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    Entries in TIFF11 (10)

    Wednesday
    Sep282011

    #TIFF11 Day 9

    A Canadian war hero!

    Billy Bishop Goes to War - 3.5 / 5
    I went into thinking it would be a film adaptation of the musical of the same name, but it turns out that it's a filming of a staging of the musical. I love the performances in it, and some of the shots are well done, but I couldn't help but think that seeing it live would be MUCH better. Eric Peterson is fantastic in it, and it was great to see him in person for the Q&A after the show. It was a great way to end the festival.

    Final thoughts: It was my best festival for overall film quality. I had some real hits with You're Next, Juan of the Dead and Goon, but I regret not seeing The Raid. ALSO, I swear TIFF was reading my tweets to them. From making lines when I asked, letting me into theaters when I asked, and especially adding the fan to the AMC 6 / 7 room, I SWEAR that they must have been reading those tweets.

    Tuesday
    Sep272011

    #TIFF11 Day 8

    Katharine understands some Bermese!

    The Lady - 2.5 / 5
    An important story to tell about the political situation in Berma, and with a great cast of actors, this film was beautifully shot with great colours, but was way too long. That, and there was a lot unexplained: When did the general leading the military change? When did she get put back on house arrest? What were the monks doing when they were marching through the streets at the end of the film? When the more interesting story is about her husband, something went wrong with this film.

    My final day at TIFF11!

    Monday
    Sep262011

    #TIFF11 Day 7

    Japanese manga made live.

    Smuggler - 2 / 5
    The action genre these days requires a combination of sat paced action and the occasional slow motion sequence. This film only had the slow motion part. Which cool for a bit, gets old quickly, I almost fell asleep. I assume that this was a faithful adaptation of the manga, with live scenes that looked very much like they were lifted straight from the manga, but it wasn't my cup of tea. Highlight was when the projector was broken before the film, and Bobcat Goldthwait performed his standup act for 20 minutes to entertain the audience.

    More films I saw with Katharine upcoming.

    Sunday
    Sep252011

    #TIFF11 Day 6

    My least favourite film of the festival and my most artsy film of the festival.

    The Moth Diaries - 0.5 / 5
    Katharine won tickets to this film, but couldn't attend due to work. I could attend, so I did. A vampire movie without fangs... really? This film had bad acting, storytelling, scenes with singing that did not mesh with anything else in the film, a hackneyed teacher / student romance that didn't make sense when it happened, resulting in laughs from the audience, that the director did not intend to get. It had awkward brief nudity. And moths made no sense in relation to vampires. I didn't walk out because I wanted to know hownit would end at least, but then it didn't really end. It was a really bad movie.

    Heleno - 3.5 / 5
    A black-and-white shot biopic on the Brazilian footballer who was driven mad by, and then died from, syphilis, the cinematography was beautiful, and the lead actor was fantastic. It's a dark film, but then his life was dark. The film bounces back and forth from an asylum he is in near the end of his life, and the height of his athletic career. The steady decline of his life tells a perfect tragedy. A great film to see at the festival, since I am not sure where else I would have had a chance to see it.

    Next, my first almost-fell-asleep film of the festival.

    Saturday
    Sep242011

    #TIFF11 Day 5

    Hockey and cancer. Not in that order.

    50 / 50 - 4 / 5
    A film about a young man who gets cancer, and how he and the people around him deal with it, I liked this film. Te acting is great - Angelica Huston is spot on - and JGL and Seth Rogen do a good job as well. The eyebrows on JGL were a bit too thick for someone going through chemo, but that's a minor point. I think this film will play well when it comes out in theaters. I would very much like to hear what young people who have had or currently have cancer thought about this film. I would think it's fairly accurate, since the writer more or less based this on his own experiences.

    Goon - 5 / 5
    For me, this was a perfect movie. The comedy, storytelling, acting, writing, camera work, pacing... everything was perfect. Sean William Scott pulls off a likable non-Stiffler like role, and Liev Schrieber performs a perfect east coast accent. The build through the film, including a tease in the middle of the final hockey game leads to one of my favourite film shots of all time, as the characters emerge from the penalty box before they duke it out. That scene, with the wide shot, and the slow zoom out is perfectly set up and framed, with the right amount of time spent moving to the center of the ice. I applauded that scene alone, but it wouldn't have worked without a great build up and conclusion. See this film when it comes out.

    Next up, a vampire movie without fangs, and a biopic on a Brazilian footballer.