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Disruptions to the Space Time Continuum

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I do love anything to do with the bending of the space time continuum- even if it doesn't always make sense and often leaves me scratching my head. And the really bad ones have been known to leave me yelling at my tv that just wouldn't work!!! In fact I enjoy them so much I've devoted entire posts to just such movies.

Now fellow movie maniac Mat introduced me to this little gem from Spain---Los cronocrimenes---Timecrimes, and I must say it lived up to everything he said about it. Done without a bunch of CGI that leaves you looking for a quiet place to rest your eyes, this movie is lean, even sparse. No fancy sets, no high profile actors, just a nice tight sci-fi thriller. You aren't here to watch the special effects, you are here to try to figure out what happened and more importantly, could it work.

It won't be everyone's cup of tea but it sure worked for me. Even with English sub-titles.

The Pool

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The Pool couldn't be more different from director Chris Smith's notorious documentary about amateur horror film-makers, American Movie.

This quiet, thoughtful film is set in Goa and stars Malcom Faria, Venkatesh Chavan, and Janghir Badshah.

Venkatesh spies a tranquil unused pool and garden from a tree near its high wall. As a hotel boy working to support his family who live in a faraway village, he doesn't have access to such luxuries. He moonlights with his homeless friend Janghir selling plastic bags in the marketplace. Janguir suggests that Venkatesh simply jump in, but he announces that he will go in the front gate, or not at all. That decision leads to his encounter with the pool's owner and daughter of the house.

Anyone who has every peered longingly at a pool will enjoy this film. It offers a glimpse into the street life of Indian children, realistic dialogue (Hindi, with English subtitles) and a moving look a young hero of everyday life. You may want to share this movie with your teens.

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The Raid: Redemption Review

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We know Guest Blogger Trevor like his movies gritty, so on offer is his review of an upcoming theatrical release. If you like martial arts movies they are very well represented at CPL- in fact, too well represented to name them all. So to find all the titles just go to either our new catalogue or the classic catalogue and use Martial Arts DVD as your search term and you pull up a list of over 75 titles! In the new catalogue you have the further advantage of being able to use 'limitors' to select for language, audience, pub date, etc. Have some fun and play around with the new catalogue to find exactly what you are looking for. With over 70 titles, there is something for everyone.

The Raid: Redemption

I had the chance to see the advanced screening of the upcoming action flick The Raid: Redemption. It was without a doubt the best choreographed, most exciting martial arts movie I've ever seen (and this is coming from a lifelong fan of the Matrix). Though the screening I saw was unfinished and lacked subtitles, and though I had next to no idea what was going on plot-wise, the action was so intense and gratifying that it easily leapt to the top of my favorite action movie list (yes, I have a list for every genre). It's about a swat team that invades a slumlord's 30 story apartment complex. Things inevitably go bad and the cops (mainly just one incredibly skilled cop) have to fight through hordes of gun and machete wielding thugs to escape the building. Like many foreign language films, this movie may only see a limited release. If you even slightly consider yourself an action fan, you owe it to yourself to see this one. Just be warned, the violence is brutal, visceral and pulls no punches.

Japan Film Festival

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October 14th 6:00 PM --- Mt.Tsurugidake/ 139 Mnutes/ Daisaku Kimura/ 2009

8:30 PM --- Always: Sunset on Third Street 2/ 146 Min/ Takashi Yamazaki / 2007

October 15th 5:00 Shindo / 120 Min/ Koji Hagiuda / 2007

7:15 Linda Linda Linda /114 Min/ Nobuhiro Yamashita/ 2005

Free Admission at The Plaza Theatre

1133 Kensington Road NW

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IIFA

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The Indian International Film Academy Awards just took place this past weekend in Toronto. Now in its 12th year, the festival is famous for promoting Indian movies, culture and fashion and Toronto marks the North American debut. This is truly a global event with previous venues being London, Sun City, Malaysia, Jo'burg, Singapore, Amsterdam, Dubai, Yorshire, Thailand, Macao and Colombo. The expected global audience is estimated in excess of 900 million and the event will draw huge crowds into Toronto for the four day event.

If you are a fan of Bollywood films you know they are anything but boring. They are exuberant, flamboyant, full of song, dance, drama, action and just plain entertaining. Bollywood turns out thousands of movies a year, nearly 3 times as many as Hollywood and their actors are as famous or more throughout the world. And very prolific. The next time you are playing trivia and someone (like us) tries to tell you that Gene Hackman seems to be in a heck of a lot of movies, you can smile knowingly and say 'well Adoor Bhasi has been in over 600!

To get a glimpse of what Hindi movies CPL has to offer, use dvd fiction Hindi as your search term in our on-line public catalogue to see some of the more that 400 titles we carry.

by Moe

Check out our Chinese dvds

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You don't need to speak Chinese to enjoy the Chinese dvds in our collection. Many have English subtitles.

Zhang Yimou/Yimou Zhang's films are poignant with universal themes. He is best known for Raise the Red Lantern, a concubine's story and Shanghai Triad and more recently House of Flying Daggers, a spectacular swordfighting epic. If you liked the latter, try Hero, which is also a romance. Try to see Not one Less: a young schoolteacher goes to a rural area and her reluctance turns to devotion to her pupils and her dedication to finding a missing student. To Live follows a family's difficult choices through the revolutionary years.

Skip Eat, Pray, Love and go directly to Eat, Drink, Man Woman by Ang Lee of Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame. A chef with three daughters cooks his way through their different life choices. Another to see is The Wedding Banquet : A couple who don't have parental approval enlist a tenant's help in creating a wedding.

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Irish Once a Year

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If you're Irish once a year, like many folk, or even all year-round, enjoy these 3 lucky movies...

Secret of Roan Inish

A magical tale of a young girl seeking answers about her family's past and her missing brother on the island the family abandoned. Expect the selkie.

In the Name of the Father

Daniel Day-Lewis gives a strong performance as Gerry Conlon, a man imprisoned for an IRA bombing that he did not commit.

Waking Ned Devine

A villager dies and then his lottery win is announced. No point in letting all that money go to waste, decide his friends, in this funny film.

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Spotlight on Marion Cotillard

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Open any celebrity gossip or fashion magazine, and you will see glamorous Marion Cotillard featured. Don't miss her in CPL's dvds.

She looked familiar to me and sure enough, I had seen her spectacular performance as Edith Piaf in Academy award winning movie La Vie en Rose (whose alternate title is La Mome or The Passionate life of Edith Piaf). Cotillard is perfect as France's best-loved chanteuse from her rise from the street as a child singer to her last days. She is so much like Piaf, you won't recognize her.

Equally comfortable in English-language films, she has starred more recently in Public Enemies which depicts bank robber Dillinger's last days and the rise of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover. Johnny Depp stars, but the show stealer is Cotillard. She plays Dillinger's soulful girlfriend who, as in the song "Leader of the Pack" believes Dillinger (who never robs or shoots civilians in the film) is not bad; "he's just sad."

Cotillard also plays romantic co-star in A Good Year (2006). In a nutshell: Boy (Russell Crowe) is a stockbroker run amok. Boy meets girl; boy loses girl; boy tries to sell family vineyard. Provence + fine wine + misunderstandings + romance = a pretty good movie formula.

Most of Cotillard's earlier performances were in French film and tv, but she had a cameo role as Josephine, in Big Fish (2003), Tim Burton's somewhat surreal movie starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, and Helena Bonham Carter. A dying man recounts his life and his wooing of his wife through the proverbial "big fish tale" including giants, circus acts, witches, and incredible luck.

So far, so good. I think she's in for the long haul...

Fire, Earth and Water

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These three films garnered considerable attention and critical acclaim for Deepa Mehta, the Indian born, Toronto based film maker.

Two women, one who is married to an ascetic who has taken a vow of celibacy, the other to a philanderer, turn to each other to help fulfill their empty lives. Fire from 1996 was especially controversial.

Second in the trilogy was 1998's Earthwhich follows the lives of two young lovers, one Hindi, one Muslim who live in the cosmopolitan city of Lahore, India. As the 1947 partition of India takes place, the lives of the lovers are ripped apart---as is the city and the entire sub continent. Perhaps as many as 10 million people were displaced as entire communities travelled between the newly formed countries of Pakistan and India. By some estimations as many as one million were killed.

The final installment is 2005's Water--- the story of a young widow--young as in about 8 years old, circa 1938. After the death of a husband she has never met, she is left with three choices-marrying the younger brother of the deceased, self emolation on a funeral pyre or a life of celibacy, discipline and solitude amongst other widows. While living in the widow's ashram she becomes friends with a young woman who is hoping to take advantage of a newly passed law and marry a man of her own choosing.

All three have strong cinematograhic appeal, absorbing characters, and compelling subject matter.