Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, based on the graphic novel of the same name, is, as most know from the plethora of posters littering every mall hallway, subway entrance and bus, about a guy (Scott played by Michael Cera) falls for a girl (Ramona played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who has 7 evil exes that Scott has to beat in order to be able to be with her.
Oh man. This movie was as epic as the posters promised. If you’re a fan of classic arcade games, good music, Toronto, the Annex, and just plain f*cking awesome movies, you NEED to see Scott Pilgrim on the big screen. I have to be honest. I had my reservations. I’m not a fan of Michael Cera at ALL and I felt that this was going to be another one of those stinkers and completely overrated. Boy, was I wrong.
From start to finish (literally) I was completely blown away by EVERYTHING. I remember seeing Michael Cera downtown last winter with some friends and knowing he was shooting a film down here. Now I know it was this one as the whole frigin movie takes place in Toronto and depicts such glorious landmarks are Lee’s Palace, the Opera House, Sonic Boom, Honest Eds, Casa Loma and the Pizza Pizza at the corner of Bathurst and Bloor, and of course, some well-deserved TTC buses (yea, right!).
The cameos were glorious, but I’m not going to list who, for fear of ruining it for anyone, and the music completely went with the whole film. Oh, and the special effects were pheNOMENAL. Which brings me to my one and only complaint about the entire film:
I know it’s an indie-ish film. I know the budget wasn’t huge. But why, oh, why isn’t this movie being released in 3D?! It would be absolutely OUTSTANDING in 3D.
Overall, the movie was f*cking fantastic and I think it would appeal to pretty much everyone, even if you don’t always get the references. 5/5 for SURE.
Get Low takes place in Tennessee during the Great Depression and is about a funeral parlour owner, Frank Quinn (played my darling, DARLING love Bill Murray) who one day has a hermit named Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) come in requesting to have a funeral for himself. The catch is, he wants it while he’s still alive.
Uhm, this is in an independent period film starring Bill Murray. Need I say more? Probably not, but I will, anyway. First off, let me openly declare my passionate love for Bill which I’ve held close to my heart since near infancy. He is my favourite. Bar none. Second, I love the 1930s. They’re my favourite era fashion, music and even film-wise. Third, indie films that are well-made give me THE biggest hard on (you know, if I had a… you know…).
The music was great, the cinematography was lovely and the cast was wonderful. Robert Duvall definitely deserves an Oscar nod for this role and I can honestly say that out of every movie I’ve ever seen him in, this was probably my favourite. For once, one of those “aging male who finds himself” roles actually DOES deserve some accolade (I’m looking at YOU, Jeff Bridges).
I honestly didn’t find one thing wrong with this movie in MY opinion, but having said that, after watching the trailer again, I can honestly say that what you see is what you get. If you don’t think you’ll be into a movie like it, don’t throw away $13. I’d say it’s more for the seasoned film buff or if you’re a Bill Murray/Robert Duvall fan OR if you’re really into indie films.
The movie is only showing in select theatres and opens this weekend!
Alright folks! I’m prepared to get flack for this list, but here goes! Our top 5 fashion movies – not the most influential on particular styles, but about clothes, models, fashionistas, and the like. Now, there are loads of documentaries that have come out about designers, editors (Anna Wintour, obviously) and models, but I don’t feel that it’s fair to categorize them in the same group as fictional films about the industry. They’re so completely different, and we could easily make our own list of Top 5 Fashion Documentaries, but that can be saved for another day. So here it is, our Top 5 Fashion Movies:
Runner Up: Funny Face
Yes, it’s an old movie. No, I don’t expect most people to run out and watch it (unless you’re a film buff, or just like good movies), but the entire movie includes fashion shows, clothes, modelling, photography and everything on how to be lovely in 1957, not to mention Kay Thompson doing a very good “devil wears prada-esque” interpretation of a fashion magazine editor. Throughout the film, Audrey Hepburn is transformed from a bohemian book worm to a gorgeous fashion model and the clothes are fantastic, especially if you’re a vintage gal like myself. Oh, and if you recall, the Gap DID use clips of Audrey in one of their commercials a few years back. So please go check it out!
The epitome of 90′s dumb-dumb comedy, Clueless was extremely influential on the fashion of the decade and is about of rich, Beverly Hill High girls and boys whose only goals in life are to get laid, wear nice clothes and be popular. The movie is actually pretty hilarious and includes a great make-over of the late, great Brittany Murphy (RIP, baby!). The movie takes place in a mall or in a highschool, two very good places to get fashion tips of all kinds and the movie doesn’t disappoint, and although you don’t know why the hell you ever wore that hot pink micro-mini with those bright red pumps and pig tails all in one ensemble back in the day, when you watch this movie, you remember why.
4) Sex and the City: The Movie (The first one.)
Now, now. I don’t want to hear anything about this one. Even if you don’t like the show, the movies or Sarah Jessica Parker, there is no denying that the films AND the show have greatly influenced fashion and you also can’t deny that it’s all about the clothes. Yes, the drama with Big and Carrie is always interesting, but let’s face it, we watch the movies/show just because we want to see what the four clothes horses are wearing. Patricia Field has done wonders for fashionistas everywhere and she’s also the one that made it cool to wear vintage because not everything in your closet has to be a piece by Prada or Lanvin (although it helps.)
3) The Devil Wears Prada
By now everyone knows that the book was written by one of Anna Wintour‘s former hand maidens and that the main character, Miranda Priestly, was created in her image. The whole movie is about what the fashion industry will do to you once you’ve lost your soul and given yourself completely over to the dark side. Anne Hathaway was poorly cast and I can’t stand her at all, but when the movie came out, I can’t deny that I was one of the first in line to see it. The costumes by Patricia Field were beautiful and she even got an Oscar nod for it (even though she lost to Milena Canonero for Marie Antoinette – I can’t deny that the latters were far more beautiful). Oh, and the movies not THAT bad of an interpretation of the book, so kudos to you, David Frankel.
2) Coco Avant Chanel
Normally, I hate bio-pics, as any regular reader of my movie reviews knows, but I f*cking LOVED this movie. I’m a fan of Coco Chanel, anyway, because I think that she was a very strong-willed, innovative and influential woman at a time where 99% weren’t, and of the three Chanel bio-pics to come out in the last year and a half (the other two being Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel), this was my favourite, by far. The clothes are beautiful and Audrey Tautou (my love) played her role to perfection. Ps. Apparently she’s dating her co-star Benoît Poelvoorde (best name EVER) who played Étienne Balsan, Chanel’s sugar daddy during the early 20th century. Hot.
Yes, Zoolander is numero uno. Why? Because it’s f*cking hilarious and ALL about fashion. In fact, I’d say out of every movie on the list, it probably has most to do with the industry, even though it spends it’s entire 89 minutes mocking it in every way imaginable. Back in the day when Ben Stiller was still funny, this movie was on EVERYONE’s list of most hilarious movies ever (this was before Anchorman and Wedding Crashers, after all). This movie totally deserves to be top on the docket and is a must-see if you’ve never had the opportunity to watch it (and if that’s you, I’d like to know who the hell you are, because everyone has seen this movie. Freak.)
Honorable mentions: The September Issue, Issac Mizrahi, Unzipped and Paris is Burning, for the hard hard core.
This is an extremely underrated movie about a stoner video game tester who is forced to move in with his grandmother. Yes, it’s produced by Adam Sandler‘s production company. Yes, it sounds like it has the most idiotic plot ever. Yes, it has a bunch of actors in it that you’ve probably never seen anywhere else. But through all of these obstacles, a frigin’ hilarious movie was made. Highly recommended for the indie-buff stoner.
5) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Not your typical “Let’s smoke a joint and be retardedly entertained” movie, I still think it’s best to include this movie on the list. After all, I need to maintain some integrity! The movie is all about drugs, although, for the most part, they’re of a harder nature (but there’s some pot thrown in, too)! I will say, however, I think this movie meant more for the stoner who’s looking for a ‘smarter’ movie than some of the others on the list. A great movie and definitely great if you’re high!
4) Dazed and Confused
Pretty much everyone has seen Dazed and Confused and it’s an excellent film, but it’s also a perfect stoner movie. It’s about a group of senior high school kids in 1976 who, on their last day of school, feel it necessary to haze the incoming freshman, whilst getting stoned, drunk and laid. Amazing movie!
3) Pineapple Express
The first time I watched this, I thought it was f**king hilarious at some parts, but totally lame at others. Then I watched it again and just thought it was f**king hilarious. There are a shitload of really good one-liners in this movie and anytime you put Craig Robinson (Daryll, from The Office) in anything, except for that car selling movie with Jeremy Piven, it’s comedic gold. He’s just got that swagger.
2) Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
I had to watch this movie before making this list because in all honesty, I’d never seen it before. I thought it looked really stupid, so I’d never gotten around to watching it. But after hearing, from all of the pot heads I know, how hilarious the movie was, I figured I’d better give it a shot, and it didn’t disappoint, being a modern-day Cheech and Chong-esque type movie. This, of course, brings me to number one…
1) Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke
Probably the most famous stoner film of all time, no top 5 list of pothead movies could be complete without Up In Smoke. And, of course, due to it’s most legendary nature, it HAD to be numero uno. This film is a classic, is funny even by today’s standards and is absolutely necessary in every stoner’s repertoire.
Charlie St. Cloud is based on the book The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood and is about a young man who is absolutely overcome with grief at the death of his younger brother, Sam. He’s so depressed that he takes a job at the graveyard where his brother is buried and plays ball with him every night at sunset.
Did it already sound totally lame from the plot outline above? Thought so. I mean, it wasn’t all bad. If you like unintellectual movies and Zach Efron, then you’re set. It also made me really think that I need that pair of boat shoes I’ve been eyeing for a few months.
The movie was very poorly written. I haven’t even read the book, and I could already tell how shit of an adaptation it was, not to mention that the storyline was totally predictable and lame. And Zach Efron, although he can act (Ya, I said it. What!?), cannot get past his High School Musical days. I kind of feel bad for the guy because anything he’s done post HSM has been a box office poop fest, but at the same time, he’s the one who maintains his pretty boy image. Hopefully he’ll follow on the coattails of Leo and eventually transcend his teen heartthrob status.
Anyways, I give the movie a 2/5 because it wasn’t as bad as Eclipse or anything, but seriously, only go see it if you like Zach Efron.
Inception takes the viewer into what it’s like to live in your dreams. The gist of the movie is basically that a group of dream enter-ers (they don’t really give them a name in the movie) are hired by a Japanese business man (Ken Watanabe, my love) to enter a competing corporate leaders dreams in order to implant the idea of him selling his company for the Japanese guys gain. Confused yet? You shouldn’t be! It’s actually pretty simple when you’re watching the movie, unless of course you’re a dingus.
This movie was f**king brilliant from start to finish. It was smart, well-made and the acting was brilliant on all account. I didn’t think that Ellen Page would be able to pull off the role, because she tends to be kind of stiff, but I guess she took some acting classes.
Now to the eye-candy. Oh, the eye-candy. Leo, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Joe Levitt and Ken Watanabe. Dear god. These five men are probably in my top 20 hottest actors ever and thank god the casting director put them all in a movie together. They played off each other really well, too, since it’s not JUST about the hotness, guys. Sheesh!
Special effects were awesome, and the only song I really remember hearing was Je Ne Regrette Rien by my darling Edith Piaf, but it was part of the plot so I can’t really comment on soundtrack. I seem to have been to absorbed by hot actors – I mean plot.
I have to point out the greatest thing about the entire plot, because I am an absolute film snob and I LOATHE movie cliches. Ellen Page was the only girl in a group full of guys and there was absolutely NO romantic mumbo jumbo written into the plot at all. Thank you writers of Inception. Thank you so very, very much.
Honestly, the only thing in the entire movie that I can openly criticize is Ken Watanabe’s make-up in a certain scene. If you watch the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about as I don’t want to give away anything. It was just absolutely abominable and I don’t know how they got away with that.
Anyway, the movie was directed by Chris Nolan, who happened to also direct a little film called The Dark Knight, for those of you who didn’t already know that, so he’s got some Hollywood street cred. You could definitely see his style come through throughout the film, and it didn’t disappoint. I will, however, say that this film isn’t meant for, how should I put this, the “simple” film crowd. It CAN get confusing for those of you who would rather head out to Predators than Donnie Darko, The Matrix trilogy or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind SIMPLY because you don’t get a philosophical film. Yes, it’s entertaining, but like The Dark Knight, there’s a message behind it.
So anyway, I give it a 5/5. Check yourself, before you wreck yourself, babies!
The chick flick: the epic film genre that never ceases to cause men to run in the other direction. Now, in my opinion, this branch of the film world isn’t strictly held into a mold of JUST romantic comedies, oh no. Anything my guy friends won’t watch with me, I classify as “chick flick” material and this list will convey that. So here goes:
Although it didn’t quite make the list, I still feel it necessary to include this movie because I love it EVER so much. Even though I can’t stand Orlando Bloom (the man CANNOT act), Kristen Dunst, the music, the scenery and the premise of the film all make up for his inadequacies (we’ll ignore the Paula Dean cameo, as well).
Yes, it’s another coming-of-age movie, but it’s directed more at people who already think they’ve accomplished everything they need to in life, only to have it thrown back in their faces. The road trip at the end is probably one of my favourite parts of any movie ever and Alec Baldwin’s cameo (just like ANY Alec Baldwin cameo) is pure gold.
5) The Valley of the Dolls
In 1967, when the film was released, Valley of the Dolls was the greatest selling book of all time, and it’s still one of my personal favourites. The movie centers around three female characters; Patty Duke, Sharon Tate and Barbara Perkins, who each have their own individual demons to battle. It’s the only movie I’ve ever seen Sharon Tate in, and by now, we all know that she was brutally murdered by the Manson Family in 1969, so watching this has a bit of gore-y appeal, for me anyway.
Each of these women play their roles to a tee and I think each of them has issues that we can all relate to. They were a bit objectified and over-sexualized, but I think that’s mostly just part of the story (and maybe a bit of a sales tactic for the film).
This movie is great for anyone who’s into the dark side of Hollywood and fame, drugs, etc, or just a general film buff.
4) Marie Antoinette
By the always wonderful Sofia Coppola, Marie Antoinette is about the 18th century monarch who was inevitably decapitated at the onset of the French Revolution. The film doesn’t, however, touch on this grim aspect of her life, but rather begins with her leaving her native Austria for France to wed the Dauphin, Louis, and ends with her and her family leaving Versailles right before the proverbial shit hit the fan. I love this movie because aside from having the look and feel of a cupcake, it illustrates to the viewer the other side of being a Queen; the human side of it. Think back to when you were 16 or 17. Were you really ready to rule an entire country? Hell no! You were more interested in clothes, looking hot and having a frigin’ good time! When you look at it from that point of you, it’s a little easier to understand why France had the financial troubles it did during the period, couples along with the fact that Louis XVI just wasn’t “king material.”
The soundtrack for this movie is absolutely wonderful and definitely one of my favourites of all time, plus the cinematography is stunning. And if you’re ever in need of a baking idea, just watch this movie, because I’m always craving pastries and champagne after I watch it.
3) Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Based on my favourite Truman Capote book (which is actually just a short story) Breakfast At Tiffany’s is probably one of the most beloved films of all time, and a total cliche for this list, but I just had to include it. Being a HUMUNGOUS Marilyn Monroe fan, I remember learning when I was younger that Truman Capote actually wanted her to play the role of Holly instead of Audrey Hepburn. In my opinion, though, I just don’t see anyone as that character other than her. I love Marilyn to death, but I don’t think she could have pulled it off. There’s something about Audrey’s innocence that gives the movie it’s depth and heart, and although Marilyn Monroe wasn’t a slut (unlike the stereotype that’s always depicted of her), that was her reputation.
George Peppard was gorgeous in this movie and of course, who can forget Cat? I’m the biggest cat lady going, so it’s never a bad thing to have a feline be such a central figure in the story. Oh, and props to Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi, Holly’s Japanese neighbour.
Ps. I love how the trailer pronounces Capote – Capoat, without the accentuated ‘e.’ Sheesh!
2) Pride and Prejudice
One of my all-time favourite movies of all time, Pride and Prejudice is obviously an adaptation of one of, if not THE most famous chick BOOKS ever. Jane Austen was quoted as saying that this was her masterpiece and that out of all of the characters that she had ever written, Elizabeth Bennet (played gorgeously by Keira Knightley) was her favourite. Anyone who has read the book or seen this wonderful movie can agree. Elizabeth isn’t like other women of her time (late 1700s/early 1800s) and could totally take on any man, rich duchess or even a bumbling pastor.
Now aside from her total awesomeness as a character, this is probably one of the most romantic books/stories ever written. It goes to show us that even though we can start out thinking that someone’s a total asshole, we can sometimes see passed that, to the real person inside. Mr. Darcy is one of the most wonderfully written male characters ever and Matthew Macfadyen plays him so beautifully.
On top of all of this, the cinematography, scenery and music in this movie are probably my favourite of any movie I have ever seen. The music is perfectly cued to all of the scenes and I don’t think I have ever seen the English countryside ever shot so beautifully.
Ugh! I cannot rave about this movie more. Everyone should see it. Male or female.
1) An Affair to Remember
Cary Grant, the love of my life, can’t do any wrong in my opinion and not only is this #1 on my list, but it’s also very near to my #1 of all time. From start to finish, this is a beautiful film and getting to stare at Cary from beginning to end is just as wonderful.
This was one the first movies to make the Empire State Building and New York City romantic and to allow infidelity to be “ok” when it comes to finding real love. I also love how Deborah Kerr‘s character isn’t a sniveling dolt of a woman as so many others before her (in this genre particularly) had been.
I don’t even know how to describe this movie other than a complete tear-jerker. It’s beautiful from start to finish and illustrates romance in a way only old movies can. So very, very lovely.
Predators is yet another sequel in the Predator franchise first begun in 1987 with the Arnold Schwarzenegger film of the same name, and if you haven’t seen that one yet, get out from under your rock. You will, however, be excused for having not seen the millions of sequels put out since the first film, most namely, Alien Vs. Predator.
Anyway, the latest installment is about a group of miscreants who are shipped off to a planet where the Predators hunt them in a sort of lame game that’s been done a million times in a million other sci-fi films. I think you can see where this review is going.
Honestly, the only good thing was Adrien Brody and his super-ripped body, and I’ll give kudos to cameos by Danny Trejo (soon the be seen in the up-coming Machete, which I’ve been waiting for for years) and by Laurence Fishburne. That’s about it for this section so NEXT…
What WASN’T bad about this movie?! The acting was overdone, the writing was terrible, even the special effects didn’t do it for me, and they’re usually what save my reviews from being totally in opposition of the films they’re in. The plot line was absolutely predictable, and without giving anything away, if you dare to spend $12 to see the movie, you’ll know exactly what I mean. I give this movie 1/5 and the only reason I won’t give it less is because nothing could be worse then when one of my friends once dragged me to see Barber Shop 2 for her 15th birthday. View at your own risk!
Favela on Blast is the highly anticipated documentary debut by DJ/Producer Diplo that gives you an inside look of Brazil’s slums (Favelas) and the music genre baile funk/funk carioca that has been bubbling beneath the favelas for over twenty years now. Funk Carioca (meaning funk from Rio) is a musical rhythm that mixes American electronic funk of the 80′s with the most diverse influences of Brazilian music. In the documentary the very lively music and the subculture surrounding it, is captured through the eyes of Diplo and Brazilian filmaker Leandro HBL. I’ve watched the trailers several times, looked pretty promising to me, and couldn’t wait to watch the whole thing. I am very lucky to get my hands on the documentary as it doesn’t release on Mad Decent until July 20.
Let’s start off with the bad, shall we… Well, there wasn’t much really. If you’re lazy like me and don’t like reading captions it might bore you a bit. The first time I watched this I was dying for a narrarator. I can’t keep up with the text when there’s outrageously sexy party clips on screen in front of me. And yes, I’ll admit I was hoping for some Diplo footage that somehow got squeezed into it. If you were hoping for that too well, there was nadda.
If you like bass, booty, and party this documentary is for you. I am not a big funk carioca fan and the greatest film critic but I like to think that I’m safe by saying that the documentary showed a real genuine portrayal of the favelas, the sound, and the party scene. There was a well balance of interviews of DJs/MCs and party goers and highlight clips of the craziest parties. I had no clue who most artists were when being interviewed. I Youtube’d most of them and have made up a new fave playlist for my iPod. The party footage is ridiculous and wild as I watched the thousands of locals all squished into one dancehall. Damn, the Brazilians look fun to party with. The parties get packed quickly as most of the parties are cheap and or free. The highlight performances by the local artists looked so fun and entertaining. If only it wasn’t for the local drug dealers throwing the baile funks and the reputation of being so dangerous, I would’ve book the next flight to Rio to ppaarrttyy.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, Pitchfork will have the doc up on July 9, for preview, but it premieres July 20th for the public . And for those of you who can’t get enough of Diplo, he’ll be back in the city for this year’s Time Fest on July 23 at the Sound Academy. Maybe some funk carioca in his set? I hope so!
In the third installment of the Twilight Saga, Bella and Edward spend a lot of time discussing their pending engagement, and Bella’s transformation to vampiredom. Victoria is still trying to find and kill Bella, but this time she has a plan: create an army of newborn vampires to wipe out the Cullens so she has nothing preventing her from her end goal. Blah blah blah. Same old story! (Sorry Twihards!)
Ok, yes, I think the whole Twilight thing is lame, well, the movies anyway. I will admit to reading the first two books and not being able to put them down (don’t tell anyone, though). I haven’t yet read Eclipse, so this review is completing based on the movie which I like. I usually don’t read books before seeing the movies based on them because I’m pretty much guaranteed to favour the book in the end. So anyway, all I can really say in favour of the movie is that Robert Pattinson is hot and I hope to sleep with him in the near future, as do most other women on the planet. And as most Twilight rejectors tend to say, I loved him in Harry Potter first. I’m from the HP generation, so I’m just predisposed to loathe all things Twilight. Oh, but I will say, we get to see a lot more of Jackson Rathbone in the movie, too, which is never a bad thing. Yum! Yum!
It was LAME. I found myself laughing, not at the jokes, but at the overly exaggerated, mushy kissing/love scenes. I’m sorry, but no one loves anyone that much, and if you do, it’s sick and twisted and you need some therapy. Yes, I’m a pessimist, but seriously, it’s just too much, not to mention the sick idea of love it’s putting in the heads of an entire generation of young girls. No, you shouldn’t have to change for a man, and no, Edward doesn’t want her to, she wants to become a vampire, but it doesn’t matter. You be yourselves girls! Never change for anyone, even if he is a sexy, perfect specimen of a man/vampire. No one’s worth it!
Overall, I give the movie a 2/5 for sheer lameness. It was about 2+ hours, and I still left the theatre feeling like it was an empty story. I don’t think any of the movies have captured the books very well, but they’re not very well written anyway. Watch at your own risk, kids. I’d only see if it I was 12 and obsessed with vampires that weren’t of the horny, True Blood kind.
Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky is about the tumultuous affair the two shared during the 1920s. The film chronicles how they met to their departure from one another, and the people they hurt along the way.
The movie originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival year and here are my thoughts:
First and foremost, the film is beautifully shot with awesome colours and art deco motifs, not to mention the fantastic clothes (and one should expect nothing less from a film about Coco Chanel!) Secondly, I thought that of the three Chanel films made in the last couple of years, the other two being Coco Avant Chanel and Coco Chanel, that it was probably my favourite, or tied with Avant (I love me some Audrey Tautou). I thought it was well-made and respected the integrity of the two title characters, and didn’t make them seem like a bunch of horny assholes as most other films would do.
Honestly, I don’t really have anything bad to say about the film. I love when movies are made in the languages that would have been spoken by the people about whom the film was made, and honestly, I’m slowly becoming a film snob, where only foreign film is looking like it has any potential these days.
I highly recommend the film for artists, music/fashion buffs, or anyone just looking for a good foreign film to watch on a week night. It’s fantastic!
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Stones in Exile is brand new documentary all about the recording of their album Exile on Main St. It chronicles their insane drug use and exile from England due to the fact that they couldn’t afford their taxes. It features some never-before-seen video footage and photographs of the band, as well as the other key people involved with the making of Exile (the album, that is).
The Good Stuff:
I love that the movie was produced and narrated by the Stones, themselves and wasn’t made with a bunch of half-true facts told by third-party sources. Since I hate most documentary-biographical films, this was a nice change. It also came out while they’re all still alive, and doesn’t include any soundbites. When I say it was narrated by the band, I mean they were involved from start to finish.
The Bad Stuff:
Honestly, I don’t really have anything bad to say about the film. I think it was well-made, nicely put together and had great footage and photos from a period we don’t see many from.
A Gun to the Head is a super-indie Canadian film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The entire movie takes place over a span of one night when Trevor leaves a lame house party his wife is throwing, to hang out with his drug-dealer/addict cousin, Darren. He ends up meeting a slew of strange and zany characters while being re-introduced to the bad ass life he’d thought he’d life behind before his marriage to wife, Grace.
I went into this thinking it was going to be kind of lame because, honestly, the trailer does not do it justice at all. So here’s my review.
The Good Stuff:
Well, to start it’s an indie movie, so kudos to the fact that you’re most likely the only one who’s seen it. Congratulations! You’re now the coolest movie-goer you know. No, seriously, this movie was pretty chill. It jumps right into the drama within the first five minutes, and it keeps a steady pace of it throughout the hour and half it takes before it finishes. The lead actor, Tygh Runyan, is friggin hot as are most of the male characters in the movie, actually, most of the women are hot, too, so gays, straights, everyone can enjoy the eye candy! And ps, the actor who plays Sam, Hrothgar Mathews, reminds me SO much of John Dunsworth from Trailer Park Boys during certain parts of the film. Please tell me if anyone else feels the same way!
The Bad Stuff:
Alright, so I found Sarah Lind to be insanely annoying in this movie. At the dinner party, Grace pretty well gets verbally sexually assaulted by her boss and his wife who want to have an orgy of sorts with her and Trevor. Sarah, who plays his wife Audrey, is supposed to be a complete bimbo, which she played well, but she also came off as possibly the most annoying thing I have ever laid eyes on in a movie. I haven’t seen her in anything else, but she’s appeared on The L Word, amongst other things, so I’m sure she’s a great actress, and I hope it was just this role that made me want to drill screws into my eyes.
Overall, I’d probably give this movie a 4/5. It was really good, but I can’t see it as being something that would appeal to everyone. I liked it a lot, and if you’re into independent film, or just a film-buff in general, I think it might appeal to you, too. Enjoy!
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