I saw 4 films yesterday…among them was one big, special effects movie. I rarely go for the huge, Hollywood titles while in Toronto, but I decided that because Alfonso Cuaron directed GRAVITY, I’d give it a go…but let’s start at the beginning of the day.
First off, I saw MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – a Swiss film (in English and French) based on the book MARY STUART. Though I certainly appreciated elements of this film, there were also numerous elements that made me cringe. The score was often overbearing, and a few devices (the narration at the beginning and end, the over-use of puppets) fell flat. The costumes and sets were marvelous, but overall, it didn’t work for me.
WE ARE THE BEST! is the new film by Lukas Moodysson. Set in 1982 Stockholm, the movie is about 3 13-year old girls who start a punk band. It’s a sweet portrait of rebellion and bonding, and the performances and situations are really wonderful. That said, it’s not a film I’d revisit…there’s just something missing. It’s good…just not great.
GERONTOPHILIA is a film by Canadian filmmaker Bruce LaBruce. This is a movie about a young man who realizes he is infatuated and turned on by senior-aged men…so he gets a job at a nursing home where he forms a special relationship with one of the residents. Whereas I think this film might have some interesting things to say about age and aging, I felt that the shifts in tone (some of it feels like a farce, other parts seem very serious) made me less interested. Though some parts were genuinely funny…and some parts were genuinely touching…ultimately I’m not a fan. (Below is just a clip from the film…no trailer yet.)
Lastly, I saw GRAVITY in IMAX 3-D. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, I think this is biggest small film ever to come out of Hollywood. Set in space, there are only 3 on-screen characters (and 1 dies almost immediately – so it’s mostly Bullock and Clooney). After an accident (debris from a Russian satellite), an astronaut and a medical engineer are forced to figure out a way to survive . This film is simple and scary. And though there are a couple moments of on-the-nose monologue material (which kinda ruined the moment for me), I ultimately really enjoyed it.
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