My apologizes for the truncated column this week - I'm buried under a pile of deadlines for next week's issue, and the time I usually set aside to write my online post has just disappeared into a rabbit hole of rushing down to the CTV Newsnet studios to talk about Twilight. (Short version: It's not the new Harry Potter; it's the new Eragon.)
So, instead, here's some stuff you should go and see this weekend.
- The Bloor Cinema is screening a new 35mm print of François Truffaut's marvellous Shoot The Piano Player this afternoon (Friday) at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm; if you've only seen this New Wave masterwork on DVD, you really ought to take advantage of its glossy black-and-white splendour on the big screen.
- Over at Jackman Hall, Cinematheque Ontario kicks off its salute to the 40th anniversary of the Quinzaine - that's the Cannes Film Festival's showcase for mavericks and breakouts, also known as the Director's Fortnight - tonight (Friday), with Michel Brault's Entre La Mer Et L'Eau Douce at 7 pm and Otar Iosseliani's There Once Was A Singing Blackbird at 8:45 pm.
- Tomorrow, it's Don Shebib's undying Goin' Down The Road at 7 pm and Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets at 8:45 pm; Monday, it's Allan King's A Married Couple at 7 pm and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Fox And His Friends at 9:15 pm, and Wednesday features Joyce Wieland's Reason Over Passion at 7 pm and Maurice Pialat's L'Enfance Nue Wednesday at 8:45 pm. As far as I can tell, this particular series is just an excuse for Cinematheque to raid its vaults for programmable prints, but anything that puts Jacques Rivette's Celine And Julie Go Boating back on the big screen - December 7, at 3 pm - is OK by me.
Oh, and if you should find yourself in the vicinity of the Carlton this week, please check out Lance Hammer's excellent Ballast. It's really much a better use of your time than the stupid swoony vampire movie.