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TIFF 2015 days 10 & 11

Equals

Dystopian future where emotions are genetically removed from people after conception. I like this movie more when it was call “Equilibrium”. Actually this film is more like Equilibrium meets Gattaca: A Love Story. There are a lot of good elements to this film: the story, the acting, the passion. However the deliberateness of the pacing made it like watching a waterfall in slow motion. Beautiful wonder of nature that it may be, do you really want to watch it for 110 minutes? And why is it called Equals? Is lack of emotion somehow socialistic? I still prefer both Equilibrium (which had a legitimate reason to be called that) and Gattaca more. 7/10.

Whispering Star

I won’t pretend that I understood this film. My take is that it is about the banality of housework on an interstellar space ship in the long years in between package deliveries. All of the dialog is whispered.  In the first 40 minutes of the film, only two things happen: housework and making tea. After that, the main character adds to her repertoire: waiting for packages to be picked up, and buying a pack of cigarettes. You would think that if the delivery service is bringing the package across many light years, they would have door to door service.  But they don’t and recipients still have to pick them up.  And why does a robot need cigarettes?  This film is like watching paint dry. The only thing interesting about it was where it was filmed, which was in the Fukushima radiation exclusion zone. Watch this film if you need a cure for insomnia. 1/10.

The Final Girls

A group of young adults find themselves trapped in a 1980’s slasher film, and use their knowledge of the story to try to survive to the end credits. What an original breath of fresh air to an otherwise tired genre. It was funny, poignant, fun, and ultimately self-referential. This was the best slasher film that I’ve seen since Scream, perhaps even better. Great cast and great fun. 9/10

Room

Heart wrenching drama of a woman kept in captivity and her son who has never seen the world outside the room.  Tremendous performance by young Jacob Tremblay and obvious Oscar bait.  A little disconcerting to hear the characters describe themselves as American, yet seeing distinctive Toronto landmarks.  9/10

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