It is the mid-July lull and the city has begun to ease into a state of sleepy summer relaxation. While it is quieter than usual today, there are still some great films to see. If you didn’t make it to the cottage this weekend, this is what’s happening on the Scene for Sunday, July 15, 2012.
The Shinsedai Cinema Festival continues today for its final programming. Starting the day at 1:30 pm is the Canadian premiere of the moving and informative documentary Hiroshima Nagasaki Download. Also notably, the animated shorts program Beyond Anime: The Outer Limits begins at 6:00 pm. This program features some of Japan’s most talented animators, showcasing that there is much more to Japanese animation than Anime.
As I mentioned yesterday, Beasts of the Southern Wild opened this weekend at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. With numerous showtimes throughout the day, I urge you to check this film out as soon as possible. If you want a break from the new releases, Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil is playing at 1:00 pm as part of the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes series. While I know Citizen Kane is considered to be Welles’ cinematic triumph, I can’t help but think Touch of Evil is a close, vastly under appreciated second. For a double bill, you can watch Savages (but not this Savages) and The Exterminating Angel as part of the James Ivory: Elegant Pairings series, at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm respectively.
Continuing this weekend’s theme of Johnathan Demme at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, three of his films are being offered today. The Rolling Stones’ documentary, Gimme Shelter, is starting the afternoon off right at 1:00 pm. As part of the Back to The Bloor classic film series, Demme’s comedy Something Wild is playing at 3:30 pm. I know we were all worried that the Bloor’s new owners wouldn’t play great classics anymore, but clearly we had nothing to fear. And finally, at 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm, you can check out the concert documentary, Neil Young Journeys, which was shot right here in Toronto at the legendary Massey Hall.
Getting ready for a new week can be daunting, but finding a new favourite film or rediscovering an old one sure makes Monday morning conversation at the office a little easier.
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