Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The preliminary list is in

We have a rather long list this year since we'll miss three days of the festival and therefore are likely to miss some of the movies we want to see. Plus, there's always the risk of movie times being simultaneous or too close together (we have had to run across the theatre to catch two movies in a row), so it pays to have a big list. Here they are:

Movies We Both Agree On
Small Town Murder Songs - "A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life."
Prosecutor - "A fascinating story with extraordinary inside access, PROSECUTOR follows the Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo through the first trials of the newly formed International Criminal Court."
Wild Horse, Wild Ride - "WILD HORSE, WILD RIDE follows a handful of unforgettable characters who set out on a 100-day quest to tame a totally wild mustang for a Texas competition. This stunning documentary highlights the profound bond between people and animals."
13 Assassins - "As the era of the samurai winds to a close, a sadistic young lord uses his powerful political ties to commit heinous atrocities against the common people. A group of noble samurai seeks to slay the tyrannical lord before he seizes control of the entire country." [I was so glad we agreed on this one.]
The Perfect Game - "Based on a true story about a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series." [We're baseball nuts. What can I say?]
The Last Circus - "While in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War, a “Happy” circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by militia into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. THE LAST CIRCUS follows the story of the clown’s son and raises the curtain on a twisted tale of love, revenge, and psychopathic clowns."
Giant - "GIANT is a sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and Jett Rink unfolds across two generations." [Giant was filmed in Marfa and we really ought to have seen it there, but now we can see it on the big screen!]

Movies Chris is Making a Case for:
Ironclad - "In 13th century England, a determined group of Knights Templar defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John. IRONCLAD tells the story of the group’s struggles against the King to defend the freedom of their country."
The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan - "Private McKinley Nolan vanished forty years ago in Vietnam on the Cambodian frontier. In 2006, retired US Army Lt. Dan Smith, revisiting the battlefields of his youth, may have encountered the elusive McKinley, alive. So began a journey into the heart of darkness."

Movies I'm Making a Case for:
The Greater Good - "Pilaro and Nelson’s THE GREATER GOOD looks behind the fear, hype and politics that polarize people into emotionally charged pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine camps."
"The High Level Bridge" - "Trevor drops his camera from Edmonton’s High Level Bridge in memory of those who have jumped." [A short--can't really make a whole feature film out of that anyway.]

We'll know more when the schedule comes out, but I think that's an admirable start. I asked via Twitter (who says Twitter is useless?) when the schedule of films would become available--should be soon since tickets go on sale on the 17th (this Thursday).

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