The Breakfast Club
We're a little more than two weeks into the death spiral of Rob Ford's mayoralty, and I can't blame people for wanting an escape. Cinema is an excellent distraction; you can immerse yourself in an alternate narrative for a couple of hours, and only when you emerge from the safety of the auditorium do you discover that the mayor's flunkies are running through City Hall trying to scramble everyone's cell phones with giant magnets, or something equally ridiculous.
Also, it's been really hot this week, and we can all use some air conditioning.
If you're looking for a way to watch movies and do a little good, Rainbow Cinemas' annual Midnight Movie Marathon is back this weekend, taking over screens at the chain's Market Square, Promenade, Woodbine Centre and Carlton complexes Saturday night and Sunday morning. (It's all to raise money for the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund - you can download a PDF pledge form here - which lets you put an extra thumb in Rob and Doug Ford's eyes, if you're so inclined.)
The Carlton has programmed a John Hughes retrospective, screening Sixteen Candles, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Breakfast Club (in that order).
The lineup at the Market Square is intriguingly varied: Back To The Future at midnight followed by Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, the Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner The Last Stand, Judd Apatow's This Is 40 and the zombie romance Warm Bodies.
The schedules for the Woodbine and Promenade marathons were a little fuzzy this morning. Rainbow's Woodbine web schedule listed only four films - The Last Stand, Snitch, Identity Thief and Jack Reacher - while the page for the Promenade's was even less clear, listing Identity Thief, Django Unchained, The Last Stand and Parker as marathon titles, but not offering screening times or a running order.
But whatever they have planned, you'll get to watch five recent movies while raising money for charity. That's always a good thing, providing you doze through Identity Thief.
If you're chasing a shorter, sharper hit this weekend, the Toronto Korean Film Festival might have just the thing. In advance of the festival proper, which runs June 6 to 8, they're holding a free screening of Bong Joon-ho's magnificent 2006 monster movie The Host Saturday afternoon at 3 pm at Innis Town Hall, complete with free bibimbap snacks from H Mart Toronto. Details are up now at the TKFF's Facebook page.
If you're a kaiju fan, you don't need me to tell you how great The Host is; if you're not, well, imagine the misfit family from Little Miss Sunshine trying to hunt a giant raging monster after it snatches Abigail Breslin.
Yeah. It's that crazy, and it's that great. Don't miss it. And who knows, maybe there's a metaphor in there that can help us deal with our mayor.