Weirdest news of the week? That Lars Von Trier’s much-talked-about-at-Cannes horror film Antichrist is receiving a video-game adaptation. How utterly bizarre.
Admittedly we’re opening with that bit of news because it’s a bit of a boring week for film otherwise. In fact, while going through the reviews of what’s on, we found ourselves more captivated by the details that weren’t really that related to the film. We’re fascinated to find out, for example, that Norm Wilner of NOW‘s grandfather used to own the (now defunct) Orpheum theatre. He reveals that in his review of Summer Hours, a new drama from Olivier Assayas, which he calls a “melancholy, graceful film.”
Similarly causing some critics to reminisce is Victoria Day, set in North York in the late ’80s, with Jason Anderson at Eye, however, noting that it “may be a rare kind of indie teen film: one that connects with actual teenagers as well as it does with nostalgic geezers.”
We can’t think offhand of any film critics who would be particularly funny waxing nostalgic about Year One, but then word is there’s not very much funny about it at all anyway. If they haven’t managed to kill the film with a blanket marketing campaign that drove us up the wall (endless, repetitive TV trailers that didn’t seem to have any jokes) it’s this week’s most likely success, with Liam Lacey at the Globe and Mail lamenting that “perhaps the best that can be said for Year One is that it aims low and hits the mark.”
Normally we’d expect a traditional rom-com like The Proposal to be even worse (even with a extended cameo from Betty White) but it’s received enough mixed reviews to fare a little better; the Sun‘s Kevin Williamson, for example, admits it’s “little more than a succession of stripped spare parts” but that it’s “got spunk and charm.”
Also out this week, Food, Inc., The Green Chain, The Baby Formula, and Wind Man, while in festivals this weekend the NXNE Film Festival and Worldwide Short Film Festival continue, and next week sees the Documentary Now Film Festival and the ReelHeART International Film Festival.