Posted Jul 24, 2010 in Arts | 1 Comment

Inception and Coming Attractions

I might as well be a little voice joining the chorus that is already talking about Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending film “Inception.” It’s been out for a week now, but to me, watching this movie the first day it came out was an event. Friends invited me, tickets were bought in advance, the ridiculous IMAX pre-show was laughed at. It’s also been the first new film I’ve seen in at least two months, so finally experiencing a new movie was something I looked forward to. I also anticipated this particular movie, although I didn’t wanna see any of its trailers or reviews, and some of you might also feel that way.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “architecture of the mind” from the film’s website. The film’s about Cobb (Leonardo di Caprio), a corporate spy who steals ideas from the subconscious of competitor’s minds during sleep. In a daring move, Cobb presents himself to Saito (Ken Watanabe) as Mr. Charles, a man who can help Saito protect the ideas in his subconscious. Saito sees through Cobb’s bluff, and an elegantly dressed Mal (Marion Cotilliard) joins in and adds to Cobb’s troubles. Saito then gives Cobb a counter-offer he can’t refuse. But I make it sound so simple. It’s about the subconscious, the silent tactical warfare in 21st century multinational capitalism, and a refreshing take on the femme fatale. The movie’s got some cool zingers too. Leonardo di Caprio once again proves himself to be one of the men capable of subtly showing a vulnerable side. The supporting cast members, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, and Cillian Murphy work well together, and can pull of genre dialogue like ‘a dream within a dream’ without overselling it. Click here if you want spoilers.

Sure you enjoyed Inception, but here are other movies to mix up the rest of your summer palate, and hopefully mine too. Coming out this weekend on limited release is Todd Solondz’s “Life During Wartime,” a movie screened in last year’s TIFF. Solondz’s earlier work like “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Happiness” always made me laugh about things that are depressing. He also shows a danse macabre worldview of suburban or mid-city America, and his new offering is no exception to those precedents.The weekend of July 30th will be an exciting one for movie premieres in Toronto. “Dinner For Schmucks,” starring Paul Rudd and Claudy’s arch nemesis, Steve Carrell, begins and you can expect Zach Galifianakis to steal the show, since his role has him straddling the line between gentleman and… Schmuck.

On limited release are two other TIFF favourites, the lighthearted “Soul Kitchen” and “Get Low.” The latter would probably give Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek Oscar nominations.

There’s a lot going on in the Repertory Cinemas too. TIFF Cinematheque’s retrospective on Akira Kurosawa’s gonna be finished soon, and what way to end it by showing his late masterpieces “Kagemusha” on the 25th and “Dersu Uzala” on the 27th. I already bought my ticket for “Kagemusha” and I can’t wait.

Bloor Cinema is also showing another Japanese cult film, “Hausu” from the 23rd to the 29th. It’s not only a mind-bending horror film, but it also has great cinematography, and I know a lot of you can’t resist that.

The Toronto Harbourfront has also been showing free movies about food on Wednesdays. This coming Wednesday at 9 pm, they’re showing Wong Kar-Wai’s art house favourite “In the Mood for Love,” starring Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, both of whom bring in exceptional performances in a movie about their characters’ fantasy love affair. The next Wednesday, August 4th, is the day they screen “Waitress,” starring Keri Russell, and August 11th they’ll be showing a chocolate-themed movie of the audience’s choice (Hopefully the audience goes for “Willy Wonka”). Finally, the Toronto Underground Cinema has been showing their Seven Deadly Sins Film Festival. They saved the best for last with wrath and showing really violent films with a double bill of “Death Wish 3″ and “Oldboy” on the 30th and “Lady Terminator” on the 31st.

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    Also, totally forgot to write that Kurosawa’s Madadayo is gonne be screening at August 2 at the Cinematheque.


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