Darryl’s Hard Liquor and Porn Film Festival (covered by Amanda Buckiewicz earlier this week) is at the Bloor Cinema this Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m, but if you’re a person of milder tastes (soft liquor and corn?) this week’s festivals of interest include the Toronto Latin Film Festival, the Macedonian Film Festival, the DNA Film Festival (it’s a busy week for festivals!), and the ImagiNATIVE Film Festival, which continues to win us over every year with its brilliant poster designs.
This week’s major cinematic releases are similarly varied, but of course, as usual, most of them already made an appearance at this year’s TIFF. American Venus appears to be the most interesting of the selection, with Rebecca De Mornay as a gun-toting all-American mother on a quest to Canada to rescue her daughter from the filthy, drug-addled liberals that inhabit this country. Eye’s Jason Anderson calls it “a bracing satire of Yankee gun love and a portrait of the mother-daughter dynamic at its most toxic.”
Weirdsville portrays a couple of this country’s filthy, drug-addled liberals on a quest to dispose a body (a typical problem for your average Canadian), but is lowly rated by the Star’s Peter Howell: “The macabre nature of the proceedings is at odds with the attempts at buddy-picture humour.”
Elizabeth: The Golden Age gets a similarly poor appraisal from The Globe and Mail’s Liam Lacey. “The new Elizabeth is a shrill and silly affair, bordering at times on camp.” Samantha Morton apparently plays Mary Queen of Scots, though.
We’re going to skip King of California as we epically dislike Evan Rachel Wood and Michael Douglas, and let’s skip Death at a Funeral and Why Did I Get Married? while we’re at it.
But our favourite film coverage of the week is definitely the Sun’s in-depth look at We Own the Night. It literally says “Blah, blah blah, Eva Mendes gets naked!” (Well, Jim Slotek reviews it, too.)