Film Friday: Because I Said NO
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Film Friday: Because I Said NO

2007_02_02_holy.jpgTorontoist has never seen an Alejandro Jodorowsky film! Should we be ashamed to admit that? Possibly. We are, however, not ashamed to say we love that crazy guy anyway. Who couldn’t love a guy who killed three hundred rabbits with karate chops for a scene in his most well known work (and occasionally screened by Reg Hartt’s Cineforum) El Topo? Torontoist suspect we’ve lost everyone who likes rabbits. Okay then, how about his plan to film Dune with Salvador Dali as the Emperor? No? Come on! Be honest. Lynch’s version was rubbish.
Anyway! This week we’re going to finally see a Jodorowsky film by heading to the Bloor cinema (506 Bloor W) to see The Holy Mountain, playing nightly until Sunday. Eye’s Jason Anderson called it “a lavish and largely indescribable concoction of satire, surrealism and mysticism.” So we are looking forward to it. Even if it’s probably going to be horrible and make us hate that rabbit murdering lunatic.
Still, no matter how bad it is it can’t be as bad as Because I Said So, which has universally been ripped apart by the critics. As usually we haven’t seen much more than the trailers, but when even the film reviewer for 680 News (We apologize to him, we’ve forgotten his name) is kicking the film to bits you know it’s not a classic. Eye’s Adam Nayman calls it “A women’s film that actively hates women”; the Sun’s Liz Braun commits suicide over it (“We discovered the movie was actually co-written by two women, so … we just put our head in the microwave.”) And everyone, all round, laments what has happened to Diane Keaton.
2007_02_02_train.jpgPartition gets a kicking too, this week, with Now’s Glenn Sumi remarkingThere are many different kinds of bad movies, but none as dismal as those that desperately want to be the next Doctor Zhivago or The English Patient.” And the Metro’s Norm Wilner doesn’t hold back with “Partition is a terrible movie, and it’s terrible in that specifically Canadian way; muzzy-headed, well-intentioned, dramatically inert and obviously phoney.”
Ouch, Norm.
So films are just bad, this week, then? Not true! Sur La Trace D’Igor Rizzi continues at the Royal (608 College) and The Italian has got a lot of good buzz; Adam Nayman considers it “the rare weeper that earns the tears.” That’s important, because who hasn’t choked back tears watching some awful tear jerking tripe and later realized you were fooled into it by a really sad score, or something?
The season continues at Cinematheque Ontario with more Shohei Imamura and Canada’s Top Ten, and the film tonight at the CNISSU’s Free Friday film is Trainspotting (7pm at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex.) Which has a classic soundtrack, if you believe in the spirit of ’96.