Hamilton Coming to Theatres

By Ben Bull
Published February 20, 2010

Hamilton is coming to a movie theatre near you! And no, it's not Hamilton pretending to be somewhere else this time - it's the Hammer herself in all her gritty glory.

"First-time Canadian director Peter Stebbings presents a sweetly engaging and very watchable take on an unlikely hero tale with Defendor, which premiered at the Toronto film festival last year." Reports The Star.

Woody Harrelson is superb as Arthur Poppington, a 40-something man-child who truly believes he is Defendor, self-appointed protector of the citizens of Hamilton from "punks." (There's no attempt to hide Steeltown's gritty, wintry identity; the radio call-in show signs in from "the Hammer" and locals thumb tabloid-size copies of The Spectator.)

I haven't seen it but I will. A quirky Superhero and lots of scenic shots of Hamilton sounds like a winning formula to me (and it got 3 1/2 stars too!).

Ben Bull lives in downtown Toronto. He's been working on a book of short stories for about 10 years now and hopes to be finished tomorrow. He also has a movie blog.


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By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted February 20, 2010 at 22:15:53

So how come it's playing in Toronto already, and not here? I hate Cineplex.

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By schmadrian (registered) | Posted February 21, 2010 at 11:38:34

Anyone seen 'Real Time', released two years ago? Starring Randy Quaid and Canada's Jay Baruchel? Filmed here...

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By lukev (anonymous) | Posted February 21, 2010 at 12:37:56

I was going to mention Real Time also.

It fully acknowledges that it is based in Hamilton. It also mentions what a depressing, run down town it is, on many occasions.

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By kdslote (registered) | Posted February 26, 2010 at 13:58:25

Too bad the only theatre in Ontario showing it is the AMC Yonge & Dundas 24. Unless it is unusually successful in limited release, it probably won't reach Hamilton theatres. Guess I'll be waiting for the dvd release...

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By Another Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted March 05, 2010 at 16:51:40

Who cares!!!!!

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