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Precogni-TIFF, or The Festival in My Head


    I’m planning on attending the Toronto International Film Festival from September 5-14, and hopefully, I’ll be updating my web site remotely with capsules and goings-on throughout the festival. Just in case that all doesn’t work out due to failures of hardware, software, or my brain, I figured I’d use my psychic abilities to predict my reaction to the films that I’m planning to see. Assuming everything goes right, I'll be posting my actual reactions daily... stay tuned...

Friday, September 6


Morvern Callar – Lynne Ramsey’s Ratcatcher was a stylish but melancholy dredge through the muck, but this one takes her worldview, lightens it up and expands it a good deal, in no small part thanks to a fantastic turn from the always-on Samantha Morton and some great desert scenery. In some ways, it’s sort of the film that Millennium Mambo might have been had any talented director but Hou made it.   


Personal Velocity – This won the top dramatic prize this year at Sundance, but it’s not really that ambitious or rewarding, which sort of suggests there wasn’t a helluva lot else to pick from. Sure the performances, especially Parker Posey’s sophisticate, are good, but there’s not any reason why these three tales need to be told separately. As an ensemble piece a la Altman’s Short Cuts it could have had some real power, but as an anthology, it feels too start & stop to gain much. I could do without the voiceovers too…   


Spun – Midnight Madness, indeed! Jonas Akerlund’s music video roots (e.g. Madonna’s Ray of Light) are put to great use here, creating what’s basically an all-star (Jason Schwartzman, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari, Patrick Fugit, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke, & Deborah Harry) meth-fueled nightmare. Alternatively hyper-kinetic and hyper-filthy Akerlund flips the bird to the digital revolution by showing that grainy 16mm film can be a great aesthetic all its own. My only regret is that I wasn’t on something myself while I was watching.



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