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July 23rd, 2014

10 Canada Day Movie Suggestions

Its Canada day and as the only Canuck who writes on the site I felt it was my duty ( or something like that ) to share some great movies to watch on Canada day.

These movies are either Canadian made productions or feature some great Canadian talent making them worth films to watch on Canada Day. They come from every genre  and every era so with any luck there should be at least one movie or two on this list you might enjoy on Canada Day.

Canadian Bacon for Fans of Comedies: Starring the late great john Canady Canadian Bacon is about a U.S. president (Alan Alda) who tries to bolster his sagging approval rating by picking a fight with the unlikeliest of foes: Canada. After slick propaganda campaigns convince the American populace that the Great White North is the enemy, zealous patriot Bud B. Boomer (John Candy) takes matters into his own hands. This movie is also directed by Michael Moore who is now best known for his controversial documentaries like Bowling for Columbine. Quite an about face for Michael Moore to go from slapstick comedy to serious documentary work but we all start somewhere.

Chloe for fans of Dramatic Thrillers: Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore are two of my favourite actors and they star together in this dark thriller about infidelity. Suspecting her husband, David (Liam Neeson), of infidelity, doctor Catherine (Julianne Moore) hires sexy escort Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to seduce him and test his faithfulness. But as Catherine checks in on Chloe’s encounters with David, Chloe’s reports become increasingly lurid. Soon, the relationships between all three intensify in unexpected ways. Renowned filmmaker Atom Egoyan directs this psychological drama.

Passchendaele for fans of Action / War Dramas: Paul Gross is a Canadian Icon and Passchendale is the closest we are likely going to get to Saving Private Ryan here in Canada. Wounded in World War I, Canadian Michael Dunne (Paul Gross) falls in love with his nurse, Sarah (Caroline Dhavernas). When he learns that Sarah’s impetuous younger brother, David (Joe Dinicol), has been called to fight, the recuperated Michael sets out to protect him. But history will reveal that Michael is following David into the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war..

Videodrome for fans of Horror: Starring one of my favourite character actors James Woods Videodrome is a gorey and extremely over the top scifi horror experience..  Sleazy TV executive Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for cheap, exciting programming for his fly-by-night channel when he fortuitously stumbles across a fuzzy satellite feed showing torture, punishment … and possibly murder. A conspiracy is afoot as two competing groups fight for the 20th century’s soul, using the airwaves as their battlefield. Renn searches for the truth, all the while obsessed by an on-air chanteuse (Deborah Harry).

Juno for fans of Teen Comedy: I have been a fan of Ellen Page’s since her work in the dark thriller Haute Tension and in Juno she proves that she is one of the most talented up and coming actresses right now. A bit off topic but when she left Jennifer’s Body and Megan Fox replaced her I was horribly disappointed. Juno stars Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman and is the closest we will get to a John Hughes movie for the younger generation. Facing an unplanned pregnancy while she’s still in high school, quirky teen Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) devises a plan to locate her unborn baby’s perfect adoptive parents. But the seemingly ideal couple (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner) Juno chooses still has some growing up to do.

Ginger Snaps for fans of Horror: When it comes to horror fans there is one werewolf movie that you will hear just about every horror fan talk about and it just so happens to be a Canadian one. The British have Dog Soldiers, American’s have Silver Bullet and we have the truly fantastic Ginger Snaps starring Emily Perkins. The teenage years prove especially difficult for sister’s Brigitte (Emily Perkins) and Ginger (Katharine Isabelle), who have an unexplained fascination with Goth and death. On the night of Ginger’s first period, she’s bitten by a werewolf and quickly develops several new traits — including an aggressive sexual appetite. But as Brigitte tries to reverse the transformation, she must also hide her sister’s mounting victims.

Strange Brew for Fans of Comedy: Strange brew is a classic ( using that word loosely ) ‘hoosers movie’ that was produced in good old Canada and stars Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas.   Hoping to snag some free beer by helping a brewery owner reclaim her business, goofy brothers Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug (Dave Thomas) end up battling criminal Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow), who plans to take over the world by releasing his hypnotic suds to the public.

Splice for Scifi Fans: Splice is not only a Canadian made movie but it also stars one of the most talented Canadian Actresses making it a perfect film to watch on Canada Day. Sarah Polley stars alongside the incredibly talented Adrien Brody. Sarah Polley has starred in many great films over the years and in my view is completely underrated and should be handed more large leading roles.

Ignoring instructions from the pharmaceutical company that funds their research, groundbreaking genetic scientists Elsa (Sarah Polley) and Clive (Adrien Brody) continue with an unorthodox experiment to create a human-animal hybrid, a new life form they dub “Dren” (Delphine Chanéac). When they see their fantastical creation, Clive warns that it should be destroyed, but Elsa refuses — a decision she’ll regret when Dren makes deadly plans of her own.

Dead Ringers for Scifi fans: David Cronenberg needs absolutely no introduction and Dead Ringers is a classic. Jeremy Irons stars as twin gynaecologistsElliot and Beverly Mantl, who can’t help spiraling into madness and addiction when they meet a pill-popping actress (Geneviève Bujold) who hopes to have children. David Cronenberg’s script and direction mix high-tech camera work with old-fashioned suspense to create a tangible sense of lunacy and compulsion in this psychological thriller.

Hobo With a Shotgun for Grindhouse Fans: Grindhouse movies have made a resurgence as of late and the latest to hit the festival circuit and generate insane amounts of buzz is Hobo With a Shotgun which stars Rutger Hauer. Rutger Hauer stars as the Hobo, a bum who rolls into town hoping to start over, only to find his adopted city saturated in violence and ruled by a vicious crime lord known as the Drake (Brian Downey). The Hobo’s answer? Pick up his handy pump-action scattergun and start laying waste to crooks, corrupt cops and every other lowlife who crosses his path




One Comment


  1. Bob Rogers

    Thanks for
    the tips! The Chloe thriller was phenomenal. Thumbs up! Even though it was
    little too dramatic to be my cup of tea, the psychological character profiles
    were depicted in great details. Anybody’s seen The Juno movie? It seems
    cool as well, but isn’t it just another teenage comedy that lacks on touch with
    reality? Well, my personal Canada Day Movie Suggestions for the next year are
    some good movies worth watching you can find here:
    http://ellidavis.com/toronto-real-estate-news/2011/07/movies-set-in-toronto.
    Especially the “Owning Mahowny” is a must-see!



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