There isn’t a single thing that can ever recreate the magic of seeing a film the way it was meant to be seen, on the big screen like nature intended. In major metropolitan cities all across our country there was always a wide array of rep houses willing to show some classic films but as the old format of the 35 mm film print began to die out, so did the number of older films getting screened. Our friends at Cineplex saw this niche market fading away and ultimately decided to step in and do something about it.
Starting this Friday February 1st through the 7th at 19 different theatres across Canada, Cineplex will be hosting the fourth annual “Great Digital Film Festival”, as they celebrate movies both new and old in conjunction with their Front Row Centre Events. The festival was launched with the intent of keeping the communal experience of watching a film with a crowd on the big screen, alive and well in a day and age when it struggles at the best of times.
This year’s line up has an absolutely killer mix of big budget blockbusters like “The Matrix”, “Jaws” and the “Indiana Jones” series of films, some foreign favorites like “Battle Royale” and “Oldboy”. Cult classics like “Gremlins” and “An American Werewolf in London”, gritty dramas like “Reservoir Dogs” and “Casino” as well as two brilliant entries from the film canon of the great Stanley Kubrick as “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “A Clockwork Orange. Along with these classics, fans are also going to be treated to the high profile debut of the recent Toronto After Dark festival favorite “Cockneys vs. Zombies”.
All screenings are available for the low price of $6, with discounts if you purchase tickets to multiple shows. While this critic is the first to admit some skepticism to the entire idea, in the recent months Cineplex has shown great commitment to crafting a vibrant repertory program, in particular at their Yonge & Dundas location in downtown Toronto.
While the film purists will still hold the torch for the 35mm format, getting to see these films in digital projection is honestly the next best thing and since I’m a film fan even before I am a film critic I can only hope that this festival and regular repertory screenings are something that keeps going and even expands at Cineplex locations all across the country.
“The Great Digital Film Festival” runs from February 1st through the 7th at 19 theatres across the country, for even more info about the festival and what is playing you can visit their website right here.
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