Tut tut tut. We’re all very disappointed in you, John Krasinski, for your decision to star in License to Wed. Sure, you’ve been working so hard to build up your hipster cred—interviewing the Shins, playing on stage with Ben Gibbard, but I’m afraid we might have to revoke your hipster privileges.
The Sun’s Kevin Williamson claims of the film, “you can at least approximate the experience of sitting through this alleged romantic comedy at home by giving yourself a Brazilian body wax with a candle and some needle-nosed pliers. Be sure, though, to rip out every last stray pube.”
A better bet for any viewers this week is Rescue Dawn. At TIFF 2006 we said, “Werner Herzog is a filmmaker almost beyond classification, but it initially feels rather a shock to see this, a Hollywoodization of his earlier documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly. So harrowing (and then so feel-good) that it’s almost impossible to believe, you still get wrapped up in a note perfect narrative and astounding performances. On the basis of what Christian Bale goes through, that dude has to be some sort of masochist or something.”
Our pick of the week is Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, however. We love this film to bits. So much that we’ve seen it twice already and might see it a third time when it plays at the Bloor, July 10, at 7 and 9 p.m. At TIFF 2006 we said, “An entire game of football played in real time with seventeen cameras all aimed on Zidane, this sounds awful but it absolutely is, as the subtitle claims, a 21st-century portrait of one of the greatest footballers of all time. With only occasional textual excerpts from an interview and a soundtrack from Scottish outfit Mogwai really breaking up the action, this is a work likely to divide the audience. You can either grasp the film’s observations of Zidane as a individual working within the framework of his team and the narrative of a football game, or you can just see a succession of images. Even as that it’s beautiful; the close-up on Zidane’s wide smile when chatting with Roberto Carlos during the second half is one of the greatest moments.”
The Bloor’s line-up is very strong this week, including The Fight ‘N Fright Festival presenting Rumble In The Bronx and Evil Dead tonight, The Best of the Toronto Italian Film Festival across the week, and Grindhouse finally being shown in a cinema which should give the intended experience. We can go and see it now! (And probably be bored and annoyed with it still.)
We’ve been at remiss to not mention Yonge/Dundas Square’s outdoor screenings, too. This week on the 10th they’re showing Sleeper at 9:20 p.m. It’s probably Woody Allen’s best film (yes, really) and, you know, free.
Also out this week are Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Bride of Silence, Romanzo Criminale, Boy Culture and You Kill Me. But to be honest, not one interests us in the least.
Well, You Kill Me has got excellent reviews, so we should at least mention it—NOW’s John Harkness calls it “a sly, smart comedy with a gift for delayed reaction gags and sidelong humour.” Straight after saying, “the great danger in reviewing You Kill Me is the temptation to oversell it.” So, um, don’t listen to him?