Film Friday: This...Is...STARTER! (For 10)
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Film Friday: This…Is…STARTER! (For 10)

THIS... IS... SPARTA!!!
Torontoist officially can’t wait for the first home renovation programme to have its interior designer kick open a door to an empty room and scream “This…Is…SPARTAN!” referencing this week’s biggest release, 300. On the topic of 300, we link you to the best review ever featured on the otherwise not-particularly-good Ain’t It Cool News. Neill Cumpston enthuses, “If you watch this movie and go into a Taco Bell, and say to the cashier, ‘I need some extra sauce packets’ guess what? You’re getting twenty sauce packets because your face will punch him in the brain.”
Says it all, really. (Thanks to Justin for the link.)
Anyway, now we’ve used up our one good joke of the week (the “Spartan” thing up there) it obviously makes sense to mention the World of Comedy Film Festival. Almost completely composed of shorts, it starts tonight with A Feast of Comedy Shorts, which includes, excellently, an Aardman Animation, at 7 p.m. The solo feature is I Will Avenge You, Iago, tomorrow at the same time. All screenings are at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex.
If comical shorts don’t suit you, then perhaps the special screening of this year’s Oscar-nominated documentary shorts at the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor West) on Saturday afternoon, 12:15 p.m. might. The screening includes winner The Blood of Yingzhou District. If you’re more interested in a feature-length doc, the Royal (608 College) starts A Crude Awakening: Oilcrash tonight at 7 p.m. They follow it with Fabián Bielinsky’s drama El Aura at 9 p.m.
The NFB is continuing to show screenings for International Women’s Week, too. Check out the website for details.
If nothing suits, there is, of course, always Cinematheque Ontario, continuing their excellent season of Russian sci-fi, including, of course, Solaris on Monday at 6:30 p.m. screening, as ever, at Jackman Hall (317 Dundas West)
On general release, well, other than 300, of course, there’s Starter for 10, which we recommend you avoid having seen it at TIFF 2006. “Chock-full of every possible student cliché, and has a rather forced plot,” we said. The Namesake, directed by Monsoon Wedding’s Mira Nair and starring Kal Penn, also played at TIFF and we should have gone to see that instead, even though it’s suffered mixed reviews. Eye’s Jason Anderson considers itshapeless, overextended and dull,” but NOW’s Glenn Sumi argues, “you won’t want it to end.
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