Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre 1320 5 Avenue NW, Tennis Court
Donations greatly appreciated.
English | United Kingdom | 120 minutes | Color | 1.85:1 | English
Set against the soundtrack of The Who’s 1973 mighty concept album Quadrophenia, Phil Daniels plays working-class Jimmy, the drug-induced Mod, who hates his job and is misunderstood by his parents. But by night, he comes alive, with the all-nighters, his pills and his scooter-riding friends. Always on a high, life can’t get any better. Then there’s the Brighton scooter run, where both Mods and Rockers converge, ending in the battle of the cults on Brighton Beach. What goes up must come down, and with Jimmy’s come-down, his life is turned around, and so begins his downward spiral into paranoia and isolation, and the four-faceted mindset: Quadrophenia. -The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema –IMDB, Cinema_Fan
Quadrophenia was made in 1979, at the height of the British punk movement, and the filmmakers contemplated casting a punk musician as the lead, to lend Jimmy an authentic air of rebellion. They considered Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols for the role, but the film’s insurance company refused to allow him to be cast. Rotten apparently would have turned down the role anyway, saying he didn’t want to “live out any of Pete Townshend’s fantasies.” -The Criterion Collection
John Bindon, who plays Harry, the gangster, was just as colorful as his character. Before he was cast in Quadrophenia, Bindon did security for the 1977 Led Zeppelin U.S. tour, and he was tried for murder in 1978. He allegedly had many links to the London underworld and was even mixed up in a scandal involving Princess Margaret. -The Criterion Collection
During the initial shooting of the riot scenes in Brighton, some of the professional extras (the only paid ones in the film) cast to portray policemen were seen laughing as the cameras rolled. Roddam was not pleased, and before the reshoot, he instructed some of the mod extras to really attack the “police.” -The Criterion Collection
Like Father, Like Son
Sunday Sep 22, 1:45 pm
Friday Sep 27, 7:15 pm
At Eau Claire
Japan, 2013, 120 min.
Japanese film master Hirokazu Kore-eda (I Wish, Air Doll) returns with another warm contemporary drama, wherein a rich family and poor family discover that their sons were switched at birth.
Successful architect Ryota Nonomiya (Masaharu Fukuyama) and his wife Midori (Machiko Ono) are celebrating their six-year-old son’s acceptance into a top primary school, only to find out that a mistake from their hospital means that they have someone else’s child, and that their biological son is being raised by another family. The two families are advised to meet, and over the next year, work to exchange the boys to their rightful parents. But Ryota is appalled at the other family’s unkempt, easy-going nature, and seeks to not only keep the son he has raised, but also buy off the other parents to give up legal ownership of his true, biological son.
Inspired by the director’s own recent experience with fatherhood, Like Father, Like Son was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. The darker implications of the film are tempered by tender interactions with the children, and the deep empathy that slowly emerges in this exploration of nature versus nurture and the true meaning of parenthood.
Director Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Executive Producer: Yasushi Ogawa, Chiaki Harada, Satomi Odake
Producer: Kaoru Matsuzaki, Hijiri Taguchi
Screenwriter: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Cinematographer: Mikiya Takimoto
Editor: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Production Design: Keiko Mitsumatsu
Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yoko Maki, Lily Franky
The Killing, (1956) by Stanley Kubrick
Thursday, October 10, 2013. 7pm
The Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Rd NW.
84 minutes | black & white | DCP |
“Stanley Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s
tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, and a phenomenal cast of character actors, including Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Timothy Carey, Elisha Cook Jr., and Marie Windsor, The Killing is both a jaunty thriller and a cold-blooded punch to the gut. And with its precise tracking shots and gratifying sense of irony, it’s Kubrick to the core.”- Criterion