Hopefully you are reading this unscathed by yesterday’s unlucky Friday the 13th. Either way, I’m sure you’re in the mood to leave your week and the heat at the movie theatre doors. If so, this is what’s happening on the Scene for Saturday, July 14, 2012.
For an 80s classic this morning, Big is playing at select Cineplex locations at 11:00 am as part of their ongoing Family Classics series. Tom Hanks looking as cute as possible is a great way to start off your weekend.
Japanese culture is displayed on the big screen today at the fourth annual Shinsedai Cinema Festival. Happening at The Revue, you can see any or all of the four films playing throughout the day. The series of shorts entitled From the Great White North: Yubari Fanta Special begins at 4:30 pm. It is an interesting program, with cultural and historical importance named after the original host town of Yubari. If you’re feeling a little more on the naughty side, you can wait until 9:30 pm and check out the Battle Girls and Bondage: A Pink Double Bill. To read more about what this entails, you can read our article about it here.
If you’re looking for a reason to hit the Danforth to eat souvlaki and spanakopita, the Toronto Greek Film Retrospective has its last screenings today, starting at 1:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Best of all, admission is free, but seating is on a first come, first serve basis so arrive early. At 4:00 pm you can attend the Canadian premiere and gala of Fred and Vinnie, with the director Angelo Tsarouchas in attendance.
At TIFF Bell Lightbox, Beasts of the Southern Wild has finally opened. This is a film that has received a ton of buzz around the festival circuit and I personally cannot wait to see it. Also kicking off this weekend is TIFF’s Summer in France series. If you can’t physically get to France this summer, this is your best bet for a Frenchie fix. Today at 5:00 pm, Jean Renoir’s French Cancan is screening. With a beautiful restoration, this isn’t to be missed. Later tonight at 8:00 pm, Schwarzenegger’s action classic Terminator 2: Judgement Day is playing as part of the Rise of the Beefcake Cinema series.
I love a good documentary, and there is no one better than Johnathan Demme. At the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema today, you have a chance to catch two of his films. First, at 3:30 pm, it is the Spalding Grey doc Swimming in Cambodia. At 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm, it is the music doc Neil Young Journeys.
You can also get some documentary action at The Projection Booth. Today at 4:00 pm, To Make a Farm is playing. You can read our review here. Also, if you missed Fat Kid Rules the World at the Open Roof Festival this past week, it is screening at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Try not to party too hard tonight and remember to check back with us tomorrow for Sunday’s happenings on the Toronto film scene.
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