So, this week’s most noteworthy film featuring a horrible zombie is obviously Fido, considering it’s Canadian and stuff, but we’ve talked about it more than enough, so in this week’s column we’ll make do with the next best thing—the horrible freaky visage of Cillian Murphy!
Well, we think he’s scary looking, anyway. To think he was in 28 Days Later…playing a human!
The Wind that Shakes the Barley, which stars the aforementioned Murphy, has done the rounds a bit in Toronto already, playing at TIFF for example, so we’ll just leave you with a more or less randomly selected quote from Geoff Pevere’s review at the Star: “A movie that struggles to understand the reasons why people will take up arms in the name of freedom. And what becomes of their souls for doing so.”
Really we just wanted an excuse to be rude about Cillian Murphy, because we sat through Red Eye and someone has to pay.
All the other “big” films out this week are rubbish, though. Premonition? Dead Silence? I Think I Love My Wife?? Whomever wrote the review of I Think I Love My Wife for Eye, however, gets our “best quote of the week award,” for “the film…is as tedious as watching a guy almost eat a sandwich for 94 minutes: he picks it up, flashes his teeth, puts it down and repeats indefinitely.”
There’s The White Masai, we suppose, but it hasn’t really got a very good response. “A compelling true story rings false”, says Eye’s Adam Nayman.
Les Nomades French Short Film Festival is running at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West) until tomorrow and is given some high praise by NOW’s Glenn Sumi, but also running tomorrow is the (quite specific!) Toronto Singapore Film Festival, which includes hitman flick The High Cost Of Living at 7:10 p.m. (there’s a trailer) and S11, which looks pretty good, actually (check the trailer) at 1 p.m. Screenings are at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex).
Shouldn’t forget Cinematheque—they’re showing Godard’s Two or Three Things I Know About Her tonight and tomorrow night at Jackman Hall, the AGO (317 Dundas West).
And the ROM is starting a free screening series next Thursday: Crisis Zones: World Cinema Now. Video in Iraq is the first feature to be shown. That’s on the 22nd at 7 p.m. (the Royal Ontario Museum theatre is at 100 Queen’s Park).
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the line-up for lovable kid’s film festival Sprockets has been announced, including a Degrassi tribute! Yes! Really!