“What’s going on this week in cinema, Torontoist?” you might be asking, as you normally would when faced with another Film Friday column. “Well,” we’ll respond, “If you want to know what is hot, you only have to look at a couple of earlier posts this week.”
We refer of course to our posts The Picture of Dorian’s Gay (a great title for a post, if we don’t say so ourselves) and DIY, Lo-Fi, Sci-Fi, which discuss the Inside Out Film Festival and Jim Munroe’s feature, Infest Wisely, respectively. They are “what is hot.”
“But!” you might cry, “I care little for movies by, for, or about, witty confirmed bachelors, or about super low-budget experimental flicks. What can sate my hunger for the next big summer thing?”
That’d be Shrek The Third, then.
So what can we say about it? Well, if we’re being honest, we’ve enjoyed the Shrek films so far. We honestly thought, for example, that Antonio Banderas was hilarious, and we don’t care if you think we’re yet another dumb, popcorn chewing soulless sheep for saying so. NOW’s Deirdre Swain says, “The in-jokes are still sharp and the animation is still stunning,” but warns “the makers are now laying the [moral] lessons on with a trowel, perhaps to atone for all the Shrek-covered junk your kids will buy over the next month.”
Paris Je T’aime is a collection of 20-odd shorts about Paris, featuring an all-star roster of directors and actors, including the Coen Brothers, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, and Juliette Binoche. Eye’s Jason Anderson says, “As is usually the case when filmmakers of widely varied sensibilities are lumped together, the results range greatly in quality. Even so, the charmers outnumber the duds.”
Also out this week: Close To Home, a film about female Israeli soldiers that hopefully gives some much needed balance to viewers who, like us, are most familiar with Alter, the lunatic commando featured in Y: The Last Man, and 2:37, which we hated at TIFF, but which has been better received by other critics.
And once again: Inland Empire is still showing at the Royal. Have you seen it yet? It’s worth it!