TIFF 2009: Short Titans
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TIFF 2009: Short Titans

Green Porno: Bon Appétit

Today’s Picks
2:15 p.m. – Cleanflix (AMC 2)
2:30 p.m. – I Am Not Your Friend (AMC 6)
4:15 p.m. – The Wild Hunt (Varsity 3) – 3/5
5:15 p.m. – Sawasdee Bangkok (AMC 2)
6:30 p.m. – The Men Who Stare At Goats (Roy Thompson Hall)
6:30 p.m. – Wavelengths: Titans (Jackman Hall) – Review
8:30 p.m. – Green Porno: Bon Appétit (AMC 2)
9 p.m. – Fish Tank (Scotiabank 2)
9:30 p.m. – Short Cuts Canada Programme 1 (Isabel Bader) – Review
11:59 p.m. – Daybreakers (Ryerson)
After the jump, reviews of Wavelengths: Titans and Short Cuts Canada Programme 1.

Today’s Reviews

Hotel Roccalba

Wavelengths 1: Titans
Two Projects by Frederick Kiesler (Heinz Emigholz) – Absolutely literal, this film presents two works by Viennese architect Frederick Keisler. Hard to judge without context, but it feels like we spend too long looking at the first (a sculpture) and not long enough looking at the second (a shrine). 2/5
Hotel Roccalba (Josef Dabernig) – Various scenes of mundane domestic life play out scored by a bombastic orchestral soundtrack and frantic football commentary that give the whole thing an epic feel. Beautifully shot. 4/5
Puccini Conservato (Michael Snow) – Puccini’s La Bohème plays while a camera stares at the stereo system that plays it, in much the way you would if you had nothing else to look at. Fairly amusing, as far as visual jokes go (though there’s just slightly more to it than just that). 3/5

Also playing as part of Wavelengths: Titans
: 010101 and Waterfront Follies. Wavelengths: Titans plays tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Jackman Hall.

20090911tiff02.jpg La Chute / Tungijuq

Short Cuts Canada Programme 1
La Chute (Ivan Grbovic) – Despite some forced exposition and an abrupt end, this is a well-shot and acted short about an lonely elementary school teacher whose sadness makes her too quick to jump to conclusions about a student in her class. A small story, but well told. 3.5/5
My Toxic Baby (Min Sook Lee) – Min Sook Lee’s My Toxic Baby is a confusing hodgepodge. Half about using “elimination communication” and half about the filmmaker’s personal struggles and worries about the toxic nature of the world her baby interacts with, the film unfortunately descends at points into the very worst kind of scaremongering. While a mother’s need to protect her child is to be admired, using the documentary format to state that vaccines might be bad so you won’t be vaccinating your children when recommended to—but to not investigate such claims and the science behind them—seems a hugely wasted opportunity and leaves the viewer as potentially uninformed as when they walked in. 1/5
Tungijuq (Felix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphael) – A take on the circle of life as seen by way of the Inuit seal hunt, Tungijuq is too stylized for its own good, making it feel like an over-the-top Cirque du Soleil set piece rather than anything meaningful. 1.5/5
The Spine (Chris Landreth) – Chris Landreth’s follow-up to the Academy Award–winning Ryan (and very much in its style) The Spine is full of the kind of animation and character designs that absolutely horrify us, so to be honest we were just so creeped out we could barely watch it. *shudder* 2/5
Swimming Lesson (Caitriona Cantillion) – Oddly amateur, Swimming Lesson attempts to tell the story of a family of women as they bicker about their relationship within ten minutes, but there’s so much plot squeezed in, it just feels like a pool full of people yelling a script at each other (which, we guess, it is). 2/5
Short Cuts Canada Programme 1 plays tonight at 9:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader and on September 12 at 1 p.m. at Jackman Hall.