The Great Escape – ★★★★★

Argo is Ben Affleck’s third directorial effort after the under-appreciated Gone Baby Gone and the Boston crime drama The Town. Both those films had their problems but it was clear to all that Affleck really had a knack for this directing game and should be placed on a nice fat retainer by Warner Brothers to reward his solid “American” movies.

The plot for Argo is downright daft and every reviewer under the sun has mentioned how we’d be ripping it apart for plausibility if it weren’t based on true events from 1979. They are all correct.

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TIFF Day 1 – Jason Reitman’s live script reading of “American Beauty”

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8 actors and a plastic bag – ★★★★★

While most of the attention of the watching media was focused on the opening gala screening of Looper at Roy Thomson Hall, those of us present in Ryerson University’s theatre were treated to a much more unique evening’s entertainment.

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TIFF 2012 – A look ahead

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| o | – It’s TIFF 2012 time!


I finished up at my job at the tail end of July and we all (@dunnez, @oheag2 and previously @parallellevision) moved out of our lovely old house on Toronto’s Davenport Road. Since then I have spent time faffing about with my family, camping in Canada’s wondrous Algonquin Park and travelling around the eastern side of the US. Usually you do all those things and then go back to your homeland, but since Christmas when I formulated this plan I knew I had to base my exit strategy from Toronto around one thing – TIFF.

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Total Recall

I’d rather forget – ★★

The summer silly season draws to an close with a re-imaging (roll eyes or insert air quotes) of the 90s Verhoeven cult classic Total Recall. At the helm this time is Die Hard 4.0 director Len Wiseman who delivers a good-looking, if ultimately unnecessary, film.

Colin Farrell steps into Arnie’s muscle suit for the role of Hauser with Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel talking over from Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin. Through his exhaustive press junkets Farell has said that he initially didn’t want to do the film and only agreed after seeing the script and believing they could deliver something different, with more heart and soul as opposed to Verhoeven’s blood, bombs and boobs style. What they’ve managed to do is give us a shiny new world with better special effects, newer gadgets and an altered story. It has all the failings of the first one though, which seem bigger here as you feel with the original, Verhoeven knew exactly what he was doing and didn’t give a damn what anyone thought.

Hauser keeps having a recurring dream where he appears to be on the run from the robotic fuzz and in cahoots with a women he doesn’t know (Jessica Biel). Unsure what the dream means he heads off to “Rekall”, a place where all your dreams can come true. It doesn’t go to plan and Hauser uncovers that he’s a secret agent whose memory was wiped. The film then becomes a race to try and uncover the truth before he’s captured again and loses his true identity forever. Oh yeah and most of Earth has been destroyed with England and Australia (boo) being the only two places left to go (I think I’d take my chances in the nuclear wasteland), which they travel between by going through the earth’s core in a spaceship type thingy. Cool right? Eh not so much.

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There’s something inside you… It’s hard to explain… - seriously

Animators Tom Haugomat & Bruno Mangyoku have put together this awesome little tribute to Nicolas Winding Refn’s little film about a man who drives a car, Drive. Read More

How has no one ever noticed this?

Fassbender = Cranston?!

So here’s a random one…

Two current “men of the moment” Bryan Cranston and Michael Fassbender.

Now maybe it’s just me but I think Seinfeld’s Dr. Tim Whatley looks a wee bit like the winner of the Venice film festival’s “Best Actor” award…

Anyone else?! OK then…


Scorpion beats frog every time - ★★★★★

Buckle up it’s going to be a bloody ride.

Our latest incarnation of the man with no name is Ryan Gosling who is a straight talking no nonsense driver. A stunt driver for the movies, a getaway driver for the right price and a stock car driver for his boss. The boss in question is Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Seinfeld) and it is he who sets our film in motion by introducing Ryan to the quietly menacing character of Albert Brooks. Al will gladly front the money for a stock car but when Ryan does a job for his love interest’s (Carey Mulligan) husband and inadvertently ends up with Als partner’s money things get messy. The partner in question is no other than Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman. He’s ditched the makeup and cigar and now runs a pizza joint with extra intimidation on top. Read More