3 REASONS TO GET EXCITED FOR HIFF (SO FAR)
Obivously I’m excited about all the movies at HIFF, but of the 10 films we’ve revealed so far, here’s the three that I’m most looking forward to. Whether it’s pyrokinetic SFX pumped or something more nuanced, the job of a good trailer is to get you excited, so these are the different degrees of excitement I feel watching these three below. Find me on opening day, be a champ and sit next to me during ’em to help me keep my cool, pleasethankyou?
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (UK)
This looks…interesting. But i-n-t-e-n-s-e-l-y interesting. And demanding (I read it was the most “challenging” piece for audiences at TIFF this year). Based on the novel by Lionel Shriver about a fictional high school massacre (fans of Van Sant’s ELEPHANT, take heed), the trailer gets me most excited about the lead performances. John C. Reilly is a renaissance dude who looks pitch perfect in his role, but two words for you: Tilda Swinton. Like, is she even from this planet? She’s incredible.
More excitement after the “Read More” click…
SKATEISTAN: FOUR WHEELS AND A BOARD IN KABUL (AFGHANISTAN)
On a scale of 1 to 10, my excitement is somewhere between Tony Hawk’s Underground and X-Games. This documentary reminds of HEAVY METAL IN BAGHDAD, another film that reminds of how much we take our hobbies for granted — the privilege of them in context. If nothing, it reminds us also of their universality, what draws people to heavy metal/skateboarding/etc. as kids in the first place. To feel free. And that’s X-Citing!
RED DOG (AUSTRALIA)
Now from, documentary to dogumentary which makes me feel this degree of…
I don’t know if I’m just chanelling the daze when all a Hollywood producer had to do to get someone my age to watch a movie was put a pup in it, but let me just say: Soooo cuuuuuuuuute! It’s also “based on a legendary true story” apparently, so be sure to bring the Kleenex. I feel another Hatchi coming on…