Greg’s 2011 TIFF Report: Day 6

Three films Tuesday so let’s get right into it.

Killer Joe, directed by William Friedkin. This is the same guy that directed The French Connection and The Exorcist. He may have had a few clunkers in recent history, but I had some hopes for this. Emile Hirsch plays a kid in Texas who owes a lot of money to the wrong people. With the help of his father and step-mother, he hires a crooked cop played by Matthew McConaughey to kill his mother for the insurance money. Since he planned on paying the cop after he gets the insurance money, McConaughey asks for Hirsch’s teenage sister as a retainer. I didn’t hate this movie, but it’s probably the worst film I’ve seen so far this year. 90 seconds into the movie is a centre screen shot of Gina Gershon’s hairy muff. Some people might like that. Some people might find that revolting. I’m sure many of you are upset that you had to read that. I had to see it. Now, don’t get me wrong, Gina Gershon is an attractive woman, but in a dirty trailer park setting it just didn’t do it for me. Call me crazy.

To be honest, I liked the set up to the film, but McConaughy just ruins everything for me. He bugs me. Emile takes some very good ass kickings in the film as well. He should have been an extra in The Raid. Thomas Haden Church plays Hirsch’s dad and he’s pretty funny watching Gina Gershon perform fellatio a piece of KFC. I wish I was making that up. The films ends in a shoot out and has one of the most disappointing cliff hanger endings ever. However, it’s not the film makers fault as this was based on a play. If Gina Gershon gets your blood pumping then you might want to check this movie out. If you want to see Matthew McConaughy seduce an underage girl then you might want to check this movie out. If you want to see Emile Hirsch get his face caved in by a can of stewed tomatoes then you might want to check this movie out. If you answered yes to any of those, then go for it. If not, feel comfortable in skipping it. On the bright side, I convinced the Ryerson TIFF volunteers to open up the balcony just for me because there weren’t any quality seats left. Also, I can talk anybody into doing anything.

I went to Subway for lunch (6 inch turkey on whole wheat, no cheese, vegetables and mustard) and I had to repeatedly ask the girl for black olives. She just kept staring over my right shoulder. I finally turned and saw Geoffrey Rush standing beside me. You know…the guy from the Pirates movies and The King’s Speech? I’m not sure if he was getting a sandwich or had just been stopped by autograph seekers, but there he was causing me black olive troubles.

My next film was a documentary called Undefeated. It was basically a real life Friday Night Lights. Troubled high school football program in Tennessee finally puts it all together. I love sports movies. I love sports dramas. I really love sports documentaries. Obviously, with most of these there’s a ton of emotion and suspense. The coach is great guy who volunteers his time and the players are a group of straight out of a movie African American kids. You have a smart one, a big dumb one, an angry hot head….it was perfect. My only issue is with the filmmakers themselves. The editing was terrible. They showed a blocked extra point in one piece of game footage to make the score 21-20 and when they cut to the score board, it was the wrong quarter and the score was 21-21. At another point, the team faced a desperate 3rd and 10, but when they cut back to the score clock it was the wrong quarter (again) and it showed 1st and 10. You may think it’s a minor complaint, but this is a sports documentary that follows a football team. The game footage needs to be accurate.

The last film I had was Hard Core Logo II, directed by Bruce McDonald. For those of you who have never seen or heard of Hard Core Logo, it just happens to be my favourite Canadian film. The original movie was a fictional rock documentary about a punk band called Hard Core Logo and it starred Hugh Dillon from the Headstones (you can see him now on the shows Durham County and Flashpoint). The end of the original is a definitive end to the story to say the least, so I was curious about how a sequel would happen. We pick up with the fictional director of the first film, played by McDonald himself, living in Hollywood and directing a successful cable television show. At the same time that his show gets cancelled he hears that the lead singer of the band Die Mannequin has been possessed by the spirit of Joe Dick, the lead singer of Hard Core Logo. Bruce heads off to meet the singer named Care Failure and decides to film another rock documentary. There are some funny parts and the music is decent and overall it was fun to watch. If you’ve seen and liked HCL then you should definitely check it out.

Only one film Wednesday then off to the Uproar Festival to see Avenged Sevenfold.

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  • Kasper

    Killer Joe sounds awesome!

  • Awesome article as always Greg- sounds like a couple of winners! I just saw the avenged set in Buffalo and you are in for a treat. They were fricken awesome! Their stage set-up is amazing, lots of fire, flame and awesome!

  • Also- in addition to Food Junk you should do Music Junk- I would listen the hell out of a Music Junk podcast!

  • KeithTalent

    Glad to hear Hirsch took some beatings. Hate that guy.

    Hardcore Logo II sounds awesome. I loved the first one and can’t wait to see the sequel.