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    #TIFF10 Reviews: Day 1

    TIFF 2010 was a big year for me. Unlike last year, I took the entire week off of work for this event, and was able to see 21 films in total. What follows is my attempt to review these films. I'll probably break the reviews down into groupings of the days of TIFF that I saw them.

    Day 1 involved Kung Fu, comedic musical horror, and mockumentary Canadiana.

    Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
    This was the first film of the festival, and the experience of lining up was very familiar, and it was cool that we were able to get into the Visa Lounge before the film. We were welcomed to day 1 of TIFF and told that our anti-piracy 'arrrs' should be our first and last (they weren't). The film itself was promised to be a return to Bruce Lee's character from Fist of Fury. The opening scene, when Chen Zhen fought Germans in World War I Europe (using Kung Fu) was fantastic, and something I hadn't seen before. The use of the Kato costume later was a nice tribute to Bruce Lee, but the acting, story, dialog and horrible dubbing could not be ignored. Donnie Yen embodied Bruce Lee in Kung Fu, and I want to see a World War I Kung Fu film now, but anything else was not terribly good. Not recommended.

    Fubar II with SCC The Legend of Beaver Dam
    When they announced the World Premiere of FUBAR II at TIFF in Midnight Madness, I was ready to go. FUBAR is probably one of, if the best, Canadian films ever made (or at least the funniest). I didn't know what the Legend of Beaver Dam was going to be about, and was surprised by a short film that was basically a Rock Opera Horror Film that was well suited for Midnight Madness. Quite entertaining. FUBAR II was a great treat too, of course. Entertaining, and easily one of my faves of this TIFF. The main cast coming in character really helped, and their reveal for Q&A afterwards (taking off the wigs) showcased their talent as convincing actors. See this movie when it comes out in October.

    Up next, superheroes!