TIFF 2010: Ricky D’s Blog Entry #6: A Night With Darren Aronofsky

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Inspired by the movie Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!! – Sound On Sight Radio Host, Chrystina Benyo

Today was clearly my longest day at the Toronto International Film Festival so far. My movie watching began at 9:00 AM with James Gunn’s Super and ended with John Carpenter’s Ward. Super was a lot of fun and in a strange way did everything that Kick-Ass did wrong, right – and vice versa. Kick-Ass is still a much better film but Super is defiantly worth the watch. My review is coming soon. John Carpenter’s Ward was a complete mess and an utter disappointment. It felt like a poorly made-for-TV sequel to Shutter Island. Unfortunately John Carpenter couldn’t make it out at the last minute but luckily for me I had the chance to meet him years ago and we shared a few beers after his Fantasia screening of Vampires.

In between those two films, I had a chance to see two of the best films of the year. First 127 Hours by one of my personal favourite filmmakers, Mr. Danny Boyle (who was in attendance and gave one of the best Q&A’s yet). I won’t talk to much about it now so just wait for my review. However the highlight of the night goes to Black Swan. Not only did I get to see the North American premiere at the beautiful Roy Thompson Hall, but I also had a chance to meet Mr. Aronosky himself. I didn’t have much time to spend with him but I did catch his attention really quick when I started ranting about how I felt The Fountain was his second best film and remains highly underrated. Considering he had so many production problems on set (loosing his main actor and more than half the budget and having to start over), I could tell he really appreciated my input which made my day. As for the movie… well it’s a work of a genius. See my review coming in the next few days. Sorry folks but it’s sort of hard to write reviews when your running around the city.

My Toronto trip is not even halfway done and I am already burnt out. Wednesday is my day to recuperate and I plan on getting some sleep and spending the day writing away. I was a bit hesitant in coming back to TIFF this year because it does get pretty chaotic, but I have to admit that I love this film festival.

On a side note, I will be moving to Toronto in early 2011. I found an office I can use and an apartment I can afford so now all I need to do is find a way to keep the radio show going. I have a few options but I am really aiming to split up the show with Simon. He would stay in Montreal and record with Justine and Derek and I would host from Toronto with Al Kratina and our good friend Michael Waldman. Time will tell…

Until next time,

Ricky D live at TIFF

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