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Motion Picture Purgatory: SUMMER’S CHILDREN (1979)

Julius Kohanyi, an independent filmmaker who started making documentary, experimental and narrative shorts as early as the 1960s, directed only one feature–the 1979 oddity SUMMER’S CHILDREN. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles takes a look at this offbeat incest drama that takes a more arthouse-influenced approach to Toronto’s sleazier side then other Canadian entries like DRYING UP THE STREETS (1978) and the earlier PLEASURE PALACE (1974). Featuring memorable turns by local talent Michael Ironside and Don Francks, the film was partially financed by the Canadian Film Development Corporation and premiered on the CBC after a festival run. Rick sez:

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Motion Picture Purgatory: FIREBALLS (1989)

“Pull out your hoses…here comes Fireballs!” Starring a couple of actual Toronto firefighters taking a break up in Wasaga Beach the bizarre ’80s Canuck sex comedy FIREBALLS (1989) isn’t really anybody’s idea of a good movie. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles takes a look at this four-alarm B-movie catastrophe of beer, bikinis and bad mullets that appeared at the end of the tax shelter’s last gasp and concluded Canada’s unofficial streak of dimwitted “balls” comedies (alongside MEATBALLS, ODDBALLS, GOOFBALLS & SCREWBALLS. Rick sez:

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Motion Picture Purgatory: LASERHAWK (1997)

Long before Mark Hamill returned to the sci-fi film role that made him a household name, the once notable Jedi knight was slumming it in extended cameos in north-of-the-border genre efforts like TIME RUNNER (1993) and LASERHAWK (1997), in which he plays a insane asylum patient convinced he arrived on Earth from another planet. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles takes a look at this latter Cancon-laden science fiction entry–a convoluted blend of comics, UFOs, CGI and Canadian jock rock. Rick sez:

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Motion Picture Purgatory: THE SURROGATE (1984)

One of Canada’s first forays into the erotic thriller genre, Don Carmody’s Cinplex scorcher THE SURROGATE features maple syrup porn verteran Carole Laure passing off the torch to Canada’s straight-to-video queen of the 1990s, Shannon Tweed. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles uncovers the sordid, S&M-tinged tale of a boring Montreal couple who hire a sex surrogate while a local cop (Michael Ironside) suspects they have played a role in a series of local murders. Rick sez:

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Motion Picture Purgatory: CRIMES OF THE FUTURE (1970)

Before he became Canada’s undisputed king of body horror, David Cronenberg kickstarted his career with a series of short films shot around his hometown of Toronto. Perhaps his best of these earlier shorts, CRIMES OF THE FUTURE is a 63-minute dystopian, antiseptic effort that anticipates many of the themes that crop up in his later work, including bizarre institutions, sexual fetishes, and icky science fiction ideas focused on fantastic iterations of the human body. An early landmark in Canadian genre cinema, CRIMES OF THE FUTURE gets the Rick Trembles Motion Picture Purgatory treatment this month. Rick sez:

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