Monday 7 January 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
A whiz-bang start to the New Year! Thisextraordinary new film from Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom & Romeo and Juliet) has evenmore amazing energy and fabulous art direction. Add great performances by Ewan McGregorand Nicole Kidman and crazy combinations of pop song and dance routines to 1800's Paris. Hang on to your seats!

Monday 14 January 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
A gentle look back to 1969 when Man first walked on the moon. This story revolves around the crew manning the receiver that pulled in the faint radio waves on the New Zealand side of the World on that momentous occasion. Pg

Monday 21 January 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Another in the Coen Bros. string of hits, this one zanier than most, Oh Brother romps, to tunes by the Swampy Bottom Boys, through the deep south in a plot loosely based on Homer's Odyssey. We'll show it from the DVD version with a fascinating extra on the digital recolouring of the film that changed it from lush southern greens to dirty thirty dust bowl Pg13 some language and violence and irresistible sireens!

Monday 4 February 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
The 1965 adaptation of the novel that won the Nobel Prize for Boris Pasternak was a Cold War coup for the West. It captured (and criticized) the Bolshevik Revolution and rise of Communism in Russia in an epic historical romance featuring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Rod Steiger. Gorgeous photography and memorable score. How could I be showing films for 8 1/2 years and not done this classic? We'll put that to rights. Perfect for a Late Winter's Night. Pg13

Monday 11 February 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
When Woody is stolen by a greedy toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him. But Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting. Amazing state-of-the-art (1999 at least) computer animation, fun characters, and inventive scenarios. G

Monday 18 February 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Lilly Tomlin's one-woman stage show adapted for this 1991 film presents her as a bag lady, who is our guide and narrator, and a multitude of others; male,female, swaggering, girlish, with interwoven stories in an amazing tour de force performance. Where else will you see a little gem like this? Added short film: Busk

Monday 25 February 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
1980 Robert Redford came out of a 4 year hiatus to star in this project. This plot (Oscar nominated for Best Screenplay) is called as "predictable" but I found it gripping and a stretch above the usual prison drama. Based on true events it follows an idealistic warden attempting to reform a southern US prison. The universal story, like "The Insider", of a person with integrity challenging an entrenched system. We'll have a special guest or two to ground this film in further reality. R for some violence, language etc.

Monday 4 March 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
A special program for International Women's Day. Lulu Keating (one of "the Moody Brood") is back with her documentary about a famous Halifax madame who, when she died in 1986, was honoured by a moment of silence at the Legislative Assembly. Also Lulu's short film about modern mature women discussing over a luscious feast what they want from a relationship.
And, by special request, WHY? by Carol Halstead. Her life story in a wonderful, colourful 13-minute rant. More on this event.

Monday 11 March 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
A family classic about a real Canadian story. But the real story didn't stop here. Bill Lishman's novel idea of teaching birds new migration routes has matured and his team has gone on to work with Sandhill and Whooping cranes.

Monday 18 March 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
A very Canadian feature that won "best of" at all the fests in 2000 and gives a whole new tilt to the term "Sick Building Syndrome". Director Gary Burns muses on Calgary's system of interconnected buildings, meant to protect its inhabitants from the elements, becoming a darkly comic "Habitrail" when co-workers challenge each other to see who can stand staying inside longest. A cinematic exercise in building atmosphere and shot mostly DV, this is indeed a cool film to experience.

Monday 25 March 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
A trilogy of inventive films by Vancouverite Mark Sawers uses pseudo home movies and the video idiom to tell family stories that would make Atom Egoyan green with envy. Quirky, sometimes dark, very funny. Mark will join us for a discussion of his work.

Monday 1 April 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Another great leap ahead in the advance of computer generated animation (and fun), this film has a great story with heart and makes the most of the rich fabric of fairy tale telling that has preceded it. Another treat for kids and everybody with a little whimsy. We'll be showing it from a fabulous DVD version with a feature on the technical and creative process that brought it to the screen.

Monday 7 April 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Starring Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton

Monday 8 April 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
A classic song-and-dance-routine-filled ode to "SHOWTIME!" Roy Scheider is brilliant as Bob Fosse, the choreographer/director who concocted this sometimes bazaar scenario of his own life and death. Hard living/hard dancing/hard loving life and death creatively captured on film in 1979.

Monday 15 Apr 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
For this auspicious event we picked the most fun, upbeat quirky, romantic film we could think of. This by Australian Bas Lurmann (Romeo & Juliet & Molin Rouge) is abour the dangerous move to perform steps that were not within Down Under ballroom judging rules (Australian rules?!)
Starring: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Barry Otto, Pat Thompson, Gia Carides

Monday 21 April 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Starring Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany,Adam Goldberg. Directed by Ron Howard

Monday 22 April 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Big Dance tells the story of a modern-dance troupe of big women from Victoria who celebrate their size, strength and new sense of self-esteem with their families and their audiences. As one dancer explains, Big Dance is all about changing stereotypes that say dance is only for "skinny little things"-"dance is for everybody." Through Big Dance, with Lynda Raino, these women have found a confidence and grace they never knew they possessed.
Preceded by Lines I Draw On My Body a 5 minute film, also about body image, a deeply personal account of one woman's twenty-year struggle with eating disorders. Images from her childhood and her modeling career, as well as medical slides, are projected onto her body as she reveals her story.

Monday 29 April 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Gumboot Production's short film, Journey To The Centre, on the construction of Christ Church Cathedral's Labyrinth involving men onday parole.
It's a good fit with an English feature, Greenfingers, about prisoners who took up gardening andwent on to ace some really big gardening shows. Followed by discussion with special guests. Pg13
Clive Owen, David Kelly and Helen Mirren

Monday 6 May 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
A fascinating film featuring Kevin Spacey as: a) maybe a delusional psych patient, b) maybe an alien among us. A film with many plot faults but told so compellingly and with such style, it works for Movie Monday. We'll have to talk about it.
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Alfre Woodard, Mary McCormack, Aaron Paul

Monday 13 May 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
An extraordinary doc by Victoria's Heather MacAndrew and David Springbett follows a Guatemala farmer for 25 years through his metamorphosis from subsistence farmer, to horticultural teacher, to activist, to guerrilla, to Mayan priest. "About human rights, life choices, and the cost of commitment"
Discussion with filmmakers follows the film.

Monday 20 May 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
We could show you Buena Vista Social Club again, but here's another great feature doc with fabulous music and all the colour of Cuba. Canadians Jane Bunnett(flute & sax) and Larry Cramer (trumpet) have been traveling there and interacting with the fabulous music scene, old pros and students, for 20 years. 90 min.

Monday 27 May 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Man Who Wasn't There
A dark but beautifully realized film by the Coen Bros follows a small town barber who yearns for a better future. The cinematography is wonderful and reminds one how gorgeous black and white can be. R some violence and language

Monday 3 Jun 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
My Left Breast
This self proclaimed "unusual film about breast cancer" is a homemade, firsthand experience, told with sensitivity and humour by Newfoundlander Gerry Rogers. We'll have her with us for a Q&A by the "miracle" of our telephone conferencing device. Apparently Gerry's a great talker and is feeling great!

Monday 10 Jun 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
This incredible film was filmed high in the Himalayas by Natl. Geographics' photographer author and now filmmaker Eric Valli. The stunning landscape, exotic soundtrack, novice actors, and gripping story are all the authentic thing. A movie so wonderful I'm showing it for my birthday! Yo video's gorgeous DVD version has a "making of" doc you're going to want to see right after.

Monday 17 Jun 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Living Museum
The Living Museum is an art community in a downsized New York mental institution (Creedmoor Psychiatric Center) where every inch of the 40,000 square foot space is treated like a canvas. The Living Museum illuminates the life and work of artists who are patients and graduates of the Creedmoor. Dr. Janos Marton, charismatic director co-founder and seven of his patients/artists illustrate how it works and how art can be so necessary in the lives of many who are "afflicted " with mental illness. By Academy Award winning filmmaker Jessica Yu.

Monday 24 Jun 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Waking Life
A new and beautiful kind of animated film unlike anything I've ever seen vividly coloured and manipulated real but abstracted images. "It tracks a young man through a series of encounters with slackers, hipsters, scientists, philosophers and characters from [director] Linklater's other films. " Eye Candy!!

Monday 1 July 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Bread and Tulips
A middle aged woman is left behind by her tour bus and embarks on a whole new life, sans family. Shirly Valentine - Italian style. A warm hearted film with a rich and eccentric cast of characters. Italian with subtiles.

Monday 8 July 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Harry Potter And The Philosopher Stone
Movie Monday will be transformed into Hogwarts School of Withcraft and Wizardy for one night only. Our own Dumbledore, Bruce Saunders, welcomes all muggles, witches and wizards. Special Bertie Botts Everyflavour Beans will be served at Platform 9 3\4.

Monday 13 July 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Squarewheels D.I.R.T.
SQUAREWHEELS presents it's latest D.I.R.T. video in an All Ages World Premier. It's features amazing stunt dirt bike riding made by riders from Duncan.

Monday 15 July 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Shower, About Face And Pursuit / Flight
Marilyn Cherenko, old friend, filmmaker, artist, and teacher at Emily Carr College of Art, will show two of her brilliant animated films - ABOUT FACE (5:30 min. 2000) and PURSUIT/FLIGHT (4:30 min. 1984) - and talk about her art.

And the Chinese feature SHOWER to the evening. It's a gentle film about a son reluctantly returning to his hometown and his dad's old fashioned bathhouse. Rich with humanity, humour and wisdom. Pg subtitled Another event supported by Canada Council For The Arts.

Monday 22 July 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
A Beautiful Mind
This breakthrough film, that itself won Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards, takes us right into the experience of schizophrenia and the remarkable life of John Nash, an elite mathematician who was honoured with the Nobel Prize in Economics after a life ravaged by the illness.

Monday 29 July 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
This French film is a treat to the eye from start to finish, made by a director who loves rich imagery. One of the Best Foreign Film nominees this year.

Monday 5 Aug 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Rare Birds
A rare Canadian pop romantic comedy, beautifully and colourfully located on the Newfoundland coast by director Strula Gunnarsson.

Monday 12 Aug 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Undoubtedly one of the best full-length cartoon features, Aladdin is terrific piece of entertainment. What pushes it over the edge and is likely one of the most memorable characteristics is Robin Williams` terrific job as the voice of the genie. At last a character that can keep pace with Robin William`s antics!

The story has romance, action, comedy, musical numbers, and lots of fun and excitement. Aladdin must battle with villains and win the heart of a beautiful girl.

Monday 19 Aug 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Crimes Of Compassion
This solid, new documentary from Victoria's May Street Group about the "Compassion Clubs" that make medical marijuana available to those who need it. It's a film that solidly made the case for me, and I've been suspicious of the validity of that position and cautious of "the slippery slope" and dangers of pot use. Interviews with, among others, the recently vindicated Philippe Lucas and then Health Minister Allan Rock and the Oak Bay Constabulatory. Director Jennifer Pickford and Philippe Lucas will be our special guests.

Monday 26 Aug 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Cannes Man
This "mockumentary", in the order of Spinal Tap and Best In Show, takes us to the festival-of-film-festivals where a Pygmalion-like challenge to make a lowly courier from L.A. the "buzz" of the fest is undertaken by a seasoned promoter. Great cameos by John Malkovich, Johnny Depp, Jim Jarmusch and a bunch of film folks playing themselves doing the Cannes scene. You'll love this good hearted MM discovery!

Monday 9 Sep 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
The Shipping NewsThis rich film adaptation of a favourite Canadian book follows a misfit, Quoyle, (Kevin Spacey) in mid-life stumble, returning to his ancestral Newfoundland port town with his little girl and Aunt Agnis (Judy Dench) and eventually a job with the local paper.
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench, Scott Glenn, Gordon Pinsent

Monday 16 Sep 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
September is "Coffee Break Month", awareness raising and awareness raising the fund push by Canada's Alzheimers Societies. Our "Coffee Break" will be a screening of this great film with a discussion including educators and family members from our local branch. The film captures the remarkable relationship of acclaimed writer, Iris Murdock, and her husband, soulmate, and also writer/teacher, John Bayley.
Cast: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville

Monday 23 Sep 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
The Street
A film with the homeless "Six years in the making, this 1996 film is an intense and intimate study of three homeless Montrealers. Transcending the statistical and emotional haze which surrounds most mediated commentary, the film reaches deep inside a complex social issue, inviting audiences to experience the human side of homelessness." Cinematographer Richard Boyce, now living and filmmaking in Errington, BC, joined us for a Q&A.

Monday 30 Sep 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Gosford Park
This new film has it all: violence, mystery, sex, and murder, thick with big stars and Robert Altman directing. What's not to like? In 1932 wealthy guests with their trusty servants arrive at an estate and a murder mystery is gradually revealed. We'll subtitle it as many have trouble with the accents and overlapping dialogue.
Cast: Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates

Monday 5 & 7 Oct 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
West 47th Street
This feature doc sold out both screenings at last year's Van. Film Fest and won the Audience Award for Most Popular Documentary. It's about folks with mental illness coming off the streets in New York City through a place now famous for its work in that line, Fountain House. The film follows just four of them. You really get to know them over a long period and the effect of the film is to humanize these people who don't often get that treatment. Bill Lichtenstein who made W47th is a journalist who has recovered from mid-life career-stopping bipolar illness and has since made hundreds of radio programs in a series called The Infinite Mind.

Monday 14 Oct 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Taste Of Cherry
Our second in a trilogy of films that address suicide, this 1997 Iranian film that won the Cannes' Camera D'Or looks at this topic with a calm and unblinking eye. A middle aged man is searching for an accomplice to fill in his grave after he takes a planned overdose of sleeping pills. In his travels he finds people have their own reasons to turn down his request and also some advice that may dissuade him.

Monday 21 Oct 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
The Commitments
A replay of a favourite at MM. Maltin says, "Enormously satisfying tale of an ambitious young Dubliner who takes on the challenge of assembling...a band made up of working class Dubliners who sing '60's-style blues! Disarmingly engaging from the word go, with an charismatic cast of unknowns; filled with irresistible music. A real treat."

Monday 28 Oct 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Monsters Inc
The latest computer animated feature from Disney/pixar features monsters whose job it is to create goose bumps in children, a hitherto unknown an energy source. You may have heard of this film!

Monday 4 Nov 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Divided We Fall
To observe the upcoming Kristallnacht, the "Night Of Broken Glass" of 1938 and our Rememberance Day. This was the most moving film I saw from last year. Under WWII Nazi occupation ordinary Czech citizens find themselves making impossible choices for survival. Luck. unexpected alliances, and a tremendous force to live come into play.

Monday 11 Nov 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Rock 'N' Roll High School
The infamous Roger Corman produced this high energy, anarchistic ode to the corrupting influence of Rock and Roll in our schools circa 1970. The Ramones are the unlikely cult superstars. Songs include Ramones' "Teenage Lobotomy" and "I Want To Be Sedated" Cult classic fun.

Monday November 18 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Here's a clever comedy about white collar Silicone Valley culture that reminds me about why I love being a self employed gardener.

Monday November 25 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
A new feature documentary, narrated by Sean Penn, about Venice Beach, California's surf culture and the birth and evolution of skate boarding.


Friday 29 November 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), an acclaimed Inuit film that has made their great tradition of story telling accessible to the world.

Saturday 30 November 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Qutuwas: People Gathering Together about the historic rebirth of the northwest coast canoe culture, with filmmaker Barb Cranmer Ernest Voyageur and his wife from Nanaimo will be our special guests.

Sunday 1 December 2002 7 p.m. alphabetical list  chronological list
BREAKING THE SILENCE: Healing from losses from HIV/AIDS This new documentary, made for the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, explores the particular challenges faced by First Nations communities in recovering from losses from HIV/AIDS. Also Singing Our Stories, by Annie Frazier Henry, is a tribute to the power of song in aboriginal cultures.

Monday 2 December 2002 7 p.m. alphabetical list  chronological list
Cherry Kingsley: Recognizing The Person about an ex-street youth who has become an advocate with filmmaker Penny Joy

Saturday December 7 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
When Billy Broke His Head and other tales of wonder
This is probably my all time fave documentary and has lessons for us all about recovery and acceptance - with the Head Injury Society.

Monday December 9 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Ice Age
Twenty thousand years ago, the Earth was being overrun by glaciers, and creatures everywhere were fleeing the onslaught of the new Ice Age. In this time of peril, we meet the weirdest herd of any Age: a fast talking but dim sloth named Sid; a moody woolly mammoth named Manny; a devilish saber-toothed tiger named Diego; and an acorn-crazy saber-toothed squirrel known as Scrat. This quartet of misfits unexpectedly, and reluctantly, comes together in a quest to return a human infant to his father. Braving boiling lava pits, treacherous ice caves, freezing temperatures and a secret, evil plot, these "sub-zeros" become the world's first heroes!

Monday December 16 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
I Am Sam
Sam, who has the mind of a 7-year-old, watches his daughter being taken away from him by social services. He seeks the assistance of a workaholic lawyer and inadvertently teaches her that family is more important than career. With discussion.

Monday December 23 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Baran(In Persian with English subtitles.)
Young Latif works on a Tehran construction site is given heavier tasks to accommodate new Afghan worker Rahmat. He resents his displacement and treats Rahmat cruelly. After one of his pranks, though, Latif discovers Rahmat's secret -- he is a girl. When government inspectors force all Afghans to be fired from the site, Lateef discovers he cannot bear to be without her. With intro and discussion with my Iranian neighbours.

Monday December 30 2002 alphabetical list  chronological list
Importance Of Being Ernest
This is based on one of the greatest plays of all time. Strange how they felt they needed to change it so much, it was not a good idea. Still I enjoyed it. It is short and the actors all do a good job. But the rewrite looses much of the wit and does not add anything. A "stagier" adaptation would have been better. My guess is that the director/writer was afraid his direction skills were not up to a more faithful version. Still it has some chuckles.