Can I just say that last year's ridiculous tourism campaign of Toronto Unlimited is a throw back to the dark ages filled with stuffy bureaucracy and spoon fed messages in comparison. How fantastically simple and yet speaks volumes about our city. - It may also suggest something a tad more coy ... though I think I'm reading too much into it. It's definitely something the city can be proud of.
You know what I suggest? Printing posters for consumer consumption ... I'd buy one.
Laughter erupts from the theatre as MOZARTBALLS made its Toronto premiere as part of HOT DOCS Canadian Spectrum's Opening Night film at the Isabel Bader Theatre. The ever loveable and clever Director Larry Weinstein was far too comfortable on stage as his self-deprecating humour set the tone for the nights festivities.
MOZARTBALLS - the latest in his Composer's-only kick pays tribute to the man also known as Wolfgang.
A South Korean immigrates to Japan and dedicates his life to unifying a Communist Korea. In 1971, he sends his 3 teenaged sons to North Korea to be raised under the ideology of Kim Sung Il and his Marxist state doctrine. His daughter does not agree with his ideology but explores her father's zealousness with care and affection.
I laughed, I cried ... I would buy a t-shirt if they sold it.
The ReelWorld Film Festival opens its doors tonight at the Paramount and runs till this Sunday at the Rainbow Market Theatres. There are a lot of features, documentaries and Industry Series workshops to check out. For more information, see the official website for events that interest you.
For those of you undecided of what to see, I suggest Saturday's screening of Canadian Feature PAPER MOON AFFAIR with short film BIG GIRL. They're both kinda chick-flick-ish mind you, but sometimes you're in the mood for that sort of thing.
This was the third film my friend and I screened. Both of us were very pleased to know that the third was indeed very charming.
That being said, after watching film after film and not getting that feeling of satisfaction. You know that feeling ... the one where you say, 'Now THAT was a good film. I enjoyed it immensely."
I haven't said that about a movie in awhile ... its enough to make a person jaded - and the drug lose its effect.
Director Georgia Lee splices life from her own home videos to tell the story of 3 girls and their father in RED DOORS.
This was the second of three movies I screened with my friend.
Ed Wong (Tzi Ma) has retired and tries to escape his purposeless life through attempts at suicide. Unfortunately, this cry for help is not seen by his 3 daughters attempting to navigate the world by themselves. The eldest, Samantha (Jacqueline Kim) questions the practical path she chose when an old flame re-enters her life. Quiet, middle sister, Julie's (Elaine Kao) life is set through a whirlwind when she falls for movie star Mia Scarlett (Mia Riverton) and the youngest, Katie (Kathy Shao-Lin Lee) engages herself in a prank war with a longtime neighbour that dangerously escalates.
What starts off as a pretty slick looking film by the US director, it quickly becomes too many things to too many people which I can see why it was picked up by CBS for a primetime tv series pilot.
But does it make a decent film?