Och, Eye Weekly got us all excited for no reason this week. We popped on their website to see what they’d reviewed (as we normally do, of course) and found as the lead story The Wrestler. “What?” we thought. “That’s coming out already?” We’d missed it at TIFF—thanks to an insanely oversubscribed press screening the day after it won the Glazed McGuffin at Venice (or whatever)—and were excited! Of course, it’s not actually out until December 26. Gnngh.
But then Eye Weekly made up for it by linking to the fight scene from They Live in the middle of their article, so you win some and you lose some. It is the best fight scene ever, isn’t it?
Anyway, word is that they’re going to remake that—blasphemy—and a similar wrong decision led to this week’s biggest release, The Day the Earth Stood Still. Trailers for this were so vague as to be utterly meaningless (and frustrating, if you like the original film)—all sorts of explosions and then Keanu Reeves’s stupid wooden face—but apparently it’s alright, with for example NOW‘s Barrett Hooper calling it “good sci-fi fun.”
And as we mentioned in Urban Planner, a collection of shorts by local Toronto filmmakers, Toronto Stories, opens at The Royal tonight. It’s received mixed reviews, with the Globe and Mail‘s Liam Lacey giving it a kicking. He calls it “too tentative and idiosyncratic to begin to represent one of the world’s most vital, diverse cities.”
Also out this week: Doubt, Nothing Like The Holidays, The Reader, Canvas and Delgo.
There isn’t a lot going on otherwise in rep cinema this week—though the Bloor is showing Ashes of Time Redux, if that takes your fancy. And if you have the time, Cinematheque Ontario is screening Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s fourteen-part TV series Berlin Alexanderplatz starting tonight at 7 p.m., continuing with screenings on Saturday and Sunday.