Friday, February 02, 2007

Film Fan Fridays for Friday February 2nd, 2007!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Five new releases this week, two of which are Canadian: Sur la Trace d'Igor Rizzi / On the Trail of Igor Rizzi and Partition. Sur la Trace d'Igor Rizzi won the Best Canadian First Feature Film in the 2006 TIFF, and is also part of Canada's Top Ten, so it is wonderful to see it in regular release.

With the Genie less than 2 weeks away and the Oscar's in just over 3, I'm been in movie watching overload! So far I would have to say Notes on a Scandal, The Queen and Eve and the Fire Horse (nominated for 5 Genies) were all wonderful. I wasn't very impressed with The Good Shepherd and the jury is still out on Letters from Iwo Jima - my strong aversion to war films makes it hard to think of it objectively. Reviews may not be up before the awards, so those are my short thoughts.

I find it a little hard to imagine going to see something brand new, but I did find the preview for The Italian quite compelling. There is never a shortage on selection it seems, and that is a good thing!

Have a great weekend!


Friday February 2, 2007 Releases

Because I Said So
Dir: Michael Lehmann (40 Days and 40 Nights, The Truth About Cats & Dogs)
Cast: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott

The Italian / Italianetz
Writer/Dir: Andrei Kravchuk (The Christmas Miracle / Rozhdestvenskaya mysterya)
Cast: Kolya Spiridonov, Maria Kuznetsova, Yuri Itskov, Darya Lesnikova, Nikolai Reutov
Limited Release

The Messengers
Dir: Panny Pang, Oxide Pang (The Eye)
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Penelope Ann Miller, Dylan Miller, John Corbett

Dir: Vic Sarin (Love on the Side)
Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Jimi Mistry, Neve Campbell
Canada/South Africa/UK

Sur la Trace d'Igor Rizzi / On the Trail of Igor Rizzi
Writer/Dir: Noël Mitrani - directorial feature debut
Cast: Laurent Lucas, Pierre-Luc Brillant, Emmanuel Bilodeau, Isabelle Blais
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on February 2, 2007**


Sacred Suzie said...

It's interesting that you enjoyed The Queen, that is one movie I've been really thinking about going to see. Again, you see the pull to a couple non-U.S. movies in the Oscars which I find fascinating, gotta get more CANADAIN movies in there!

A lot of harsh movies in there, I couldn't see them either. I think they're important though but just a little too intense for me. I'm impressed you are seeing them Shannon!

Shannon said...

It's true I tend to be drawn to the non US films, especially since there are so many, and I like to seem them while they are still out! Others will stay in the theatre longer and be widely available later.

Yeah, I'm really not into the harshness. Letters from Iwo Jima was a challenge but it wasn't like some of the other violent ones we've had in the past few years (The Pianist, Gangs grom New York), there was definately heart to it.