Archive for month: February, 2015

Halifax film screening picks — February 23-March 1

23 Feb
February 23, 2015

The Thrillema cult-film screening series is back this week, rolling out Stuart Gordon’s comedic sci-fi-gore-alicious H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, Re-Animator (1985).

It makes for a tough choice on Wednesday night which also has the latest in the noir series at the Dalhousie Art Gallery—Orson Welles’ still under-appreciated The Lady From Shanghai (1948), a film which Jean-Luc Godard considered one of the ten best American sound films ever made.

Carbon Arc has one of this year’s Oscars’ best animated feature nominees, the latest from Ireland’s Cartoon Salon, Song of the Sea, with two screenings this Friday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Feb 23) — Living Without Money, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free. 52-minute 2010 doc about 68 year old Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made a deliberate choice to stop using money 14 years prior. If you can’t make the screening, fittingly enough the whole film is online—for free.
  • Tuesday (Feb 24) — Medicine for Melancholy, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 5pm. Black History Month screening series wraps up with this 2008 day-in-the-life drama about a contemporary black couple, set in San Francisco.
  • Wednesday (Feb 25) — The Lady from Shanghai, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Film Noir retrospective continues with this 1947 Raymond Chandler novel adaptation.
    Re-Animator, The Thrillema @ the Museum of Natural History, 8pm, free, advance tickets available at Strange Adventures.
  • Friday (Feb 27) —Song of the Sea, 7pm & 9pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7.

Halifax film screening picks — February 16-22

16 Feb
February 16, 2015

It’s not every week that Halifax gets an indie film release before most of the country, but that’s what’s happening this Friday at the Carbon Arc screening of sixties pop doc The Wrecking Crew. The three Canadian cinemas that are opening it this weekend are Vancity Theatre in Vancouver, Bloor Hot Docs in Toronto—and Carbon Arc.

The story of the unsung session musicians who recorded six Grammy Record of the Year winners in a row (1966 to 1971) was actually completed in 2008 and screened at festivals then, but filmmaker Danny Tedesco (son of one of the musicians) has been working for the past six years to find the funding to license over 120 music cues. With that job complete the film is now seeing a commercial release.

Carbon Arc, unusually, has two films screening this Friday, with Canadian coming-of-age drama Tu Dors Nicole, which got good notices at Cannes, screening at 7pm, with The Wrecking Crew following at 9pm.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Feb 16) — Mr. Turner, Cineplex Oxford, regular pricing (playing Monday through Thursday). Timothy Spall won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his performance as J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s biopic.
  • Tuesday (Feb 17) — Pariah, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 5pm, free. A “tender, sporadically goofy, yet candid examination of emergent identity” said NPR in 2011 about this multi-award-winning tale of a young, black lesbian in Brooklyn.
  • Wednesday (Feb 18) — The Brasher Doubloon, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Film Noir retrospective continues with this 1947 Raymond Chandler novel adaptation.
  • Thursday (Feb 19) — CKDU Film-e-oke/Howling Moon Karaoke, Plan B/2180 Gottingen St, 8pm-11pm, $3 suggested donation. Looks like a fun event for CKDU’s 30th anniversary—get ready to re-enact scenes from Casablanca, Jaws, The Princess Bride, and, inevitably, The Big Lebowski.
  • Friday (Feb 20) — Tu Dors Nicole, 7pm, and The Wrecking Crew, 9pm, Carbon Arc Cinema at the Museum of Natural History, $7 each.

 

 

Halifax film screening picks — February 9-15

09 Feb
February 9, 2015

Trying something new, starting today… I’m going to be combing through local event listings, weekly, to come up with recommended film screenings for the Halifax area. This week’s current film pick was a pretty easy one—Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater is a surprisingly strong depiction of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari’s 118-day stint in an Iranian prison. The squeamish need not fear—this is a journey of the soul, not torture porn, and the ever-appealing Gael García Bernal does a fine job of inhabiting this role, while Stewart successfully cracks the problem of making an extended detention interesting on the screen. Friday’s Carbon Arc screening at the Museum of Natural History. (Above you can see the real-life and film-fiction Baharis side by side, with Jon Stewart and Cameron Bailey at TIFF this past September.)

My repertory pick of the week is the 40th anniversary re-release of Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon, which it so happens was Al Pacino’s next role after The Godfather Part II. This is a Cineplex Classic Film Series screening at Dartmouth Crossing on Wednesday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Feb 9) — Payback, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free. Based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, dir. Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes).
  • Tuesday (Feb 10) — Faat Kiné, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 5pm, free. 2000’s now rarely-seen capstone film from Senegal’s “father of African film,” Ousmane Sembene.
  • Wednesday (Feb 11) — Dog Day Afternoon, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6.
  • Thursday (Feb 12) — Mr. Turner, Cineplex Oxford, regular pricing (playing Monday through Thursday). Timothy Spall won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his performance as J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s biopic.
  • Friday (Feb 13) — Rosewater, Carbon Arc Cinema at the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7.
  • Sunday (Feb 15) — Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed, Fundy Film Society at Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville, 4pm and 7pm, $9. Haven’t yet seen this tale of a 1966 Spanish road trip quest to meet John Lennon, but it looks like it would make for a fun actual Sunday road trip to Wolfville.