The Pitch (October 15-21)

Jason Asbell
October 12, 2021
A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jason Asbell. I only mention it 'cause some- times there's a man--I won't say a hee-ro, 'cause what's a hee-ro?--but sometimes there's a man. And I'm talkin' about Jason here-- sometimes there's a man who, wal, he's the man for his time'n place, he fits right in there--and that's Jason, the Programming Director of The Civic Theatre. . . sometimes there's a man. Wal, I lost m'train of thought here. But--aw hell, I done innerduced him enough.

A Pre-Halloween mix bag!  Grab your pillowcase to collect these mixed bon bons for the week ahead. Unwrap Hollywood’s latest musical, the new Clint Eastwood gritty character study, another gem of Paul Schrader’s signature cinematic intensity, classic and recent NFB Indigenous protest films and TGR’s latest adventure to hype us all up to the coming snow and ski season.

Ben Platt brings his vocal talents to the heart-wrenching and soul-warming story based on the, 6-Tony Award winning Broadway musical inspired by true events, Dear Evan Hansen. 

Paul Schrader, writer of Scorsese’s classics Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, and writer and director of the recent instant classic, First Reformed, is back in form with The Card Counter, a revenge thriller about an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions starring Oscar Isaac. Clint Eastwood is like a bottle of single malt peaty Scotch, he is old and fiery, but gives a well balanced journey of smoky burn and nuanced notes as his character driven stories travel down your guts and radiate up into your sinus. Cry Macho, finds Eastwood as a washed up rodeo star hired to cross into Mexico to bring back his old employer’s son.

Incident at Restigouche, a powerhouse documentary from Alanis Obomsawin from 1984, chronicling a series of two raids on the Restigouche by the Sûreté du Québec in 1981, as part of the efforts of the Quebec government to impose new restrictions on Native salmon fishermen. Paired with Tascha Hubbard’s, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, weaves a profound narrative encompassing the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies based on the terrible failing of the justice system surrounding the case of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man who was shot in back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends.

And as a final treat for the week, we head to the mountains and snow to, Stoke the Fire, TGR’s 2021 film as a call to the upcoming ski season.  

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