This Week in Rep Cinema: The Graduate, Babette's Feast, Dr. Strangelove, Valley Girl, Solaris
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.
Comedy, satire, sci-fi, oh my! There are a wealth or worthy films screening this week whether it's one of the new programs at the Lightbox, some classic cinema at the Royal Cinema or one of the anticipated monthly programs at the Revue Cinema. As all eyes move from the winners of the Golden Globes to anticipate the possible outcome of the Oscars, rep cinemas are buzzing with favourites and underdogs in anticipation of a rise in attendance. Yes, that means that Midnight in Paris is still in theatres, but so is The Help and J. Edgar even has some legs. But me? I'm going to Solaris.
TUESDAY JANUARY 24TH / THE GRADUATE / REVUE CINEMA / 6:45PM
This month the Book Revue takes a good, hard look at one of cinema's favourite anti-heros. Our subject? Recent college graduate and confused twenty-something Ben (played by a young Dustin Hoffman), whose first step to adulthood leads him into the arms of an older, married woman. The Graduate is an oft-referenced yet rarely screened work with every actor at the top of their game. Come for the film, stay for the discussion and the cookies. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25TH / DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB / ROYAL CINEMA / 9:15PM
Dr. Strangelove, Kubrick's blackest of black comedies is long, risky satirical joke about nuclear war during just that period of time after the Cuban Missile Crisis and during the Cold War when tensions were at their highest. In the vein of a Vonnegut novel, Kubrick decides to work with the question of, "What IF some idiot drops the bomb?" and parlay it to the highest comic relief. Dr. Strangelove also screens Tuesday Jan 24th at 9:15pm and Thursday Jan 26th at 7pm. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased cash-only at the cinema 30 minutes prior to each screening.
THURSDAY JANUARY 26TH / BABETTE'S FEAST / REVUE CINEMA / 6:30PM
The Epicure's Revue couldn't have picked a better film about food this month, be sure to eat beforehand! The film follows Babette, a sweet maid and refugee who has been working for 14 years for a pair of older sisters. The two women are all that's left of their father's strict Christian sect and were social beauties in their time but suffered when their pastor father rejected all their beaus. When Babette wins the lottery, instead of staking her own claim in the world she slaves over a gourmet feast for the two kindly women who took her in, so many years ago. Food for the heart and soul (and the stomach!)
SATURDAY JANUARY 28TH / VALLEY GIRL / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 10PM
Late Night: Bangkok Dangerous: The Cinema of Nicolas Cage, the ingenious series dedicated to cinema's most baffling man kicks off this week with his earliest leading role as an attractive punk in Valley Girl. The story of a girl from the right side of the tracks and a boy from the wrong isn't necessarily the stuff that originality is made from, but somehow, Cage makes it work. A sort of contemporary non-musical homage to Grease perhaps? Whatever, I don't need to sell this, it sells itself. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SUNDAY JANUARY 29TH / SOLARIS / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 2:30PM
Screening as part of the Attack the Bloc series, this is a must-required film. I'll say it once and I'll say it again, run, don't walk to the Lightbox to see this film. One, it's one of the best cerebral science fiction films of all time. Two, out-class your friends by saying you can't go to brunch because you're headed to see a Russian sci-fi film. Three, take a date and impress upon them about how even in sci-fi love triumphs over all. Four, seriously? I haven't convinced you enough? Solaris also screens Thursday February 2nd at 8:45pm.
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Still from The Graduate
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