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Reel Forecast: Loves of a Film Enthusiast, $9.99 and under (with one exception)

Posted by Andrés / January 22, 2010


Veg with quality film screenings for FRIDAY JAN 22 through THURSDAY JAN 28.

Less is more this week. The volume of screenings available for Montréalers (edit: citizens of the urban community of Montréal) may be low, but is more than made up for by a good mix of old classics and modern-day international hits. Oldies include Jean-Luc Godard's À bout de souffle, Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde and John Ford's Fort Apache. Foreign contemporaries include Haneke's The White Ribbon, and the Israeli animated comedy $9.99 (pictured above). If this mainstream celluloid is too much for you elitists then check out the Glauber Rocha retrospective starting this Friday at the Cinémathèque québecoise. This wide array of films deals primarily with issues of politics and religion in Brazil.

Main Film is an artist-run centre for independent filmmakers. They rent/sell equipment and even host seminars on various aspects of writing and filmmaking. Every month, members and non-members are welcome to a free evening to watch the works done by Main Film affiliates. Main Film / 4067 St. Laurent, suite 303 / 7pm / Free More info

FRIDAY-THURSDAY / THE HORSE BOY (dir. Michael O. Scott, 2009) / 93 min.
Autism has been at the forefront of many news stories over the past few years, as incidents (or perhaps just diagnoses) of children with autism have increased. This documentary is about a couple that discover their child's outbursts and insular characteristics lessen when he is around horses. They plan a trip to Mongolia as a family. The screenings are proceeded by both English and French discussions with autism researchers. The film itself was prized at many American film festivals, including Sundance. Cinéma du Parc / 3575 Parc Ave. / 7:15pm / $5-10 More info

There are two classics playing this week at the Décarie cinema. One of them is the father of modern cuts, Jean-Luc Godard, with his first film Breathless (À bout de souffle). The other is a lower brow classic starring Mike Myers: Wayne's World. Two classics for only $2 is truly "dégeulasse". We're not worthy! Cinema Dollar / 6900 Décarie Blvd / $2 More Info

SATURDAY / FORT APACHE (dir. John Ford, 1948) / 125 min.
A classic of Western film, and not only (though primarily) because it's a Ford Western. John Wayne steals the show as a lone ranger obsessed with fame and glory. His goal is to kill an Apache chief, but like Melville's Captain Ahab, this is one obsession that may not end so gloriously. Cinémathèque québecoise / 355 De Maisonneuve Est / 7pm / $6-7 More info

SUNDAY / LOVES OF A BLONDE (dir. Milos Forman, 1965) / 81 min.
This is one of the first foreign films to make a splash in North America, and make a career out of its director. The story is simple. A musician makes love to a woman and disappears from her life. She decides to show up at his front door and step right back into his life. The result is sexy melancholy. The movie put Czech director Milos Forman on the map. He would later direct "American" classics like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus. Cinémathèque québecoise / 355 De Maisonneuve Est / 5pm / $6-7 More info

MONDAY / THE WHITE RIBBON (dir. Michael Haneke, 2009) / 144 min.
This is a Cinemagique screening. This means you must have an annual membership (fee of $20) before you can even think of attending this one. If you watch many films, it may be worth it. And this is a good enough film to start with. I reviewed it a few months ago for the Festival du Nouveau Cinema. It has since gone on to win Best Foreign Language Picture at the Golden Globes. Cinéma du Parc / 3575 Parc Ave. / 7:15pm / $5-10 (+$20) More info

WEDNESDAY / THE BIG DURIAN (dir. Amir Muhammad, 2003) / 75 min.
"On the night of 18 October 1987, a soldier ran amok with an M16 in the area of Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. Due to the thorny circumstances of the time and place, his amok triggered a citywide panic and rumours of racial riots. Why did he do it? Why were Malaysians so jittery at the time? And what happened next? "The Big Durian" speaks to 23 Malaysians (some real, some fictional) to find out." (source) Cinémathèque québecoise / 355 De Maisonneuve Est / 7pm / $6-7 More info

THURSDAY / $9.99 (dir. Tatia Rosenthal, 2008) / 78 min.
While not really breaking any new ground, this Israel/Australian co-production is said to be a quality animated film. Like Waking Life, it attempts to answer the question: "What is the meaning of life?" A booklet for $9.99 is at the center of this melancholic comedy taking place in an apartment complex with numerous inter-connecting storylines. And if someone asks you how to pronounce the title, I prefer the more catchy "nine ninety-nine" to "nine dollars and ninety nine cents". Cinémathèque québecoise / 355 De Maisonneuve Est / 6:30pm / $6-7 More info

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Kate M. / January 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Please. Not "Montréalers" again. That isn't a word; if you want to be politically correct the word is Montréalais, or else it is Montrealers, pronounced as in English.
Andres / January 24, 2010 at 12:50 am
I didn't realize there was a PC or non-PC way to spell Montrealer, though I could understand that my way was perhaps not most grammatically correct. Regardless, I have included a clarification for those who may be confused by my choice in spelling. :)
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