TIFF mini reviews: Go for Eugene Hutz, Stay for the Soundtrack
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TIFF mini reviews: Go for Eugene Hutz, Stay for the Soundtrack

93.jpgSo many films, so few words.
Everything is Illuminated: Surprisingly good adaptation from Henry V (Liev Shrieber) of J Safran Foer’s magical novel. The decision to drop the surreal bits works out, and Eugene Hutz (of the Balkan punk band Gogol Bordello) is terrific as the malapropist Alexander Perchov. But go for the soundtrack which features Hutz’ Gogol Bordello, The terrific Balkan Brass band Kocani Orkestar, Tin Hat Trio and guitar work by the amazing Marc Ribot.
Bangkok Loco: Austin Powers meets Drumline. In Thai. The opening sequence is bloody awesome, and the rest of it is a bit silly. But if you like visual punnery, this is your film.
The Quiet: An assured, if creepy, sophomore film from But, I’m a Cheerleader director Jamie Babbit. Camilla Belle stars as a mute high school student who has to go live with her dysfunctional godparents and their snooty daughter (Elisha Cuthbert) when her dad pops off. Deft and dark and funny too, if you need a fix of suburban malaise. And my goodness Edie Falco is scary.
C.R.A.Z.Y.: Great, if a tad long, this Quebec film, from Director Jean-Marc Vallée, is further proof that there are beautiful films coming out of Quebec. The film is a coming out story, but the excellent performances, and great soundtrack, help it rise above cliché. Go. Or see it when it comes out in wider release later this year.
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic: There are no more screenings of this film, which is basically Mrs. Jimmy Kimmel’s live comedy act, mingled with fancy musical production numbers. The stand up stuff is stand up stuff, but the musical numbers are a bit spotty. Still worth seventy-off minutes if it rolls around again though!