This Week in Rep Cinema: Adaptation, The Year's Best Packaged Goods, It's a Wonderful Life, Dragonslayer, Event Horizon
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 Midnight-in-Paris-watch is still on, as the Carlton appears as though it'll never let go of this film. The Projection Booth unleashes the scares on Tuesday with a double bill of horror, starting with monthly short-film showcase Little Terrors at 8 p.m. and followed by the festive feature Christmas Evil at 10:30 p.m. A Roman Polanski retrospective begins on Saturday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with Knife in the Water (look out for a feature on Polanski mid-week), and, last but not least, The Room returns to the Royal Cinema this Friday â have your spoons ready!
TUESDAY DECEMBER 13TH / ADAPTATION / REVUE CINEMA / 6:45PM
The last installment of The Book Revue for 2011 features one of the more bizarre adaptations of recent years, Spike Jonze's Adaptation. The film is somewhat based on The Orchid Thief, a non-fiction story by Susan Orlean about a group of convicted poachers who were smuggling orchids from a state preserve. A bit of a tough story to crack, Adaptation became a tale about the ordeal that screenwriter Charlie Kaufman went through while attempting to adapt the original narrative. The result is a caper of a film, with Nicolas Cage playing both Charlie Kaufman and his fictional twin brother Donald as the two trade off their successes in the screenwriting business. As usual, the screening will have some food afterwards and giveaways during the discussion. Tickets can be purchased at the cinema.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14TH / PACKAGED GOODS: THE YEAR'S BEST / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 7PM
The Packaged Goods program is one of the more interesting additions to the TIFF Bell Lightbox this year, an innovative collection of short films, TV spots and commercial cinema from all over the globe. This final screening for 2011 is the creme de la creme of the selections this year, featuring: commercials from Nike and Heineken, ads for the NFL, a video game spot for Call of Duty, music videos from Florence & The Machine and Bon Iver and, of course, the Skittles commercial above. A great series to remind audiences of the real artistry and craft that goes into some of the messages designed to convince you to consume. Tickets are $12 and can be bought at the cinema or online.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 16TH / IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 8PM
Be careful what you wish for! Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, a down and out businessman convinced of his own insignificance, contemplating suicide on a particularly dark Christmas Eve. Luckily he's intercepted by his guardian angel Clarence who shows him what the world would be like if there was a little less of him in it. As Bailey is transported to a world in which he never existed, he begins to realize just how much his efforts and hard work mean for his family and his town. Frank Capra's masterpiece is pretty much my ideal for a Christmas movie, featuring Stewart in one of his most charming and heartwarming roles while inversely featuring Lionel Barrymore as the evil Mr. Potter in one of his most repugnant. The screening will be FREE, first come first seated, so head down to the Toronto Underground and save me a seat!
SATURDAY DECEMBER 17TH / DRAGONSLAYER / ROYAL CINEMA / 7PM
Winner of the Best Documentary Feature and Best Cinematography at SXSW 2011 and winner of Best International Feature at Hot Docs, Dragonslayer navigates modern skate punk culture in Southern California during the recent economic recession. Following the enigmatic Skreech, a former professional skater, the film puts into contrast his infamy as a local skate legend with his foray into parenthood and the punk rock manifesto that he and his friends follow. Skating in empty swimming pools in the yards of abandoned houses, aimlessly spending his summer stoned and couch surfing, this is a coming of age film, but coming into what? While not entirely hopeful, the film feels authentic and while you may not give a whiff for skateboard culture, this is a finely crafted doc. Dragonslayer runs from December 16th to 22nd and tickets can be purchased at the cinema.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 18TH / EVENT HORIZON / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 7PM
Originally pitched as 'The Shining, in SPACE!' Event Horizon was never supposed to be the type of film that would be remembered a decade later, but oddly enough once Paul W.S. Anderson came onboard to direct the feature, that attitude changed. The film follows a rescue vessel looking to recover potential survivors from a stranded ship after receiving a distress call, only to discover the team dead from literally tearing each other apart. As the rescue team searches for clues, they begin to undergo the same symptoms of madness that destroyed the original inhabitants. Say what you will about the permutations of the genre, Event Horizon was a crucial moment in the science-fiction-horror cinema, pitting the paranoia of claustrophobia in space up against the unmitigated terror of encountering an alien gateway to hell. Oh and your favourite Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson will be in attendance for all of your geeky needs. You're welcome. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the cinema.
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