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The Summer of Lars von Trier

by Melanie - 1 Comment(s)

Okay. Most people are barbeque-ing and whatnot in summertime. We seem to be watching a spate of movies by Lars von Trier, which is what we Movie Maniacs do.

In Five Obstructions, Lars makes another director re-do his original late 1960s experimental film but under a strict set of guidelines and then makes a terrifc documentary of the process.

I think Mat has already reviewed Dancer in the Dark starring Icelandic pop star Bjork. The soundtrack was very popular and a melodic departure from Bjork's earlier disco hits and Sugar Cubes work. She plays a young blind woman whose friendship with a local couple ends in tragedy.

Looking for a thriller? How about Lars' police vs. serial killer drama The Element of Crime? This is considered to part of trilogy that includes Europa, a thriller set in post-war Germany, and Epidemic, not in our collection at this time.

We're on the waiting list for Melancholia starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as women threatened with planetary annihilation AND wedding planning! It sounds funny, but isn't.

Nicole Kidman stars in Dogville but that doesn't mean you should confuse Lars von Trier with Baz Luhrmann; for one thing, Lars is Danish. For another, this film is very creepy. A woman on the run is sheltered by a rural American community in the 1930s. Our male protagist is a driven young writer who never writes. These must be nice folks, taking in a stranger, right? For fans of theatre, the set is a stage with chalk outlines of buildings in the small town. The film is narrated "Sunshine Sketches/Wobegon" style.

The Boss of it All is a charming comedy that features a hapless everyman hired to fire everyone in a corporation so the real big boss doesn't have to. Fans of comedy series The Office will appreciate this one. In Danish with subtitles.

So long Nora

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

With the death today of Nora Ephron, the world has lost a gifted author, essayist, screen writer and director of some very fine movies. She has a string of hits to her credit, starring many of Hollywood's A listers. A fine sense of humour defined her writing and her direction was subtle and skilled.


Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail features the great combo of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan


Julie and Julia is yet another Oscar nominated role for marvelous Meryl


Bewitched with Wil Ferrell and Nicole Kidman- a different take on the popular 60's sitcom


Michael stars John Travolta as the archangel who loves to boogie


Silkwood is the story of activist Karen Silkwood and with a great cast- Streep, Cher and Kurt Russell. This is older and might not be on a lot of peoples radar, but is well worth the two hours.

Strong Women

by Moe - 1 Comment(s)

Pixar is releasing its first ever movie with a female as the lead. This of course is "Brave" and it looks absolutely wonderful. After I see Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsmen, this is high on my list of must sees. Pixar was overdue to have a female lead and this got me thinking about my fave female characters/heroines/roles. Now a lot of such lists would have you believe that in order to be a strong female role model you have to be slaying vampires, werewolves or the Lord of the Nazguls. You must take on cyborgs, aliens and computers run amok. You must avenge yourself against the man who killed your fiance', and you must help dispatch Vader and the Sith. You have to dodge trees that come alive and try to consume you whole. You need to levitate a plane while holding back the waters of a ruptured dam. And you have to look great in a jumpsuit the whole time you are doing it---and maintain your hairdo!

But what about all the rest of us! My jumpsuits days are happily in my past, I would likley faint if I encountered an axe-wielding anything, and quite honestly my chances of getting in trouble off–world really aren't very high. So here are some more realistic role models for us regular womenfolk---I actually polled a bunch of co-workers, male and female to help me compile this list.

Steel Magnolias – any and all of the ladies

Olympia Dukakis in Moonstruck

Katherine Hepburn as Rose in African Queen

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice---Liz came up time and time again---and in particular, this version

Susan Sarandon in The Client

Jennifer Lawrence as Ree in Winter's Bone

Shirley Maclean in Guarding Tess – no copies at the moment (that's two for Dukakis and two for Shirley)

Almost anything with marvelous Meryl---but for this post let's go with Out of Africa

Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) as The Miracle Worker

There are so many to choose from but I think I will keep some in reserve for another post. Just for fun check out Movieline Magazine/AFI's 100 Best Female Character Roles. Now those appearing on their list aren't necessarily role models or people we in any way want to emulate, but rather they are great female movie roles (CPL has an amazing number of them).

And despite my opening paragraph I DO really love a kick-butt heroine in an action role---thus making my favourite ever ---yes, you probably guessed---Ripley from Alien and Aliens. Man- how many times have I blogged about Alien(s)!!

Safety Not Guaranteed

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Just in – the opportunity to get double advanced screening passes to Safety Not Guaranteed !

Safety Not Guaranteed is from the same people that gave us Little Miss Sunshine:

When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.

Just follow this link to an external site for your free tickets and enjoy!


Another Great British Mystery Series

by Melanie - 0 Comment(s)

If you are a Wallander, Morse or Prime Suspect (Helen Mirren) fan, you'll enjoy this set of longer mysteries based on Ann Cleeves' mystery novels featuring detective Vera Stanhope. Like her predecessors, Vera's a driven and somewhat unhappy figure. Her job is to seek justice not "to make people happy" as she notes in one episode. She's humorous and lovingly chastises her sidekick, as Morse does. Vera, the series, has great camerawork, as Wallander does. Not Sweden, but what is it about gloomy Northumberland? George Gently is filmed in part there also. Looking forward to more...

And why not adapt Cleeves' Jimmy Perez character too? He's another great character and setting. Is anyone listening there in tv land?

In the meantime, checkout Ann Cleeves' novels.

Crowfoot Movie Night

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Join us at 6:30 Thursday the 21st at Crowfoot Library for our monthly installment of Movie Night. As always please call us at 221-4122 to find out what the title on offer is. But I can tell you it is a brand new release to dvd, is just starting to come to our shelves and this is a great way to beat the hold line. It is rated PG, action/adventure and has a run time of 94 minutes.

Free Advanced Screening Passes

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Follow this link to an external site for free double passes to see an advanced screening of this French (with English subtitles) movie. This film was nominated for a total of nine 2012 Cesar Awards, France's equivalent to the Oscars and won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival. The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe.

Everything you need to get yourself a double pass is at this link---you do NOT need to go to your GoFoBo account for these passes. Your tickets will be sent to the email address you provide, where you can print them off from home. Enjoy and thanks to our friends at interactPR.

The Password/Pin Code is: INTOUCHABLESCJ11

Great Redemption Rate

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Back in May we told you that MM had formed another partnership with a PR company which would send advanced screening tickets our way. Our first movie was the very enjoyable Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. We offered a lot of tickets through our site, and I'm happy to say that they were all taken. More importantly, they had an 85% redemption rate, which is very high. So as a result we will definitely be getting more tickets sent our way- we have shown them MM can put 'bums in seats', which is what the PR company is looking for.

So remember to check back regularly – promos often come up without too much advance notice – which is rather ironic for an advanced screening...

If you don't see us on the CPL homepage (which only shows the most current 7 posts) just click on the blue Latest Blog Posts on the top or the blue see all blogs at the bottom and find us this way. This applies to any and all other blogs – as bloggers add new posts the older posts journey down the list until they get bumped off.

There is always something worth reading in all the many blogs, even if we aren't on the front page.


by Moe - 3 Comment(s)

Like a lot of rabid fans I am counting the days to the release of Prometheus on June 8th. This is Ridley Scott’s—SIR Ridley’s that is—highly anticipated latest movie and it looks epic. It may or may not be a prequel to his iconic film Alien---they---as in the actors, the Studio, and almost anyone associated with it are playing it pretty close to the chest. Alien was the first instalment of the Aliens quadrilogy and the movie that launched Sigourney Weaver’s career, made kick butt heroines acceptable, and upped the ante for filmmakers for years to come.

Scott got his start 35 years ago working as a high powered ad-man. He then tried his hand at movies and had just finished making a feature film called The Duellist (actually pretty good) that hardly anybody saw because they were all lined up to go see another new release – Star Wars. Scott’s next release was to be a retelling of Tristan and Isolde, but after he himself saw Star Wars, he is quoted as saying “this changes everything – it’s time to get down to business”.

6 weeks later he signed on to direct Alien—he was actually 20th Century Fox’s fifth choice. With its wonderful tag line 'in space no one can hear you scream' it was a phenomenal success. The franchise had a total run of 4, with the first sequel, Aliens (directed by another developing heavy weight – James Cameron) being even slightly better than the original. Unfortunately 3 and 4 ran out of steam. Out of all his movies since, Scott says that Alien is the one that has called to him over the years as unfinished business.

He has had a hugely successful career and any movie with him at the helm is an event. Here are some of his titles which are available at CPL: Thelma and Louise; Gladiator; Kingdom of Heaven; Robin Hood; Body of Lies; American Gangster; Blade Runner.

Prometheus features an excellent cast including Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class); Noomi Rapace (Dragon Tattoo trilogy – original Swedish version); Charlize Theron – currently having quite a resurgence in her career with another big draw having just opened – Snow White and the Huntsman (here's the trailer). Check out this excellent teen zone post from earlier; Idris Alba (Luther) and Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce).

Next on Scott’s plate – a prequel --- or maybe a sequel --- again, he is not saying, to his other cult classic—Blade Runner.