Friday, August 24, 2007

Film Fan Fridays for Friday August 24, 2007

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday August 24, 2007! Well, I hate to break it to you but the summer is winding down. The breeze that used to bring a nice sigh of relief now is backed by a bit of a chill. In movie terms, I realized it when seeing The Bourne Ultimatum as I realized it was the last film I was anxiously awaiting seeing, and therefore could relax and watch the previews instead of being prepped look away in case of spoilers. All in all it feels like it's been a good summer and we've had some great flicks along with the third Bourne, fifth Harry Potter, Hairspray and one of the front runners of this year so far for me: Sunshine.

Enough memories, what is in our future? Well our one limited release is about just that: The 11th Hour is an environmental look at our planet and what we can do to help. It' s one of the two films this week that has multiple directions. The other of which falls in our wide releases with The Nanny Diaries.

Also in wide release is a sport flick Resurrecting the Champ, comedy Mr. Bean's Holiday and the action star madness of Jet Li & Jason Statham in War. I had to search through my archives to find the quote regarding Jet Li because if memory serves I thought he was not going to do more action films. Alas, the quote used during the promotion of Fearless was "Jet Li's final martial arts epic". Seeing as War is present day and a 'normal' (?) action flick I dare say that quote still stands the test of time. My original post on such topic is in this newsletter back issue. The final wide release is Balls of Fury which opens next Wednesday.

Have a great weekend!


Festival Watch

Bicycle Film Festival
August 23-26, 2007 at The Royal, Toronto, Ontario

Taiwan: Ilha Formosa Festival
August 24-26, 2007 at the Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Rue Morgue Festival of Fear
National Horror Expo
August 24-26, 2007 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Friday August 24, 2007 Releases

The 11th Hour
Dir: Nadia Conners & Leila Conners Petersen - directorial debuts
Narrator: Leonardo DiCaprio
Limited Release

Mr. Bean's Holiday
Dir: Steve Bendelack (The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse)
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Emma de Caunes, Willem Dafoe

The Nanny Diaries
Dir: Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor) & Robert Pulcini (American Splendor)
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Nicholas Art, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti

Resurrecting the Champ
Dir: Rod Lurie (The Contender, The Last Castle)
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Teri Hatcher

Dir: Philip G. Atwell - directorial film debut
Cast: Jet Li, Jason Statham, John Lone, Luis Guzmán, Steph Song

Wednesday August 29, 2007 Releases

Balls of Fury
Dir: Ben Garant (Reno 911!: Miami)
Cast: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walker, Maggie Q, Masi Oka, James Hong, George Lopez

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 24, 2007**


Sabine said...

I just have to let you know how much I LOVED the Bourne Ultimatum. I'm a big fan of the whole franchise, but this was a rock-solid movie. Plus, since action flicks are not the genre I usually go for, the reactions I get from people are pretty funny when I say things like, "Unparalleled car chase scenes and breathtaking hand-to-hand combat!"

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Heya Sabine! Thanks for you comment.

The Bourne trilogy really is a cut above other action flicks, I completely agree.

"Nparalled car chase scenes" - Brillant! Yay for keeping an open mind.