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TIFF 2014 Day 5

Cake

A woman in a chronic pain support group is haunted by a woman from the same group who had committed suicide.  I`ve always been a fan of Jennifer Aniston, but I`ve always been disappointed with her choices of film, since romcoms are my least favourite genre.  So I was glad that she chose something a little more serious this time around.  This film is not so much about the daily struggles of a woman with chronic pain, as coping and hanging on and finding reasons to live when your life is in tatters.  And accepting the new reality of one`s life.  This is a heavy drama with lots of nuance.  A bit slow in parts, but Aniston carries it through.  These kinds of films can be extremely difficult to find a good ending, but I think the right one was made.

Once you read the synopsis of this film and see production stills where Aniston has been uglified, you know that she is hungry for the Big O.  And by that I mean Oscar, what did you think I meant?  Make no bones about it, this role is Oscar bait, and she is well worthy of it.  Outstanding performances by all actors, especially Aniston and Adriana Barraza.  I thought Anna Kendrick was under utilized though.  8/10

WARNING: if you Google for a trailer for Cake, you will get something, but it is for the wrong movie.

Director Daniel Barnz

Director Daniel Barnz

Sam Worthington and Jennifer Aniston

Sam Worthington and Jennifer Aniston

Adriana Barraza and Anna Kendrick

Adriana Barraza and Anna Kendrick

 

Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh, Ich Seh)

Creepy twin boys are convinced their mother has been taken and replaced by someone else.  Creepy mother isolates herself in darkness and punishes one twin but not the other.  Which is the bad guy, is it the mother, one boy, or both boys?  The camera shot which introduces the mother is brilliant and one of the best character introductions I’ve seen.  The first half of the film is really slow, but really picks up in the second half.  If you like creepy films, this one is for you.  Not for the squeamish.  Apparently the boy actors are not old enough to see the film and even they don’t know the ending.  7/10.

Co-directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

Co-directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

 

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films

This documentary is more about Golan and Globus, the two men who ran Cannon Films with a business model based on quantity rather than quality.  Unscrupulous yet creative, they pioneered new strategies for film financing and also action movie archetypes that we commonly see in film today (albeit they did it badly).  At their peak, they were making more than 50 films a year, and production could start within a few weeks after concept.  In fact, when Golan and Globus found out that a documentary was being made about them, they rushed their own documentary to print and beat this one out to market by 3 months (The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films).  This film interviews many people involved except Golan and Globus, and the Cannon film only interviews Golan and Globus.  This documentary is decent, but it seems like there are many docs out there about the history of exploitation films, do we really need another?  7/10

 

Director Mark Hartley

Director Mark Hartley

Executive producer Brett Ratner

Executive producer Brett Ratner

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