It's a Beauty Day for DVD releases with the release of the Academy Award winning Hugo, The Kid With a Bike, and one of the best films of last year. Also, Johnny English Reborn and the Canadian action thriller Bounty Hunters.
The nominees for this year’s Canoscars, better and more formally know as the Genie Awards (now entering its 32nd year of existence), have been announced, and while there aren’t necessarily many surprises in what’s included there’s always room to complain about it.
In the St. Catherines area, he was known as local TV spirit Cap'n Video. If he saw a post, he'd climb it and then jump from it. See a wall? He'd run into it. If he saw a raw egg, he'd eat it through his nose. In Beauty Day, the audience gets a thorough profile of a semi-retired goof, long after his raid on the airwaves but still more than ready to slip back into the wacky-tight-pants.
The 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival is bigger than ever this year with over 200 movies being screened of the course of 11 days. I understand that the choices are overwhelming this year, but here I am to briefly give all you fine Dork Shelf readers my top five picks of the festival and five other films that are in smaller categories of competition that you shouldn't overlook.
This year's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through May 8. Featuring over 200 films in total, picking which films are worth seeing is a tall order for even the most seasoned fest-vet. With that in mind, allow us to present the first part of our Hot Docs coverage - A selection of documentaries that may just pique your interest.