Bride of Frankenstein
Summertime is traditionally the season for sequels, so it makes sense that TIFF Cinematheque should use August to launch one last summer screening series. Tied to a new 4K digital restoration of The Godfather, Part II, Second Coming: Cinema's Greatest Sequels presents great films and their equally respected follow-ups over the course of the month.
The whole thing kicks off tonight (Friday) with a 9:30 pm screening of The Godfather, and runs through the end of the month. Selections include James Whale's Frankenstein and Bride Of Frankenstein; Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo and Sanjuro; Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns; Sam Raimi's Evil Dead and Evil Dead II, Sergio Leone's A Fistful Of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More and Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.
Now, as I've previously pointed out, this is a great idea for a series, though the execution is not exactly perfect: half of these pairings are the first two movies in a trilogy. (And in the wake of his brilliant Boyhood, wouldn't it be great to watch all three of Linklater's Before movies over the course of an afternoon and evening? Someone should set that up for the fall.)
Of course, this way we can all pretend The Godfather Part III doesn't exist ... and really, any excuse to see The Evil Dead and Bride Of Frankenstein back up on the big screen? You take that wherever you can get it.
A couple of quick notes on other screenings around town this weekend: first of all, I'm over the moon to be moderating a Q&A with James Randi after tonight's 6:30 pm screening of An Honest Liar at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema; please join us if you can.
If that's too early for you, consider going to Christie Pits at 8:30 pm for a free screening of Rashid Masharawi's absurdist 2008 drama Laila's Birthday, presented by the Toronto Palestine Film Festival. The Caplansky truck will be there too, and profits from the evening's sales will be donated to the festival.
Back at the Bloor on Saturday (August 9), the cinema is screening Gimme Shelter as an audience choice title in its This Film Should Be Played Loud rockumentary series. The movie is great, and will be preceded by a DJ set by Moe Berg. Doors open at 8:30 pm; feature starts at 9:30 pm. (Steam Whistle tall boys will be on sale for $5, though if you've seen Gimme Shelter you know that drinking and rock music don't always mix.)
On Sunday (August 10), get back down to Christie Pits for Wes Anderson's bittersweet Moonrise Kingdom, screening in the Christie Pits Film Festival's Days Of Summer program with the short films Record and Echo Beach. This one has a 9 pm start time, and is free/PWYC. Wonderful movie, and it's supposed to be a nice night. What else are you going to do, stay home?