This Week in Film: I Love You Phillip Morris, Nightfall, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Conan the Barbarian, Last Action Hero, Tommy
MONDAY MARCH 7TH / I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS / ROYAL CINEMA / 7PM
Plagued by distribution woes, this film took almost two years from festival circuit to limited release and is now at the Royal Cinema for those who missed it. Based on a true story, the film follows businessman turned ex-con Steven Jay Russell whose stints in and out of jail are all in the name of love, that love being in the form of a man he met in prison, Phillip Morris. The film features what may be Jim Carrey's best performance of his career if not in years, and a strong performance by Ewan McGregor as the object of his affections. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the cinema. More showtimes for I Love You Phillip Morris can be found on the website.
TUESDAY MARCH 8TH / HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS PRESENTS NIGHTFALL / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
In America, men are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty but this isn't so in Nightfall. Aldo Ray plays a man accused for murder, running from police and criminals alike while wooing the stunning Ann Bancroft who somehow gets tangled up in his mess. While a film noir in the classic sense, some of the best imagery in this movie is found in white, snowy Wisconsin just as much as the neon-lit seedy streets of L.A. Tickets are $12 for non-members, $9 for members and can be bought at the cinema or online.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 9TH / THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH / BLOOR CINEMA / 9PM
After retiring his Space Oddity persona in the early 70's, David Bowie entered the Thin White Duke phase of his career, a drug-heavy time where he completed his first starring role as an alien in this Nicolas Roeg film. A tragic tale of a man whose success only leads to his downfall, Bowie's character Newton is an alien come to Earth for natural resources who ends up staying and finds himself corrupted by Western culture and values. The closer he gets to his goal of siphoning water to his home world, the further he is from leaving. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $7 for members and can be purchased at the cinema.
THURSDAY MARCH 10TH / CONAN THE BARBARIAN & LAST ACTION HERO / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 7PM & 9:30PM
Enjoy a double bill of contemporary classics from the Governor of California's repertoire this Thursday, with Conan the Barbarian and Last Action Hero. The former, his first real starring role where he wasn't dubbed and the latter a whole different Arnie during the 'kid-friendly' part of his career, it's an interesting type-casting contrast. The only thing better would be a triple bill with Terminator or Total Recall! Tickets are $8 for one film or $14 for a double bill and can be bought at the cinema.
FRIDAY MARCH 11TH / CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS TOMMY / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 9:30PM
Witness the psychadelic majesty of Tommy, the first real rock opera by The Who (who also made Quadrophenia also playing at Canadian Music Week.) The film follows Tommy, that aforementioned deaf, dumb, blind 'Pinball Wizard' who rises to fame and notoriety, only to end up a religious icon for the masses. With impressive musical sequences, the film feature appearances by Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner, Pete Townsend and Ann Margret as people Tommy encounters through his journey. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
SATURDAY MARCH 12TH / LA CEREMONIE / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 5:30PM
Class and culture collide in Claude Chabrol's La CĂŠrĂŠmonie, as an illiterate maid with a secret to hide slowly becomes resentful of her wealthy and often ridiculous employers. Encouraged by her only friend, a dissatisfied postal servant, she becomes increasingly defiant of their objectionable terms and independant of her position. At times a dark satire bent on lampooning bourgeois French culture and other times a thriller, this is contemporary Chabrol at his finest. Tickets are $12 for non-members, $9 for members and can be bought at the cinema or online.
SUNDAY MARCH 13TH / SILENT SUNDAYS PRESENTS STEAMBOAT BILL JR. / REVUE CINEMA / 4PM
The Revue's Silent Sundays returns this month with the Buster Keaton classic, Steamboat Bill Jr. One of his last films, it features the same high quality of comedy you'd expect from Keaton, with some of his more elaborate and memorable sight gags. Keaton plays Bill Jr, the estranged son of Steamboat Bill, a Mississippi steamboat operator who has been trying to raise his son to follow in his footsteps. When the two are reunited, Bill Jr falls for the charming daughter of his fathers competitor and the two try to make it work while avoiding the wrath of their fathers. Matinee tickets are $6, members or non members and can be purchased at the cinema.
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