This Week in Film: June 20th 2008
This week in film is a mish-mash of movies we've already featured, reviewed or anticipated, with a few new additions along the way. The surprising thing about this week is the overall focus on Canadian directors, old and new. I promise this is an unintended consequence, but delightful nonetheless. Of the new and surprising releases this week is Toronto director Sam Dunn's Global Metal. This and more, after the jump.
Global Metal is a sequel of sorts, by Sam Dunn who previously directed Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, and takes the subject matter to the next level, encompassing the dark side of metal, the middle-east side of metal and the wild Japanese side. The film debuted last week at NXNE and is getting a full release this week at the Scotiabank Theatre. While blogTO was unable to attend the screening last week, check out music blog Toronto Indie's review of the film.
Beginning tonight, and continuing until the end of next week, is the programme dedicated to Toronto director Peter Lynch, featured previously on blogTO. Weird Science: An Idiosyncratic Archaeology of Peter Lynch begins tonight with a lecture with the director and a special screening of Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend, and continues with Arrowhead & Project Grizzly on Tuesday the 24th.
Another Canadian film getting a release this week is Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg, which debuted at TIFF last year and was screened as part of Canada's Top 10 for 2007 at the Cinematheque this winter. The film follows Maddin as he purchases his family home (in Winnipeg, of course) and explores the city, re-enacting childhood memories with his mother who is now well into her eighties. Essentially, it's another Guy Maddin film but for many, that won't disappoint one bit.
If you're waiting for a summer blockbuster this week, you're in for a sad ride. The two contenders are the lackluster remake of Get Smart featuring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway in a film that was in post-production for way too long, and The Love Guru which features terrible performances by mediocre big-named stars (Justin Timberlake, Jessica Alba) but is getting all sorts of Canadian attention all for the wrong reasons (i.e. the 'emphasis' on Toronto as a location and the Toronto Maple Leafs.) But if there is any consolation it's only six sleeps until WALL-E!
Image: Global Metal: Kuwait from Global Metal
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