As a means of rounding up Toronto’s various cinematic goings-on each week, Movie Mondays compiles the best rep cinema and art house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements.
Movies, movies, movies. It always seems like you’ve got too many movies! Well, as ever, Movie Mondays is here to help. Whether you’re choo-choo-choosing a film to celebrate your Valentine, or just want to come in from the cold, there’s plenty of worthwhile stuff this week. And because we’re playful and bored, we’ll even throw in a bunch of stupid rhetorical questions and then answer them for you. Because readers love that kind of stuff. Don’t you, readers? Sure you do.
You know what holiday is annoying? Flag Day. We already have Canada Day. And Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day. Do we need a day to celebrate the flags themselves? Probably not. But you know what holiday is even more annoying? Valentine’s Day. All those lovers slow dancing to the stupid song from Titanic and making dumb kissy-faces? Gross.
Thankfully, the good time buddies at the Underground are hosting a Screw Valentine’s Day event at 8 p.m. on Monday, February 14, as their way of saying, well, “screw Valentine’s Day.” Join other jilted singles for games, prizes, and a screening of debauched adult film Sensations. So get in on the fun, bask in your loneliness, and tell that smarmy cherub Cupid where to shove it.
Ever since the Essential Cinema programme wrapped at TIFF Bell Lightbox, it seems like they’ve needed another series to hold up their back end. After all, screenings of the latest Elia Suleiman flick or an Austrian film about a marathon runner—good though the films may be—probably aren’t packing the Lightbox’s theatres. Enter Hollywood Classics, another fine excuse for Torontonians to catch up on cinema’s canonical highlights. And for the Lightbox to sell some tickets.
What says “Hollywood” and “Classics” better than Jimmy Stewart and Otto Preminger? Not much! Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m., the Lightbox is screening Preminger’s classic courtroom procedural Anatomy of a Murder. Stewart plays a backwoods lawyer defending an army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) who finds himself accused of murdering the man who raped his wife. Dealing with some pretty racy subject matter (like rape, and gratuitous use of the word “panties”) for a 1959 film, and shot on locations where the real-life crime on which the film was based took place, Anatomy of a Murder is one of Preminger’s finest efforts. And a certified Hollywood Classic, to boot.
Speaking of Hollywood Classics, you want to know what else is a Hollywood classic? Alfred Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man. It’s also a Film Noir classic. So it makes sense that it’s screening as part of the Revue’s Film Noir Classics series at 6:45 p.m. this Wednesday, February 16.
In this definitive case of mistaken identity, Henry Fonda plays a cash-strapped musician confused for an armed robber and charged with the man’s crimes. His lawyer (Anthony Quayle) tries to get him off the hook, while his wife (Vera Miles) sinks into a crippling depression. Based on a true story and boasting a wonderful score by Bernard Herrmann, The Wrong Man has, well, classic written all over it.
Usually when Rue Morgue magazine hosts these CineMacabre screenings, they spool up some delightful piece of horror film trash. But is there anything more horrific than a very scary fact? Naw.
This month, Rue Morgue presents Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman’s Cropsey, an investigative documentary that’s spookier than any fiction. Cropsey examines the legend of a Staten Island psychotic thought to be responsible for a rash of child disappearances in the 1970s. Folks in the area chalked the kidnappings up to Cropsey, a Boogeymanish figure. The film examines the intersection between the myth and the life of the convicted suspect, Andre Rand. Get unnerved Thursday, February 17 at 9:30 p.m. at the Bloor.