CP24 is a television channel in Toronto that is like a parody of Headline News, and you cannot escape it.
I see it in elevators, subway stations, bars, restaurants, shops…
I feel like I'm in a satirical science fiction dystopia.
Youth in Revolt
dir: Miguel Arteta (Chuck and Buck)
Now a slight romantic comedy! It's more entertaining, however, than…
The Invention of Lying
dir: Ricky Gervais (The Office)
Ricky Gervais makes a Frank Capra film. Too much Capra, not enough Gervais.
Tina Fey calls Gervais a "fat faggot."
Life During Wartime
dir: Todd Solondz (Happiness)
Life During Wartime is a sequel to Happiness with different actors.
In it, Happiness characters converge with Welcome to the Dollhouse characters, who also appear in Palindromes.
Is Solondz our Faulkner?
I hope Mark Wiener appears in every future Solondz film.
Also: Alison Janney topless.
Lebanon, which won the Golden Lion (best in show) at the Venice Film Festival, is Generation Kill inside a tank an autobiographical, Israeli Generation Kill, highlighted by a ferocious denouement.
dir: Jacques Audiard (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)
French prisons are posh, and they let you out for unsupervised leave days!
dir: Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson)
dir: Johnnie To (Election)
Winding Refn and To's films receive a lot of coverage, but I've yet to see a good one by either director.
Castaway on the Moon
I've heard a few TIFF attendees bemoan the lack of a Slumdog Millionaire this year.
Well, Castaway on the Moon is this year's Slumdog Millionaire, a quirky love story between an insecure shut-in and a despondent man who's stranded on an island in the middle of Seoul.
When it ended, I wanted to hug it.