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Free Movie Passes

by Moe - 1 Comment(s)

Click here to go to gofobo to get a free double advanced screening pass to " The Sessions ".

Summary: Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, THE SESSIONS tells the story of a man who lived most of his life in an iron lung who is determined – at age 38 – to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

Directed by: Ben Lewin
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy

The screening take place on Thursday, November 8 at Cineplex Eau Claire Market at 7:00.

If you already have an account log in now and use rsvp code CPLMMNRVM. You'll know you're in the right place when you see our Movie Maniac Logo. If you don't have one yet you will need to create an account and password first. Just follow the 'create an account' link- they've really streamlined the process- but do be aware that you're being taken to an external site and you need to judge your own comfort level with the information you are being asked to provide. Once done, log back on and use the above rsvp code. Remember please, if you request tickets and can't use them, you can log back on to gofobo and release them for somebody else to use.

If you go to the movie, drop me a line in comments and let me know what you think of it. Enjoy.

Ghosties and Ghoulies and Things That Go Bump

by Moe - 1 Comment(s)

Okay, it's that time of year-when we offer up some more choices to help keep you up at night.

First up and one I highly recommend is Jekyll, starring the talented and versatile James Nesbitt. This is yet another excellent BBC mini series from 2007. It is one of those series that I started watching and all else had to wait. It is wicked great fun, with a tremendous ending. You may also know Nesbitt from Monroe and Murphy's Law, both of which CPL carries. And if you don't know him yet you will soon because Nesbitt is playing one of the dwarves in the big Peter Jackson production, The Hobbit.

Although it's never appealed to me it does to a lot of people- Paranormal Activity- we have one, two and three. Four is in the theatres just in time for Halloween. Interesting bit of trivia about PNA. Each of the films cost less than $5 million to make but the first 3 have grossed a combined $576 million worldwide. PNA Five anybody?

We have the original campy and popular 70's television series Barnabas/Dark Shadows and there are a lot of them from which to choose. The remake by Tim Burton, Dark Shadows is new on our shelves. It is only for die hard Depp/Burton fans- which I am not. Depp yes, Burton not so much. There are some other Depp/Burton pairings that I like better, that you can access down at the bottom of this post. John Cusack I do like and you might want to take a look at The Raven. Cusack plays Edgar Allen Poe, aiding the Baltimore police in solving some gruesome crimes that appear to be based on his stories. Woman in Black with Mr. Harry Potter - Daniel Radcliffe- is a fairly decent gothic horror story.

Now another remake that I really did like is Fright Night . With Colin Farrell as your next door neighbour you'd think all would be good- you'd be wrong. Watch for the scene with the Century 21 sign. It is equal parts macabre and hilarious.

Latest installment in the Vampires versus the Lycans saga- Underworld Awakening. I really liked the first installment in this quadrilogy, especially that tremendous fight scene at the end between Beckinsdale and Nighy. This latest one I found was only so so. Two (Evolution)is okay and three (Rise of the Lycans) is not bad. However, they have left it wide open for another sequel, but it'll need an infusion of fresh blood.

The Walking Dead is very popular and we have season one. Season two just started last weekend on tv and those that saw it say it was very good.

Just spoke to our crack team of 'Selectors' and I am really happy to tell you that we are getting Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I was going to pass on this at the theatres this summer and wait for it to come out on dvd, but I ended up going when the one I really wanted to see was sold out. I thought it was great fun, and deserved more attention than it got- great CGI's, lots of jumps and giggles, a very convincing plot (once you accept that Abe Lincoln really was a vampire hunter, not just a president). There is a truly evil vampire master played to perfection by Rufus Sewell. And the best train heading towards a burning trestle action sequence that I have ever seen. Can't link this one yet, but keep checking our catalogue.

The Mist by Stephen King is actually better than you would think given the rather shaky start. Stick with it past the first appearance of a rubberized tentacle, and you are in for a pretty darn good movie. It has a really strong performance by Marcia Gay Harden and an ending that surprised and challenged me.

Still need some more choices? Follow theses links to see some previous Halloween posts---one, two and three, another one entirely devoted to Stephen King and some Gotchas! Oh man, I just love being scared.

Now, if you like your monsters in print as well as on the screen, let me recommend a wonderful YA trilogy by Rick Yancey. It is the Monstrumologist, Curse of the Wendigo and The Isle of Blood. It has two of the most memorable characters I have read recently- Dr. Pellinore Warthrop and Will Henry. I spent many enjoyable hours reading them, and almost as many imagining who would be the best choices to play the characters if they ever turned the books into movies. And these are books that are just begging to be turned into movies.

And what would Halloween be without Frankenstein?

Injustice

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Just released to DVD in August and new to our shelves is the courtroom/murder drama Injustice. From the talented and prolific Anthony Horowitz (Foyle's War, Silk, Midsomers Murders) comes this 5 hour British mini-series. Once started it is hard to disengage from, so set some time aside to watch this.

The story follows William Travers, an accomplished criminal barrister living an idyllic life in rural Suffolk. Asked to defend an old friend accused of murder he does so reluctantly and then only because he knows him incapable of the crime of which he is accused. Interconnecting plots are nicely woven together as we watch William struggle with one or two unresolved issues of his own. Strong performances by James Purefoy and Nathaniel Parker—you'll recognize them when you see them.

Crowfoot Movie Night

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Join us on Thursday the 18th for Crowfoot's monthly movie offering. As always this is a brand new, very popular release with lots of holds, so avoid the wait and come and see it in our program room. This one is a little longer at 143 minutes so it will be starting at 6:00- it is rated PG for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout. If you want to know what the title is please phone us at 221-4122 and all will be revealed. I promise you, it is MARVELous.

Must Sees

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Several months ago now I mentioned the movies I was really interested in seeing at the theatre over the spring and summer. I did manage to spend my money and see them all, but given how fast everything heads to DVD they are now available or on order here at CPL.

On my list were; Brave- the wonderful animated Pixar release-don't miss this one-it's for everyone; Prometheus, the maybe yes, maybe no prequel to the Alien Quadrilogy from Sir Ridley Scott. I was the tiniest bit disappointed with this one-I am such a huge Alien fan and there was a lot of hype around it, so maybe it's no surprise that it couldn't live up to my expectations. So although it wasn't everything I hoped for I did enjoy it, but a lot of people I talked into going with me, didn't. Oops.

Next up was Snow White and the Huntsman. Big cast in this - Charlize Theron, one of the Hemsworths and Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame. I wanted to give Kris one last chance to prove she could act. I remain unconvinced. Visually it has a great dark look, they threw a lot of $$ at the CGI's and Charlize is tremendous as evil stepmother Ravenna, but it still fell flat for me. And the 7 dwarves just bugged me- they took all these highly recognizable actors (Ian McShane, Toby Jones, Ray Winstone, Bob Hoskins) and just did their CGI thing with them, but it was unconvincing. I preferred the much lighter Mirror Mirror with Julia Roberts.

Add to your list The Hunger Games and Marvel's The Avengers, both of which I highly recommend, and you have hours and hours of block busters.

 

 

 

The second part of The Hunger Games trilogy- Catching Fire is in production with an as yet undetermined release date in 2013. Ditto The Avengers 2, with a release date of 2015.

Film Screening of NORTHWORDS

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As part of Wordfest, CPL's John Dutton Theatre will be the venue for the Calgary premiere of NORTHWORDS, a film that takes five celebrated urban Canadian writers on an artistic journey to North Labrador. "The film tracks the group as they navigate the harsh and stunning terrain of Torngat Mountains National Park. Along the way they learn about issues facing the north today and confront some of the dark moments in its recent past. The film explores the idea of north and shows what happens when the country's best writers tackle one of its most overwhelmingly beautiful places."

Hosted by CBC Radio One's Shelagh Rogers, it will be followed by an audience Q&A. Buy tickets online at wordfest.com or call the EPCOR Centre Box office at 403-294-9494 ($12.00)

The film airs on Tuesday October 9th, 5:30-7:00 pm.