Prom Night & White on Rice

I’ve never been to a prom before and didn’t feel like the fake thing that happened recently.   So with popcorn instead of a corsage I disco-ed my way down Roncesvalles Village to the Revue cinema for Chris Alexander’s Film School Confidential screening of the original 1980 Prom Night movie.   My excuse for not seeing it first time round was that I’d yet to be cut out of my mum (watch out Macbeth).   The 35mm print was accompanied by a very special Prom Queen & King, actress Mary Beth Rubens as well as composer Carl Zittrer.  Is thirty years on ok to talk spoilers?   The Canadian cult classic starts with an innocent children’s game turning tragic as an accident means one little girl never makes it to the big event.  Flashing forward, those involved have moved on with their lives keeping a dark secret until a mysterious caller rotary dials a reminder in to their lives.   It’s more about who is the “hack’n slasher” than the hacking & slashening.  Jamie Lee Curtis, fresh from surviving a baby sitting job from hell, & Leslie Nielson, prior to his weapon was stipped, are top billed along with the memorable supporting cast that light up the screen as well as the dance floor.  Check out my video of the Q&A session below.

Money might be a bit tight after all those TIFF tickets but thankfully Toronto International Reel Asian Film Festival were at hand this weekend with a free celebratory screening of White on Rice, to commemorate their 15th Anniversary taking place in November.  Going in to the movie blind other than seeing a still of a lady dressed as a banana I had no idea what to expect other than a potential King Kong incident.  40 year old Jimmy is down on his luck having split from his wife he now lives on the top bunk above his young nephew making things annoying for his Brother-In Law & sister.  With a love for dinosaurs & a little too much straight talking he’s out to net himself a new love.  Idiotically charming Jimmy’s man-childishness brings out a lot of smiles & laughs in the same way Napoleon Dynamite did.  Can you remember your first date?  Check out some of the sneak peeks coming to Toronto in 2011’s Reel Asian Film Fest. – @emaninTdot

TIFF Part I: Short Cuts & i am a good person / i am a bad person

The last warmth of the late summer sunshine is being neglected as TIFF touched down in the last Thursday.  Toronto has once again become Cinephile city for the 36th year as the soon to be vitamin D deprived citizens descend across the cinema screens.   Without a strategy of prior planning I decided a buckshot approach of taking in a multitude of minis with the Short Cuts programming as well as a premiere for the first week.

I’m a big fan of getting meta with photos so it seemed appropriate to indulge with a feature first in “i am a good person / i am a bad person“.  Going to a film festival screening to watch a film about the film festival circuit ticked that box perfectly.  Fictional film maker Ruby White played by real life Torontonian director Ingrid Veninger takes her film Headshots to Europe with daughter Sara acting as assistant for the journey (again the actual offspring actress, Hallie Switzer – maternal meta-ness!  Are you keeping up?).   There’s almost a Freaky Friday switch in mother- daughter attitudes with Ruby the demanding outgoing childish diva that wants her own way with nights out having fun as Sara takes responsibility being in Europe while working out how to deal with a potential unplanned pregnancy.  After a dismal turn out for the screening in the UK followed by an alcohol fueled night out in Bradford, Sara decides to take control and deviate from their festival trail, heading to Paris while Ruby continues to Berlin.  As she sinks in to the mattress of a lone German hostel bunkbed in a Ruby is finally able to reflect on her situation & relationship with her family.  Delightfully strange & intimate moments are woven in to the story as the two female leads address pivotal moments in the landscape of their lives away from home.  Where does the acting stop & life begin for Ruby as she dons false glasses while presenting herself to the public & an artificial head wound while on the street promoting her film to the public.  Caught off guard by a stray question in a bar, is she a good person or a bad person? leads to a street performance where she wears that statement on her front & back.  The personal quirks of this character are hilarious to witness, while the parallel Parisian story arc is full of beauty and sadness.  Much more that the opening act which has been talked about i am a good person / i am a bad person is much more than life imitating art with a unique film making process that begs the question which family member will star next?

i am a good person / i am a bad person screens again to the  public at the  TIFF Bell Lightbox Tues. Sept. 13th @ 12:30PM and for a final time at the same venue, Sat. Sept. 17th @ 8:45PM.   Tweet Ingrid Veninger @punkfilmsnow & like the film’s page on FB

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