James Franco (right) and Aaron Tveit in Howl- Inside Out's opening gala presentation
Inside Out is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film and video made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities.
In 1991, Inside Out celebrated its first film and video festival with a small community of people who yearned to see film and video created by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. Currently the largest event of its kind in Canada, the Festival entertains film buffs of all stripes. Taking place over 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of 35,000 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties that highlight more than 250 films and videos from Canada and around the world.
The opening gala presentation will be Howl, the genre bending biopic of famed beat poet Allen Ginsburg directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet, The Times of Harvey Milk, Paragraph 175) starring James Franco, Aaron Tveit, Jon Hamm, Marie Louise Parker, and Jeff Daniels. Criticalmasscast will be there for this special event at Toronto’s beautiful Bata Shoe Museum and will report back. Stay tuned!
This week, we review and discuss seven films currently in theatres. We also introduce an alt-country artist on the rise, and reveal the Toronto Hot Docs festival lineup and April schedule at the Bloor Cinema.
Film Review: The Runaways
Film Review: Chloe
Golden Moment: The Golden Girls
Film Review: Cooking with Stella
Film Review: Alice in Wonderland
Film Review: Prodigal Sons
Film Review: Green Zone
Film Review: Shutter Island
Hot Docs Festival & Bloor Cinema: April Schedule
Apologies for this week’s intermittent audio problems. We’re in a battle with GarageBand, and it seems to be winning.
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, proudly returns for its 17th annual edition from April 29 to May 9, 2010. Showcasing the best of Canadian and international documentaries, Hot Docs is set to welcome delegates, filmmakers and audiences to Toronto for this unprecedented 11-day event. This year, Hot Docs will screen over 170 documentaries from 41 countries on 10 different screens across the Toronto downtown core.
The online schedule is now available and it looks like it should be another great year for the festival. I encourage film and documentary lovers to check this event out. The festival offers a richly diverse selection of documentaries that range from issues within GLBT communities, Ecology and the Environment, Art and Architecture, Popular Culture and many, many more. Here are some personal highlights I will be keeping my eye on and discussing on a future episode of Criticalmasscast:
Mark:Meet Mark: punk, activist, transsexual-loving humanist. Mike Hoolboom’s personal homage to his friend and collaborator lovingly captures the spirit of a soul obsessed with kindness; one who gave everything to others, and then tragically took his own life.
The People Vs. George Lucas: More than a movie, Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon that’s inspired everything from needlepoint to puppet skits. But these tributes have pitted diehard fans against George Lucas, its visionary creator and copyright holder, prompting the question, whose galaxy is it?
Joan Rivers- Can We Talk?:Can we talk? Joan Rivers may be the butt of as many jokes as she tells. Outrageously funny and brutally honest, like the raunchy comedienne herself, this all-access exposé peels back her nipped ‘n tucked public mask with surprising results.
Small Wonders:Step inside those dusty neighbourhood shops selling odds and ends, and meet their irresistible owners who – defying all approved business models – define our urban culture even as the big box stores inch closer.
Here is the trailer for Citizen Architect which had its World Premiere at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas this past month:
This week, we sound off on Canadian pride at the 2010 Olympics Games, review our latest TV obsessions (1 Girl 5 Gays and American Idol), and introduce an artist poised for superstardom in 2010: Marina and the Diamonds. We also review Dear John and The Road, and talk about the second coming of Toronto’s iconic Carlton Theatre.
The Oscar race is officially on! We sound off on this year’s nominations, and review the incredible performances at this year’s Grammy Awards. Plus, film reviews of The Lovely Bones, Nine, Defendor, The Last Station, and A Single Man. We also discuss Apple’s new iPad, the Cineplex Great Digital Film Festival, and upcoming titles at Toronto’s iconic Bloor Cinema.
Grammy Awards 2010
Oscar Nominations 2010
Film Reviews: The Lovely Bones, Nine, Defendor, The Last Station, A Single Man
Before we take our final look back on 2009 in our upcoming episode of the year’s best pop culture moments, we thought we’d pop in a bonus episode that looks forward to our favourite upcoming flicks in 2010.
And while we realize Ryan made the lofty promise of posting links to YouTube trailers here on our website, we’ve decided to let you do that work on your own (sorry… it’s Saturday night, and we have very important things to do).
If you will be in the Toronto area this weekend and looking for something classic and off the mainstream, take a chance on seeing “The Red Shoes”- the 1948 British technicolour classic by directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Drop everything to see this splendid Technicolor print, which has been called one of the best restorations ever and just played to rave reviews at New York’s Film Forum. (Our fall screening of the restoration sold out, so get your tickets now.) Martin Scorsese counts The Red Shoes as one of the five greatest in the history of cinema. Raymond Durgnat wrote that its final ballet is “the peak of cinema”; even Seijun Suzuki (!) has it on his list of ten greatest films. No matter how many times you have seen The Red Shoes — its devotees are hard core recidivists — the film demands another viewing, especially in a print as deluxe as this one. (Brian de Palma claims he decided to become a film director not after seeing Peeping Tom as one might expect, but The Red Shoes. And Martin Scorsese had a cossack shirt made in the style of Lermentov’s, so taken was he with the “cruelty and beauty of his character.”) Moira Shearer is the young ballerina whose dedication to her art, as in the Hans Christian Andersen tale of the title, leads to tragedy. Anton Walbrook is the ruthless impresario Lermentov who discovers the ballerina and then drives her to life-threatening extremes. (Powell wrote in his memoirs: “When it came to . . . that devil Lermentov, there was no question in our minds who should play him, and give a performance filled with passion, integrity and, yes, with homosexuality.”) Exquisitely designed, danced and acted, The Red Shoes is one of cinema’s most beloved classics. Bring enough tissues to share with your neighbour.