Valentino: The Last Emperor (opens Friday July 10th, 2009)

Valentino: The Last Emperor has been premiering at film festivals and special events around the world since last summer. Last night, I had the opportunity to go to the FASHION Magazine Vancouver pre-screening of Valentino: The Last Emperor, an insightful “behind-the-scenes” documentary filmed by Vanity Fair corresopndent, Matt Rymauer.

Despite capturing the creation of handsewn full length gowns, paraded by elegant models on the runway, and seeing intricate show sets designed and brough to life, the documentary, surprisingly, focuses more on the relationship between Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino’s lover and business partner. A portrait of a business partnership and a romance. Despite being in the shadows of another man’s success, Giancarlo Giammetti describes his supporting role of Valentino as “happiness”.

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Cinephile presents “Fido” (March 3, 2009)

Celebrating its 5th year of publication, Cinephile (UBC’s film journal) will be screening the award-winning, Canadian zombie comedy “Fido” at the Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe Street) on March 3rd at 7pm. Director Andrew Currie will be in attendance for a Q&A. Guests will be well supplied with beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and a bevy of exciting door prizes and silent auction items.
The fundraiser is part of Cinephile’s ongoing effort to keep our non-profit graduate film journal (the only one in print in Canada) alive and thriving from year to year. The event also marks the launch of Cinephile’s first 2009 issue: “Far From Hollywood: Alternative World Cinema.”
Fido takes place in a 1950s-esque alternate universe where radiation from space has turned the dead into zombies. Fido stars Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, and Dylan Baker and exemplifies a clever balance of the light-hearted and perverse; it is a darkly comic zombie film layered with genre parody and political commentary about US Homeland security.

Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the 50’s, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbour, and rotting zombies deliver the mail. A corporation was born: ZomCon, who defeated the legions of the undead years ago. Since then, they have domesticated the zombies and made them our industrial workers, our domestic servants – a productive part of society. ZomCon would like the people of Willard to believe they have everything under control…but do they?

Ticket Information:
$15 for adults | $12 for Students (or 2 for $20) | Frederic Wood Box Office: 604.822.2678

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“A Conversation with Kim Cattrall” (Wednesday January 7, 2009)

Hey to all the Vancouver Sex and the City fans out there! Kim Cattrall, or perhaps more widely known as Samantha Jones from SATC, will be making an appearance at Frederic Wood Theatre (6354 Crescent Rd) on the UBC campus on Wednesday January 7, 2009. Presented by the UBC Department of Theatre and Film, “A Conversation With Kim Cattrall”, is a free and public event, so get your reserve your tickets fast – this is bound to be a full house.
Kim Cattrall was born in Liverpool England in August 21, 1956. Her family immigrated to British Columbia, Canada when she was a year old, but she went back to England at age 11 when her grandmother fell ill. During Kim’s stay in England, she studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. When Kim Cattrall was 16, she returned to Canada, where most of her films were made. Kim Cattrall’s acting career began in 1972 when she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

According to the press release:

Award-winning Sex and the City actress, producer and author Kim Cattrall returns home to BC to talk to Jerry Wasserman about her professional work in television, theatre and film, her life challenges, women in the work force, post-feminism, self-image, and her 35+ years of success in one of the toughest, most competitive businesses out there.

Where: Frederic Wood Theatre
When: Wednesday January 7, 2009
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Ticket Information: Call 604-822-2678 to reserve your FREE tickets (maximum 2 tickets per patron).
For more information, check out the UBC Theatre Website.
Thanks to the Kim Cattrall Fansite for her biography information.

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“Coffee” Film Premiere on Davie Street

Coffee was an incredibly “Vancouver” film with scenes shot at several local hotspots, including scenes from Bean Around The World and JJ Bean. With constant references to Vancouver culture, perhaps you can spot yourself personified in one of the ten vignettes. I counted at least three mentions of yoga and brief references to Spanish Banks, Burrard Street and Shoppers’ Drug Mart and an overall “gay-friendly” feel (can you spot the rainbow flag in the background with Ed & Geraldine in Part 2/10? Or the over excitement of Patricia in Part 6/10 about her gay best friend?)

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Batman: The Dark Knight – prescreening and review

Throughout the movie, we see these three forces interact and overlap with each other, both physically and psychologically. Between Batman, Harvey, and The Joker, each face their own demons and must come to terms with their actions. What should take precedence? Justice, or revenge? Nobody is guilt-free and their decisions lead to ramifications from which they will never recover from. The story is more complex than “good vs. evil”. Perhaps it is closer to “evil vs. evil” and the actors give an amazing effort in portraying a realistic look in to the human psyche.

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