A Serious Man
If you have any fluid left in your eyeballs after ten days of Hot Docs and 130 minutes of Iron Man 3, there's still plenty of stuff worth catching in the days ahead.
On Sunday, for instance, Cinema Scope film critic Adam Nayman puts a final flourish on his just-completed Coen Brothers lecture series at the Miles Nadal JCC by introducing screenings of their 2009 masterwork A Serious Man at 4 pm and 7:30 pm in the Al Green Theatre. I cannot recommend this highly enough; the movie is fantastic, and Adam is bound to offer at least one insight into its creators' minds that you haven't heard before. (Also, given how little money it made during its original theatrical run, odds are you've never seen it in a theatre. Probably you should rectify that.)
Monday's crammed with screenings, starting with three free shorts programs at University Of Toronto's Hart House, selected by the programmers of the Rendezvous With Madness film festival. It's all part of MindFest, a festival to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. Start times are 9 am, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm; each program will be followed by a panel discussion. There will also be a free screening of Silver Linings Playbook in the afternoon, start time to be announced.
Monday night, TIFF Cinematheque offers a special screening of Nell Shipman's 1923 frontier drama The Grub-Stake, reinterpreted with Shakespearean dialogue and live musical accompaniment. It's called The Grub-Stake Revisited, and it promises to be ... well, not unique, since it's a re-staging of an event from last year's Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse, but it should still be pretty nifty.
And on Tuesday night, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema primes its audience for next week's limited engagement of Room 237 with a special 6:30 pm screening of the film without which Rodney Ascher's obsessive cinematic dissection could not exist: Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Admission is just $2.37 for Bloor members ... and if you need me to explain that price point, there's really nothing I can do for you.