Cinematheque’s Best of the Decade kicks off today

Haven’t seen Toni Erdmann yet? Check out the 2016 German-Austrian comedy as part of Cinematheque’s Best of the Decade film series.

Can you name your 10 favourite films from the last decade? Cinematheque programmers Jim Sinclair and Shaun Inouye have picked theirs, and the theatre is screening them from now until Feb. 17.

Among the selections, perhaps the biggest surprise is David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return, an 18-hour epic that aired in 2017 in hour-long episodes on Showtime. Other titles you might recognize, or perhaps have never heard of—and that’s exactly what lists like these (and the Cinematheque’s programming) is for.

See the selections below (click on titles to view trailers). And no, Avengers: Endgame did not make the cut.

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Cinematheque’s Best of the Decade kicks off today

Irish coming-of-age film Metal Heart and five more to see at this year’s European Film Festival

A scene from the Irish film Metal Heart.

From Nov. 22-Dec. 2, The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) presents its annual European Film Festival. Among the more than two dozen films, the selections include a ghost story from Malta, a political comedy from Croatia, and a coming-of-age story about two fraternal twins from Ireland. See more about these films and others below.

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Irish coming-of-age film Metal Heart and five more to see at this year’s European Film Festival

Where to watch scary movies in Vancouver this October

It’s time again for our annual Halloween guide to scary movies. So sit back with some popcorn and a pumpkin craft ale (where allowed, of course) and take in some thrills, chills, and spills at the cinema.

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Where to watch scary movies in Vancouver this October

Restored (and in one case somewhat redeemed), two movies by writer-director Elaine May at the Cinematheque

Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty on a camel in Elaine May’s 1987 movie Ishtar.

Elaine May is a gifted American comic performer, screenwriter, and filmmaker. This month, Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)  is screening two films by May—including Ishtar, a feature that was a notorious bomb upon its release. Despite, or because, of the fact that she was one of the only women directing features in Hollywood in the 1970s and ’80s, both films happen to be buddy pictures.

Cinematheque is screening the two movies, both in restored versions, Sept. 13–15. Find out more about these two films, and May, below.

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Restored (and in one case somewhat redeemed), two movies by writer-director Elaine May at the Cinematheque

Film noir this August includes classic Detour and films by French master Jean-Pierre Melville

A scene from the noir classic Detour.

Who’s thinking about crime in August? Fans of film noir, that’s who.

Each summer, Vancouver’s premiere arthouse The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) presents its annual Film Noir series. This year’s runs from Aug. 1-22 and features the first major restoration of Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 classic Detour, a new restoration of Robert Siodmak’s The Killers (1946), and two pictures, both also newly restored, by Ida Lupino. The actress/filmmaker was the only woman to direct noir in the classic period.

Along with the series, the arthouse theatre is featuring a special retrospective of films by French noir master Jean-Pierre Melville. See below for more highlights.

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Film noir this August includes classic Detour and films by French master Jean-Pierre Melville

Cinematheque celebrates the pulp origins of classic films

Angie Dickinson and Lee Marvin in John Boorman’s 1967 revenge thriller Point Blank.

A close cousin to its annual summer film noir festival, the Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) is presenting a new film series.

High and Low: From Pulp to Poetry is a collection of art films made from pop art sources.  Vancouver-based culture critic Donald Bracket, the author of several books including Long Slow Train, about the late soul singer Sharon Jones, curated the series.

Six titles will screen May 30 – Jul 1, with four more to screen as part of the arthouse cinema’s Jul + Aug programming cycle. Opening night features High and Low and The Killing, along with refreshments and an intro by Brackett (for High and Low).

For more on the films, see below.

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Cinematheque celebrates the pulp origins of classic films

Two UK films kick off genre film fest Badass V

A scene from Polterheist, a 2018 UK flick that kicks off this year’s Badass Film Festival.

Two UK films kick off The Fifth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival.

From March 29-31, the festival presents genre films from Vancouver and around the world, along with interactive events featuring filmmakers and live shows. Badass takes over VIFF/Vancity Theatre for its first two days and the Rio on Sunday, March 31. Find out more about films like Polterheist, Perfect Skin (both from the UK), and The Hollow Child below.

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Two UK films kick off genre film fest Badass V