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Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn
29 Aug  10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us for singing, rhyming and signing. Parents will learn strategies to engage their childre…
Baby Laptime
Castle Downs
29 Aug  10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Enjoy delightful stories, songs, books, rhymes, finger plays and more, especially for babies. C…
Family Storytime
29 Aug  10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Share stories, songs and games for the whole family. …
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29 Aug  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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{"list":{"id":"280832877","name":"EPL Great Stuff Film: Camp Realness","description":"In her milestone essay "Notes on Camp", Susan Sontag described the phenomenon of camp aesthetic as a "love of the unnatural - of artifice and exagerration". In layman's terms, however, one might say "cheesy", "tacky", or simply "too much", with its acting, scenery, and overall emotional tone so heavily stylized that we question the taste level of the filmmaker at large. Some of these films are unintentional camp and became as such from cult audience acclaim, while others subversively utilize camp to elevate the cinematic experience and challenge the film medium as we know it. Last but not least, there are films that embody both types of camp and stay effortlessly perched on the fence between keen awareness and stupefying delusion. And so long as we debate how each film falls into whichever category, the mighty conversation persists and will forever renew a fabulous genre.","language":"en-CA","item_count":21,"created":"2014-05-15T03:01:16Z","updated":"2014-08-21T21:46:51Z","list_type":{"id":"TOPIC_GUIDE","name":"Topic Guide"},"details_url":"","user":{"id":"220711958","name":"EPLGreatStuff_Jonathan","profile_url":""},"list_items":[{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"874843005908","title":"Auntie Mame","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2010","authors":[],"isbns":["078066387X"],"upcs":["883929152179"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"For anybody whoever dreamed as a child they could be whisked away to the big city by a socialite relative and nursed on pure fabulousness, here's that fantasy served up on a Tiffany silver platter. Watch Rosalind Russell as the original Mame, a fierce and fabulous New Yorker struggling to raise her conservative-minded nephew to adulthood as she herself learns what being a grown-up really means. Clever writing, great performances, stunning costumes - all of it, a camp staple."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"736822005908","title":"Bad education","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2007","authors":[],"isbns":["1424809525"],"primary_language":{"name":"Spanish"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Former telenovela hearthrob Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Angel, an aspiring actor who squirms his way into the production of a film that may or may not reflect his past love life with a fellow student at a Catholic boys' school. Angel soon becomes Zahara, a drag queen prostitute in search of her former lover, a character based on the director of the film. This mysterious web of eroticism spun by iconic director and camp enthusiast Pedro Almodovar is suggestively autobiographical and yet so layered in its storytelling that it evades any decipherable form of truth. It's also a whirlwind of absurdity, with Bernal delivering quality fierceness in both genders, as well as an intoxicating boy soprano cover of "Moon River". The film was a financial success worldwide and earned over $5 million at the US box office, a remarkable achievement for a foreign-language film rated NC-17."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"1117228005908","title":"Best Worst Movie","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2010","authors":[],"isbns":["1422993930"],"upcs":["767685230329","767685230329"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"A documentary chronicling the cult phenomenon surrounding a movie so bad, it's positively disorienting.Troll 2 (also on this list) was a low-budget anti-vegetarian manifesto conceived by an eccentric Italian married couple and marketed as the sequel to a subpar American horror film. It is now considered one of the best of the worst, and the child star of the celluloid monstrosity, now grown up, sets out to reunite the cast and uncover the story of its making. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"1177853005908","title":"Beware of a holy whore","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2013","authors":[],"isbns":["1604657669","9781604657661","1604657715","9781604657715"],"primary_language":{"name":"German"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"An early work from Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this dark comedy is based on the infamous German director's tormenting experience of shooting his previous film. It mostly relays the chaos and debauchery that ensues while being on the set of a film that, for some reason, can never get started on its actual shoot. The cast and crew instead occupy themselves with booze and lustful activity, and everyone reveals themselves to be some version of sad or monstrous, and most definitely alone. This is camp filtered through the experimental theatre style of Bertholt Brecht, bearing an emotional distance that, for patient folk, will snowball into a bizarre sense of humour and mad appreciation for its overall decadence."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"1117233005908","title":"Burlesque","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2011","authors":[],"upcs":["043396366381"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Cher and Christina Aguilera, a pairing nobody anticipated really asked for, star in this recent addition to the camp canon that echoes less burlesque than it does simply a drag-friendly appreciation of the bawdy craft. Muddled by an earnest and pathetic compulsion to parallel Bob Fosse's Cabaret, it's yet another tale of a small town girl who heads to the big city to become a star and find a maternal figure in the likeness of a semiretired diva with a mad collection of wigs . Think Showgirls meets Georgia Rule. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"903812005908","title":"Divine Trash","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2000","authors":[],"isbns":["0738925306"],"upcs":["826663217698"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"An informative treatise of the work of John Waters and frequent drag queen collaborator Divine. For seasoned fans of Waters, aspiring indie filmmakers, or anyone interested in how a bunch of drugged-out Baltimore hippies with a movie camera can influence both low and highbrow creative expression for generations. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"648002005908","title":"Fellini Satyricon","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2001","authors":[],"isbns":["0792849388"],"primary_language":{"name":"Italian"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"The garish aesthetic of Federico Fellini goes into overdrive in this lascivious sendup of Petronius's satirical novel. Though it was a critical success in Europe, the film's orgiastic spectacle was split between adoration and revulsion (Pauline Kael indirectly compared it to John Waters' Mondo Trasho). It's definitely indulgent in its cineaste lewdness and seems to have 'fun' (and get expensive) exploring the ferocious id of another historical period - though it's hard to quote said lewdness to your friends if you don't speak Italian. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"697647005908","title":"Gremlins 2","sub_title":"The New Batch","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2002","authors":[],"isbns":["9780790769738","0790769735"],"upcs":["085392271122","085392271122"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"The mix of horror and comedy Joe Dante's  Gremlins films had a subversive element, enticing several different audiences and all the while parodying itself. In its lesser seen sequel, the nightmarish absurdity culminates into a feast of overenthused pop culture references. The addition of a heavily made-over female gremlin in a wedding dress comes in handy if you're ever trying to read someone's makeup. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"701639005908","title":"Hocus Pocus","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2002","authors":[],"isbns":["0788816926"],"upcs":["717951003584","717951003584"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Mention this film in a roomful of drag queens and within seconds they'll be debating which of them gets to play one of the three lead roles originated by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker. I actually haven't seen this film, but I know they play a sisterhood of witches and perform 'I Put A Spell On You' at a town hall Halloween Party for adults. That's enough for me to place a hold. Done and done."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"1149363005908","title":"Labyrinth","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"BLURAY","name":"Blu-ray Disc"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2009","authors":[],"isbns":["1435920228"],"upcs":["043396263307","1435920228","043396263307","1435920228"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Jim Henson's innovative mash-up of puppets and David Bowie was a box office failure but has since developed a cult following. Perhaps the tale of an imaginative teen girl on a journey to thwart the perverse determination of an effeminate king to transform her baby brother into a goblin, was too intense, confusing, or frightening for family audiences. More importantly, it was an unexpected return for Bowie to the gender bending costumes and hairpieces of youth; that his attempt at a flamboyant comeback should take place in a passion project from the creator of the Muppets only makes it sweeter. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"734634005908","title":"Mildred Pierce","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2005","authors":[],"isbns":["1419810855"],"upcs":["012569675384","012569675384"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her portrayal of a mother and restauranteur caught up in a murder case. She also wears, without a doubt, the most iconic shoulder pads in film history. There's your incentive. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"743442005908","title":"Mommie Dearest","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2006","authors":[],"isbns":["1415718350"],"upcs":["097360420845","097360420845"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Faye Dunaway won a Razzie award for her portrayal of Joan Crawford caught in up in being the worst Hollywood mother ever. She also wears some incredible wigs. John Waters described Dunaway's work in the film as, \u201cthe best performance by a drag queen.\u201d That's more than an incentive - it's a revelation. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"1008961005908","title":"Myra Breckinridge","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2003","authors":[],"upcs":["024543112747","024543112747"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"This cult classic, once reviled by critics (and Gore Vidal who wrote the original novel) and now revered by fans, harbored a densely subversive sense of humour that now seems a little ahead of its time. Raquel Welch stars as a transgender heiress to a movie acting ranch, where she and her male counterpart Myron (film critic Rex Reed) take refuge and attempt to educate and inspire the hopeful young starlets. There is a mean streak of innuendo based one-liners to quote us into the next century, not only from the smouldering Welch but also the iconic Mae West (who came out of retirement for the film). Anticipate a tension between Welch and West, however, as they shared an infamous feud over each others' wardrobe in their only scene together. Also starring John Huston, Farrah Fawcett and Tom Selleck, in his first film appearance.  "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"813374005908","title":"Paris, Not France","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2010","authors":[],"upcs":["025192047541"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"If the Razzies had an award for Worst Documentary, this is a hands down winner. Director Adria Petty follows mega socialite and -ahem- entrepreneur Paris Hilton around the world in a style that attempts to mimic the gritty intimacy of Madona: Truth or Dare and instead results in Keeping Up With the Kardashians if it was shot in cinema verite. A vapid, thoughtless and fun slice of someone else's reality.  "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"600401005908","title":"The Rocky Horror Picture Show","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2002","authors":[],"upcs":["024543051008"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"A camp staple, really, and a useful tool for identifying the significant elements of the genre. Tacky costumes, bad songs, and a nonsensical plot are turned upside down into a work of art that still owns the 'mainstream' of cult cinema. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"1162356005908","title":"Troll 2","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2010","authors":[],"upcs":["883904226338"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"The infamous low-budget horror film that is the subject of the previously mentioned Best Worst Movie. Follow a nice suburban family who head off to the country for the weekend and fall into the clutches of the evil townspeople of Nilbog. See it to believe it. This film will alter your consciousness, at the very least. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"810198005908","title":"Troop Beverly Hills","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2003","authors":[],"isbns":["0767882865"],"upcs":["043396078918"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Shelley Long stars a Beverly Hills soon-to-be divorcee who sets out to prove her motherhood skills to her husband and daughter and ends up leading a girl scout troop comprised of wealthy, spoiled pre-teens. It's not terribly funny nor does it make a lot of sense, but it wreaks of the awkward 1980s consumerist era when salespeople still cut credit cards in half to remind somebody how broke they are. Also, it features a fair number of recognizable female stars as children, including Carla Gugino, Tori Spelling, and Jenny Lewis of indie rockers Rilo Kiley. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"898142005908","title":"Velvet Goldmine","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2011","authors":[],"isbns":["0788815741"],"upcs":["031398138242","031398138242"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Todd Haynes's rewrite of the glam rock era adapts the legacy of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Brian Eno into a fictionalized eyeful of fashion, music and Oscar Wilde quotes. It's a beautiful film and yet all the while slightly ridiculous, especially the implied romantic entanglements between the singers. Haynes is known for riding this line, the sort of aesthetic tone that inspires us during several instances to ask, \u201cIs this for real?\u201d Anyway, you'll wish your pants were a heck of a lot shinier by the time it's over. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"670812005908","title":"Welcome to the Dollhouse","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2005","authors":[],"isbns":["0767827740"],"upcs":["043396825697"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Fusing camp elements and the banality of the suburbs, this dark indie comedy from Todd Solondz relates the difficult life of one horribly bullied and awkwardly dressed teenager as she rides out the hardest years of her life. The film is actually quite subtle and focused in its execution, taking beautiful advantage of its low-budget to express the horrendous reality of puberty. It leaves me with a feeling comparable to that of eating too many Sour Patch Kids in one sitting. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"819920005908","title":"Without You I'm Nothing","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2005","authors":[],"isbns":["9780792867906","0792867904"],"upcs":["027616927545","027616927545","027616927545"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"An adaptation of comedienne Sandra Bernhard's smash hit one-woman show from 1987, this underrated camp intellectual gem may require multiple viewings to catch each of its many cultural references and nuggets of postmodern critique. Bernhard, in a series of vibrant costumes, discusses her childhood, past loves, and pop culture influences, all the while blending fact, fiction and fantasy and attempting to expose the hidden essence of her own live performance. One of my all-time favorites, camp or no camp. "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"912012005908","title":"Zero Patience","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"DVD","name":"DVD"},"details_url":"","publication_date":"2005","authors":[],"upcs":["065935210160"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"In this politically minded and yet delightfully absurd musical, Sir Richard Francis Burton is a contemporary curator at a Toronto museum and is preparing an exhibit based on the patient zero of the AIDS epidemic. The subject of the exhibit, the mythical 'Zero', comes to life to torment, educate and potentially romance Sir Burton. Director John Greyson conceived of the film as a counterpoint to the Patient Zero story that emerged from the popularity of Randy Shilts's book And the Band Played On."}]}}
DVD - 2011
Bad education
DVD - 2007
Troll 2
DVD - 2010
Mildred Pierce
DVD - 2005