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Favourite Canadian Films

by Mike K.

Created 07/06/17

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These are not in chronological order, but obviously I am a fan of Allan "King of the Actuality Drama" King. I will have to remake this list once "Hobo With a Shotgun" (2011) is added to the collection. Also, this list is incredibly constrained by the limited amount of Canadian cinema in the collection, but for the most part, I understand why.

  • One of the most interesting films I've ever seen, and I've sat through the whole Matrix trilogy.

  • Easily my favourite Cronenberg, because I've always found it the easiest to stomach.

  • Alright, a cult film! One of the most bizarre, nightmarishly funny films to come out of Canada. I guess it's sort of like our "House" (1977).

  • Talk about empathy! This, what I like to call pseudo-documentary, really showcases Guy Maddin's versatility behind the camera.

  • This is more sentimental than anything, I saw this as a five year old boy in a small Canadian town and it stuck with me.

  • I didn't really know what to think of this when I first saw it, and I suppose that's kind of the point. This film came at a time when it would've been crucial to humanize the emotionally disturbed, and Allan King did just that.

  • I think every Canadian should have to watch this film. One of the most nostalgic, thoughtful films ever, on top of being Canadian. And, it's a "Christmas movie" technically, so gather the family 'round the fire and holiday tree and get ready to laugh, cry, and everything in-between.

  • Like Bergman's "Scenes From a Marriage" (1973), but real.

  • Amazing concept, oddly prophetic, but honestly lost me a bit with the whole human VCR player thing. Although "Long live the new flesh" is a great line, I think this film suffered from the obligatory Cronenberg body horror.

  • I included this not because I love it or it had some profound lasting effect on my character but rather because I've always been on the fence concerning this film. I'm not entirely sure what kind of ethical boundaries are crossed in making this kind of film, although King approaches these subjects with genuine sincerity.

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