Greg’s 2010 TIFF Report: Day 4

I had a slice of pizza today from three different places. That’s a good day.

This happened because I set myself up for a tough day. Back to back to back movies at the same theatre. 3pm, 6pm and 9pm starts. I didn’t really have much choice as far as cuisine goes because time was a factor.

First up is Let Me In. It’s an adaptation of a swedish novel called “Låt den rätte komma in” by John Lindqvist. The novel was first adapted into film back in 2008 with Sweden’s Let the Right One In. Now, not only was Let the Right One in one of the best film of 2008, but it was one of the best movies of the last decade. Needless to say, Let Me In had some big shoes to fill. Here’s a quick plotline: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. This is not your typical vampire movie. This vampire does not glitter. It’s very close to the original in tone and the two young lead actors, Kodi Smit McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass) carry the film well. It didn’t have the same impact as the original, but it’s a damn fine film.

Small note: The guy across from me at the internet cafe has been asleep for the last hour. Looks like he’s breathing.

Off to Panzerotto Pizza for a slice. Not bad, but nothing special.

I head back to the theatre and a see a girl first in the rush line and she has this massive Deadpool tattoo on her upper left arm. I asked if I could get a closer look at it and she said i could. It wasn’t bad. She said she drew it herself and you could tell. She said she was in line for Buried. That movie didn’t start until 9pm and apparently she had been there since 2. Buried stars Ryan Reynolds. He played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I asked if she was waiting for Ryan and she showed me the Deadpool ring she designed and was going to give it to Ryan. Sure you are Crazy Train, sure you are.

Back into the Ryerson theatre for 13 Assassins. This is the latest film from Japanese great Takashi Miike: director of Ichi The Killer, Audition, and Sukiyaki Western Django. Basically, A group of samurai assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. This movie was decent and it had an insanely bloody 45 minute samurai battle. It was ridiculous and gory. There’s not much more to say about this movie. It is what it is.

Off to the Big Slice for a….big slice. Too big and oddly cut. Ha! That looks like I’m describing a penis.

As with most of the higher profile films they have the anti-piracy (Aaarrr!) security force on site. Night vision goggles and everything. As two were talking in front of me, they got ready for action by doing a fist pound. Hilarious.

Finally, it’s time for Buried. A movie starring Ryan Reynolds and only Ryan Reynolds. He’s been buried alive with a cell phone and some other items and he has to get 5 million dollars together or the terrorists will let me die. It was a pretty cool concept, but there were definitely a few things wrong with it. At two separate times they increased the peril for no reason other than to have something happening on the screen. It became overkill. Almost like a season of 24. Seriously how much bad shit can happen in such a short time. The other problem was Ryan Reynolds himself. He was too…Ryan Reynolds. Too many jokes. It took me out of the seriousness of the situation. Ryan Reynolds was at the theatre and when he came out you could hear the women in the theatre collectively getting wet. Apparently, good looking, rich guys are the flavour of the month for the ladies.

Off to Amato’s for a slice on the way home. Great as always.

Tomorrow, a documentary on the making of Springsteen’s fourth album, Darkness on the Edge of Town.

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  • Kasper

    If there’s one dude who could make me gay, it’s Ryan Reynolds. Such a handsome young man, and charming too.

  • There’s a documentary on the making of Springsteen’s fourth album, “Darkness on the Edge of Town”? That’s my favorite album of his! I didn’t know the album had such notoriety.

  • projectgenesis

    Greg it sounds like an awesome day indeed.

    @ Reed I would never peg you for Springsteen guy, but you’re right that album is great. Prove It All Night is one of his best songs, no doubt. You should read “Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness on the Edge of Truth” by Randall Auxier.

  • Bram

    Aw man, how did I miss you. I was hanging outside the Ryerson theater around 3. Greg woulda been an awesome sighting.

  • Zoo

    Movie and pizza reviews from Greg. Gotta love it.