Puppies descend on ORF

Once again, we were treated to the best weather we could ask for, with a clear sky and warm summer air. Open Roof Festival’s 2nd week also had an added bonus of many more well-behaved dogs (and puppies) in attendance! The unique ambiance included an extremely bright moon and two seater planes flying overhead all evening.

The music portion began with Juno award winning artist Tomi Swick, joining us for his 4th Open Roof Festival and still loving the experience. The singer-songwriter delighted the crowd with many brand-new songs that had rarely been performed live. The audience quickly filled up as Swick belted out songs from 2016’s The Yukon Motel. Congratulations to him on his upcoming vinyl release!

After the sun set the film fun began with Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE. This new release, set in Boston in 1978, revolves around a meeting between two gangs turning into a shootout after an attempted transaction of AR-17’s (not the M-16’s ordered!) goes awry. Both gunfire and one-liners are abundant in this real-time, single setting, action, black comedy. While most resembling Reservoir Dogs in plot, FREE FIRE also harkens back to the crime comedies/cult films of the late 90s and early 2000s like Guy Ritchie’s Snatch and Troy Duffy’s The Boondock Saints with its outlandish characters and bullet-ridden circumstances.

While the film is full of colourful characters played by a star-studded cast including Cillian Murphy and Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson, a couple truly stands out on each side of the bullet-riddled fence. Vernon (Sharlto Copely), is a cardboard armor wearing, South African gunrunner, and Stevo (Sam Riley) is a drug addict whose actions and loud mouth get everyone into the predicament. Both characters have lines throughout the film that not only bring into question their sanity but also how their actions had not gotten them killed years prior. These characters must have been a blast to play and the fun shows from start to finish.

The relentless action is accompanied by a 70s soundtrack with music from The Real Kids, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and John Denver. Not only was the music appropriate from the time but also gave off an aura of cool, even if the characters could not keep theirs. Without giving too much away let’s just say the whole crowd was gasping more than once.

Make sure to check out next week where we will be treated to a performance by glam, baroque-psych and brit-pop-influenced artist Blonde Elvis followed by Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night follow-up, the romantic black comedy cannibal horror-thriller THE BAD BATCH

Remember to share the hashtags #MoviesMusicBeer #OpenRoof17 throughout the summer.

-Michael Marlatt