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This Week in Rep Cinema: Invisible City, Dogville, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Wizard of Oz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

This Week in Rep Cinema features second run and classic film selections from cinemas such as The Fox, The Revue, The Royal, Toronto Underground Cinema, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox and more.

Two film festivals call rep cinemas home this week, with the Revue featuring the Alucine Film Festival and the Royal hosting the European Union Film Festival. The TIFF Bell Lightbox continues its retrospective on the work of Lars von Trier (previously) leading up to the release of Melancholia on Friday. The Guard also continues its dominance over second-run cinemas, while The Help also steps into play.


Hubert Davis's 2009 feature about two young inner-city boys growing into young men in Regent Park is a testament to the quality of Canadian documentary features. While an American version of this documentary would contain frenetic action, perhaps reenactments and a throbbing soundtrack, Davis cuts back to a contemplative doc that really highlights the real day-to-day experiences of these two young men and the changes in the housing development that envelops them. Since its release, we've witnessed the continued implosion of Toronto Community housing, which makes Davis's questions even more important. What are we, as citizens and as a city, doing to address this issue? Tickets are free but the screening is first come, first serve.

This is Lars von Trier's first film in his USA: Land of Opportunities trilogy, a series of films all following the character of Grace. When we first meet her in Dogville, she's on the run from a gang of mobsters who are on a manhunt for her. While attempting to elude them, she encounters Tom, a young writer who encourages her to hide out in Dogville, a small town where she can safely whittle away time and create a new life. Upon her arrival, she's told that her actions will determine her safety in Dogville and that she must do chores for the townsfolk to make them like her. While things unfold simply enough, the townsfolk take Grace for granted and slowly start to take advantage of her situation, pressing Grace between a rock and a hard place, Trier highlights the harmful community-mindset that often mistreats women who have no position or power via his conception of Dogville, which is, at its heart, a cruel place. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the cinema.


And now for something completely different. Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a strange coming-of-age film by director Cameron Crowe. Not nearly as saccharine as his other films, Fast Times was actually based on a book he wrote about infiltrating his high school years after graduating, in an attempt to figure out the state of teenagehood in America for Rolling Stone magazine.The film went on to build that wild American party school reputation that was idealized by many teenagers after its release, and probably still is today. Sex, drugs, trouble, rebellion, surfers, Sean Penn? Unlike Crowe's cushier flicks, Fast Times had all of the trauma with less of the melodrama and the patronizing high school representations that you see today, and it still stands the test of time because of it. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the cinema.

Follow the recently-paved-Roncesvalles to the Revue Cinema this Saturday for a return to Lollypop Lane and the Yellow Brick Road, with The Wizard of Oz. Meet Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl on the cusp of adulthood who suffers a fright when her dog is ordered to be put down after biting a mean old biddy. To save her pup, she runs away and is swept up in a tornado that would change her life forever. Really though, it's the film that made Judy Garland's career, one of the best films of all time, and it has one of the most interesting Wikipedia pages of trivia that I've seen in awhile. Fun fact? Jed Clampett of The Beverly Hillbillies was originally the Tin Man but had to quit after the aluminum makeup they used on him caused an extremely dangerous reaction. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the cinema.

Bryan Lee O'Malley's super popular bubblegum-pop-culture-romantic-action-comedy graphic novel about an underachieving twenty-something fighting all the 'evil exes' of his caustically capable gal-pal was a worrisome film to adapt and fans were understandably concerned. Luckily Edgar Wright's adaptation of the Scott Pilgrim series was something of a tour-de-force for Toronto, as the film was lovingly shot and produced in the city that O'Malley and his characters called home (though O'Malley has left the Great White North since). The production of the film was also tied to the staff of the Toronto Underground Cinema who maintained close connections with Wright, hosting The Wright Stuff series when he was in town. Recently, Toronto Underground scored major longevity points by winning the Best Rep Cinema title in the Now Magazine best-of polls, a title that was well deserved. To celebrate? A free screening for all of their favourite fans. But be sure to come early, their free screenings fill up fast.


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Still from Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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