This Week in Rep Cinema: Legend of a Warrior, Hook, I Wake Up Screaming, Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal, Benji
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, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and more.
It's an interesting week for film. Our regular juggernaut, the TIFF Bell Lightbox has been relatively quiet in the second week after the festival, with just the new releases keeping the cinema warm. The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema ramped up right after TIFF ended and the programming has definitely improved since the summer. We welcomed CINSSU back last week and they continue to impress (me at least) with a screening of Hook this week, while a newcomer on the block, the Toronto Film Noir Syndicate, opens up this week with a screening of I Wake Up Screaming.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 / LEGEND OF A WARRIOR / PROJECTION BOOTH / 8PM
This slam-dunk NFB documentary debuted at Hot Docs earlier this year and finally landed a release in Toronto. Legend of a Warrior follows filmmaker Corey Lee's attempt to reconnect with his father, a highly sought-after martial arts master who spent the duration of Corey's childhood in Hong Kong managing the careers of his students. Corey struggles with hangups about his father and has a desperate need to connect with him, which leads him to train extensively for five months in his father's gym to gain his respect, but does it work? The film screens through to Thursday, and tickets can be purchased at the cinema.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28 / HOOK / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
RU-FI-O! RU-FI-O! If you've heard this before, disregard anything beyond this sentence; you already know what I'm talking about. The CINSSU Free Friday Film this week will be none other than the 1991 hit film Hook, starring Dustin Hoffman as Hook, Robin Williams as Peter Pan and Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell. The story goes that an adult Peter Pan eventually left Neverland to hook up with Wendy's granddaughter, and has forgotten all about his adventure and the power of fun. Seriously. Oh yeah, Captain Hook might also be trying to kidnap his kids and turn them against Peter in some sort of divide and conquer scheme. Whatever--it's a great film and it's free, so what are you waiting for?
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 / I WAKE UP SCREAMING / DOMINION ON QUEEN / 8PM
A new competitor arises! The Toronto Film Noir Syndicate hosts its inaugural screening in the back room of a bar, but ups the ante with the film. I Wake up Screaming is a classic 1940's film noir about a man accused of a crime he didn't commit. The crime? The murder of his protegee, of course. To only complicate matters, the only person who believes him is the sister of the deceased dame--the sister he was swiftly falling in love with! While an early entry to the film noir circuit, this slow-burning thriller has many of the requisite elements, including pin-up star Betty Grable in a very sweet role. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds will help fund future screenings for TFNS.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 / EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL / THE ROYAL / 9:30
In case you're not interested in the Nuit Blanche scene but still want something weird on Saturday, this is your film. A former art-world celebrity moves to a small Canadian town to reinvigorate his artistic vision outside of the limelight. The only trouble is that he finds himself most inspired by acts of carnage and violence, and this small town happens to have a guy who may be a sleepwalking serial cannibal. Starring Stephen McHattie and Georgina Reilly, this is practically a Pontypool reunion! Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the cinema, and the film runs for a week.
MONDAY OCTOBER 1 / BENJI / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 6:30PM
Another documentary in ESPN's 30 for 30 series receives a Canadian premiere at the Bloor Cinema on Monday. Benji details the tragedy surrounding Chicago teenager Ben Wilson, a sweet, charming South Side boy who ranked number one in high school basketball in America. In basketball-crazy Chicago, he was a big hope for the city and bore a lot of expectations on his shoulders. That is, until he became a victim in his own community. Tickets can be purchased at the cinema or online. Visit All Balls Don't Bounce for more information.
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