TIFF Reviews: Bunny + Bull, Collapse, Mother, Soul Kitchen, The Road

The Toronto International Film Festival wraps up today. Here's what we've seen since our last set of reviews.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The Road
Watching this is everything I imagined post-apocalyptic North America to be. Based on Cormac McCarthy's novel of the same name, The Road is haunting and chilling, partly because of Viggo Mortensen and Australian child star Kodi Smit-McPhee, who translate the story well, but mostly because visually, it's just damn epic. Forget DVDs or Internet streaming -- check this one out in a proper theatre for full effect. (Connie)

Bunny + the Bull
One of my absolute favourites this year. Like his work on cult BBC show The Mighty Boosh, director Paul King provided enough eye candy here to keep me buzzing for the next few weeks. In fact, just imagine the creative freedom of a 6-year-old tripping out on acid, and presto! Bunny and the Bull. The story and timelines follow a similar treatment, with recluse Stephen Turnbull and his friend Bunny taking a surreal road trip through Europe and Stephen's own apartment. Fun, whimsical, and jaw-droppingly creative. (Connie)

RECOMMENDED

Mother
Bong Joon-ho, the man behind The Host (i.e., the best monster movie ever), abandons the CGI for this subtle murder mystery. Set in small town South Korea, a not-so-bright young man is about to take the rap for killing a pretty girl. Bong Joon-ho brings a new monster to the big screen in Mother, revealed when the boy`s mother takes on her own investigation to get her son off the hook. (Chandra)

Collapse
Fans of American Movie (director Chris Smith's acclaimed '99 doc) will have to switch gears a little bit; this one's strictly a talking head piece on one single guy: political journalist and radical thinker Michael Ruppert. Though he's a doc maker's dream -- articulate and opinionated -- don't go into this hoping for grand new revelations on political and environmental matters. The content is something we've heard over and over again (peak oil, government conspiracies, etc.), but it's a great record of a man who's fought against popular opinion for a long time and is, sadly, suffering for it. (Connie)

Soul Kitchen
Nothing ground-breaking in this one, but I had a fun time watching it. Seamless dramatic comedy about a guy bouncing between his restaurant and relationship troubles/successes. Put this in the feel-good-about-life pile. (Connie)


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