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a lonely worker
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posted 04 September 2006 10:01 PM      Profile for a lonely worker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw bon cop bad cop last night and it was hillarious. We had a hard time finding a theatre that showed it but when we did it was packed.

It really is a great film especially for those who follow hockey and dislike people like Bettman (or Buttman as he's called in the movie). The actors are great and Rick Mercer is a bang up Don Cherry who also gets his in the end.

It is viollent and uses foul language so it's definitely not for the kids. Although it is about two thirds in French, it's real easy to follow especially after they give a two minute lesson on how to swear like a Quebecois.

The only bad part of it all is how little exposure it's getting outside of Quebec (it's a huge hit there). I almost get a feeling most theatres aren't carrying it due to it's nationality as opposed to it's substance. Still if you can make the effort especially if you grew up watching Hockey Night in Canada.


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Michelle
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posted 04 September 2006 11:28 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's weird - you found that it was hard to find? I've seen it playing in the cineplex theatres in both Kingston and Toronto, Ontario.

I suppose I probably should have gone to see that rather than Beerfest.


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posted 05 September 2006 03:27 AM      Profile for Geneva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw it in Montreal a week or two ago at AMC Forum (the old Montreal Forum, now an entertainment centre) on the edge of Westmount, so a largely Anglo crowd

near full house on a Thursday evening, strong positive reactions, but then this is the core audience

unexpected U.S.-stole-hockey theme that was somehow not obvious from the first reviews, but of course main theme is use of very broad ethnic/linguistic stereotypes (quick! alert the Anti-racism forum! ) to power the film -- Quebec francophone cop a big smoker, swears en tabarnak, a babe magnet and of course great lover despite failed marriage; more discreet downtown Toronto detective follows the rules, unflappable, careful, professional etc, and this being the Annex (it seems) or downtown somewhere, he can also cook and knows his wines

plot meanders, but some funny one-liners and a few boffo sight gags

entertaining, see it; but not really a must-see

best review quip from The Gazette, I think: obviously made with a popular audience in mind, and NOT some arts council

great let's have more of that in English Canada, has always been there in Quebec

[ 05 September 2006: Message edited by: Geneva ]


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posted 05 September 2006 03:54 PM      Profile for a lonely worker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Michelle - That's weird - you found that it was hard to find? I've seen it playing in the cineplex theatres in both Kingston and Toronto, Ontario.

I live in Georgetown in the 905 area. The closest theatres we could find was in Oakville. Unfortunately not much choice out this way (unless you're into big box malls). Suburbia sucks.


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posted 05 September 2006 04:07 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My wife and I played hooky and saw it this afternoon. Since the Quebec-Ontario thing is something we do every day, we were predisposed to like it, and we did. There was even a point where Patrick Huard says the exact same thing that my wife says to me when I'm being too Ontarian (the 'meuh-meuh-meuh-meuh' bit).

I also liked the lesson in swearing en bon québécois. I actually had that very same conversation with a colleague, but I don't remember discussing it while trying to stuff a guy in the trunk of a car...


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Wilf Day
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posted 29 October 2006 09:17 AM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'll be seeing Bon Cop, Bad Cop Tuesday night at Port Hope's Capitol Theatre.

It has broken box-office records to become the highest grossing Canadian film in the country's history.

The English trailer is pretty good, although I saw only one subtitle. I can't wait to see how they subtitle the lesson on the proper conjugation and usage of ‘tabernac.’

I didn't know there was an old thread on this movie, so I'll lazily repeat what I wrote in the unnecessary thread. Someone starts killing people in the hockey community - namely, anyone involved with selling Canada's game out to the Americans, and one of the victims is found, literally, on the border between Ontario and Quebec. Too good to miss.

[ 29 October 2006: Message edited by: Wilf Day ]


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Stephen Gordon
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posted 29 October 2006 10:19 AM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Wilf Day:
[QB] I can't wait to see how they subtitle the lesson on the proper conjugation and usage of ‘tabernac.’

Hah! I saw the French version (and understood it! Go me!), so that's the #1 reason for why I'm waiting for the DVD to come out, so I can see how they titled that part.


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posted 29 October 2006 02:28 PM      Profile for social democrat        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was already laughing out loud BEFORE my companion reminded me that the "Quebec tradition of stuffing bodies into car trunks" was a reference to the FLQ. Worth the effort to see since there are so few Canadian films on Canadian screens. (That's another story...)
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Wilf Day
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posted 31 October 2006 08:25 PM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wow!!! Too fast-moving and funny to catch the details of the subtitles vs. the French words.

Question for Stephen Gordon or some other Montrealer: what are we to make of the real bad guy? Not the dupe who used to play for the Nordiques (sorry, the Fleurs-de-lys), but the truly evil master madman. He's an Anglo Montrealer, right? A hockey fanatic? But what Montreal anglo was ever that anti-American? How would he be understood in Montreal?

Note that anglophone reviewers seem to have all ducked the real story: defending our game against the Americans. The joke is on Buttman. The cops and the bad guy all agree: leave him in the trunk.

So as the credits roll at the end, Bettman calls a press conference and grovellingly pledges that never, ever, ever again will a Canadian team move to the USA.

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posted 02 November 2006 08:49 PM      Profile for M.Gregus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I finally got around to seeing this tonight, courtesy of my local repertory theatre, and all round enjoyed it. That's saying a lot for a hockey novice since so much of the movie hinged on hockey knowledge, but it was straightforward enough to make it possible to follow.

I liked all the subtle Canadian cultural references. The "Quebec tradition of stuffing bodies into car trunks" was a good one and I also laughed when, in the course of being stuffed into the trunk, Therrien apologized for his boot getting in the way--like a true Canadian.

quote:
Question for Stephen Gordon or some other Montrealer: what are we to make of the real bad guy?

I would also be interested in hearing people's take on this. The evil-doer looked to me like a young, clean-cut, even mild-mannered, guy in his twenties. I was left wondering whether he was supposed to be representative of the hockey fan demographic, and if so, whether this actually is what the demopgraphic looks like? That part is a mystery to me!


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Colm Feore lives here in Stratford. He is a local prize----a wonderful versatile actor and a very nice person to boot.
In spite of rave reviews, our 1 local theatre somehow couldn't decide to bring it to town!
The art gallery is bringing it in as 'alternative' theatre for one showing.

It's a shame. The rubbish that is showing week to week is unbelievable trash . We go to perhaps 2 movies a year locally-except for the gallery showings. I wish that we had a canadian film festival here.
We went to rogers to rent "fire' and 'Water' [deepa mehta] and found them in the foreign films section. We were told that any movie with subtitles goes into foreign films---the things that canadian film makers have to surmount are alarming.


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Stephen Gordon
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posted 03 November 2006 12:14 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Wilf Day:
what are we to make of the real bad guy? Not the dupe who used to play for the Nordiques (sorry, the Fleurs-de-lys), but the truly evil master madman. He's an Anglo Montrealer, right? A hockey fanatic? But what Montreal anglo was ever that anti-American? How would he be understood in Montreal?

Huh. I hadn't thought of that before. Patrice Bélanger works in French, but (possibly because he's from Gatineau) he speaks English without an accent. Maybe the idea was to have a villain who was perfectly bilingual.


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In Yellowknife it was screened -- by public request -- twice two months ago. In afternoon.

It was the second canadian movie screened at the local theatre since I moved here (the first was Mark Achbar's The Corporation) -- as I write, we have Zaccharias Kunuk's The Journal of Knud Rasmussen, so the count is now at 3 in 3 years...

In my opinion Bon Cop, Bad Cop is not a must compared to the Quebec movies I am used to. Definitely low-brow. Entertaining but not worthy of an award. I miss Quebec's cinema.

Fortunately I can still get some of the biggest hits at the videoclub... in the "foreing" section.

The other day I tried to rent acadian filmaker Rodrigue Jean's Yellowknife, but after 3 hours of research I had to give-up. No videoclub has Yellowknife in Yellowknife.


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Wilf Day
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posted 25 November 2006 09:31 PM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bon Cop, Bad Cop will be showing in:
11/26/2006 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
11/26/2006 Owen Sound, Ontario
11/27/2006 Port Elgin, Ontario
11/27/2006 Stettler, Alberta
12/3/2006 Cobourg, Ontario
12/4/2006 Collingwood, Ontario
12/4/2006 Huntsville, Ontario
12/6/2006 Barrie, Ontario
12/11/2006 Erin, Ontario
12/11/2006 Kirkland Lake, Ontario
1/8/2007 Antigonish, Nova Scotia
1/17/2007 Portage La Prairie, Manitoba

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