Ok, so there was another hurricane (I know, I almost can't believe it myself) and this blog is dragging on, but two more entries and I'll be done. Our fourth day in Toronto, I woke up feeling better after getting stuck with needles and actually overslept, waking up in time to make it to the first hour of THE WORLD before going into HAVEN. Having worked in the theme parks here in Orlando, The World was a neat look at a Hong Kong version and showed that there isn't much difference in the pay or the people. I liked Haven well enough, Orlando Bloom's best performance yet, but often wonder how realistic films like that really are (a nerd like me would never know).
Between films I ran into Matthew who introduced me to Jay Rosenblatt, now known to many as Ella's dad. Matthew liked SIDEWAYS a lot, and although wasn't thrilled with Michael Winterbottom's 9 SONGS, couldn't stop talking about it all night.
Over at the Cumberland, I caught A WHALE OF A TALE and all it's goopy, gory shots of decomposing whales. If you're really making a "isn't is horrible what they do to whales" film, should you really stand on top of a dead one floating in the bay as an ending? Then I saw the best American indie at the Festival (in my modest opinion). ON THE OUTS is the story of three young women whose paths cross in juvy. Good acting, good writing, good stuff. And somehow I believed it, naive as I am.
DEAR FRANKIE is a sweet UK film about a mom who is unwilling to reveal to her son what a louse his dad is. Emily Mortimer is great as usual Gerard Butler is a Clive Owen clone.
That night Jason and I grabbed some sushi while Matthew dashed to see Chuck Prophet, only to find out that the time listed in the newspaper was the start of the main act and Chuck was the opener. So the three of us did our annual scavenger hunt of the local used CD warehouse and got home 'round midnight.
Monday I went from film to film to film to needles. Matthew, Jason and I saw THE ASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON. Sean Penn and Don Cheadle in yet two more amazing performances. NOEL, a mainstream Christmas feelgood film with Susan Sarandon, directed by Chazz Palminteri. And FIVE CHILDREN AND IT from Henson creature shop vet John Stephenson. A cross between Tim Burton and Henson with a charming voice of IT by Eddie Izzard.
This was event night so from acupuncture I took a loooong walk to the SXSW/TO party, but didn't really know anyone so walked some more to a cocktail hour at Sage where I made some great business connections. Matthew arrived later and we met up with Jason and grabbed some dinner at Hemingway's before returning to Sage for the indieWIRE party.
After the party, some of us crashed an IFC party on the 32nd floor of the Four Seasons. It wasn't really crashing because Kelly D. was with us! Gotta love a swank party serving white castle burgers at 2 am. A great way to end an evening.