November/December 2008 Events
Sunday November 2
10:30am. Catalyst Church holds their Sunday service.
2pm. The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill: Dear Ruth (1947, 95 min. Directed by William Russell, with William Holden and Joan Caulfield). Hilarious adventures ensue when a soldier returns home to look up his gorgeous “pen pal” and finds a slight mix-up instead. One of the great forgotten comedies of the '40s. Followed by My Foolish Heart (1949, 98 min. Directed by Mark Robson, with Susan Hayward and Dana Andrews). Two lovers are forced to live a lifetime in a few weeks before war tears them apart. This exceptional film from the J. D. Salinger story features riveting performances and script, and fully deserved its two Oscar nominations. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Monday November 3
The UofT Bookstore reading series presents a humourous lecture by Bill Richardson, author of Old Father William's Well-Ordered Universe. 7:30pm start time; $5 admission. Visit here for more information.
The Diaspora Film Festival presents a variety of films exploring such themes as cultural interface, immigration, and social, political, and cultural diversity. The festival highlights films by both well-known directors as well as young and emerging talents, and pays special attention to the works of independent Canadian filmmakers from ethnic minorities. Visit here for more information.
The Moving Image Film Festival focuses on the genres of film and, in particular, experimentation with the clash or fusion of different genres. The festival finds new and innovative films that push the envelope by altering the way we view films today. Visit here for more information.
Friday November 7
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of Microcosmos. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Monday November 10
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill: I Was Monty’s Double (1958, 100 min. Directed by John Guillerman, with M.E. Clifton-James and John Mills). The Allies try to fool the Nazis about their invasion plans in this true tale of Montgomery’s double, as acted by the real McCoy. A fascinating and often funny story, focusing on an ordinary man who, despite his fears and insecurities, becomes an essential link in the war effort. Followed by Watch It, Sailor! (1961, 81 min. Directed by Wolf Rilla, with Dennis Price and Liz Fraser). A great British farce about getting to the church on time. Broad-humoured fun in the best English tradition, adapted from the hit stage play.
Tuesday November 11
Reel Asian and UofT's Asian Institute present "Sabu Soirée," a CinemAsia Gala, consisting of a screening of Sabu's Monday followed by a discussion of the film with Eric Cazdyn, and reception. Visit here for more information.
The Reel Asian Film Festival showcases contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East and Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia, and all over the world. Visit here for more information.
November 17-20, 23-27, 29-30
The European Union Film Festival conveys the rich and diverse culture of Europe through a selection of its finest and most recent films, many previously unscreened in Canada. Visit here for more information.
Friday November 28
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of Belle de jour. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Wednesday December 3
Kinosmith Films and Red Eye Media present a screening of Confessions of a Porn Addict at 9pm.
Friday December 5
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of The Last Winter. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Monday December 8
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7:30pm: Life Begins at 8:30 (1941, 85 min. Directed by Irving Pichel, with Monty Wooley, Ida Lupino, and Cornel Wilde). A washed-up, drunken thespian disrupts the lives of all around him until he is given another chance on stage. This sweet but not sentimental film is veteran actor Wooley’s best. A great beginning to the holidays. Followed by The Heat’s On (1943, 80 min. Directed by Gregory Ratoff, with Mae West and Victor Moore). West, looking sensational in her last role for 27 years, plays an actress starring in a musical revue while looking for funding for her play Indiscretions. Loads of musical numbers, and West dances the rumba as only she can do. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Friday December 12
Sunday December 14
11am. Light up your Christmas! Catalyst church presents 2000 Candles, a comic and heartwarming theatre production showcasing vignettes from over 2000 Christmases. For tickets and information, please call 416-805-7439. Visit here and here for more details.
2pm. The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill: Go West Young Lady (1941, 71 min. Directed by Frank R. Strayer, with Glenn Ford, Penny Singleton, and Ann Miller). This western spoof in the Blazing Saddles tradition has everything -- a town called Headstone, sheriffs that never stick around, really bad bad guys, singing, dancing, and a fabulous catfight between dizzy Penny and acid-tongued saloon gal Ann. Followed by Call Me Madam (1953, 117 min. Directed by Walter Lang, with Ethel Merman and Donald O’Connor). One of the most beloved musicals around thanks to stellar performances, Irving Berlin's score, and stunning Technicolor. Only the big screen can contain Merman, "the hostess with the mostest," in all her glory. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Saturday December 20
The Golden Mango Award nominee for Best Feature Film, The Tenant, screens at 7pm, follwed by a Q&A with the director, writer, and actors. Open to the public. Call 416.822.8734 or 416.806.8347 for more information.