Wednesday, 16 September 2009

TIFF'09 Day 5 - Monday September 14, 2009

The Road line swiftly moves into the theatre

Day 5 was a short & sweet day with only attending 2 screenings and the films are oddly similar with George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead and The Road. Both are have the strong theme of survival, but go about it very different ways.

To see and hear all about Day 5 check out my TIFF'09 Vlog for Day 5.

George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead
Dir: George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead)
Cast: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Walsh, Devon Bostick, Richard Fitzpatrick, Kathleen Munroe

I love a good zombie movie in the afternoon. Even though I'm sure it isn't as hyper as seeing it at midnight would have been, it's still a great way to relax, have fun and cheer for the slow-walking, non-talking, brain-eating undead. Survival of the Dead picks up a tangent story from Diary of the Dead, and leads us is a strangely Western direction - but it totally works! It pulls out a lot of genre recognition laughs that add to the mix of zombie goodness from fun effects to crazy kills and everything in between.

See selections from George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead introduction by Colin Geddes

See also: George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead DVD Review

The Road actors Kodi Smit-McPhee and Viggo Mortensen

The Road
Dir: John Hillcoat (The Proposition)
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce

The screening of The Road certainly felt like the place to be - I ran into so many people there and ironically I never thought I would get a ticket for this screening! I read the novel on which it is based by Cormac McCarthy and was completely absorbed by the post apocalyptic world, the journey and relationship between the characters. When images starting appear for the film I was impressed by how spot on the world was in relation to the book. Visually, it is stunning in a open and very harsh way and the performances by both Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee are very strong. One of the thing that was unique about the book was that it was sparse and ambiguous, but the film adaptation filled in a lot that was left blank in the book which I didn't think was necessary but did create a more accessible an emotional story. I expect it will be very well received not only at the festival but during its upcoming theatrical release as well.

See selections from The Road introduction with Kodi Smit-McPhee and Viggo Mortensen

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 10 - 19, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


blake said...

I'm so happy you got to see The Road, and Romero's film. I'm so jealous I can hardly stand it. Keep the awesome coverage up so I can live vicariously.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Awww, Thanks Blake! The Road should be out there soon, no? I'm doing my best to keep up to date. Who needs sleep?

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