Archive for month: May, 2018

Black Cop + summer hiatus

28 May
May 28, 2018

Black CopAfter a series of festival engagements (starting with the most recent edition of TIFF) and numerous awards, as well as a US distribution deal, Cory Bowles’ “confidently shot and edited” feature debut Black Cop is hitting Cineplex screens this Friday. If it does well, it will be extended, so going this weekend to Park Lane in Halifax means helping to give other people a chance to see this important film on the big screen, too. Be forewarned that it is only playing in the late slot—at least, for now. UPDATE: Early show added! As well as additional showings after this weekend.

Unfortunately a number of factors are dictating that this blog go on hiatus for the summer. Between my packed summer schedule, my current level of engagement with some other interests, and the technical requirement to migrate this site to a different theme platform (a thing I do not wish to rush), I’m not in a position to carry on at the moment. But I will continue to show up on Twitter and I’m targeting a September 1 return. Keep in touch!

Halifax screening picks—May 21-27

21 May
May 21, 2018

No Date, No SignatureThis (Monday) evening, the Iranian film screening series resumes (presented at Carbon Arc) with No Date, No Signature, last year’s well-regarded social drama “shot in elegant, nearly black-and-white images highlighted with faint traces of color.

The Greta Gerwig screening series at the Central Library continues Tuesday with Frances Ha, the 2013 film that Gerwig co-scripted with her partner Noah Baumbach, introduced by Chris Campbell.

Maison du Bonheur, Canadian Sofia Bohdanowicz’s shot-on-16mm Agnes-Varda-inspired bio-doc about an elderly French astrologer, which gained some positive notice at last year’s Hot Docs festival in Toronto, screens at the Alliance Française this Thursday for a suggested donation of $5.

Lean on Pete, the latest very highly regarded film from Andrew Haigh, director of Weekend and 45 Years, gets one more Halifax screening this Thursday at 4:30pm, Cineplex Park Lane.

    • In theatres, seen & recommended:
    • Halifax screenings this weekend:
      • Monday (May 21) — No Date, No Signature, Museum of Natural History, 6pm, $15. Vahid Jalilvand, Iran, 2017, 104 minutes.
      • Tuesday (May 22) — Frances Ha, Central Library, 6:30pm, free. Noam Baumbach, USA, 2012, 86 minutes, introduced by Chris Campbell.
      • Thursday (May 24) — Lean on Pete, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:30pm, regular pricing. Andrew Haigh, UK, 2017, 121 minutes.
        Maison du bonheur, Alliance Française, 6:30pm, $5 suggested donation. Sofia Bohdanowicz, Canada, 2017, 62 minutes.

Halifax screening picks—May 8-13

08 May
May 8, 2018

Carbon Arc is on hiatus until the fall, but the cinema’s own Siloen Daley is also festival director for this week’s AFX, the Animation Festival of Halifax. In a similar spirit to HIFF, the festival is aimed not only at independent filmmakers but also people who love films—in this case, animated films. The two features being presented are the “winning and confusing in equal measureNight is Short, Walk on Girl, from Japan, and “a breezy watch bolstered by its motley crew of odd characters,” Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, from Korea. The two key returning showcases of shorts are the 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows on Thursday and the festival-director-curated Vegan Delights, on Saturday.

“While Sunset Boulevard appears to attack the pretentions and excesses of the silent era, in fact its argument about the bad old days of Hollywood is more complicated than that,” writes Pamela Hutchinson in The Guardian. The film is screening at Park Lane at a couple of odd times: 4:20pm today (Tuesday), 10:15pm tomorrow (Wednesday). All About Eve, a natural companion to Sunset Boulevard, has Wednesday Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing screenings as well.

The Greta Gerwig screening series at the Central Library continues this evening (Tuesday) with Mistress America, introduced by Zack Miller.

    • In theatres, seen & recommended:
    • Halifax screenings this weekend:
      • Tuesday (May 8) — Sunset Boulevard, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:20pm, $6.99. Billy Wilder, USA, 1950, 110 minutes.
        Mistress America, Central Library, 6:30pm, free. Noam Baumbach, USA, 2015, 84 minutes, introduced by Tara Thorne.
      • Wednesday (May 9) — All About Eve, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, Park Lane, 7:15pm, $6.99. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, USA, 1950, 138 minutes.
        Sunset Boulevard, Cineplex Park Lane, 10:15pm, $6.99. Billy Wilder, USA, 1950, 110 minutes.
      • Thursday (May 10) — 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows, Museum of Natural History, 6:30pm, $10. Various directors & countries, 2017, 93 minutes.
        — Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Museum of Natural History, 9pm, $10. Masaaki Yuasa, Japan, 2017, 92 minutes.
      • Friday (May 11) — The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, Museum of Natural History, 9:30pm, $10. Chang Hyung-yun, Korea, 2014, 81 mins.
      • Saturday (May 12) — Vegan Delights, Museum of Natural History, 9:30pm, $10. Various directors, Canada, “fairly recent”, 75 minutes.