Wednesday, December 13, 2017

100 Best Canadian Films – Philippe Gajan

It’s now a yearly ritual: every October it’s necessary to plan a trip to Montreal to attend the Festival du nouveau cinéma. FNC is affordable, easy to manage, the films are catered towards cinephiles and all of which makes it a lot fun. Its evening events at the Agora are also always memorable and where you can casually chat with the who’s who of the Québécois film industry. And at the center of this there’s its co-director of programing Philippe Gajan who does a great job at presenting these works, many of them premieres, to the local audience. Gajan is also the director of the best Québécois, and more generally, film magazines 24 Images. So it is then no surprise that just like how the FNC is cool, and  24 Images is cool, so is his list of 100 best Canadian films, it's cool.
The series 100 Best Canadian Films is soon coming to an end. Hopefully if you have an interest in contributing please send it to me by the end of this year (but I’ll still be accepting them until the end of February). Hopefully afterwards I’ll be putting them all together into a master-list, which I think would be an interesting project. Happy holidays and thanks to everyone who contributed.

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Ce fut un cauchemar... Un exercice extraordinaire puisque j'ai plongé dans la mémoire (la mienne, celle des films). J'ai choisi de ne prendre qu'un film par cinéaste (sauf Perrault et Brault) pour faire de la place, sinon les Carle, Forcier, Morin, Lefebvre, etc., auraient trusté la liste... Pour plus de diversité, par amour pour tous ces films... Et pourtant il en manque, et pourtant je ne saurais dire si ce sont les meilleurs. Quels critères ? Par exemple, je n'ai pas mis les hollywoodiens (Villeneuve, Vallée, etc...) mais j'ai laissé un Cronenberg... Bref, voici 100 films marquants pour moi, en toute subjectivité... – P.G.

Philippe Gajan’s 100 Best Canadian Films
- Neighbours (Norman McLaren, 1952)
- Paul Tomkowitz: Street Railway Switchman (Roman Kroitor, 1953)
- City of Gold (Wolf Koenig, Colin Low, 1957)
- Les Brûlés (Bernard Devlin, 1959)
- Les Désœuvrés (René Bail, 1959)
- Very Nice, Very Nice (Arthur Lipsett, 1961)
- À Saint-Henri le cinq septembre (Hubert Juin, 1962)
- À tout prendre (Claude Jutra, 1963)
- Pour la suite du monde (Pierre Perrault, Michel Brault, Marcel Carriére, 1963)
- Rat Life and Diet in North America (Joyce Wieland, 1968)
- Essai à la mille (Jean-Claude Labrecque, 1971)
- Françoise Durocher, Waitress (André Brassard, 1972)
- Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper (David Rimmer, 1972)
- La Vraie Nature de Bernadette (Gilles Carles, 1972)
- La vie rêvée (Mireille Dansereau, 1972)
- La faim (Peter Foldes, 1972)
- Le bonhomme (Pierre Maheu, 1972)
- Les Filles du Roy (Anne Claire Poirier, 1974)
- Montreal Main (Frank Vitale, 1974)
- Les ordres (Michel Brault, 1974)
- The Book of All The Dead (R. Bruce Elder, 1975-1994)
- L'Eau chaude, l'eau frette (André Forcier, 1976)
- The Street (Caroline Leaf, 1976)
- Le Paysagiste (Jacques Drouin, 1976)
- Parlez-nous d'amour (Jean-Claude Lord, 1976)
- 24 heures ou plus... (Gilles Groulx, 1977)
- Le chateau de sable (Coe Hoedeman, 1977)
- Le vieux pays où Rimbaud est mort         (Jean-Pierre Lefebvre, 1977)
- Les bons débarras (Francis Mankiewicz, 1980)
- Springtime in Greenland (John Paizs, 1981)
- Le Confort et l’indiférence (Denys Arcand, 1982)
- La bête lumineuse (Pierre Perrault, 1982)
- Mémoire battante (Arthur Lamothe, 1983)
- La turlute des années dures (Richard Boutet, Pascal Gélinas, 1983)
- La femme de l’hôtel (Léa Pool, 1984)
- Sonatine (Micheline Lanctôt, 1984)
- L’homme qui plantait des arbres (Frédéric Back, 1987)
- Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988)
- Alias Will James (Jacques Godbout, 1988)
- The Last Days of Contrition (Richard Kerr, 1988)
- Trois pommes à côté du sommeil (Jacques Leduc, 1989)
- La Queue tigrée d'un chat comme un pendentif de pare-brise (Jean-claude Bustros, 1989)
- La liberté d’une statue (Olivier Asselin, 1990)
- La Sarrazine (Paul Tana, 1991)
- Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick, 1992)
- Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (Alanis Obomsawin, 1993)
- 32 films brefs sur Glenn Gould (François Girard, 1993)
- Le Temps des bouffons (Pierre Falardeau, 1993)
- Zigrail (André Turpin, 1995)
- A Prayer For Nettie (Donigan Cumming, 1995)
- Sans raison apparente (Jean Chabot, 1995)
- Le confessionnal (Robert Lepage, 1995)
- Yes Sir! Madame… (Robert Morin, 1995)
- Hard Core Logo (Bruce McDonald, 1996)
- Le Trésor archange (Fernand Bélanger, 1996)
- La plante humaine (Pierre Hébert, 1996)
- 9 St-Augustin (Serge Giguère, 1996)
- The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan, 1997)
- The Street : A Film with the Homeless (Dan Cross, 1997)
- Oh la la du narrative (Sylvie Laliberté, 1997)
- Avant le jour (Lucie Lambert, 1999)
- Soul Cages (Philip Barker, 2000)
- À l'ombre d'Hollywood (Sylvie Groulx, 2000)
- Trois princesses pour Roland (André-Line Beauparlant, 2001)
- Mariages (Catherine Martin, 2001)
- Life Without Death (Frank Cole, 2002)
- Gambling, Gods and LSD (Peter Mettler, 2002)
- Gaz Bar Blues (Louis Bélanger, 2003)
- Manufactured Landscapes (Jennifer Baichwal, 2006)
- View of the Falls from the Canadian Side (John Price, 2006)
- Rechercher Victor Pellerin (Sophie Deraspe, 2006)
- The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (Zacharias Kunuk, 2006)
- My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
- À l'ouest de Pluton (Myriam Verreault, Henri Bernadet, 2008)
- L'Encerclement - La démocratie dans les rets du néolibéralisme (Richard Brouillette, 2008)
- La théorie du tout (Céline Baril, 2009)
- Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (Daichi Saito, 2009)
- Hommes à louer (Rodrigue Jean, 2009)
- John Max, a Portrait (Michel Lamothe, 2010)
- Les Journaux de Lipsett (Theodore Ushev, 2010)
- La Vie privée du cinéma (Denys Desjardins, 2011)
- Pieces and Love All to Hell (Dominic Gagnon, 2011)
- En terrains connus (Stéphane Lafleur, 2011)
- Ne crâne pas sois modeste (Deco Dawson, 2012)
- Bestiaire (Denis Côté, 2012)
- Rebelle (Kim Nguyen, 2012)
- Brouillard - passage #14 (Alexandre Larose, 2013)
- Météore (François Delisle, 2013)
- Soif (Michèle Cournoyer, 2013)
- Le Démantèlement (Sébastien Pilote, 2013)
- Transatlantique (Félix Dufour-Laperrière, 2014)
- Mobiliser (Caroline Monnet, 2015)
- Minarsky, chute mortelle (Matthew Rankin, 2015)
- Les démons (Philippe Lesage, 2015)
- Maudite Poutine (Karl Lemieux, 2016)
- Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau (Mathieu Denis et Simon Lavoie, 2016)
- We Make Couples (Mike Hoolboom, 2016)
- Combat au bout de la nuit (Sylvain L'Espérance, 2016)
- La part du diable (Luc Bourdon, 2017)
- Les Affamés (Robin Aubert, 2017)

Toronto Film Review x Toronto Arts Report

https://www.torontoartsreport.com/single-post/2017/12/11/INTERVIEW-WITH-DAVID-DAVIDSON

Friday, December 1, 2017

Upcoming : Wexford Plaza, Dim the Fluorescents and Nirvanna Pop Up Shop !

With the end of the year fast approaching, I want to highlight the theatrical releases of a couple much anticipated Toronto films and special events. Joyce Wong’s Wexford Plaza tells the story of an awkward young woman who is a security guard at a Scarborough strip mall as she tries to manage her complicated life. It’s an intimate, sensitive, awkward and funny story as the film surprisingly shifts to a second perspective in its second half, which poignantly reveals the complexity of truths, emotions and relationships. Wexford Plaza opens tonight at the Carlton cinema and will play for a week. Next up is Daniel Warth’s Dim the Fluorescents also opening at the Carlton December 8th to the 14th. I haven’t seen it yet, but the Globe included it in its list of the films that could be the ‘saviours of the season.’ Quite the honour! And finally, some good news for fans for Nirvanna The Band, the rumours seem to be true that they’ll open a pop up shop set up next Friday December 8th through to the 10th at Show Gallery (978 Queen Street West). The hours for its run are Friday (4-9PM), Saturday (1-10PM) and Sunday (1-6PM). We’re excited to see what kind of merch they come up, and I’m sure they’ll make for excellent gifts for the holidays. And with the news that the Born Ruffians will have five nights of performances at Lee’s Palace in February for their forthcoming LP Uncle, Duke and the Chief, with special appearances by Brave Shores and Matt and Jay from NTB, there’s finally some nice things to look forward to!