Aug 18, 2017
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Playing October 19th as part of the McDonald at the Movies series is The King of Comedy, one of my favourite Martin Scorsese films. This satire of fame and celebrity features Robert De Niro as a wannabe comedian who hatches a plan to get on a late night TV show and Jerry Lewis in one of his best performances as the host of the show. Also don’t miss the double feature of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker and Solaris.
— Eric Peterson, Cinematheque Box Office and Projection
There are two movies in this program that are a lot of fun and are super funny. Naked Gun is a great film, probably one of the best comedies of all time. And King of Comedy is a very funny/sad movie about the perils of people’s obsession with fame. Both films are sure to enthrall audiences when they play. Go see Naked Gun & King of Comedy!
— Milos Mitrovic, Cinematheque Technical Liaison
You will be “LOL”ing it up at the screening of Drunk Feminist Films. Bring some friends and watch a group of slightly drunk pals openly and hilariously criticize blockbusters with sharp intersectional feminist wit. Also make sure to catch Marie Clement’s The Road Forward. After browsing years’ worth of issues of The Native Voice, Canada’s first Indigenous newspaper, Clements began writing lyrics and was inspired to bring music
into this documentary.
— Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Cinematheque Box Office
September and October have an exciting selection of classic cinema and modern documentaries. I’m very excited to see the new 4K restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, as this is a filmmaker I’ve never been able to actually see on a proper screen. Tarkovsky’s Solaris will be another treat, with the film’s gorgeous and striking colours. Cat documentary Kedi offers a great time for all cat lovers. The shooting style and unique Turkish setting make this movie a subtle gem that has something for everyone. Other films I’m looking forward to include: The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography peaks my curiosity, and George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, which will be a great Halloween event. Personally I am not much of a zombie film fanatic, but seeing this classic from a master director is something that no horror fan should miss!
— Dylan Baillie, Cinematheque Projection
Come cure those back-to-school blues with some great films at the Cinematheque this September. The new 4K restorations of Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris and Stalker promise to be cinematic experiences you won’t want to miss. Wondered what mystic visionary Alejandro Jodorowsky has been up to in the days since El Topo and The Holy Mountain? Well, he’s been working on a series of autobiographical films and books, and the latest—Endless Poetry—is here this October. Make sure to include Drunk Feminist Films on your agenda of Nuit Blanche activities this year. Come have a few drinks and share in making fun of Hollywood’s penchant for perpetuating the worst gender stereotypes! Finally, Kevin McDonald presents the underrated Scorsese classic King of Comedy in October’s installment of McDonald at the Movies.
—David Knipe, Cinematheque Operations Manager
How do you sum up a person’s life in a few short sentences? Anyone who loves or thinks about writing will love Obit, a hugely entertaining portrait of obit writers at the New York Times. What will they say about you in your obituary? One of the best docs I saw at Hot Docs, it includes a fantastic portrait of an archivist who works in the morgue of the New York Times and has an encyclopedic mind for all the details and people in the card catalogue. Also recommended is Errol Morris’s incredibly charming portrait of New York photographer Elsa Dorfman as she takes us through 50 years of her “B Sides” in The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography. And for Nuit Blanche don’t miss highlights from the Toronto based women’s group Drunk Feminist Films who use cocktail fueled feminist commentary to hilariously mock gender stereotyping in The Bodyguard, Crossroads, Save the Last Dance, Gone Girl, Love Actually, A League of their Own, Twilight and Burlesque!
— Dave Barber, Cinematheque Programming Coordinator
Coming up in October, we have two masterpieces of horror cinema which play as social satires on American culture. Get Out has to be one of the most unexpectedly startling and intelligent films I have seen in some time. Our screening will be followed by a panel discussion in partnership with Black Space Winnipeg. And join us on Halloween for our tribute to the late, great George A. Romero with his seminal zombie magnum opus Dawn of the Dead, which perfectly combines a biting social commentary on consumer culture with thrills, chills and blood! I also cannot contain my excitement for the new 4K restorations of Tarkovsky’s experimental sci-fi epics Solaris and Stalker. Having only seen Solaris on a fuzzy old VHS, experiencing these films in their ideal setting will be akin to a religious experience for me.
— Jaimz Asmundson, Cinematheque Programming Director