All the short films I saw at the festival are enjoyable, except La Métropolitaine. It takes place in streetcars, subway stations, and subway trains around the world and it's mostly shot in timelapse photography. It's about two characters in love, but who haven't seen each other for a long time. I liked looking at it, but the voice-over narration is pretentious. I felt like making fun of how dry and serious it is. The white subtitles are also occasionally a problem to read. If the narration was reduced, I probably would've liked the film more. It's so-so as it is.
The Adder's Bite is my favourite out of all of them. Unfortunately, the director didn't attend the Q&A because he was sick. It would've been the chance for me to hear him explain it. All I know is it's inspired by ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche, but since I'm only loosely familiar with him, I don't know how his ideas are at work for this film. I kind of like it being left mysterious, though.
The High Level Bridge is a documentary on a bridge in Edmonton that's notorious for suicides. The director gives a darkly funny voice-over narration and the cinematography is interesting. It ends perfectly with the director dropping his camera over the ledge.
I can't be arsed to write about the other short films.
At 9/11/10 05:29 PM, Makeshift wrote:
At 9/10/10 12:45 AM, EclecticEnnui wrote:
I'll also be seeing Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds. Its premise and rave reviews attracted me to it.I've been wanting to see Buried since I heard about it a few months back. Please let me know how it is.
This is a very different film, let alone thriller, since Reynolds almost literally gives a solo performance as Paul, a US contractor in Iraq, who's buried alive in a coffin. The only other characters are ones he talks to on a cell phone he has and a few that briefly appear on a video he watches. The film's very good. Everyone involved makes the situation really believable and claustrophobic. Paul is definitely likable and the film has some humour when he's on the cell phone, which I chuckled at. The character development is touching, but it's kind of predicable. There are just a few other minor flaws I won't get into. The film is suspenseful when it wants to be and pretty devastating. It has to be seen to be believed.
At 9/15/10 12:48 PM, TheMaster wrote:
"Reports say three cinemagoers fainted and one had a seizure at Toronto festival debut of the Trainspotting director's gory new film."
Danny Boyle films are usually good, but they're not usually seizure-causing good!
"He has given us images of dead babies crawling across ceilings, small Indian children plunging into steaming pools of excrement and a trio of Edinburgh flatmates hacking apart a dead body." Why does the article have plural words for the first two when it's one of each? Anyway, I wasn't expecting that response for his new film. I'll have to eventually see it.