Friday, November 09, 2007

Film Fan Fridays for Friday November 9, 2007!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday November 9, 2007! We are in the gentle balance of fall to awards, er... holiday season which can be seen by the varied releases this week.

We are filled to the brim with limited releases this week. A selection of the realms of the real with documentaries Jimmy Carter Man From Plains and Darfur Now, docudrama Music Within and based on real life events This is England. Javier Bardem stars in No Country for Old Men, as one of biggest buzz performances this year. Rounded out the limited releases is Bollywood film Saawariya and a a re-release of the classic scifi film Blade Runner - The Final Cut.

Wide releases this week include some oddly time placed films for November such as the holiday film Fred Claus and the scare-over past October with P2. Out of the wide releases I would be more inclined to check out Robert Redford's Lions For Lambs.

Festival spotlight: be sure to check out Movie Moxie as I'll be covering the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Nov 14-18/07.

Have a great week!


Festival Watch

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Presenting contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora
November 14-18, 2007 at various locations, Toronto, Ontario

Regent Park Film Festival
Featuring films relevant to the communities in Regent Park
Continues to November 11, 2007 at the Nelson Mandela Public School, Toronto, Ontario

Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival
Presenting features and shorts on the facts & mythology surrounding mental health and addiction
Continues until November 17 at Workman Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Japanese Short Film Festival
November 8-11, 2007 at Innis Town Hall, Toronto, Ontario

Friday November 9, 2007 Releases

Blade Runner: The Final Cut **originally released 1982
Dir: Ridley Scott (Alien, G.I. Jane, Gladiator, American Gangster)
Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Limited Release

Darfur Now
Writer/Dir: Ted Braun
Limited Release

Fred Claus
Dir: David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Knights)
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Weisz

Jimmy Carter Man From Plains
Dir: Jonathan Demme (Neil Young: Heart of Gold, THe Manchurian Candidate <2004>)
Limited Release

Lions for Lambs
Dir: Robert Redford (A River Runs Through It, The Horse Whisperer)
Cast: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Peña, Derek Luke, Andrew Garfield

Music Within
Dir: Steven Sawalich - feature film directorial debut
Ron Livingston, Melissa George, Michael Sheen
Limited Release

No Country for Old Men
Writers/Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, The Man Who Wasn't There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
Cast: Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald
Limited Release

Dir: Franck Khalfoun - directorial debut
Cast: Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley

Dir: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Black, Devdas)
Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor
Limited Release

This is England
Writer/Dir: Shane Meadows (Dead Man's Shoes, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands)
Cast: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Joe Gilgun
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada November 9, 2007**

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