By Morgan Cairns
Cartoon murder? Outlaws? Erotic surrealism? Cat pageants?? We have it all in July’s roundup of films you should see this month.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a woman as tough as Joan Crawford, and her turn as saloonkeeper Vienna in Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar is no exception. When Vienna squares off with arch-nemesis Emma Small over the wrongly accused murder of Small’s bother, Vienna must defend her life and her saloon with the help of former lover and current outlaw. Johnny Guitar. More than just your typical western, Ray injects this gun-slinging drama with his signature mix of camp, psychoanalysis, and primary-colour pop, for what would be regarded as one of his best films.
Espressokino presents Johnny Guitar as part of the Weird Out West series at The Roasterie, Thursday July 5 at 9pm.
Belle de Jour
Screening at the Globe for one night only, Luis Buñuel’s erotic-drama Belle du Jour is finally getting the 4k restoration treatment. In her most iconic role, Catherine Deneuve plays Séverine Serizy, a young housewife whose sex life is restricted to elaborate sadomasochist fantasies in lieu of physical intimacy with her husband. That is, until she starts spending her weekday afternoons working at high-class brothel. Nicknamed Belle de Jour (beauty of the day) by her Madame, Séverine finds herself caught between fantasy and reality as she wades the waters of sexual autonomy in a film that is surreal as it is dizzyingly sexy (this is Buñuel, after all.)
Belle de Jour screens at The Globe Cinema on Friday, July 20 at 7pm.
Catwalk: Tales From the Cat Show Circuit
If you’ve ever witnessed a competitive cat show and thought “man, I wish I could be privy to all the behind-the-scenes drama I just know is happening,” then do I have the film for you. A documentary of Canada’s competitive cat show circuit (yes, you read that correctly) Catwalk take us behind the scenes of two magnificent felines as they both go for the gold. Bobby, a Turkish Angora, is the front runner, sweeping every competition he’s entered, he’s the circuit’s #1 ranked cat. But when former champion Ooh La La (a glorious Red Persian) suddenly comes out of retirement and starts knocking Bobby out of the top spot, drama ensues as these prime-time pussy cats go head-to-head for the title of Canada’s top kitty. As Bobby’s owner Kim says, ““If you’re not number one, you’re the first loser.”
Catwalk: Tales From the Cat Show Circuit opens at The Globe Cinema on July 20.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
For July’s installment of Saturday MASS (Monthly Animation Screening Series) Quickdraw and The Globe bring you the 1988 animated classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In 1940’s Los Angeles, real-people and cartoons live side-by-side (though, not always harmoniously.) After his brother was killed by a “toon” down-on-his-luck detective, Eddie Valliant, vows to never help another toon, that is, until cartoon star Roger Rabbit is accused of murdering his wife’s alleged lover, and Eddie is the only one who can clear his name. A mix of live-action and animation, Robert Zemeckis flexes his visual-effects muscles while also introducing us to one of cinema’s most notorious bombshells, Jessica Rabbit. She’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit screens at The Globe Cinema on Saturday, July 28 at 7pm.