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I got the opportunity to see the film Wet Bum by first time feature director Lindsay Mackay today. It’s been screening at TIFF, but I watched it during my first class today because the director took the same film program that I’m taking in Toronto. I wish I had seen it earlier in the festival so I could promote it more!

Wet Bum is an exceptionally moving and thought coming of age story. The cinematography and the script are beautiful, and the performances amazed me. If any of you watched the film I reviewed last year Not Waving But Drowning and enjoyed it, you’ll definitely like this. Mackay creates such an insane amount of tension in a very small, personal way. I don’t want to say too much! It currently has Canadian distribution but nothing in the states so far, but I hope everyone gets the chance to see it and support this incredibly talented writer/director. 

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Charts from OKCupid, showing how straight women and men rate each other based on ages. For women, the men they find most attractive are roughly their own age. For men, the women they find most attractive are roughly the same age - 20 to 23 - regardless of the age of the man. (538)

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The Keeping Room is by far my favourite of the festival so far. I saw it last night, and although I still have two other films to talk about, I just really want to skip to this one because it’s so fantastic.

The opening sequences are almost entirely without dialogue but still present a staggering amount of information about each character. The music is stunning, the visuals are amazing, but the script really takes the starring role here. Though set near the end of the civil war, The Keeping Room feels modern in all the right places. 

I wasn’t expecting the film to be nearly as brutal as it is. There’s a lot of violence, but nothing gratuitous. At the screening last night, Brit Marling was asked a ridiculous question about guns and responded perfectly. Basically, she said that although the film is filled with violence and death, each act has weight. The audience mourns characters who are only on screen for short scenes. 

This film just hit every level for me. That being said, it’s a very disturbing, difficult film to watch and it includes a scene with a sexual assault. It’s not graphic, but it’s still extremely upsetting. I didn’t realize that beforehand and I was taken aback, so I thought I’d give everyone a head’s up.

I saw the premiere of Spring a few days ago, and I mostly enjoyed it. The film only really lost steam for me when the “dark secret” is revealed (and explained in painstaking detail). I like a bit more mystery with my movie monsters. Anyway, Lou Taylor Pucci is great and brings the right weight to his role. I read a few different articles comparing this film to a supernatural Before Sunrise, which is only true in premise. The emotional elements of the film worked for me, particularly the first scene, but I didn’t feel much danger or horror. 

Kristen Wiig does a great job in this short, easily digested movie about mental illness. I saw this a few days ago and enjoyed it, though I wasn’t blown away. The film’s greatest successes are in its humour, but the dramatic elements don’t always land. It’s laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish, which I wasn’t expecting. The jokes manage to be dark and frothy at the same time. Give it a shot when it comes out!