This Week in Rep Cinema: Starbuck, The Skin I Live In, Fish Tank, Super Punch Saturday, La Boheme
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 Fox Theatre loves alliteration this week, screening not just My Week With Marilyn and Margin Call, but also Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene for good measure. The Lightbox takes a bit of a break with programming to focus on Canada's Top Ten this week, all is still silent at the Underground, but there's more than enough to see this week with a kung-fu double bill at the Projection Booth, the return of Silent Sundays at the Revue and Free Friday Films at Innis Town Hall. The dog days of (early) January are apparently over!
TUESDAY JANUARY 10TH / STARBUCK / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 7PM
This Quebecois comedy introduces us to David, a middle-aged layabout who one day realizes that his weekly trips to the sperm clinic have made him the father of not just a handful, but a few hundred kids. (I thought there was some rule against this so populations would have diversity, but what do I know...) Curious, David starts to check up on his 'donations' while using this discovery to prove to his current girlfriend that he'd be a good dad to their upcoming baby. Starbuck repeats on Wednesday the 11th and Friday the 13th. Tickets can be bought online or at the cinema.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11TH / THE SKIN I LIVE IN / REVUE CINEMA / 7PM
Almodovar, acclaimed Spanish director of Academy Award winner All About My Mother, has received mixed responses for his newest work The Skin I Live In. The film is an adaptation of a book that is partially science-fiction horror, paired with Almodovar's usual melodramatic-interpersonal-family-drama style. The film features a controversial plastic surgeon and his unethical experimentation in techniques. While we're used to Almodovar characters being emotionally battered, this film takes that abuse to a whole new level. That said, it's not the easiest of pills to swallow. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the cinema.
FRIDAY JANUARY 13TH / FISH TANK / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
Jury Prize winner at Cannes in 2009, Fish Tank follows Mia, an angry teen who develops a crush on her mother's new boyfriend Connor (Michael Fassbender.) As their relationship develops (unbeknownst to her mother), Mia learns some startling news about this older man and her stunning reaction and subsequent action highlights the frightening rage of adolescence and uncertainty. This is a free screening as part of the Free Friday Film Series at CINSSU.
SATURDAY JANUARY 14TH / IMAGE OF BRUCE LEE & BRUCE LEE FIGHTS BACK FROM THE GRAVE / PROJECTION BOOTH / 9PM
Super Punch Saturdays is a twice-monthly kung-fu double bill, a recent and welcome addition to the innovative Projection Booth program. This month, a pair of fun, perhaps unusual Bruce Lee films; in Image Of Bruce Lee, Lee plays a secret agent working with Hong Kong cops to break a smuggling ring and oddly, Bruce Lee Fights Back From the Grave doesn't even feature the eponymous hero! Nonetheless, get ready for some ridiculous fight choreography all the same. Tickets are $8 each or two for $14 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SUNDAY JANUARY 15TH / LA BOHEME (1926) / REVUE CINEMA / 4PM
Silent Sundays returns to the Revue Cinema, with a screening of the 1926 film adaptation of the opera, La Boheme, starring Lilian Gish, one of the best-known silent actors of all time. Gish plays Mimi, a poor, beautiful but sickly embroiderer trying to make ends meet in Paris, who falls for Rodolphe, a handsome playwright struggling to create art while keeping a roof over his head. A box-office smash at the time, this film is currently unavailable on DVD, so see it while you can. The screening will also feature live piano accompaniment by William O'Meara. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
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Still from The Skin I Live In
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