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Film

TIFF 2012 Day 3

A couple of waiting-in-line photos. First, a Jesus parade. Next, the Toronto Batman (his parents are dead)

Toronto Batman

The Brass Teapot

Amusing and charming story of a couple who find themselves in possession of a magic teapot that dispenses cash when they experience pain. The more pain, the greater the payout. Antics ensue. When the teapot’s bounty begins to diminish, they find that they have to ratchet up to ever greater levels of self destruction to maintain their new and opulent lifestyle (an obvious comment on the mortgage crisis and rampant consumerism). Great premise, good first effort by director Ramaa Mosley, and likable main characters; I enjoy watching Juno Temple in everything she’s in. However, I felt the film as a whole was too upbeat; they went to a dark place but it could have been so much darker. The ending was also too clear cut, and should have finished on a more ambiguous note. 7.5/10

Director Ramaa Mosley

Steve Park

Claudia Mason

Lucy Walters

The Last Supper

The first emperor of the Han Dynasty has risen to power through betrayal of his allies, and as an old man finds himself increasingly paranoid of his inner circle. The story itself was not bad, but the execution was just awful. The story was non-linear, and jumped around very confusingly; there were 2 major time lines, and not even each time line was strictly linear either. The camera tended to linger on beautiful images rather than tell the story, meanwhile the plot was carried through an occasional important line of dialog. This is a movie, not a radio play; exposition is supposed to happen through the camera. Also there was way way way too much camera time devoted to showing servants prostrating themselves, easily more than half the movie had a bowing servant in it. The cinematography was kinda nice though. 3/10

Director Chuan Lu

Ye Liu

No One Lives

A couple traveling across the country find themselves carjacked. Horribly gruesome and violent deaths ensue. The title might give you a hint on how it ends. This distinguishes itself from other slasher flicks by making the psychopath the hero of the story, but this is unlike other films like Bride of Chucky (which was from the psychopath’s point of view, but he’s still the bad guy), or Pitch Black (where everyone thinks he a psychopath, but he really isn’t). There are also one or two things in here that you have never seen before that will really gross you out. ‘Nuff said. Shot on super 16mm so it looks like crap, but as it turns out it doesn’t matter because the style works with the film. If you like slasher flicks, this is a fun one to see. 8/10

Director Ryuhei Kitamura

George Murdoch (aka Brodus Clay) and America Olivo

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