So, first night TIFF 2011, pretty good.
INTO THE ABYSS is both disturbing (those are real peoples bodies up on the screen, I don't think I'll ever get used to seeing that) Hilarious (nice name tattoo on your arm, what would you do if you and Betsy break up. - Well, I guess I'll get sucks tacked on right under it) and hopeful (why are there so many hummingbirds) All in all very good and very Herzog.
Le HAVRE, meh. There are elements that make it friggin' awesome, like crisis of authority, moral compasses and masterfully crafted comedy (seriously though, the guy with the briefcase handcuffed to his wrist at the beginning never gets mentioned again?), but there were also elements that made it seem first flm out of school-ish. Framing was odd, almost all down the lens, tons of headroom, and the pace was that of molases. technical aside the performance were fun, when there were people on screen who performed and weren't just blank faced stand ins who seemed to have accidently walked on set.
THE RAID. WHOLLY FUCKING SHIT!!!! this movie blew me away. There was maybe 10 minute during the whole thing where I didn't feel like I was being kicked in the head along with the insanely talented martial arts stars. BONUS points for also being the best"yet to be a video game" idea, seriously, rockstar watch this film! Couldn't sleep till nearly 5am due to adrenaline. Thanks Mr Evans, you welsh bastard (meant in the nicest of ways)
Aside from that met up with people I only see once a year for a week, and it's looking like it's going to be a good tiff...
More / better reviews to come, photo's, and clips of Colin and Cameron's MM intro..