What with all the Pride and Canada Day festivities happening around the city, this isn't a weekend when people think about going to the movies. And you'll hear no argument from me ... until sometime Saturday afternoon, when the humidity and the street noise get so thick that the dark, cool environs of a movie theatre seem like the perfect place to spend a couple of hours. Is that just me? It can't be.
Out at the Projection Booth, the 2012 ReelHeART festival wraps up Saturday night with a special Pride Program at 7 pm. The evening includes a live reading of Tom McIntire's short screenplay Spin, the short film Freak and the feature documentary Hollywood To Dollywood, which follows gay twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane on their drive across America to deliver a screenplay to Dolly Parton at her self-titled theme park, examining Parton's gay following along the way. If you've spent all day in the sun, this might be an excellent way to start your cool-down process.
If you're stuck downtown, that new digital restoration of Jaws is playing four times a day at the Lightbox. I've written about it at length in this week's paper, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it again here; I just love it so damn much. Even though they screened it for us last week, I'll probably be going back for another helping. It's okay if you want to say hi.
Now, if you make it all the way through to Monday, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is offering a special Canada Day Weekend double-bill, with free screenings of two quintessential hoser classics: The Adventures Of Bob And Doug McKenzie In Strange Brew at 1 pm and FUBAR at 3:30 pm. I'm a little creeped out by the idea that Strange Brew is probably what Rob Ford thinks about when he talks about Canadian culture, but I take comfort in the notion that Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas are simultaneously subverting and reinforcing those specific cultural tropes. Plus, it has more stubbies than Goin' Down The Road.
How seriously do I take Strange Brew? Check out the last audio clip on this interview with Max Von Sydow from last year. Of course I had to bring it up; I'm a proud Canadian, after all.