This Week in Film: This Is Spinal Tap, Back to the Future, Ousmane Sembene Retrospective presents Ceddo, Lars Van Tier's Antichrist, Paprika, Kuroneko, and Labyrinth
MONDAY FEBRUARY 7TH / THE GREAT DIGITAL FILM FEST PRESENTS THIS IS SPINAL TAP / SCOTIABANK THEATRE / 7PM
Cineplex's Great Digital Film Fest, which was a hit when it debuted last year, comes back with some great contemporary classics for your re-watching. This is Spinal Tap is just the tip of the iceberg, a hilarious mockumentary about a fake metal band with memorable hits like "Big Bottoms" and "Gimmie Some Money" and "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight!" you can't really go wrong. Also screening on Monday is Alien at 1pm, Aliens at 4pm and The Blues Brothers at 9:30pm. Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the theatre or online.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8TH / THE GREAT DIGITAL FILM FEST PRESENTS BACK TO THE FUTURE / SCOTIABANK THEATRE / 7PM
It's no secret that I'm a huge Back to the Future fan especially considering I dressed up as Marty McFly for Halloween this past year. If you were a kid growing up in the 80's or even the early 90's, I bet you were too. Relive your youth, grab a diet Pepsi-Free and stop worrying about stuff that's heavy, head to the Great Digital Film Festival and see Back to the Future again! Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the theatre or online.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9TH / OUSMANE SEMBENE RETROSPECTIVE PRESENTS CEDDO / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
The Ousmane Sembene retrospective continues with Ceddo, a gutsy rewrite of African history about the abduction of a tribal princess in the 19th century, anachronistically scored with jazz and gospel music. The film was banned in Senegal for drawing the comparison of European colonial forces and Islam (the dominant religion of the country) as being equally controlling and repressive forces of domination on Africans. Tickets are $12 and can be bought at the theatre or online.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10TH / SATANIC SINEMA PRESENTS LARS VON TRIER'S ANTICHRIST / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 9:30PM
Antichrist, the controversial and graphic psycho-sexual horror film that shocked and grossed out film-goers worldwide and at festivals like Cannes and TIFF, now comes to the Toronto Underground. Although there are promises of creepy music and devilish door prizes and a LIVE ritual beforehand, this film is not for the weak of heart. While I've been a fan of numerous other Von Trier films, I've not seen this one and definitely don't plan to, but the consensus among the strong of stomach is that the film is beautiful despite the violence. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at the theatre.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 11TH / FREE FRIDAY FILMS PRESENTS PAPRIKA / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
Paprika, one of the great works of film created by the late Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, Millenium Actress) explores a world where a new device allows psychologists to help patients by entering their minds in sleep and influencing their dream worlds. When the device becomes compromised, one of the original psychologists is the only one who can stop it. Delving into dream after dream, where a dream injury becomes real, one is left wondering, what is reality? Tickets are free, but come early to be guaranteed a seat.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12TH / KURONEKO / BLOOR CINEMA / 9:30PM
It's the week before Valentine's Day and Toronto cinemas are obsessed with violence and horror films! .(Or maybe it's just me...) In this case, Kuroneko is about the ghosts of two women whose violent deaths have haunted their town and spawned an Onryo demon who takes out their vengeance on any military men passing through. When a young hero is sent to clear out the demons, he finds he may be falling under it's spell instead. Tickets are $10 and can be bought
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