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TIFF ’08 – Day 6

Posted on September 15th, 2008

The Hurt Locker

Director Kathryn Bigelow with writer Mark Boal and lead actor Jeremy Renner from ‘The Hurt Locker’


Plot: Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Trying to catch up and here so I will try and condense a few posts into one. So yesterday was Day 6, I think, it’s getting hard to keep track of what day it is and where you are going. So much running around and yesterday was so hectic I didn’t even have time to post except for that one posting the morning.

First movie of the day was Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘The Hurt Locker’. It’s about the U.S. military bomb squad while in Iraq. It was very good, even better then I expected. With some intense and exciting action scenes, great direction and a great cast, I have nothing to complain about this one. Shot digitally and financed by her self I hope a studio picks it up and that it does well.

Tale 52

Director Alexis Alexiou of ‘Tale 52’


Plot: “Tale 52” starts with silent pasta preparation, leading up to a dinner party. Although set in 2010, the women wear ridiculously heavy, late 1970s make-up. I guess nobody is safe from retro fads, least of all the people of the future. All of which is beside the point. Iasonas (Yorgos Kakanakis) goes through an ordeal so painful, so profound and so inexplicable you can’t help feeling for him. Not only does he suffer from hellish headaches, a rotting apartment and a cheating girlfriend. At the heart of his misery lies the suspicion that he is his own worst enemy. Either he’s going crazy, or something is seriously wrong with the world around him.

Trailer: http://www.movie-list.com/trailers.php?id=tale52

Second film was ‘Tale 52’, a Greek Lynchian mindfuck of a film kind of about a man going psychotic after the disappearance of his girlfriend. Sort of. It was too slow and long and would improve greatly with some editing, I’d take out a good 10 to 15 minutes. I dosed off for a few minutes during this one. It also boasts possibly the most walk-outs I’ve seen at a TIFF film yet. So, not recommended.

Slumdog Millionaire

Director Danny Boyle of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
(As you can see, we had to sit pretty far away.)


Plot: The story of how impoverished Indian teen Jamal Malik (Patel) became a contestant on the Hindi version of “Who Wants to be A Millionaire?” — an endeavor made without prize money in mind, rather, an effort to prove his love for his friend Latika (Pinto), who is an ardent fan of the show.

Next film was much anticipated by me, it’s the new Danny Boyle film, one of my favourite directors, and it’s called ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. It’s about an Indian boy who winds up on India’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and we see his life and how he got there. It’s funny, exciting, moving, interesting and with a great soundtrack and more — I loved it! The sold-out crowd absolutely loved it and I wouldn’t be surprised if it wins the People’s Choice award. It also has the potential to be a hit along the lines of ‘Bend it Like Beckham’. Highly recommended and I can’t wait to see it again!

On the way out we walked by Amanda Peet and headed home.

Phew. Now I can start posting about today.

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