Thursday, March 26, 2009

Movie Nominations for April -- Canadian Comedies

For April, we're nominating a variety of Canadian Comedies. Some of these are your run-of-the mill comedies that you think of when you think of Canadian comedies. Others are a little more off the beaten path. Here are the nominees. Cast your vote on the right hand of the page now.

FUBAR: a 2002 mockumentary film, directed by Michael Dowse, based on the lives of two lifelong friends and head-bangers living out their lives, constantly drinking beer. It first debuted at the Sundance Film Festival as an Official Selection of the Festival. Since its release, it has gained critical acclaim and a cult status in North America, but especially within Western Canada.

Strange Brew: a 1983 film starring the popular SCTV characters Bob & Doug McKenzie, played by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis, who also served as co-directors. Max von Sydow co-stars. The story is loosely based on the Shakespearean play Hamlet, with the McKenzie Brothers taking the roles of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Canadian Bacon: a 1995 comedy/satire, and the only fictional film written, directed and produced by Michael Moore. It was the last film released to star John Candy, although it was filmed before Wagons East!. While not entirely Canadian, this one is close enough for us.

Brain Candy: a feature film by The Kids in the Hall, a popular Canadian comedy troupe. Directed by Kelly Makin, filmed in Toronto, and released in 1996, it followed the five season run of their television series, which had been successful in both Canada and the United States.

Highway 61: a 1991 film by Canadian director Bruce McDonald. An orphaned barber named Pokey Jones in a small town near Thunder Bay, Ontario dreams of becoming a jazz musician. One morning, Jones discovers a frozen corpse in his backyard, and soon meets Jackie Bangs, a tough and mysterious roadie who claims the dead man is her brother. Jackie's real intention is to use the body, a vagrant unknown to anyone in town, to smuggle stolen drugs into the United States. She convinces Pokey to use his parents' car, which hasn't been driven in decades, to drive her to New Orleans to bury her brother. So Jackie and Pokey set out along Highway 61, coffin strapped to the top of the car, and follow Bob Dylan's famous U.S. Highway 61 south through the heart of the United States.

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