Don't miss our dvds featuring Canada's own writer/actor Don McKeller, co-creator of the Broadway hit and Tony award winning play, The Drowsy Chaperone, which played in Calgary recently. McKellar has worked with Canada's most prominent directors, so his body of work is a partial crash-course in Canadian film history. Place your holds now for the titles on order.
Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy) hit the big-time after her quirky role in this humourous last-day-on-earth themed movie also starring Genevieve Bujold and Sarah Polley.
The Red Violin
This beautiful film follows a violin from its creation through the various hands it passes through and dramas it witnesses until it ends in the hands of Samuel L. Jackson's character.
Cooking with Stella
Co-starring Deepa Mehta's lead Lisa Ray (Bollywood Hollywood and Water). McKellar plays an unemployed chef living in India who learns cooking secrets from the head of the household staff.
Highway 61 and Roadkill (dir.Bruce Macdonald)
In the first, Don Mckellar's character is waylayed by a tough gal and driven down to the Southern states...with a body in the car. Roadkill follows a punk band across Northern Ontario.
eXistenZ (sic) (dir. David Cronenberg) Check out the graphic novel as well as the dvd starring Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Willem Dafoe. Imagine a world where you can enter the world of a computer game...Hey, wait a minute!
Not yet at CPL but worth watching:
Calgary's +15 system of raised walkways is the real star. A group of friends have a contest to see how long they can stay indoors in their workplaces.
Thirty-two short films about Glenn Gould
You don't have to be a concert pianist to figure what this one's all about but the structure is unique and follows the Goldberg Variations. Carlo Rota appears (Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Colm Feore (Bon Cop, Bad Cop) stars as Glenn Gould.
Exotica and The Adjuster (dir. Atom Egoyan)
McKellar does a fine job in his roles but some viewers find Egoyan's work troubling. Exotica features a missing girl, and her babysitter-obsessed father. The Adjuster is brilliantly set in the surburban wasteland of a new home surrounded by undeveloped land and focuses on a woman working for the censor board. Caution: adult themes and disturbing content.