Stuck

This Week in Film: July 18th 2008

This week in film begins with a salute to the film that is filling up every theatre in this city. The Dark Knight wait is over, the film is out, the reviews are great, but don't tell me a thing because I haven't seen it yet! But Dark Knight is not the only high-tension thriller in theatres, as a certain controversial dark comedy finally gets a release this week.

One of my favourite films at last year's Midnight Madness programme at TIFF is screening at the Bloor Cinema this week. You probably recognize cult director Stuart Gordon from 80's zombie hit Re-Animator, and while his newest film is a little more realistic, Stuck still features an equally disturbing set of circumstances. Loosely based on a real incident in Texas where a woman hit a homeless man and left him to die in her garage, the film stars Stephen Rea as said homeless man while the antagonist played by Mena Suvari is a chilling portrayal of a pathetic do-gooder gone bad. This film is definitely not to be missed with some of the funniest one-liners in recent history and a climax that will have you cheering and jeering in your seats.

In other releases this week, the stirring documentary A Jihad for Love which has been all over the festival-circuit, finally comes to the Royal Cinema this week for a real run. The film, over five years in the making, features interviews from all around the globe speaking to gay and lesbian Muslims and their struggle between their faith and their love. Make sure to also read director Parvez Sharma's blog about the film and the impact it's been making worldwide.

On the free screens next Tuesday, Yonge and Dundas Square is showing Woody Allen's classic romantic comedy, Annie Hall, while Fido Free Flicks at the Harbourfront offers up the teen comedy, Dick. I don't know about you, but I think the choice is quite obvious.

On Thursday of next week, the Cinematheque Ontario will be screening the Visconti film Ossessione, an Italian take on The Postman Always Rings Twice. The film tells the story of a drifter and the innkeepers wife who fall passionately in lust and attempt to get her husband out of the way, and then everything gets hard. With love, lust, murder, homosexual overtones and quite a bit of brooding, this film is a must-see of Italian Cinema.

Image: Stuck from Seville Pictures


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