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Indie Canadian Movie Night: Thursday, June 15, 7 PM

RoadkillIt’s been a few weeks, but I’ve moved roommates in and out of die Kommune, written my paper and generally run out of excuses. So it’s time for Indie Canadian Movie Night!

The time will be 7PM – 10PMish, Thursday June 15th. The place, the LCI lounge.

I don’t think I’ve ever shown any Canadian films at my movie nights. Time to fix that. I’m tempted to show some classic Old School David Cronenberg, like Scanners (greatest exploding-head scene in the history of cinema). But maybe I’ll save that. This week I feel like down-home indie Canadian cult road movies directed by Bruce Macdonald.

First, ROADKILL, a low-budget, black-and-white film about a woman (Valerie Buhagiar) learning to drive, a serial killer (Don McKellar), a confused film crew, Joey Ramone, and tons of circa-1989 grungy Canadian indie music. It’s cool and gritty and funy, and it reminds me a bit of Clerks (which came 5 years later). It’s not a movie with what you’d call “production values”, but it has something better. Heart. Yeah, that’s right: I said heart.

Roadkill is only 70 minutes long, so I wanna couple that with Bruce Macdonald’s much slicker 90-minute HARD CORE LOGO, a Spinal-Tap-like mockumentary about a punk band on a tour of western Canada. Well, not quite Spinal-Tap-like. It’s a <i>lot</i> darker, for one. Seriously. Very dark indeed. But it’s still pretty cool. And it’s the only movie I know of that has a scene set in Regina, Saskatchewan, where I grew up.

There’s two ways to look at it: Billy wants the models and limousines, while I’m happy with hookers and taxicabs.

– Joe Dick Donnie Darko: Thursday, May 11, 7 PM

People who have been in the department for a while might remember my occasional movie night notices, but it’s been a while now. But I thought I’d restart the tradition on a semi-regular basis.

The way it works is this: I pick a movie that I like a lot, but that might not be as well-known as I think it should be. I then pick an evening to show it in the LCI lounge. You, being a cool, movie-loving person with good taste, come. You maybe even bring snacks for yourself. Yum. Everybody spends a couple minutes helping set up the projector and furniture before the movie, and a couple minutes putting things away after, and we have ourselves a show. I may set aside some time to gush about the movie and convince you that the black-and-white all-little-person German film we are watching is indeed a masterpiece, despite your misgivings. This is not because you are lacking in taste, but because you are unrefined, and need to be set gently on the right track. Good times are had by all.

This week’s movie will be in the LCI lounge Thursday night at 7 PM, and it is… Donnie Darko, the director’s cut.

I know, I know, I’ve shown Donnie Darko before. More than once, even. But I really, really like this movie, and it makes me sad that there are so many people out there who haven’t seen it, and if you have seen it, you know it bears watching multiple times, and this is the director’s cut, anyway, which you might not have seen.

28 days… six hours… 42 minutes… 12 seconds. That… is when the world… will end.

— Frank the Rabbit

Link (To more info on Donnie Darko –don’t read the spoilers if you want to come in “fresh”. Which you do.)