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