Archive for month: October, 2015

Halifax film screening picks — Oct 26-Nov 1

26 Oct
October 26, 2015

I think that the Fundy Film Society wins film-Halloween this year, with the Iranian vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night playing this Wednesday evening in Wolfville.

Carbon Arc has the “delicious and frothy fantasia with a teasing erotic frisson,” François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend (two screenings on Friday), and the rather more reflective documentary Quebekoisie on Wednesday, with the directors Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins in attendance for a Q&A.

I’m pretty sure the first time I watched Solaris it was because the description on the VHS box at Video Difference sold it to me as Russia’s answer to 2001. In the years since I’ve watched it multiple times, read the novel, and twice watched the Soderbergh remake that is surprisingly truer to the book in some key ways. I now think of it, of course, as very much its own thing, and if you’ve never seen it, I’d suggest you check out this week’s screening—the latest in the Dal Art Gallery sci-fi Wednesdays series. On Tuesday the Gallery also has the visually rich The Mill and the Cross to conclude its October series of Dutch-art-related screenings.

Cineplex Park Lane has late-night screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show this Friday and Saturday, because, yeah, Halloween.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 27) — The Mill and the Cross, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Lech Majeswski, Poland/US/UK, 2011, 100 minutes.
    Grandma, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:05‎pm, ‎7:05pm &‎ ‎9:10pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). Paul Weitz, 2015, USA, 78 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Oct 28) — Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Cineplex Park Lane @ 6:45pm & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing @ 7pm, $6. Frank Capra, USA, 1939, 130 minutes.
    Quebekoisie, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, by donation, directors present for Q&A. Mélanie Carrier & Olivier Higgins, Canada, 2014, 80 minutes.
    Solaris, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1972, 167 minutes.
  • Thursday (Oct 29) — Revolution, Ondaatje Auditorium @ McCain Building (6135 University Ave), 7pm, free. Follow-up to 2006’s Sharkwater examines threats to marine life around the globe—runner-up for People’s Choice doc award at TIFF 2012. Rob Stewart, Canada, 2012, 85 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 30) — The New Girlfriend, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm & 9:30pm, $7. François Ozon, France, 2014, 107 minutes.
    — The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Jim Sharman, UK/USA, 1975, 100 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 31) — The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Jim Sharman, UK/USA, 1975, 100 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 27) — Jimmy’s Hall, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Ken Loach, UK/Ireland/France, 2014, 106 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Oct 28) — A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Ana Lily Amirpour, USA, 2014, 101 minutes.
  • Sunday (Nov 1) — ’71, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Yann Demange, UK, 2014, 99 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Oct 19-25

19 Oct
October 19, 2015

It’s Halifax Pop Explosion week, and there are a couple of screenings happening to celebrate. Thursday at the Halifax North Memorial Library, the Poptober presentations of Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline of Western Civilization trilogy wrap up with a free screening of the original instalment from 1981. And on Friday, Carbon Arc has the Les Blank documentary about Leon Russell—shot in the early ‘70s in Oklahoma but only released in 2015—A Poem Is a Naked Person. The single screening at 7pm is followed at 9pm by the musical comedy Songs She Wrote About People She Knows.

Marketing miscalculation or ahead of its time? Halloween III: Season of the Witch—the only Halloween instalment without Michael Myers—gets a Thrillema screening this Thursday.

The Dal Art Gallery screenings continue this week: Scarlett Johansson is Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring in the 2003 Peter Webber film, in Tuesday’s Dutch art series, and the Wednesday sci-fi screening is Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. And speaking of Kubrick, Cineplex Park Lane has late-night screenings of The Shining this Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday at the Central Library you can catch another free Novel Tech Ethics health-issues screening with panel discussion—the John Kastner doc Out of Mind, Out of Sight—which won the best Canadian doc award at Hot Docs 2014—portrays the treatment process of four patients at a forensic psychiatric hospital.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

Halifax film screening picks — Oct 12-18

12 Oct
October 12, 2015

Once again this week, the film screening that I most want to attend is happening out of town—Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, an “unflinching, quietly furious exploration of life under radical Islamist rule,” is being screened by the Fundy Film Society in Wolfville this Wednesday.

Here in Halifax, Carbon Arc has double goodness this week: The remarkable, surprisingly upbeat documentary The Wolfpack has a single screening on Friday, and, as part of Nocturne: Art at Night, three free Saturday screenings of a collection of eight short films from the Schnit International Short Film Festival.

Cineplex Park lane has screenings today and tomorrow of a documentary whose existence is as improbable as the cancelled movie project that it examines—The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? Yes, there was going to be a Tim-Burton-directed Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage, and yes, someone has made a film on this subject that might be worth seeing.

The Dal Art Gallery screenings continue this week with fresh instalments of the Tuesday Dutch art series and the Wednesday sci-fi series. In the former category we have director Peter Greenaway returning to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch with the documentary Rembrandt’s J’Accuse, and in the latter, the repeatedly-remade 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Wednesday at the Central Library you can catch another free Novel Tech Ethics health-issues screening with panel discussion—the John Kastner doc NCR: Not Criminally Responsible “offers a timely and provocative examination of violence and mental illness, and the rights of victims.”

Thursday the Poptober screening series of the legendary Penelope Spheeris docu-trilogy The Decline of Western Civilization continues with Part II: The Metal Years, which delves into 80s “hair metal.” That’s at the Halifax North Memorial Library.

Cineplex Park Lane has a couple of late-night screenings of The Exorcist this weekend, and Jimmy Stewart fans can catch their favourite everyman on the big screen as well—a limited Classic Film Series engagement of Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington kicks off at Cineplex this Sunday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Monday (Oct 12) — The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, Cineplex Park Lane, 9:50pm, regular pricing. Jon Schnepp, USA, 2015, 104 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Oct 13) — The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm, Tuesday cheap-night pricing. Jon Schnepp, USA, 2015, 104 minutes.
    Rembrandt’s J’Accuse, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Peter Greenaway, Netherlands/UK, 2008, 100 mins.
  • Wednesday (Oct 14) — NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, Halifax Central Library, 6pm, free. John Kastner, Canada, 2013, 98 minutes.
    — Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Curt Siodmak, USA, 1953, 76 mins.
  • Thursday (Oct 15) —The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, Halifax North Memorial Library, 7pm, free. Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1988, 93 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 16) — The Wolfpack, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Crystal Moselle, USA, 2015, 90 minutes.
    The Exorcist, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. William Friedkin, USA, 1973, 122 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 17) — Schnit International Short Film Festival (selected short films), Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 6pm, 8pm, & 10pm, free. Various directors, international, 2015, 70 minutes.
    — The Exorcist, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. William Friedkin, USA, 1973, 122 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 18) — Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6. Frank Capra, USA, 1939, 129 minutes.

Here are my Annapolis Valley screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 13) — Best of Enemies, King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal),  7:30pm, $8. Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, 2015, USA, 88 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Oct 14) — Timbuktu, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mauritania, 2014, 96 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 18) — Love & Mercy, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 4pm & 7pm, $9. Bill Pohlad, USA, 2014, 121 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — Oct 5-11

05 Oct
October 5, 2015

The Dalhousie Art Gallery fall film series—Wednesday night sci-fi edition—continues this week with the 1953 nugget The Magnetic Monster: “With an ending set in Cape Breton, and a chunk taken from a 1930s German epic, The Magnetic Monster manages to blend ‘hard’ Science Fiction with pulp elements to produce a surprisingly effective cold-war thriller about an experiment with a radioactive particle gone wrong.” But through October you can also check out a Tuesday night series of films about Dutch painters, kicking off this week with Nightwatching, dramatizing the period in Rembrandt’s life when he painted his masterpiece The Night Watch, and directed by the brilliant Peter Greenaway.

Carbon Arc this Friday brings you the highly regarded Phoenix, directed by Christian Petzold and featuring his sixth collaboration with the star of the film, Nina Hoss. Those of you who have seen this film’s predecessor, the equally highly regarded Barbara, will find this one to be a little more arty in a Hitchcock sort of way. It’s an excellent film.

This Thursday sees the first in a series of Poptober/Halifax Pop Explosion screenings of Penelope Spheeris’ cult trilogy, The Decline of Western Civilization, beginning with the rarely screened Part III: “a fascinating look at the gutter punk scene of homeless teenagers in mid-‘90s LA featuring musical performances by Final Conflict, Litmus Green, Naked Aggression and The Resistance.” These are free and happening at the Halifax North Memorial Library.

The late-night Park Lane screenings this weekend feature the third instalment of the original Evil Dead trilogy—Army of Darkness, a timely screening with the Ash vs. Evil Dead TV series set to debut 3 weeks later.

My pick of the out-of-town screenings is Paul Weitz’s Grandma, with a star turn by Lily Tomlin. I hear it was very well received at AFF, and this Wednesday you can check it out at Cineplex Cinemas Bridgewater as part of the Lunenburg County Film Series.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for this week:

  • Tuesday (Oct 6) — Nightwatching, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Peter Greenaway, Netherlands/UK, 2007, 134 mins.
  • Wednesday (Oct 7) — The Magnetic Monster, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Curt Siodmak, USA, 1953, 76 mins.
  • Thursday (Oct 8) — The Decline of Western Civilization III, Halifax North Memorial Library, 7pm, free. Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1998, 86 minutes.
  • Friday (Oct 9) — Phoenix, 7pm & 9:30pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Christian Petzold, Germany, 2014, 98 minutes.
    — Army of Darkness, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:45pm, $6. Sam Raimi, USA, 1992, 81 minutes.
  • Saturday (Oct 10) — Army of Darkness, Cineplex Park Lane, 11:30pm, $6. Sam Raimi, USA, 1992, 81 minutes.

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

  • Wednesday (Oct 7) — Grandma, Cineplex Cinemas Bridgewater (349 Lahave St, Bridgewater), 4pm & 7pm, $8. Paul Weitz, 2015, USA, 78 minutes.
    Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Patrick Reed, Canada, 2013, 83 minutes.
  • Sunday (Oct 11) — Far From the Madding Crowd, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 7pm, $9. Thomas Vinterberg, UK, 2015, 119 minutes.