Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Hiromasa Yonebayashi , 2017
Friday and Saturday Oct. 5 and 6 at 9 :05PM
In Japanese version with English Subtitles.
Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and a strange flower.
“Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of Ghibli’s later efforts The Secret World of Arriety and When Marnie Was There, takes the reigns for the first Studio Ponoc effort – and has maintained everything that makes Ghibli animations so special in the first place. He doesn’t try to forge a singular identity for the new studio that makes it stand separate from the animation goliath that predates it. Instead, he shows how closely he’s studied the masterpieces of Miyazaki and Isao Takahata to create a magical fairytale that’s incredibly worthy of standing alongside the masterworks of either of those legendary animators.” Alistair Ryder – Film Inquiry
$10 ($5 for children under 14, must be accompanied by an adult)
– If you come more than once in the same week, you pay $ 10 the first time but only $ 5 the other time –
Tickets at the door or on Eventbrite.ca
Alien: The Director’s Cut
Ridley Scott, 1979
with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
Thursday, October. 4 at 9:10 PM
City Cinema; Admission $10
Since the keen interest in this film seemed particularly acute, we decided to screen it a second time. Last Saturday we presented the original version of 1979 film “Alien” and to change it up a little, this time we will present the version that Ridley Scott himself revised in 2003 in which he added additional scenes and streamlined some of the sequences.
“Upon viewing the proposed expanded version of the film, I felt that the cut was simply too long and the pacing completely thrown off. After all, I cut those scenes out for a reason back in 1979. However, in the interest of giving the fans a new experience with Alien, I figured there had to be an appropriate middle ground. I chose to go in and recut that proposed long version into a more streamlined and polished alternate version of the film. For marketing purposes, this version is being called “The Director’s Cut” (…)
“The traditional definition of the term “director’s cut” suggests the restoration of a director’s original vision, free of any creative limitations. It suggests that the filmmaker has finally overcome the interference of heavy-handed studio executives, and that the film has been restored to its original, untampered form. Such is not the case with Alien: The Director’s Cut. It’s a completely different beast.”
Robert Zemeckis, 1994
with Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise & Sally Field
Monday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 PM
City Cinema; Admission $10
On thanksgiving day we will host a screening of Robert Zemeckis most famous film, Forrest Gump.
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and many other historical gems unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
“I’ve never met anyone like Forrest Gump in a movie before, and for that matter I’ve never seen a movie quite like ‘Forrest Gump.’ Any attempt to describe him will risk making the movie seem more conventional than it is, but let me try. It’s a comedy, I guess. Or maybe a drama. Or a dream. The screenplay by Eric Roth has the complexity of modern fiction…The performance is a breathtaking balancing act between comedy and sadness, in a story rich in big laughs and quiet truths…What a magical movie.” Roger Ebert
Forrest Gump won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing.