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Happy Canada Day!

July 1, 2011

One Movie, Five Views would like to take this time to wish all of our Canadian readers a very happy and safe Canada Day.

In honour of July 1st, here are our picks for ten of the best and most entertaining recent films celebrating Canada that we have reviewed over the last three years, in the order they were released.  Enjoy!

Passchendaele:  A strong and believable historical film that takes place during WWI, Passchendaele was a passion project for Paul Gross and a brutally realistic look at war that ultimately celebrates Canada.

Ce qu’il Faut Pour Vivre (The Necessities of Life)A beautiful and very moving Canadian film about the power of friendship, Ce qu’il Faut Pour Vivre (The Necessities of Life) is well worth seeing.

One Week:  A film that celebrates being Canadian, writer-director Michael McGowan’s One Week is an excellent film with the acting, music and cinematography all working seamlessly together.  Regardless of your heritage, this small masterpiece is one worth seeking out.

Adoration:  Atom Egoyan’s Adoration is a film that warrants more than one viewing.  Sharp writing, excellent performances and a fitting musical score make this talkative thriller a piece of art to watch.

Victoria Day A well-made and believable Canadian coming-of-age drama, Victoria Day is anchored by excellent performances and a believable script from writer-director David Bezmozgis.  With an easily relatable storyline and seamlessly natural execution, the film is accessible to a wide audience.

DefendorA crime drama about a man who believes he is a superhero, Defendor is carried by a brilliant leading performance from Woody Harrelson.  Filmed entirely on-location in Hamilton, Ontario this is a surprisingly believable film that is filled with great emotional depth.

The TrotskyWith an intelligent script and winning performance by Jay Baruchel at its heart, writer-director Jacob Tierney’s The Trotsky is a very entertaining and completely Canadian high school comedy set in Montreal.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The WorldFilmed entirely on-location in Toronto, director Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is incredibly entertaining and vastly appealing.  Featuring great performances and video game/comic book style graphics, this is an endlessly inventive film.

Score: A Hockey MusicalWith an appealing cast and catchy songs, Michael McGowan’s Score: A Hockey Musical is a thoroughly enjoyable love song to all things proudly Canadian.  Although some will degrade it as a corny musical, this crowd-pleaser is sure to score with Canadian audiences.

Barney’s VersionWith brilliant leading work by Paul Giamatti and uniformly excellent performances from an ensemble cast, director Richard J. Lewis’ Barney’s Version is an entertaining and ultimately quite moving adaptation of Canadian author Mordecai Richler’s acclaimed final novel.

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