It's the Projection Booth's first birthday, and the Leslieville cinema is celebrating by hosting what promises to be a blowout bash for, um, a rock band. In conjunction with Fangoria Magazine, the Projection Booth will be given over at 9 pm tonight (Friday) to the official album and tour magazine launch party for KISS's Monster, featuring a costume contest and a performance by "Canada's premier KISS tribute" FriedAlive ... but don't worry, there's a film component too. Fango editor Chris Alexander promises a secret screening of a rare KISS film.
Will it be the band's legendary 1978 TV-movie Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park? Probably. But if you don't go, you'll never know.
Now, if you feel like catching a movie outdoors on Saturday night, you might want to drop by the Italian consulate at Dundas and Beverly, just kitty-corner from the AGO. L'Altra Italia and the Italian Cultural Institute present Guiliano Montaldo's 2011 drama L'Industriale, starring Pierfrancesco Favino as a Torino factory owner whose business and marriage are both dangerously close to collapse, in the consulate garden.
Admission is free; the gates open at 8 pm, with the screening scheduled to start around 9 pm. You may want to bring a towel or blanket, just in case the ground's still soaked from the last few days of rain.
On Monday evening, filmmaker, actor and notorious horror aficionado Eli Roth takes a break from shooting a project in town to introduce Umberto Lenzi's 1981 exploitation classic Cannibal Ferox - aka Make Them Die Slowly - at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Perhaps the most vile of the "cannibal" pictures that ran through the grindhouses in the late 70s and early 80s, Cannibal Ferox is really just an hour and a half of white idiots being tortured and mutilated by angry brown people, with the human-on-human violence broken up with scenes of very real animal torture.
It's often confused with Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust, which presents its remarkably similar story as found footage. (Cannibal Ferox, made a year later, dispenses with the conceit and just tells the story straight.)
I understand the place cannibal movies occupy in the horror canon - the glee with which they revel in their gruesome money shots can surely be felt in Roth's intentionally over-the-top Hostel pictures - and I don't doubt Roth can place the film in its proper historical context. So, y'know, that's a thing you might want to watch. Show starts at 6 pm.
Finally, having taken the month of July off, the ReFocus series returns to Double Double Land in Kensington Market Wednesday night (August 1) with a free screening of Malcolm Murray's Bad Posture, a modest study of the complicated friendship between two young men in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Like a number of the other titles Jeff Wright has programmed for his series, this is an odd little American indie that wouldn't stand a chance in commercial release - who'd pay $13 to see three unknown actors in a slight coming-of-age drama when they can see The Dark Knight Rises for the same amount of money? - but could certainly thrive in front of an audience that's genuinely interested in discovering an intriguing new talent. Show starts at 9 pm. No blankets necessary.