"MOVIE MAD" by Michael van den Bos

(c) 2014 by Michael van den Bos

1 Post from June 2010



I have been negligent in writing and posting new movie reviews and essays for the last couple weeks.  My only excuse is that I have been swamped with other movie related activities, like teaching three different film courses around Vancouver (a Film Theory course and a Visual Storytelling course at the Vancouver Film School; and a Film History course at the Pacific Audio Visual Institute).  These courses have been going through some alterations, so my time gets eaten up by redesigning the lesson plans and film playlists, as well as marking and grading student’s assignments and exams. 

I am also making several live guest appearances at various events around Vancouver.  On Thursday 10 June, I emceed a celebration for Studio B Productions, western Canada’s largest animation studio, at the Vancity Theatre.  This animated event was presented by the City of Vancouver Archives and Studio B.

I am a recurring host of Pacific Cinematheque’s “Silver Screen” series and I will be introducing various great films in this series during the upcoming months.  Every third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m., the Cinematheque runs a classic Hollywood movie – always projecting a 35mm print onto a big screen – with a host giving an introduction to the film, talking about its production history and its legacy; after the movie, free refreshments are offered as an informal cinema chat takes place with the guests and the host.  It is a wonderful way for movie lovers and cinephiles to spend an afternoon.  In the past, I have been privileged to introduce Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO; Douglas Sirk’s MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION; George Cukor’s THE PHILADELPHIA STORY; and Howard Hawks’s TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.  On Tuesday 15 June at 1:00 p.m., I will be back at the Pacific Cinematheque to introduce one of the best loved classic Hollywood movies, CASABLANCA (1942), directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains. 

On Sunday 20 June, I will be introducing the 1982 animated feature film, THE SECRET OF N.I.M.H., at the Cinematheque’s “Cinema Sunday” series.  This hand-drawn animated feature, directed by Don Bluth, is open to all ages and my introduction starts at 1:00 p.m. sharp.


Other 35mm film titles that I will be introducing at the Pacific Cinematheque over the next few months are RAGING BULL, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, DOUBLE INDEMNITY and the witty, delightful 1952 MGM musical, THE BAND WAGON, directed by master musical stylist, Vincente Minnelli, and starring the peerless Fred Astaire and “beautiful dynamite", Cyd Charisse.

On Wednesday 16 June, I will be presenting Howard Hawks’s 1944 sexy action-drama, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall – in her first movie role and in the film that started Bogart and Bacall’s great real life love story – at the casually elegant Serai Social Club, located at 1660 Cypress Street in exotic Kitsilano.  Prizes donated by the Pacific Cinematheque and Videomatica – the greatest video store in Canada – will be given away at this screening.  You can enjoy the movie while sipping on a tasty cocktail or a glass of vino, and you can order delicious dishes prepared by Serai’s outstanding Chef Alonso.   Serai Social opens its doors at 7:00 p.m. and I start my introduction to the movie at 8:00 p.m. sharp.

Those of you living in the Greater Vancouver area, I am hoping you can attend some of the classic movies I am presenting.  I’d love to see you there and make sure you come up to me, say hello, chat about the movie and you can buy me a martini after the show (I like them very dry).  Stay tuned, as I will post more details about the screening dates of the movies I will be hosting around Vancouver.