This Week in Rep Cinema: The Other Side of Sleep, Family Plot, Miss Representation, The Road Warrior, and Gremlins
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.
The European Union Film Festival wraps up at the The Royal this week, just in time for the Toronto Serbian Film Festival to begin on Saturday, December 3rd. The Projection Booth is showing two classic Vincent Price films until December 1st, The House on Haunted Hill and The Last Man on Earth. Otherwise, it's a bit of a quiet week, or it was as of Sunday, as several cinemas had yet to post their December calendars!
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29TH / THE OTHER SIDE OF SLEEP / ROYAL CINEMA / 6PM
A young woman afflicted with a debilitating case of sleepwalking finds herself in a nightmarish reality when she awakens one morning beside the dead body of a stranger. As she attempts to process this horror, she finds herself unspeakably drawn to the victim's family, unsure about the events of the night but increasingly sure that somebody else was there, and that somebody may still be watching. This slow-burning Irish thriller screened at Cannes and at TIFF this year and is featured as part of the European Union Film Festival at the Royal Cinema. All screenings at the film festival are free and tickets will be distributed first come, first serve starting one hour before the film.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 1ST / FAMILY PLOT / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 9:15PM
Alfred Hitchcock's final film was skipped over at the last retrospective at TIFF but has returned with a flourish. The sly caper features two disparate couples who are both working to catch the same prize for all the opposite reasons. There are many elements to the plot; a will, an estate, an aging heiress and schemes upon schemes wherein each pair plot to outwit and outlast the other. Unlike his more iconic films, Family Plot is tongue-in-cheek and not concerned with emphasizing the darkness that lurks at the heart of humanity, a theme Hitchcock was concerned with in previous decades. In his final feature, he truly embraces action comedies of the 1970's, with a charming film that still has his signature Hitchcockian humour. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the cinema.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 1ST / MISS REPRESENTATION / ROYAL CINEMA / 6:30PM
Miss Representation is a high-profile documentary that outlines the disappointing and damaging way that the media still under-represents and misrepresents women in the 21st century. From disparaging comments made about the appearance of some of the highest ranking female politicians to the general disregard for women in music videos and advertisements, the film is part of a wider conversation that needs more attention. The documentary received it's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was quickly picked up by Oprah Winfrey, to hopefully reach a wider audience. After the film will be a Q & A session with Sonya JF Barnett co-founder of the Toronto SlutWalk, Stacey May Fowles, author and editor of Shameless Magazine and critical author/nonprofit-eer Claire Kerr. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance online and a limited number will be sold at the cinema 30 minutes before the screening.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 2ND / THE ROAD WARRIOR / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
This year I've found myself supremely disappointed in the post-zombie revival of the post-apocalyptic genre and think that revisiting The Road Warrior may be one of the more satisfying ways to spend a crisp winter evening. Catch up with Mel Gibson before he started talking to a beaver puppet, as he plays a tortured loner who finds just enough juice left in him to help a desperate group of survivors fight for their freedom from a gang of ruthless motorcyclists. The Road Warrior, also known as Mad Max 2, features some of the best remixes of leather biker fashion and bondage styles that have become staples of the genre ever since. The screening is part of the Free Friday Film series hosted by CINSSU at the University of Toronto and seating is on a purely first come, first serve basis.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD / GREMLINS / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 3PM
This holiday season, some families watch It's a Wonderful Life, others watch Rudolph, more contemporary selections could include Elf or Bad Santa, but my holiday tradition is a bit different. For me, it just wouldn't be the holiday season without Gremlins, the Christmas fable of a group of very anti-Muppet-puppets terrorizing a small town, all because one teenage boy has a hard time following directions. In terms of protagonists, there's something adorable about Gizmo, the paragon of cuteness and charm who is the poor lone representative of the slightly-menacing race of Mogwai. Unfortunately his offspring aren't that friendly. The fate of Kingston Falls is all up to two teenagers who are out of their element as they try to outwit the tiny monsters who seek to, comedically, murder everybody in town. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the cinema.
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Still from Gremlins
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