Friday, February 23, 2007

Film Fan Fridays for Friday February 23, 2007!!!!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Well, here we are... just 2 sleeps away from the biggest Awards show.... the Oscar's! When the nominee's were announced just over a month ago I had seen 10 nominated films and since then I've bumped it to 20. Wowzers, that is a lot of movies! I've decided to be a bit more harsh in my pickings though, there are a few I won't see just due to being nominated if I'm fairly confident I won't like them (for me, this means usually violent and/or war flicks). What I find strange this year is I'm not sure who are going to be the big winners. In terms of volume that is. Dreamgirls isn't up for best picture or director, Pan's Labyrinth seems too dark, Little Miss Sunshine too indie, The Queen too British and Babel too... hmm... maybe it will be Babel! What an a-ha moment! We shall see if I've uncovered the secret! Oh, I forgot about The Departed well that says something, eh?

We also have our regular release this week, I saw the preview for Days of Glory / Indigènes and was quite compelled by it. I might have to try and get out to see that. The next two I'm a little on the fence of what to make of them Both The Astronaut Farmer and The Number 23 look interesting but I'm not convinced that either is the movie that the trailer presents. More so with The Number 23 ... smart thriller or something else? I'll probably have to see it and decide for myself! I will be honest and say that I have no clue what to make of Reno 911!: Miami, I'm not so much into the comedies these days. Of course, it's always for each person to decide for themselves what they like!

Festival Watch
Documentary films about visual artists
February 22-25, 2007 at the Al Green Theatre, Toronto

Have a great Academy Awards weekend!!!


Friday February 23, 2007 Releases

The Astronaut Farmer
Dir: Michael Polish (Northfolk)
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Max Thieriot, Jasper Polish, Logan Polish

Days of Glory / Indigènes
Dir: Rachid Bouchareb (Little Senegal, Poussières de vie)
Cast: Samy Naceri, Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Aurélie Eltvedt
Limited Release
** Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

The Number 23
Dir: Joel Schumacher (The Phantom of the Opera, Veronica Guerin, Falling Down)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston

Reno 911!: Miami
Dir: Ben Garant (Reno 911! )
Cast: Ben Garant, Niecy Nash, Mary Birdsong, Kerri Kenny, Cedric Yarbrough

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on February 23, 2007**


Suzie said...

I agree, the movies this year are all over the place and so multicultural! I guess a movie that isn't a U.S. film can't win the big award can it? It's weird to think The Queen is American. I can't believe you're up to 20 movies, holy moly Shannon!

Thank you for the heads up! We were trying to figure out which film we were going to see this weekend and after looking at the releases you've posted, Number 23 I think is the winner. I don't want to hear too much about it before I see it and I definitely want to see it. Can't wait for Premonition to come out too!

Thanks Shannon!

Shannon said...

This year is really multicultural all around! I think that is really cool, although it does make it harder to make my pick's!

The Queen is a UK/France/Italy co-pro, sorry if that wasn't clear.

Have fun at the movies! Let me know what you think of whatever you get out to! :)

Suzie said...

So the Queen isn't an American movie but it's up for best picture? I didn't think that was allowed! I just assumed it was U.S. since it was nominated. R is totally convinced non-U.S. movies can win best picture. I guess he is wrong!