Oddities: 5 Quirky Canadian Films

These Girls (2005)
These Girls (2005)

Chances are you have not seen all of the movies on this list – maybe you’ve never even heard of them. Canada has built a solid reputation as a premiere location to shoot a picture – in particular, Toronto and Vancouver – and as a result some pretty big movies have been shot here (can’t wait to see Suicide Squad!). However, we also have an extensive list of homegrown features that are definitely worth checking out — so if you are looking for something entertaining to watch this weekend, here are 5 odd ones – equally as entertaining as they are strange.

1 Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

So much Toronto! Watching this movie is like spending the day downtown – you see alot of Toronto in this movie. Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Anna Kendrick are all in it and it is based on the colourful, kick-ass graphic novels written by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Plot: Scott falls in love with Ramona, and battles 7 “evil exes” to date her. Enjoy!

2 Ginger Snaps (2000)

Who doesn’t love a werewolf story? In this biting tale, the first in a series of three, we follow the story of two morose teenage sisters – Brigitte and Ginger. Plot: Ginger is bitten by a werewolf – her transformation and all of the resulting fallout for the two sisters ensues (years before Taylor Lautner’s “shaggy dog story” hit the big screen).

3 The Changeling (1980)

A thriller of the creepiest order, this movie is a Halloween favourite for my little sister (horror is her genre). Plot: A ghost story set in an oppressive old mansion and the quest to uncover what really happened and the reasons behind the haunting. Caveat – this film is likely to creep you out.

4 These Girls (2005)

I’m not entirely sure if I liked the movie because I enjoy David Boreanaz – or if the film itself is as entertaining as I think. Regardless, watch for former Much Music VJ Amanda Walsh who has a big role – and be prepared to be surprisingly entertained by the pure comedy of it all. Plot: Shot on the east coast in New Brunswick, three bored east coast teenagers blackmail an older married man (who they take turns babysitting for) into sleeping with them during summer break before starting college.

5 Hard Core Logo (1996)

Hugh Dillon has become one of my favourite Canadian actors – with his subsequent work on Flashpoint, Durham County and Degrassi – but back in 1996 he was mostly known as the singer of The Headstones, until he took this role and caught our attention as an actor. Hard Core Logo is an experience, shot in BC, with a great soundtrack. Plot: think Spinal Tap, but not funny – this film follows the trials and tribulations of a Canadian punk band trying to make it. Random Fact: the band Billy Talent took their name from this film.

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