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Attention Canadian Readers! Edgar Wright wants to give you HEAD! And Berkeley! And Swan! And Spaced!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. It looks like Edgar Wright has kept his love of screenings alive, even during the (I'm sure) complicated pre-production of SCOTT PILGRIM! You lucky Torontonians get a chance to see some really great flicks at The Bloor, presented by Edgar himself. Next weekend (the 22nd) there is a Spaced marathon, which is the big draw (especially since it's a free show). However, this weekend gives us three great flicks. You have the classic DePalma flick PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (which will also be a big draw) but I want to give Mr. Wright credit for programming the trippy '60s flick HEAD (starring the Monkees, hey-hey) and the Busby Berkeley classic DAMES, which I discovered early on in my AMAD run (click here to read my thoughts on that). Spaced will sell out. Phantom of the Paradise will probably sell out. But I implore you Canadian readers to give your Saturday the 14th (tomorrow) to Head and your Sunday the 15th to Dames and Phantom of the Paradise. It's a treat to see all of those on the big screen and to add some sugar into the mix, Edgar said he will french kiss any single person who goes to all three shows this weekend. Fact. I wish I could be there, but I will be drowning in movies myself here in Austin... but I guarantee I won't see one movie at SXSW that is better than DAMES. Read more about it on Edgar's blog,

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  • March 13, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by SomaShine

    and who cares

  • March 13, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by ricarleite

    Creepy old musical flops at it's BEST! Where is the PotP remake, Paul Williams?

  • March 13, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by bennyrex

    I've been to every screening of the festival so far... Balls to the walls awesomeness, every step of the way. Couple points to add. 1: Spaced is a free screening (or so I'm told by Facebook) and 2: Passes for the rest of the festival are on sale for only $40! There's no reason to not be here, so BE HERE!

  • March 13, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I'd go, but Toronto sucks.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • March 13, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by codereduk

    I'll get first one day...

  • March 13, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Ask him about Ant-Man!

    by fiester

    What's the status of that project?

  • March 13, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    That crazy Edgar Wright!


    I like that Edgar Wright guy. He's a bit like a less impressive Tarantino. Sort of. Well, not really.

  • March 13, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by jamestewart007

    There is alot more to Canada than Toronto.

  • March 13, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Re: FYI

    by Frisbeetarian

    Ya, I was all excited until I realized I was 3400 km from where this was going to be held. Whatever, I screened PotP for myself and my friends on my birthday. Whole theatre to ourselves. But Edgar Wright wasn't there...I'm torn.

  • March 13, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I will be going to see...

    by DanielKurland

    Phantom of the Paradise in an actual theatre. I love that movie so, so much, and this is going to be a delight.

  • March 13, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by InfiniteRegress

    Didn't Jack Nicholson have a hand in the screenplay for Head?

  • March 13, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Jack Nicholson cowrote HEAD with Bob Rafelson

    by SnootyBoots

    Supposedly they and the Monkees went up to Northern California with Mary Jane for a weekend and just threw out a lot of ideas and then Jack and Bob came up with a plotless script. It's Pythonesque before there was a Monty Python. Nicholson also appears in it briefly as do Dennis Hopper, Frank Zappa, Sonny Listen, Annette Funicello, Teri Garr, Victor Mature. Probably as about 1960s any movie you can see.

  • March 13, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Wish I was there

    by deadboy1313

    Phantom of the Paradise and Head are 2 of my all time favorites! I've never seen Dames, but if it's on the same level as the other two films I'll be seeing it soon.

  • March 13, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by The_Exterminator

    is a g!

  • March 13, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Phantom of the Paradise needs a remake

    by bacci40

    will be the only time where fans do not scream that the film makers are raping their childhoods<p> with music more corporate now then ever, this is the perfect film to remake<p> as long as williams does the music<p> i dragged all my friends to see the movie with me...they wanted to kill me<p> i loved it, they all thought it was pointless and stupid...eff them, i was right

  • March 13, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    wow, someone insulted Canadian Wendy's....

    by Jarek

    I find that really ironic. I live in Toronto, don't eat much fast food, but I definitely think our Wendy's is way better than the crap you all eat in the US. You can tell the difference in a big way - the US version of the restaurant tastes like it was drowned in grease... like that old Simpson's gag where Bart rubs the burger on the wall and it becomes translucent. I'd prefer the "fresher" taste we get here (different oils, etc.) any day. All US fast food I've tried seems to be like that - like Hardees.... which should be renamed "Heart-attack-ees".

  • March 13, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Yeah - that should read "Attention Torontonian Readers"

    by Chifoilisk

  • March 13, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Got my hopes up...

    by Chifoilisk

  • March 14, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST

    "Blond wigs for kids...the whole phallic thing is happening!"

    by Bob Cryptonight

    "Millions! I mean MILLIONS!"

  • March 14, 2009, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Zappa: "Your song was awfully 'white'..."

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Jones: "So am I--what can I tell you?"

  • March 14, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    "He'll never make it through this intense bombardment--"

    by Bob Cryptonight

    "--nobody could."

  • March 14, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST

    "Come on--move around! Your supposed to be dandruff!"

    by Bob Cryptonight

    "Nobody ever lends money to a man with a sense of humor."

  • March 14, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST

    "Well if it isn't God's gift to the 8-year-olds!"

    by Bob Cryptonight

    "I'll have a cold glass of gravy with a hair in it."

  • March 14, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    It seems like I mention it in every POTP post...

    by Anna Valerious

    DePalma is writing a remake. If he was smart, he'd give the story a love trapezoid like the 1943 version, Edgar should direct, Williams did say he was planning a stage version but for the film, it'd be nice if he'd partner with My Chemical Romance (You may laugh and gripe, but just listen to "The Black Parade".), Swann should be based on Simon Cowell as Phil Spector is more questionable, and this Phantom looking more like a visual kei artist than a member of Gatchaman as well as Phoenix as a Loli. Of course, that's what I'D want to see...

  • March 14, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    And I forgot to mention-

    by Anna Valerious

    Noel Fielding for Winslow/Phantom.

  • March 14, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Dont get me wrong...

    by Taking_it_up_the_exhaust_port

    I love Edgar Wright... I love Spaced.. I loved Saun of the Dead... Its all great... honest! But all I wanna know is... where are the fucking hot pictures of Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a mini...?

  • March 14, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Im gonna attempt to get into the screening of spaced

    by TheDark0Knight

    Id go tonight to the bloor but I gotta party and everyone I know hates that cinema...they just dont understand.

  • March 14, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by TheDark0Knight

    Ive never seen anyone under the age of 22 work at a fast food restaurant here in Toronto, infact its usually middle aged foreigners(aka doctors that are insanely over qualified for the job) working at them.

  • March 14, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Toronto is in Canada again?

    by Ronnie__Dobbs

    Must have relocated from the center of the universe I guess.

  • March 14, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Just met Bob Rafelson last weekend.

    by Quake II

    He's an energetic 70-something who loves his wine and he dished on working with Nicholson on Head, Five Easy Pieces & Postman Always Rings Twice. He said when he wrote Head, they were "enjoying" several drugs and joked that Nicholson was the one on acid all the time. He also said that the Monkees were only partially in on the joke that is Head. Bob looks like Hunter S Thompson and he couldn't have been a nicer, cooler guy. He talked about being blacklisted by Hollywood for years after punching an asshole studio executive. Good for him.

  • March 15, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Stuntcock Mike: What American shithole do you live in?

    by Pdorwick

    ...oh, and fuck you too, by the way...

  • March 15, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Toronto is NOT in Canada

    by XoanonTORN

    Ok it is, but the rest of us hate T.O., so you guys can have it.