Archive for month: September, 2015

Halifax film screening picks — Sep 28-Oct 4

28 Sep
September 28, 2015

How do you prefer your anime—dubbed in English, or in Japanese with English subtitles? Carbon Arc lets you choose with this Friday’s screenings of When Marnie Was There (potentially the final feature from Studio Ghibli). The English-dialogue version screens at 7pm, and the subtitled version at 9:30pm.

In other local Studio Ghibli news, please note that this Wednesday’s Thrillema screening of Princess Mononoke has been sold out for days—folks looking for tickets are resorting to posting their requests on the Facebook event page.

The Dalhousie Art Gallery fall film series gets up and running this week—titled “Altered States: Transformation in Science Fiction Films,” it kicks off in fine fashion with the restored edition of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. (In addition to this Wednesday sci-fi series, you can look forward to Dutch-themed Tuesday film screenings in October, and a couple of screenings in November focusing on the future of medicine.)

The recent passing of Wes Craven is probably the reason for late-night Park Lane screenings this weekend of Scream—the original is a certifiable pulp classic no matter the progressively more mediocre sequels.

There are a number of excellent films playing out of town around Nova Scotia this week, but special mention goes to the latest Ken Loach film, Jimmy’s Hall, which is playing this Sunday in Wolfville at the Al Whittle Theatre. The Astor Theatre in Liverpool has its screening of Diary of a Teenage Girl this Tuesday, departing from its usual Wednesday schedule.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Sep 28) — The Reflektor Tapes, Cineplex Park Lane, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7:30pm, $14.95. Kahlil Joseph, UK, 2015, 92 minutes. Arcade Fire documentary that just premiered at TIFF.
  • Tuesday (Sep 29) — Mistress America, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:10pm, 6:55pm, & 9:40pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Noam Baumbach, USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 30) — Metropolis, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927, 145 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 2) — When Marnie Was There, 7pm (English dub) & 9:30pm (Japanese w English subtitles), Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2014, 103 minutes.
    Scream, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Wes Craven, USA, 1996, 111 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 3) — Scream, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Wes Craven, USA, 1996, 111 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley and South Shore screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (Sep 29) — The Salt of the Earth, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014, 111 minutes. Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, 2014, France/Brazil, 110 minutes.
    The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Marielle Heller, USA, 2015, 102 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 30) — Ex Machina, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Alex Garland, UK, 2015, 108 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 4) — Jimmy’s Hall, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9.

 

Halifax film screening picks — Sep 21-27 (inc. Atlantic Film Festival pt. 2)

21 Sep
September 21, 2015

It’s double goodness this week—not only is the Atlantic Film Festival in full swing, but also Carbon Arc returns for a fall season of screenings, kicking off with the well-received Brazilian domestic drama The Second Mother. The first three weeks have been planned as double screenings (7pm and 9:30pm) so it will be easier than ever to make it out to the Museum of Natural History to see films, starting this Friday.

If you’ve looked at my pre-festival top ten picks for AFF, you know that seven of those films are packed into the first four days of the week, so I guess you know where to find me for the next while.

The Radical Imagination Project isn’t taking a break for the festival, and has a Monday screening of Til the Cows Come Home—the story of the protests against the closing of Canada’s rehabilitative prison farms in 2010.

Out of town, the Lunenburg Doc Fest picks up where AFF leaves off, kicking off a weekend of documentary screenings on Friday. I haven’t broken out the individual screenings in my picks below, but you can check out the whole program here.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Sep 20) — Cemetery of Splendour (Rak ti Khon Kaen), Cineplex Park Lane, 1:30pm, AFF: tickets. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, UK/France/Germany/Malaysia/Thailand, 2015, 122 minutes.
    — Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren), Cineplex Park Lane, 1:30pm, AFF: tickets. Zhangke Jia, China/France/Japan, 2015, 131 minutes.
    The Lobster, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, AFF: tickets. Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/Greece/France/Netherlands, 2015, 119 minutes.
    ‘Til the Cows Come Home, Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project. Lenny Epstein, Canada, 2014, 60 minutes.
    — Rear Window, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7:00pm, free tickets available at box office only. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954, 115 minutes.
    Rams (Hrútar), Cineplex Park Lane, 9:45pm, AFF: tickets. Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland, 2015, 93 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Sep 21) — The Daughter, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, AFF: tickets. Simon Stone, Australia, 2015, 96 minutes.
    — Mistress America, Cineplex Oxford, 7pm & 9:10pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Noam Baumbach,USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 22) — Dheepan, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:00pm, AFF: tickets. Jacques Audiard, France, 2015, 109 minutes.
    — The Reflektor Tapes, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7:30pm, $14.95. Kahlil Joseph, UK, 2015, 92 minutes. Arcade Fire documentary just premiered at TIFF.
  • Thursday (Sep 23) — Son of Saul, Cineplex Park Lane, 6:30pm, AFF: tickets. László Nemes, Hungary, 2015, 107 minutes.
    James White, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:15pm, AFF: tickets. Josh Mond, USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
  • Friday (Sep 24) — The Second Mother, 7pm & 9:30pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Anna Muylaert, Brazil, 2015, 112 minutes.

Here are my South Shore screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Thursday (Sep 23) — Amy, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014, 111 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 27) —  Mr. Holmes,  Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Bill Condon, UK/USA, 2015, 104 minutes.

 

Berberian Sound Studio (Netflix Canada picks)

18 Sep
September 18, 2015

Peter Strickland, UK, 2012, 92 minutes

When I saw Peter Strickland’s strange, Lynch-esque love letter to giallo at TIFF 2012, I was quite taken with it, but expressed some reservations about the ending.  I stand by that review but I have to say that watching this film, first at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, then on Blu-ray at home, it has really held up for me, and is a welcome addition to Netflix. Of the various postmodern giallo mashups we’ve seen in the last few years, for me this is still the best.

Halifax film screening picks — Sep 14-20 (inc. Atlantic Film Festival pt. 1)

14 Sep
September 14, 2015

It’s festival time, kids! As usual, the Atlantic Film Festival schedule tends to be front-loaded with Atlantic/Canadian stuff while backloading global cinema, a.k.a what I’m interested in, so most of my top picks are playing next week, but I’ve sprinkled some AFF choices into this week’s picks.

It so happens that The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace, has also arrived in town, so I’m making it my top cheap-night Tuesday pick this week.

The Radical Imagination Project returns this week as well, with the 1993 documentary milestone Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, screening at the central library on Monday evening.

Out of town, the highlight of the schedule is the Finnish social satire The Grump, playing this Sunday in Wolfville. The Astor in Liverpool has Amy, the Winehouse documentary, on Wednesday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Sep 14) — Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project. Alanis Obomsawin, Canada, 1993, 119 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Sep 15) — The End of the Tour, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax (Cineplex Bayers Lake), 1:30pm,‎ ‎4:00pm,‎ ‎6:50pm &‎ ‎9:30‎pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). James Ponsoldt, USA, 2015, 106 minutes.
    — Mistress America, Cineplex Oxford, 7pm & 9:10pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Noam Baumback, USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
    — Testament of Youth, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:35pm,‎ ‎6:25pm &‎ ‎9:20pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). James Kent, UK, 2014, 129 minutes.
  • Friday (Sep 18) — Experimenter, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:45pm, AFF: tickets. Michael Almereyda, USA, 2015, 90 minutes.
  • Saturday (Sep 19) — Welcome to this House: A Film on Elizabeth Bishop, Cineplex Park Lane, 1:00pm, AFF: tickets. Barbara Hammer, USA, 2014, 79 minutes.
    Into the Forest, Cineplex Park Lane, 7:00pm, AFF gala: tickets. Patricia Rozema, Canada, 2015, 101 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 20) — Victoria, Cineplex Park Lane, 12:30pm, AFF: tickets. Sebastian Schipper, Germany, 2015, 140 minutes.
    One Floor Below, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:30pm, AFF: tickets. Radu Muntean, Romania/France/Sweden/Germany, 2015, 93 minutes.
    Room, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:30pm, AFF: tickets. Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada, 2015, 118 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley and South Shore screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (Sep 15) — A Brilliant Young Mind (a.k.a. X+Y), King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014, 111 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 16) — Amy, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. Asif Kapadia, 2015, UK, 128 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 20) — The Grump, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Dome Karukoski, Finland, 2014, 104 minutes.

 

Atlantic Film Festival top ten picks

13 Sep
September 13, 2015

Here, briefly, are the 10 films I’m most eager to see at this year’s AFF, September 17-24:

 

Wild (Netflix Canada picks)

11 Sep
September 11, 2015

Jean-Marc Vallée, USA, 2014, 115 minutes

Of all of my Netflix recommendations, Wild might be the one that I have the most reservations about. This film, directed by Quebec’s own Jean-Marc Vallée from a script adaptation by Nick Hornby, is like sitting down for two hours with someone you’re not quite sure about as they tell you their life story—all along you feel that the person is a bit of a bullshitter, but damned if the story isn’t worth hearing. The whole arc of the piece is too elaborately constructed to ring fully true—but then it has those interspersed, grounded moments that really really do. Plus it has a Reese Witherspoon performance that is nailed down from front to back, scores 3/3 Bechdel points, features a musical cameo from Brian Borcherdt, and has bursts of humour that effectively let the excess air out of the spiritual quest stuff. I often have little patience for films that feel too closely locked to their textual source material, but here is a film that occasionally crosses that line only to redeem itself with moments that linger in the memory.

Halifax film screening picks — Sep 7-13

07 Sep
September 7, 2015

Cineplex has a couple of free screenings of Rear Window at Dartmouth Crossing coming up in its Classic Film Series—in a break from form, the tickets are free (instead of the usual modest six bucks), but the catch is that you have to pick up tickets at the box office in person.

The new Noah Baumbach Mistress America has moved in at the Oxford, displacing British World War I drama Testament of Youth, now screening at Park Lane.

Fundy Film Society has three screenings this week, most notably this Sunday: Maya Forbes’ directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo. The King’s Theatre Society in Annapolis Royal has What We Did On Our Holiday on Tuesday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Sep 8) — Mistress America, Cineplex Oxford, 7pm & 9:10pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Noam Baumback, USA, 2015, 86 minutes.
    — Testament of Youth, Cineplex Park Lane, 3:35pm,‎ ‎6:25pm &‎ ‎9:20pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). James Kent, UK, 2014, 129 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 13) — Rear Window, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, free tickets available at box office only. Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954, 115 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Sep 7) — I’ll See You in My Dreams, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Brett Haley, USA, 2015, 92 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Sep 8) — What We Did on Our Holiday, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin, UK, 2014, 95 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Sep 9) — Everyday Rebellion, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Arash T. Riahi & Arman T. Riahi, Austria/Switzerland/Germany/Greece/Belgium, 2014, 112 minutes.
  • Sunday (Sep 13) — Infinitely Polar Bear, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Maya Forbes, USA, 2014, 90 minutes.