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Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1996
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 19 01:00 pm
Jul 20 06:30 pm

De Palma’s only modern day blockbuster is an infectiously enjoyable series of conceits and deceits, feints, masks and trompe l’oeils, designed to undermine the hard and fast polarities that propped up the Cold War. To be sure it’s De Palma-lite, but light years ahead of the other films in this franchise.

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2012
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 18 08:35 pm

Greta Gerwig is delightful - a kind of modern day Annie Hall - in this lovely, deft, funny/sad movie from Noah Baumbach. Frances Halladay is 27, living in New York, and not really pulling things together yet. She’s in the wrong job, and her most intimate friend is her flatmate, who’s moving out. Simultaneously optimistic and melancholy, romantic and unsentimental, it’s a real charmer.

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Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1998
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 25 06:30 pm

In the mind-bending first feature from Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler and Noah) Max is a renegade mathematician searching for numerical order in the New York Stock Exchange. He’s looking for the perfection in the world, an order underneath all the chaos. He believes that if he puts a numerical analysis on the data he’ll be able to find this unifying order. Instead, his discoveries have the opposite effect…

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016

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Jul 09 08:20 pm

Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting lives.

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1973
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 02 10:30 pm

A young reporter (Jennifer Salt) witnesses a murder from afar, but cannot prove it. The truth is more grim than she imagines… Sisters has a grand guignol conceit but it’s not really a horror movie - rather it’s a witty mystery suspense thriller drawing from Rear Window and Psycho. Ironically through Hitchcockian pastiche De Palma found his own voice as a filmmaker. Even at this early stage includes extraordinarily adept use of split screen, lengthy travelling shots, and an operatic "Eye of God" storytelling sense - or if you prefer, a deeply twisted sense of humour.

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1976
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 03 07:00 pm
Jul 05 04:00 pm

Fifteen years after the love of his life was killed through his own failings, businessman Cliff Robertson meets a young woman who appears to be his dead wife’s doppelganger - and has a second chance to prove his love. Initially dismissed as a mere stylistic copy, almost faux-Hitchcock, Obsession is now understood as a "conversation" with Vertigo, reframing and in some aspects refining the original’s thesis about the nexus of money, power, and desire.

Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1984
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 03 08:50 pm

An out of work actor takes to spying on the beautiful woman across the street, but realizes she may be in terrible danger. His efforts to intercede lead him into LA’s porn industry. Tippi Hedron’s daughter, Melanie Griffith, stars. "It’s a mystery, a romance, a horror flick, and a straight-faced parody all rolled into one unique little movie." Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1976
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 01 10:30 pm
Jul 05 02:00 pm

The biggest hit from the 70s phase of Brian De Palma’s career, Carrie takes Stephen King’s horror novel about a troubled telekinetic teen and weaves it into a purely cinematic rhapsody of angst and (retali-)elation, what Pauline Kael termed "a terrifyingly lyrical thriller". Sissy Spacek is the shy adolescent brought up by an evangelical Christian mother (Piper Laurie - both actresses were nominated for the Oscar), and mortified when she has her first period in the girls’ shower. The incident leads to a cruel prank, which will in turn unleash Carrie’s furious response

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1981
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 14 06:30 pm
Jul 15 03:40 pm

John Travolta in his greatest role, as sound technician Jack Terry, who accidentally records a fatal car accident, and finds himself embroiled in a murky political conspiracy. The culmination of an unofficial trilogy that starts with Antonioni’s Blow Up and Coppola’s The Conversation, Blow Out is a mesmerizing thriller, De Palma in his prime.

Duration: 144 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1993
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 14 08:30 pm
Jul 15 01:00 pm

Along with Blow Out this is arguably peak De Palma (he implies as much himself in the new documentary that accompanies this series). A classic gangster film, updated to the disco era of the late 70s (and reuniting the director with his Scarface star, Al Pacino), Carlito’s Way is the tale of a drug kingpin who vows to go straight - and means it. Trouble is, nobody believes him: not his old friends and cronies, not his enemies, not even his best friend and lawyer (Sean Penn).

Duration: 170 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1983
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 16 09:45 pm

"The World Is Yours." Half a century after Howard Hawks and Ben Hecht delivered their brutal critique of the American Dream as personified by Al Capone in 1932’s Scarface, De Palma and screenwriter Oliver Stone found the Dream alive and kicking in Miami. Cuban hoodlum Tony Montana (Al Pacino) sees the fast track to success lies in cocaine, murder and pure ambition. Though only a modest success on its initial release, Scarface became one of the most iconic and resonant movies of its era.

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 28 06:30 pm
Jun 30 08:00 pm

Set in a remote forest ashram in India, the film explores the daily life of the followers of Swami Dayananda, one of the last teachers of Vedanta. Rather than focus on the Swami or the intricacies of his teachings, Gurukulam places the audience in the ashram, evoking a visceral presence of the place and a tactile sense of the sacred.

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1980
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 02 08:30 pm
Jul 07 02:00 pm

Manhattan therapist Dr Robert Elliott (Michael Caine) faces true horror when a psychotic killer begins attacking the women in his life (Angie Dickinson; Nancy Allen) with a straight razor stolen from his office. Desperate to find the murderer before anyone else is hurt, Elliott is drawn into a dark and disturbing world. And as the doctor edges closer to the terrible truth he is in danger of losing himself in a labyrinth of obsession, deviance and desire.

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2016
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 28 08:40 pm
Jun 30 06:30 pm

On the surface The Fits is a simple story about an 11-year-old girl joining a local dance group, but this mesmerising film is truly about bodies, movement, individualism and the group. The title puns on physical fitness, fitting in (Toni’s brother boxes in the gym next door to the rehearsal space, and Toni works out there too), and the unexplained physical spasms that befall several of the dancers.

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1971
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jun 27 06:30 pm

Tender Americana from Larry McMurtry’s evocative novel.

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1987
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 10 03:30 pm

With a screenplay by David Mamet and a magnificenct cast (De Niro, Costner and Connery!) De Palma enjoyed one of his biggest hits with this big scale, mythic rendering of the Elliot Ness/Al Capone story.

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016

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Aug 05 08:30 pm
Aug 06 06:00 pm

Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting lives.

Duration: 124 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1998
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 11 08:30 pm

John Boorman (Point Blank, Deliverance, Hope and Glory) surprised everyone with this boisterous, energetic thriller based on a real life Dublin criminal, Martin Cahill. It’s an oblique take on "The Troubles", but one that pays off in spades (and hearts and diamonds too). The movie also made an unexpected star out of hitherto unknown Brendan Gleeson.

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