Greg’s 2010 TIFF Report: Day 8

All together now: Oskee-Wee-Wee, Oskee-Wa-Wa, Holy Mackenaw, Tigers! Eat ‘em Raw!! Did you all see that amazing comeback tonight? Cats down by 19 in the 4th quarter and they climb back for a win in B.C. against the Lions. Absolute gold. Made even better by the wings I ate while watching it. I have to say “Let’s Wing It” at Yonge and College might be one of my favourite places ever.

All right, now that we have that out of the way…

I hadn’t decided whether I was going to see 3 or 4 movies today, but after the 3 hours of sleep I had, I think 3 is a better idea. Morning starts off great as my friend Krista went out a got me coffee and made me brunch. Poached eggs in tomato sauce on beet greens and toast. That’s right! I had vegetables!

First up today is a Canadian film by director Bruce McDonald called Trigger. Now, Bruce is a favourite director of mine. Hard Core Logo is one of my favourite music movies ever. Trigger stars Tracy Wright and Molly Parker as the all girl punk group of the same name. The movie takes place 10 years after Trigger break up and tells us the story of the first night that the two of them have spent together since that fateful night. A great script with amazing dialogue and an acting clinic put on by two of Canada’s finest. Tracy Wright passed away shortly after finishing this film and really, the movie is a beautiful tribute to her in a way.

Next up is super-hero movie Super starring Rainn Wilson from the Office, Live Tyler, Kevin Bacon and Ellen Page. Afer Frank’s (Wilson) wife (Tyler) falls under the influence of a drug dealer (Bacon), he transforms himself into the Crimson Bolt, a hero with no super powers, no abilities and no clue. With his sidekick Bolty (Page) he hits the streets looking for justice with his trusty wrench. Yeah, he smashes people in the face with his wrench. Think Kick-Ass, but with adults and more graphic violence. I thought it was pretty good.

In between films, I walk past a shwarma place and the only customer inside is a clown. Yeah, a fucking clown. I hate clowns. I had to spin around and walk past it again just to be sure I saw what I saw. What the hell?

Finally, I had the hottest ticket in town. The new film from acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For a Dream, The Fountain and one of the best movies of the decade, The Wrestler). This one stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Winona Ryder. Portman plays Nina, a ballerina in the New York Ballet company whose life revolves around nothing but dance. When Ryder’s character Beth, is forced into retirment by the director, a new star ballerina is needed and Nina fits that role. Kunis plays a carefree ballerina named Lilly, a new dancer that impresses the ballet director and becomes competiton to Nina. The lead role in Swan Lake requires the dancer to perform both as the innocent White Swan which fits Nina’s personality and as the darker Black Swan with which Lilly is the personification of. As the ballet company draws near to it’s opening performance of Swan Lake, the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship. Nina begins to explore her dark side which threatens to destroy her. I thought this film was brilliant. It was beautifully filmed. The music is amazing and it plays at such a high level that the entire film is a crescendo. The editing was outstanding and Natalie Portman gave the performance of her life. It opens everywhere in early December and I advise you to go see it.

One more day of TIFF with my final two films tomorrow. I miss my bunny.

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  • Mason

    I had to look up what shawarma is. Looks tasty. Then I also looked up what the title of that Aronofsky movie is, because you didn’t mention what it is! (It’s called “Black Swan”)

  • Greg

    @Mason – I didn’t mention it because it was a trick! You win a side of bacon.

  • Nick Robertson

    You had to look up the title of the new Aronofsky film? Wow.

    I expect to hear your thoughts in detail on the next show, Gregory.

  • Niklas

    I was also lucky enough to see Black Swan at TIFF and it was awesome.