Film Fridays: Take the Lead Steel Cable
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Film Fridays: Take the Lead Steel Cable

2006_04_07_lead.jpgSo, did you enjoy last year’s hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, in which a bunch of elementary school kids take part in a ballroom dancing competition? No? We’ll you’re in luck, because Hollywood have seen fit to create Take the Lead, a movie ‘inspired by a true story’; the story of, uh, Mad Hot Ballroom, but they’ve changed everything, changing it into yet another film in which an idealistic teacher fixes the lives of disenfranchised teenage ruffians who not only are impossible to understand, but are resistant to even the possibility of being understood!
The core concept of this film is so terrifically uninspired, so fundamentally disgusting, that Torontoist honestly feels that the studio executives and everyone else involved in the project should be taken out into the street and beaten about the legs with steel cables so they can never dance again.
Or walk.
Of course, not that Torontoist recommends much better for those responsible for some of the other tripe released this week, such as Phat Girlz or Uwe Boll’s Teutonic travesty Bloodrayne.
2006_04_07_scholl.jpgSpeaking of horrific torture carried out against (and by) Germans brings us neatly to Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (a segue worthy of George Strombo, if Torontoist doesn’t say so itself) the story of the end of the last real anti-Nazi group in wartime Germany, which by that point amounted to students leafleting. NOW’s John Harkness takes issue with the film’s ‘revisionism’ in a review of the film that possibly infers that John should be kept away from films that involve Nazis, but it still gets three Ns.
Noir gets a look in this week with the release of both Brick and Lucky Number Slevin, with Brick the stronger title according to reviews, well, everywhere. ’Brick’s got some moxie’ Eye’s Jason Anderson quips.
Cinematheque Ontario continues this week, beginning its retrospective of the Dardennes’ fiction work (after showing their docs last week) including Palm D’Or winner L’Enfant, screening tonight (Jackman Hall, AGO, 317 Dundas W.), Cinéfranco continues throughout the weekend (Royal Cinema, 608 College), as does the Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival (listings here, Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor), and then the Images Festival begins on Thursday. Phew!