Bloodied But Unbowed looks back at glory days of Vancouver punk

D.O.A., in the early days of Vancouver punk.

Filmgoers and music fans will have a chance to see two rarely-screened movies this month, including one about the early days of the Vancouver punk scene.

Bloodied But Unbowed is director Susanne Tabata’s look back at the city and its explosion of musical creativity in the late seventies and early eighties. It screens Jan 29.

And on Jan. 24, Vancity Theatre is showing Border Radio. It’s a 1987 indie road movie starring L.A. punk musicians, including John Doe of X, and directed by the woman who would make Wayne’s World. Here’s a closer look at the two films.

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Bloodied But Unbowed looks back at glory days of Vancouver punk

Catch some of the best of Canadian cinema FREE!

Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold and Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers. The 1988 David Cronenberg film is screening as part of a week of free movies at Cinematheque.

If by some quirk of fate you haven’t heard, Canada is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. In acknowledgement of the country’s 150th, the Toronto International Film Festival, The Cinematheque, Library and Archives Canada, and the Cinémathèque québécoise banded together to poll the nation’s movie critics, film historians and industry professionals. They came up with a list of the 150 favourites, ranging from feature films to shorts to animation and documentaries to experimental films.

For the last year, Vancouver’s Cinematheque (1181 Howe St.) has been screening the 150 selections in a program called Canada On Screen. To celebrate Canada Day, Cinematheque presents a full week of FREE screenings of some of the selections from the list. We’ve highlighted some below.

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Catch some of the best of Canadian cinema FREE!

Tonight, the battle of the century – it’s Gentlemen Hecklers v Green Lantern!

Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular character in 2011's Green Lantern.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular character in 2011’s Green Lantern.

“It’s a big, bright, beautiful chunk of cheese,” says Eric Fell of the anti-gem Green Lantern.

In honour of the 2011 superhero flick, Fell and his fellow comedians Patrick Maliha and Shaun Stewart are going up against the film tonight (May 11) as part of their ongoing Gentlemen Heckler series at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway). Fell had a few more things to say about the movie…

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Tonight, the battle of the century – it’s Gentlemen Hecklers v Green Lantern!