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    Entries in comedy (2)

    Sunday
    Oct032010

    #TIFF10 Reviews: Day 9

    Last day for me, and 4 feature day!

    It's Kind of a Funny Story
    Is not a side-splitting comedy. It's one of those comedy / drama things. Katharine had no desire to see it based on the ads portraying it as a comedy, but enjoyed the drama parts. Maybe future ads should focus on the drama part for one part of the audience, and hope that Zach Galifianakis draws the other part. It was Katharine's favourite film of the festival, and I quite enjoyed it as well. It's a great date film. My favorite part was a piano cover of the Pixies' There Goes my Mind.

    Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
    A perfect blend of mystery and Kung Fu. The mystery, despite someone else speaking to the contrary, was well executed. If you paid attention, you could have solved the mystery along with the Detective. The Kung Fu, and the final action scene are quite well done, mainly for emphasizing the importance action to the plot rather than having fight scenes and stunts just for the sake of having fights. Worth a viewing, for sure.

    The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical
    Katharine really wanted to see this film, and the Globe and Mail named it pick of the festival. It's a good documentary about kids in the slums of Mumbai performing songs from the Sound of Music in a high class concert hall, and the fact that the kids, despite struggling to perfect their parts, succeed in performing quite well on performance night, makes for a feel good moment (I wanted to applaud). But I saw a couple of great documentaries, so the execution of this one failed to hook me completely. The story is touching, but the film execution wasn't as good as some other documentaries this year. You should see it, but TMN is a good venue.

    Aftershock
    I will gladly rant to you in person about WHY this was my least favourite film of the festival (the main reason being how the film completely botched the payoff scenes near the end of the film, but there were many other issues), but I would have walked out of this film if I wasn't there with Katharine. Highest grossing film in the history of China, but executes horribly in every possible way.

    And that's it. I will try to post some general thoughts on the festival soon.

    L8r
    Paul

    Wednesday
    Sep292010

    #TIFF10 Reviews: Day 5

    Day 5 had a half watched film and ANOTHER documentary.

    Everything Must Go
    The Will-Farrell-is-serious-movie this year. Because it started 40 minutes late, I only saw 45 minutes of it. And those 45 minutes were passable, but forgettable. TMN it. Don't see it in theatres.

    The Game of Death
    I went to see this film because of a brief description about how it was an update to the Milgram experiments, which anyone who has taken Psychology 101 knows is about the influence of authority on an individual. In this French documentary, the study is updated to a game show environment with psychologists and sociologists in place to study the results. It was well presented and an interesting concept, and was well executed. The Q&A with the directors after the film yielded some interesting insights, including that there are additional documentaries being made about this new study. Good to see.

    Up next, a triple movie day, including what I thought was the best of the festival.

    L8r
    Paul