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CanFilm Five: Toronto Filmmaker Ryan Noel

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Ryan Noel is a Toronto-based filmmaker and owner of Retro Films Entertainment. Building upon the success of his award winning gangster mockumentary THE NOTORIOUS NEWMAN BROTHERS, Ryan is currently crowdfunding his latest dark comedy web series MANUEL LABOUR through Kickstarter about the misadventures of a pair of beer-swilling junk collectors. For this installment of CanFilm Five, Ryan offers up his top five trashiest characters in Canuxploitation film:

For most, the 1980s were a creative rollercoaster. Every high was accompanied by a seemingly lower low and Hollywood was no exception. This was the decade that gave birth to the sequel, saw Coca-Cola acquire Columbia, capitalized on movie merchandising and spawned the VHS revolution.

Yet for me there was no greater high than the comedy films of the 1980s, and it was Canadian heavyweights such as John Candy, Rick Moranis and Dan Aykroyd who were dominating the silver screen with their unique sense of Northern humour.For an aspiring filmmaker like myself, growing up in Toronto in the ‘80s provided the perfect blend of patriotism and inspiration and allowed me to believe that I could one day represent this great nation’s twisted sense of humour. So in light of my trashy new web series MANUEL LABOUR, here’s my top 5 trashiest characters in Canadian cinema:

5. Bob and Doug McKenzie, STRANGE BREW
This film is a rite of passage for any Canadian filmmaker and one that I can’t seem to escape. Perhaps it’s because I live a few blocks away from the “Elsinore Brewery” or the fact that the film gets funnier and more ridiculous upon every viewing. Whatever the reason, Bob and Doug McKenzie are two hosers that are definitely trashy enough to make the top 5.

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Upcoming Screenings: May 2012

While many of us discovered Canuxploitation films through late night TV screenings and VHS rentals, there’s still something special about catching a locally produced B-movie classic in the theatre alongside other Canadian film fans. Here’s our monthly update featuring upcoming classic Canadian cinema screenings. Want your screening listed? Contact us.

STRANGE SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROOM — 16mm
May 4, 8pm
Blue Sunshine, Montreal
The classic Italo-Montreal ’70s co-prodcution features gritty locations, thrilling car chases and lots of sleazy cop action. More info here.

DEADEN / $LASHERS / THE HARD CUT / VIDEODROME
May 20, 3pm-11pm
Roxy Bar and Screen, London, U.K.
Three indie horror films plus an early Cronenberg masterpiece–show up for one or stay all day for this Canadian horror quadruple bill from SHIVERS UK, the first in a series of screenings titled “The Influence of the Canadian Tax Shelter Films”.

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