This Week in Film: January 17th 2006
Considering that In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Seige Tale only made $3 million last week in overall box office, I'm assuming most people ignored me and didn't see it. I also assume these will be the same people going to see Cloverfield (yawn) this weekend. Well good riddance, because this week I've got drag queens, Diane Keaton circa 1977, an epic Russian masterpiece and a tasty breakfast in store...
But first we have some Canadiana! On Friday the 18th, CINSSU is screening a free double-bill featuring adaptations of works by Mordecai Richler, the author of one of my favourite books as a kid, Jacob Two-Two and one of the most famous Canadian authors of all time. The two films are Joshua Then and Now featuring James Woods and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, starring Richard Dreyfuss. The screenings start at 7 and 9:30pm respectively at Innis Town Hall inside Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue.
Friday is also when the Cinematheque Ontario begins their Winter Season with a screening of Sergei Bondarchuk's 1965 version of War and Peace. They are offering parts 1 & 2 Friday night and 3 & 4 on Saturday, but if you think you're dedicated enough you can watch the entire nearly-8-hour-film at the Al Jackman Hall this Sunday the 20th or on the following Sunday the 27th.
For a less time-consuming feature, the Cinematheque is also screening a Toronto film called Outrageous! on Monday at 7pm. To sum it up, it's a film about the exploits of a young, gay drag queen and his schizophrenic best friend in Toronto in the 70's. And yes, the drag queen does Liza.
But if Mordecai Richler, drag queens and Tolstoy don't whet your appetite, there are some light-hearted classics in the mix, starring some phenomenal leading ladies. While it is unfortunate that Diane Keaton's most recent disappointment is being released this week, those of us who wish to remember her fondly can watch her charm Alvy Singer and the audience in Annie Hall at the Bloor Cinema on Sunday and Monday.
And last but not least, for a more whimsical romance, check out Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn this Wednesday at the Revue. Although you may need to actively ignore the Mickey Rooney yellowface, this film never gets old.
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