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TIFF Day 8: Peep World, Insidious & Promises Written in Water

20 September 2010 No Comment

PEEP WORLD
11:00am, VISA Screening Room (Elgin Theatre).

Peep world is a movie about a fictional book, which is being made into a movie. I suppose you could call it a story about a dysfunctional family. It will no doubt be compared to The Royal Tenenbaums, only less interesting and dramatic. It even offers a Voice Over performance reminiscent of Alec Baldwins’ only featuring Lewis Black. Sadly, the characters are just not as fleshed out or deep as the Tenenbaums, nor is the plot. The story seemed uneven, and leading to a dramatic conclusion that never really comes – instead we get a dinner scene with characters yelling at each other about issues we, as the audience, already know.

However, I don’t mean to say its a bad film, I think it just lacks originality. I have to give kudos to the director and cast, as it was made on a shoestring budget in under a month. That is certainly something to be proud of. I do like the idea of a writer seriously profiting off the revelation of his siblings shortcomings and downfalls while he himself hides a embarrassing secret of his own, it’s just unfortunate that this fact was used for comedic effect, instead of a more serious tone.

I do hope that it gets bought an put into a wider release, because for all its faults, it still is entertaining and funny, with just the right mix of drama (with a Capital D, as in Drama Llama).

INSIDIOUS
3:00pm, AMC Theatres.

Insidious, while not a perfect film, is still entertaining and, at times, frightening. That is pretty much the best one can hope for in the horror genre, right? While it’s no ‘Saw’ (written, directed and produced by the same team), its still a creepy horror story that only sometimes becomes cheesy and breaks my suspension of disbelief. Rose Byrne is quite good as is Patrick Wilson (who I love in absolutely everything he has ever done, ever) playing scared parents. It’s, at the core, a haunted house / possession story, and lucky for us the creators are smart enough, or respect us enough, to generally avoid many cliche’s generally associated with the genre. However, somewhere around the 3/4 mark it becomes sort of a joke of itself, venturing into a sort of unbelievable dream-like place, and doesn’t really fully recover.

In the end i think the concept was great, however the execution was subpar. Still a great flick to watch around Halloween (if there isn’t an annual Saw sequel available to watch).

PROMISES WRITTEN IN WATER
10:00pm, AGO.

Oh, Vincent Gallo, you so crazy. I don’t know if what he created should really be called a movie. I mean, it’s on film alright, but when something has very little dialogue, music, sound or plot, it’s really more like a piece of art that happens to be presented via video.

I was forewarned by a random stranger that this movie was absolute crap, so I was expecting very little. After having seen it I can confidently say that that person was a) wrong and b) a world-class rube. Also I am seriously wondering if they have ever seen a Vincent Gallo film before? Because this one was pretty par for the course. The story of a man, who gets a job as a funeral director and befriends a dying lady, their relationship, all unfolding awkwardly using no cinematic cliche’s or even traditional techniques.

While I’m not going to say that I understand it in the strictest sense, there were indeed parts that I found wonderful.

See all my pictures from today at my TIFF ’10 Day 8 Photo Set on Flickr.

~Chantelle
(@ChantelleJoytwt)
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