What to Watch Canada Day 2016

Happy Canada Day!

There will be tonnes of things to do, from fireworks to BBQs, biking and canadadayboating, and beers of course. But if you’re looking for a place to sit down and cool off for a bit between festivities, why not hit up your local movie theatre. The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG are sliding into theatres for your family’s entertainment, but if you’re looking for something with a little more intrigue, try these oldies but goodies on for size:

David Lynch’s Blue Velvet in Toronto

July 1st at 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm and through July 7th – click here for tickets and information.

A 30th (30th!) anniversary digital restoration of David Lynch’s postmodern suburban nightmare, this movie was Lynch’s “commercial” breakthrough of sorts – and I say that with air quotes because it’s just as twisted and offbeat as ever. Kyle McLachlan stars as the clean-cut dimpled guy who returns to his blue-velvet-522765171c2abidyllic hometown after his father falls ill. But then something weird happens, because this is a David Lynch movie: he finds a severed ear. And that sets of an even weirder series of events in which he hovers between hero and villain. Laura Dern plays the girl next door, Isabella Rossellini the tempting chanteuse, and Dennis Hopper a downright psychotic. Kyle McLachlan, as innocent as he first appears, might just be the biggest pervert of all, but that’s for you to find out.

Brian De Palma’s Carrie in Vancouver

10:30pm @ Vancity Theatre and again July 5th at 2pm – click here for tickets & info.

imagesKD9HKR5TCarrie might just be a feminist horror film. Little Sissy Spacek is a shy teenaged girl who suffers cruel mortification when the ill-timed arrival of her period inspires an intensely cruel prank. Turns out, Carrie’s not just troubled, she’d telekinetic, and her classmates have just unleashed a MAJOR shit storm. It’s not just a must-watch but a must-re-watch. It’s still thrilling and frightening to this day.


Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz in Vancouver

8pm @ Rio Theatre – click here for tickets and information.

It’s always a good time to watch Scorsese and you’ll be earning some major Canadian brownie points at the same time. Cleverly named Canadian band The6504688105_317cd99240_b Band gave their farewell concert in 1976, at Winterland in San Francisco. Lots of famous acts showed up to bid them adieu. This film is not only a  documentary of that historic evening, but also a commentary on the rock world at the time. There’s tonnes of footage of The Band and their guest performers, but peppered throughout are interviews with members of the group, who thoughtfully assess their place among the gods of rock and roll.



3 thoughts on “What to Watch Canada Day 2016

  1. Jay Post author

    Carrie attends Bates High – a reference to Psycho and a terrible omen. The four note violin theme from Psycho is also used over and over in the film.

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  2. Jay Post author

    The Last Waltz: The infamous cocaine drop hanging from Neil Young’s left nostril was airbrushed out by Martin Scorsese.


  3. Holly

    My Canada salute would be TV, not movies, with “You Can’t Do That on Television!” since that was my first intro to CTV. (useful comment, I know 🙂 )

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