead. Maybe even fancy yourself a Broadway star and join the other amateur hopefuls in Waiting for Guffman? Whatever you decide, it's definitely better than seeing the next in a line of never-endingly-terrible Adam Sandler flicks.
TUESDAY JUNE 26 / STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN / FOX THEATRE / 9:15PM
In quite arguably the best of the original series of Star Trek films, our heroes find themselves at the mercy of one of Kirk's most loathed enemies, Khan, an enigmatic and sadistic psychopatch. Khan threatens the lives of Kirk and those on the Enterprise by taking control of helpless crew members (sorry, Chekov) using a particularly disgusting method of brainwashing that is fatal if not properly removed. This may be a good time to rewatch the film as rumours are flying that this is the basis for J.J. Abram's next Star Trek reboot.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 27 / JUAN OF THE DEAD / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 7PM
To whet your horror appetite, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival is taking over the Bloor Cinema once a month this summer to screen some unique finds. This month, experience Cuba's first ever horror film Juan of the Dead. A contemporary zombie-horror film inspired by Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead, the film takes the latter's slacker malaise and transforms it to a restless, modern Cuba. My tagline? "It's 50 years after the Revolution and a new form of dissidents arrive, ones that happen to be dead on arrival." Tickets are $13 and can be purchased online.
FRIDAY JUNE 29 / JAWS / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 7PM
With summer well underway, TIFF features a film that may scare you away from having that beachside tan you've always wanted; a remastered version of Jaws! Ok, that may be an exaggeration because shark attacks are few and far between in Canada, but I'm sure American resort profits took a beating after this film came out. Spielberg's extremely well-made horror film is still a classic today and represented a shift in American horror cinema, yet still inspired hokey monster-movie remakes for years to come. See it again or for the first time--tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
SATURDAY JUNE 30 / TRACEY MOFFAT: NIGHT CRIES / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 12:45PM
Screening as part of the First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition, Tracey Moffat's short films about gender representation put a critical eye on the effect that male dominance, particularly as represented in colonization, has on Aboriginal women. Nice Coloured Girls is a classic short film about race and gender that updates the 'first encounter' between white men and Aboriginal women into a contemporary setting. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
SUNDAY JULY 1 / WAITING FOR GUFFMAN / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 3:30PM
Christopher Guest's mockumentary about a group of delusional small town actors anxiously awaiting the arrival of a lofty theatre critic was my first experience with Guest. I remember going to the Carlton with my cousin and somehow deciding that this was the film for us, and I was right. There's just something about Guest's work--he's able to introduce these truly laughable characters that are losers or weirdos, but still endear them to you and leave them with some dignity. He never crosses the line and despite the awkwardness, there's no Todd Solondz-like depravity or anything truly untoward. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at the cinema.
- The Pact - Bloor Hot Docs Cinema - Wed June 27 - 9:45pm
- The Wedding Banquet - Revue Cinema - Thurs June 28 - 6:45pm
- The Thing - Fox Theatre - Thurs June 28 - 9:15pm
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Film still from Waiting for Guffman