TIFF Day 2: Daydream Nation & Super
6:00pm, Ryerson Theatre.
Daydream Nation is a movie about a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, her awkward, emotionally fucked up Boyfriend, and the Obsessive, narcissistic Teacher she is sleeping with. All set in a small town, where the only form of entertainment seems to be heavy recreational drug use. Written by a first-time Canadian Director (Michael Goldbach) it has heavy tones of a more modern looking American Beauty, and for some reason I couldn’t get Donnie Darko out of my head the whole time, maybe because it has the same for boding sense of doom throughout the film. While the story itself is mildly predictable, it does show great insight into loneliness, and a constant reminder of our own mortality.
For the most part, the characters are great, and while I’m getting totally sick of seeing movies about That Girl, I was delighted to find that Thurston (the boyfriend) was complicated and real – I latched onto him to guide me though this movie and it helped avoid the parts I simply didn’t care about. If this movie was made 15 years ago it would be easy to see Kate Winslet and Edward Norton in the main roles, while Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson definitely shine themselves.
Its the sort of film that I’ll want to see again, outside the hype and praise of it’s world premiere, to give it a fair shake.
It already contains my new favorite Canadian Reference that I’ve heard so far during TIFF: “This town has more incest than an Atom Egoyan Film”.
11:59pm, Ryerson Theatre (Midnight Madness!).
I can pretty much sum up Super this way: Wow, that was unexpectedly violent.
Wanna see a film where the sad sack character the Rainn Wilson plays in eve movie hits people in the face with wrenches? Where Ellen page plays an immature comic nerd with a crazy violent side? Where Liv Tyler plays a slutty drug addict (although, being high most of the time she’s actually not all that slutty)? Then, you should give this one a go. Honestly, it’s funny in parts, but watch the movie looking down, so that you don’t fall into one of the many, deep, plot holes.
While I have not seen Kick-Ass, I’m sure this flick is going to get some comparisons, which will be difficult to do given that this one entirely unrealistic, and pretty much lacks any emotional resonance. I feel like adding the tag line: For Entertainment Purposes Only.
Click below for pics of Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page & Liv Tyler from the Q&As after each film,
See all my pictures from today at my TIFF ’10 Day 2 Photo Set on Flickr.