Oh Canada, our true north strong and free. Our national day of celebration and official kick-off to our short Canadian summer comes up on Wednesday, so here at Monday Movie Nights we’re getting into the spirit of things a little bit early. Tonight’s selection features movies about Canada, movies directed by or acted in by Canadians, or are just downright Canadian in their themes. Sorry, eh.
Strange Brew (1983) – 90 mins
Canada’s most famous hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, get jobs at the Elsinore Brewery, only to learn that something is rotten with the state of it.
Hard Core Logo (1986) – 92 mins
Bruce Macdonald follows punk bank Hard Core Logo on a harrowing last-gasp reunion tour throughout Western Canada. As magnetic lead-singer Joe Dick holds the whole magilla together through sheer force of will, all the tensions and pitfalls of life on the road come bubbling to the surface.
Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006) – 116 mins
Two Canadian detectives, one from Ontario and the other from Quebec, must work together when a murdered victim is found on the Ontario Quebec border line.
One Week (2008) – 94 mins
Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.
Nanook of the North (1922) – 79 mins
In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuit living in the Arctic Circle.
Goon (2011) – 92 mins
Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.
The Art of the Steal (2013) – 90 mins
Crunch Calhoun, a semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get his old gang back together to pull off one last heist.