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Win 2 Tickets to 112 Weddings

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on May 22, 2014

We have two pairs of tickets to give away to the new documentary 112 Weddings at Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema! The screening will be held at the the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Saturday May 24 at 6:35 pm. To enter to win, just submit the form below. Winners will be notified via email on the morning read more

The Merry Mystery of Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Wade Sheeler on May 22, 2014

You know when you pop in a William Castle film, you’re in for a good time. The self proclaimed showman was one half P.T. Barnum, and half Roger Corman before there was a Corman. Castle always wanted to be Hitchcock, and found personal satisfaction when the Master himself made Psycho to cash in on read more

Top 3 Films That Are So Bad They’re Brilliant

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Sophie Vickers on May 21, 2014

We all have films that we love. And we all have films that we think are terrible. But sometimes, something wonderful happens and those two worlds combine, and we discover a film that is so terrible that we can’t help but adore it. Because, cinematically, some films might be dreadful. The acting sho read more

The Mubi Cinematheque: The Mirror (1975)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Jason Wilson on May 21, 2014

The Mirror is currently available on Mubi. Sign up for a free trial here. Andrei Tarkovksy’s The Mirror will not be for every viewing preference. It requires patience and a proper frame of mind, and even then it’s not all that accessible, especially for those who watch films casually read more

Overlooked Gems: The Group (1966)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Lesley Coffin on May 20, 2014

One of the most frequent complaints of the once dubbed “decade under the influence” is the fact that in a time when great film roles were available to so many of the male actors, equally great actresses found they were frequently left out; relegated once again to roles of just girlfriends, wives, read more

The Mubi Cinematheque: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Jason Wilson on May 15, 2014

The Man Who Knew Too Much is currently available on Mubi. Sign up for a free trial here. Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, at their best, tend to involve ordinary individuals thrust into extraordinary events. It’s true in North by Northwest and it’s true in The 39 Steps. It’s also read more

Win 2 Tickets to Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (1)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on May 14, 2014

We have two pairs of tickets to give away to Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case at Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema! The screening will be held at the the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Saturday May 17 at 8:45 pm. To enter to win, just submit the form below. Winners will be notified via email on the morning o read more

Top 5 Most Heart Wrenching Animal Movies

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Wade Sheeler on May 14, 2014

I hate myself for doing this, but a writer must bare his soul if he is to be a good writer. I don’t know if I’m that, but I do know how to make you cry. And make you hate me. Thus I present my list, in no particular order (because how can you pick your favorite child – tears yet?) read more

Win 2 Tickets to Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on May 14, 2014

We have two pairs of tickets to give away to Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case at Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema! The screening will be held at the the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Saturday May 17 at 8:45 pm. To enter to win, just submit the form below. Winners will be notified via email on the morning o read more

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Sam Cooper on May 14, 2014

“And what about China, what do you think is going to happen?” “One day it will completely collapse. I’m trying to figure out which day. It’s very hard to figure out…” Ai Weiwei looks directly into the camera with a look on his face that can best be describe read more

Dimensions of Dialogue (1982)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Bennett O'Brian on May 10, 2014

Czech animator Jan Svankmajer is renowned for his challenging, surreal and absurd stop-motion films. Some of Svankmajer’s films are based on novels by western authors, like Lewis Carroll and Edgar Allen Poe, and many are original stories of his own creation. Either way, a film by Jan Svankmajer read more

Top 10 Ladies In Red

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Sophie Vickers on May 9, 2014

Film costumes play an important role in the representation of any character, and one of the boldest colors used is red. Symbolic of power, strength and lust among many other things, here are ten film ladies who make the bold shade look beautiful. Screen debuts don’t come much sexier than the read more

(Sexy) Sadie McKee (1934)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Christina Stewart on May 7, 2014

Sadie McKee is a swell soap-opera of a film! Joan Crawford plays the title character of the film, which is based on the story, “Pretty Sadie McKee” by Vina Delmar. The film co-stars Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone, Edward Arnold, Jean Dixon, and Esther Ralston. It has all the high polished production read more

The Mubi Cinematheque: Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! (1963)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Jason Wilson on May 7, 2014

Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! is currently available on Mubi. Sign up for a free trial here. It seems like Mubi alternates between pulpy oddities and lesser-known work of fairly well known directors.  Many of the former have missed the mark by a fair margin. Seijun Suzuki’s (Bran read more

Orson Welles: Lost and Found at TIFF

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on May 6, 2014

A new 35mm restoration of Too Much Johnson, the long assumed lost first professional film made by Orson Welles, will have its Canadian premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Saturday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m.. The presentations will include with live piano accompaniment by William O’Meara and live commentary read more

TCM Film Fest: Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Wade Sheeler on May 6, 2014

The state-of-the art restoration of the TCL (nee Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre’s auditorium was the perfect location for the big ticket screenings at TCM’s Classic Festival this year. Some of the films presented included Double Indemnity, Blazing Saddles and A Hard Day’s Night, all looking big, read more

Lupo The Butcher (1987)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Bennett O'Brian on May 3, 2014

Just prior to the era of gross-out cartoons like The Ren & Stimpy Show and a decade before blood-splattered comedies like South Park, there strode onto the animated landscape a profanity-spewing cartoon character so hilariously appalling that his shocking influence can still be felt today. His read more

Detective Story (1951)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on May 2, 2014

William Wyler’s 1951 police procedural Detective Story will feel familiar to modern viewers (think Homicide: Life on the Streets, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, etc), but it’s important to remember how truly ground-breaking the film was in it’s day. Based on the Broadway play of the read more

Book Review: Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of New Hollywood

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Laura Grande on May 1, 2014

In 1967, the American art scene was in the midst of dramatic change. Film, in particular, experienced a drastic upheaval as the money-making formula once considered tried-and-true for Hollywood’s major studio system was rapidly diminishing as audiences began to embrace the emergence of indie read more

Toronto Jewish Film Festival: Mamele (1938)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Jessica Finch on May 1, 2014

Mamele is the story of Havche and her family living in Lodz, Poland just prior to World War II. It’s a Cinderella story, with Havche or ‘Mamele’ playing the role of daughter, mother and caregiver to her large family. The word mamele roughly translates as ‘little mother’ in Yiddish, and Havche, read more
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