We don’t think we’ve ever lead with the same film two weeks in a row, but there’s a first time for everything. Did you get a chance to see Blade Runner: The Final Cut this week? We did. It was amazing. We really can’t think of a film we’d rather lead with (and there’s some good stuff this week). If you didn’t get a chance to see it, consider yourself massively lucky, because it’s still on at the Regent. Basically, you have to see it. It’s a cinema experience that you’ll regret missing for the rest of your life, probably.
It’s an interesting film as well, because this week’s heavily advertised “cinema experience” is Beowulf, a weird-looking sort of CGI film with real actors’ freaky uncanny valley faces mapped onto freaky uncanny valley bodies for an extreme IMAX 3-D experience. Although we haven’t seen Beowulf outside of the (extensive) trailers, watching Blade Runner made us realize that Beowulf looks terrible! Apparently, model work from 25 years ago is still better than current CGI. Yes, they touched up the model work in the final cut with CGI, but clearly that’s what CGI should be used for, then. Because there’s something about model work that’s still missing from CGI.
And yes—we’re well aware that this argument has been floating around since the Star Wars prequels. But, oh man! We didn’t realize how extensive a folly CGI was until we watched Blade Runner.
Also opening this week are some home-grown productions: Citizen Duane, which we noted had “one fantastic, creative and humourous scene,” but that “there’s only the one, though”; and Breakfast With Scot, which Johnnie Walker called “a family movie that’s genuinely funny and endearing.”
This weekend in festivals, there’s the Brazilian Film Festival, and the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival and Reel Asian Film Festival (covered here) conclude. Our Cinematheque Ontario pick is La Chinoise.
Also opening: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, which actually has a lamer name than a throwaway Simpsons’ joke (Troy McClure’s The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel), but was filmed in Toronto; Terror’s Advocate, Love in the Time of Cholera and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. According to NOW’s Cameron Bailey, Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead opens with “Marisa Tomei bent over on all fours while Philip Seymour Hoffman administers his grunting, bulky self to her from behind.” We never, ever want to see that film. Ever.
And one film we should have given much more of a mention to: Brian De Palma’s Redacted. Eye’s Adam Nayman gives it better coverage than we ever could.
If there’s one film you should go and see this week that isn’t Blade Runner, though, it’s the screening of Eraserhead on Tuesday night at the Fox (2236 Queen East). It’s been a while since it’s been shown in theaters here, and like Blade Runner, it’s one hell of a cinema experience.