I know I can’t be the only one still reeling from Tuesday’s TIFF 2012 line-up announcement. I am practically jumping out of my skin with excitement, just trying to kill time until September. If you need something to tide you over until then, too, you’ve come to the right place. This is what’s happening today on the Scene for Saturday, July 28, 2012.
As usual, I will start with the 11:00 am Family Favourites screening at select Cineplex theaters. This morning’s pick is Curious George. The kids will love it, and you can introduce them to the classic book series after the movie (if you haven’t already).
With a few less-than-funny comedies being released this weekend, you may went to head to The Revue to see A Night at the Opera at 2:00 pm. A must-see for comedy lovers, with some of the most classic jokes to be put on film.
At the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema today, one of my all-time favourite movies is playing. There is nothing quite like Grey Gardens and you can catch it at 3:30 pm. If you’re not into seeing the latest in the Step Up franchise, you can see the stunning dance documentary Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance at 6:30 pm. Also starting its run this weekend is United States of Africa, playing at 8:45 pm. And finally, the Toronto tradition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Toronto Shadow Cast is back at 11:15 pm tonight.
Today at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, you can catch a lot of cultural screenings. At 12:30 pm, it is the First Peoples Shorts III: New Worlds. If you want to stick with this theme, Busong is playing at 3:15 pm, the first film ever made in the Palawan language. Opening this weekend is Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a film that made its first splash at Hot Docs this past spring. For this evening, L’enfance nue begins at 5:45 pm as part of the Summer in France series. And at 8:00 pm, as part of the Rise of the Beefcake Cinema series, Conan the Barbarian is screening.
Tonight at the NFB, WILDsound presents the Toronto Film Festival, showcasing a series of the best short films from around the world, with a special program at the end of the night for horror shorts. It begins at 7:00 pm, and tickets are free, but first come, first serve. You can reserve tickets by e-mailing email@example.com.
Need a staycation? You should head to Ward’s island for the Lift and Images Festival Ward’s Island Picnic. With the promise of games, food, and a screening at dusk, this might be the perfect way to spend the day. The festivities begin at 3:00 pm so make sure to catch the ferry in time.
If you’re in the GTA this weekend, you can head to the AMC 24 theater for the Mississauga Independent Film Festival. There are two Short Programmes, at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm. These are followed by the Saturday Night double bill featuring Waiting For Summer at 7:00 pm and Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy at 7:00 pm. Film festivals like these are perfect for finding that hidden gem that you would never have seen otherwise.
So, Toronto, there you have it. There’s a little something for every film lover today. Go out and enjoy as much as you can, and don’t forget to check back with us tomorrow for Sunday’s happenings on the Toronto Film Scene.
Image from Grey Gardens.
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