Starting today, Hollywood Suite is making it easier than ever for Canadian viewers to work their way through the Hollywood film canon. Hollywood Suite’s annual Free Preview runs from December 01st to January 5th and gifts viewers with free unlimited access to all four of Hollywood Suite’s TV channels and Hollywood Suite On Demand.
This month’s programming highlights include the ultimate holiday treat for Keanu Reeves’s diehards. Titled the “Keanussance” collection, this “most excellent” selection of movies includes Reeves at his ass-kicking peak (The Matrix trilogy, John Wick, John Wick 2), and throws in the brooding dark delight of Constantine, just for good measure.
Cinephiles can kick back, relax, and check out season two of Hollywood Suite’s addictive documentary series, A Year in Film. A Year in Film “explores how movies reflect the events, mood, politics, and culture of their time,” and “immerses you in film history and pop culture with insights and movie memories from filmmakers, industry insiders, and critics.” That all sounds like heaven for movie nerds like me. But rest assured, A Year in Film is just as fun and engaging for viewers who don’t obsess over cinema.
December also marks the Hollywood Suite premiere of the critically-acclaimed HBO Max Original series, Valley of Tears (the biggest budget Israeli series of all time). And if you’re in the mood for something lighter, The Princess Bride, Ella Enchanted, and Labyrinth are among the family-friendly films available in December.
VALLEY OF TEARS
Hollywood Suite is the exclusive Canadian home of the all-new HBO Max Original 10-part war drama, Valley of Tears. The biggest budget Israeli TV series of all time, Valley of Tears comes to Hollywood Suite following the smashing success of its debut in its home country and on HBO Max in the US.
The series is inspired by the true events of the 1973 Yom Kippur War in Israel.
Episodes 1 and 2 of Valley of Tears will premiere back-to-back Saturday, December 19 on HS00, with a new episode airing each following Saturday. Each episode will be available On Demand immediately following their air date. The series will be broadcast in the original Hebrew with English subtitles. Subtitled and English-dubbed versions will be available On Demand.
A YEAR IN FILM – SEASON TWO
The Hollywood Suite original documentary series A Year in Film explores how movies reflect the events, mood, politics, and culture of their time. A Year in Film immerses you in film history and pop culture with insights and movie memories from filmmakers, industry insiders, and critics. Season two dives into the films that shaped the years 1975, 1986, 1994 and 2000.
A Year in Film: 1975
With Watergate and the fall of Saigon dominating the news, people were looking for an escape.
- New Hollywood delivered with films like Nashville, Shampoo and Dog Day Afternoon
- Women directors crafted an independent vision with Hester Street and Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
- And in Canada, David Cronenberg clashed with the Canadian government over his first hit Shivers
Premiering December 6, 2020 at 9:00pm ET on Hollywood Suite 70s Movies (HS70)
Films featured in A Year in Film: 1975 airing or On Demand in December : Dog Day Afternoon, Barry Lyndon, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.
A Year in Film: 1986
Celebrations like Vancouver’s Expo 86, Hands Across America and the passing of Halley’s Comet were tempered by the sadness of tragedies like Chernobyl, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and the uncovering of the Iran-Contra affair.
- Robots dominated the box office with hits like Short Circuit
- Decade-defining hits like Pretty in Pink, Top Gun and Stand by Me cemented their iconic status.
- And in Canada, Canadian directors scored big in Hollywood with The Fly, Aliens and The Decline of the American Empire
- Featured in the episode, director Jim Wynorski looks back on Chopping Mall
Premiering December 13, 2020 at 9:00pm ET on Hollywood Suite 80s Movies (HS80)
Films featured in A Year in Film: 1986 airing or On Demand in December: The Fly, Aliens, Top Gun, Platoon, Chopping Mall, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, River’s Edge, The Decline of the American Empire, and Stand by Me.
A Year in Film: 1994
Gen X controlled the narrative in a big way. While Hollywood struggled with the generation gap, independent films connected with mainstream audiences more than ever.
- Pulp Fiction cemented Quentin Tarantino as a bold voice in Hollywood
- Jim Carrey hit big with three massive films: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber
- And in Canada, Canadian filmmakers gained notoriety with hits like Double Happiness
- Featured in the episode, director Atom Egoyan discusses his classic Exotica
Premiering December 20, 2020 at 9:00pm ET on Hollywood Suite 90s Movies (HS90)
Films featured in A Year in Film: 1994 airing or On Demand in December: Forrest Gump, Double Happiness, Pulp Fiction, Reality Bites, Dumb and Dumber, Clifford, Speed, The Crow, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Eat Drink Man Woman.
A Year in Film: 2000
The dawn of the new millennium saw a mix of frustrations over a contested U.S. election and relief after Y2K fears fizzled. The film landscape seemed wide open for new and exciting voices to emerge.
- Asian cinema took the art-house spotlight with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Yi Yi and In the Mood for Love
- Steven Soderbergh made an Oscar double-play with Erin Brockovich and Traffic
- And in Canada, Canadian directors mined horror and satire with films like American Psycho
- Featured in this episode, director John Fawcett reflects on Ginger Snaps
Premiering December 27, 2020 at 9:00pm ET on Hollywood Suite 2000s Movies (HS00)
Films featured in A Year in Film: 2000 airing or On Demand in December: Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Yi Yi, American Psycho, Ginger Snaps, In the Mood for Love, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
December is all Keanu, all the time. His name means “cool breeze over the mountains,” and he’s a well-rounded, well-loved, low-key Canadian guy who kicks ass and has serious acting chops. Raised in Toronto, his three-decade long filmography is prolific and filled with an alarming amount of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster franchises. The cinematic homage to The One includes:
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Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – December 5, 9:00 pm ET
River’s Edge (1986) – December 6, 9:00 pm ET
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Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) – December 5, 10:35 pm ET
Speed (1994) – December 5, 12:10 am ET
My Own Private Idaho (1991) – December 6, 10:45
Chain Reaction (1996) – December 6, 12:30 am
The Matrix (1999) – December 12, 9:00 pm
Johnny Mnemonic (1995) – December 12, 11:20 pm
Point Break (1991) – December 13, 9:00 pm
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – December 13, 11:10 pm
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The Replacements (2000) – December 20, 9:00 pm
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – December 12, 11:20 pm
The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – December 12, 1:40 am
Something’s Gotta Give (2003) – December 20, 11:00 pm
John Wick (2014) – December 30, 9:00 pm
John Wick 2 (2014) – December 30, 10:45 pm
Constantine (2005) – December 31, 9:00 pm
These family films are like your favourite PJs and a weighted blanket. Here’s a list of Hollywood Suite comfort films to ease your mind: The Holiday (2006), Grease (1978), Labyrinth (1986), Little Women (1994), The Karate Kid (1984), Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights (2002), Ella Enchanted (2004), Grown Ups (2010), Pitch Perfect (2012) and The Princess Bride (1987).