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This Week in Film: July 3rd 2008


With Canada Day here and gone, and the American holiday this weekend, the big-budgets are quiet this week. Will Smith's latest film has been out for 2 days now and Wall-E is still dominating the cinemas. Therefore, this might be a good weekend to catch up on films you may have missed, whether contemporary or classic. We've got emperors, detectives, ghosts, pregnant teens, cowboys and a block party, all this and more after the jump.

Son of Rambow has been featured several times by blogTO writers, and luckily the Bloor Cinema has caught on, picking the film up for several screenings throughout the weekend. Share the joy of film-making, and the 80's through a childs imagination. This may be your last chance to take in Son of Rambow on the big screen, and I promise it is more than entertaining enough to occupy the minds of adults and children alike this weekend.

The Revue Cinema is doing something interesting this weekend by screening Bertolucci's 1987 masterpiece The Last Emperor as part of their Epic Weekends series. The first feature film allowed by the Chinese Government to be filmed in the Forbidden City, The Last Emperor swept the Oscars the following year with Best Picture, Best Art Direction and Cinematography to name a few. The film will be screened in its entirety on Saturday and Sunday, running approximately 218 minutes.

The summer becomes golden again for people looking for free outdoor films. The free Yonge and Dundas Square film next week is the cowboy-love film Brokeback Mountain which showed that even sexy, controversial films can still be brutally slow-paced, while the Free Fido Flicks: Unleased at the Harbourfront kicks off with the quirky, perhaps over-ripe film Juno; starring Canadian teens Ellen Page and Michael Cera. Both screenings are on Tuesday and begin around sundown.

The Cinematheque Ontario continues with its summer programming this week, with the fantastic Kurosawa ancient detective/ghost story, Rashomon, tomorrow evening. Other great picks at the Cinematheque in the coming week would be Saturdays screening of Oshima's Boy, about a 10 year old trained by his parents to feign being hit by cars for payoffs. Similar in theme to the recent Chinese film, Little Moth, Boy remains a hard look at the poverty and desperation forcing a family to ill-use their child, if only to survive. Another Japanese film to look out for this week would be the Tuesday evening screening of Kurosawa's 1949 police/detective story, Stray Dog, about a rookie detective who loses his gun on the job, only to discover it was used in a homicide and his subsequent dramatic search for his...'gun.'

Image: Stray Dog from Wikimedia


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