This Week in Film: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, A Mighty Wind, Trigger, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Ghostbusters, and Mean Girls
This week in film rounds up the most noteworthy independent screenings and cinema-related events happening in Toronto.
MONDAY JULY 4TH / HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE / SCOTIABANK THEATRE / 7:30PM
We're less than two weeks away from the final installment of this epic eight-film series that took 10 years to tell. On previous weeks I was able to resist Harry Potter suggestions, but my inner geek has overruled me this time. While Half Blood Prince is one of the darker books of the series, with Harry continuing to realize the lethal costs of involving his friends in his fight with Lord Voldemort, this film also has its share of mirth with school-age romances, love triangles and of course, Quidditch. Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the cinema. Other theatres will be screening the film at 7pm.
TUESDAY JULY 5TH / SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD / WEST-JET STAGE - HARBOURFRONT CENTRE / 9PM
Part of the Longo's Free Summer Flicks that will be running all summer as mentioned in last week's post on the topic, it's fitting that the first film in the series be the one based off of Bryan Lee O'Malley's fond memories of Toronto. While the film version of Scott Pilgrim was in post-production when O'Malley was still finishing the last book, despite the differences, it still has a fitting ending to a series that mirrored the lives of enough young adults to spawn a significant fanbase. Scott Pilgrim, 23, is unemployed and dating a teenager until he falls in love with the mysterious American courier Ramona Flowers and must defeat her seven deadly exes in order to... keep dating her. What could go wrong? By the man who brought you Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, it's a fast-paced romantic tragi-comedy in several parts. The film is free so show up early for seats.
WEDNESDAY JULY 6TH / A MIGHTY WIND / REVUE CINEMA / 7PM
Personally I believe the appeal of all of Christopher Guest's mockumentaries have been the humanity of the subjects he invents, no matter how ridiculous they seem. Whether they are delusional rockers such as in Spinal Tap or obsessed dog-show competitors in Best in Show, his characters seem like they could inhabit this planet (Oh, help them!), and somehow it seems they do. In A Mighty Wind, Guest takes his finesse to another sub-culture, namely American folk music, and gives a hilarious look at characters who can't wait to relive the glory days, those who have moved on and the organizers of the event who don't know a hoot about it. Sounds like real life to me! The film will be prefaced with a discussion about Second City by Allan Gutman, the head of the Second City Training Centre when many of Guests's favourite actors were all in the comedy scene in Toronto together. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the cinema.
THURSDAY JULY 7TH / TRIGGER / OPEN ROOF FILM FESTIVAL - AMSTERDAM BREWERY / 9PM
It's unfortunate that Tracy Wright's last performance was, hands down, her best, but paired with Molly Parker, what a fantastic film to go out on! Trigger opens with two ex-bandmates meeting for dinner at one of Toronto's nicest restaurants (Canoe, actually) and while, to us, it appears to be an awkward meeting, we don't even know the half of it. Torn apart by addiction, heartache and life, the two try to connect on any level possible to catch a spark of the bond they once had, while performing a reunion partially in their own honour, whoops. While the film starts at 9pm, your ticket also admits you to see a performance by Betty Burke at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and can be bought online or same-day at the Brewery.
FRIDAY JULY 8TH / CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 7PM, 9:15PM
Finally a 3-D movie that was worth the migraine! Before I bore you with a description, I will introduce you to the most relevant part of your film, Werner Herzog, auteur and iconic filmmaker who brought you such films as Encounters at the End of the World and Grizzly Man. Now the summary is quite simple, it is a 3-D journey to view the oldest cave paintings known to man, which are located in a very remote and rarely accessible cave in France. By using the 3-D technology you are able to see the amazing raised texture and sophisticated techniques used in the paintings, but you are also paying admission to hear Herzog spout off about topics and inane ideas that end up sounding saner the more times you see his films. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SATURDAY JULY 9TH / GHOSTBUSTERS / REVUE CINEMA / 4:15PM
I ain't afraid of no ghost! Join Egon, Ray and Venkman as they learn the ropes to becoming New York City's best ghost detective team! While slime monsters and scary librarians are normally what these guys act as pest control for, it's the ancient evil lurking in a new apartment tower that they should really be worried about. A film so iconic in it's New York-ness that a quick search for 'Ghostbusters Tours' comes up with several groups that offer visits to locations used in the film, Ghostbusters represents New York City at its finest, with a sense of humour! Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the cinema.
SUNDAY JULY 10TH / MEAN GIRLS / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 9PM
Kick back this Sunday and reminisce to easier times, when Lindsay Lohan was still a red-head, Rachel McAdams an unknown, Tina Fey was an unpredictable jackpot of ideas and there was no Glee or High School Musical. Let that sink in a moment. Mean Girls is everything Easy A could never be, with none of the real-world snark of Juno. It's annoying to describe a movie by using other movies, but as Mean Girls enjoyed preying on stereotypes from other bad-girl/makeover/clique films, it seems fitting. Tickets are $8 and can be bought at the cinema.
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