Bunraku -- I tend to be an easy pitch for 'Mysterious Drifter" sagas, plus the added draw of Woody Harrelson -- whose recent work's been as strange as it is strong -- and every still's promise of candy-colored chaos in the actual film make this a big-screen must-see.-------------------
Vanishing on 7th Street -- With a title worthy of Rod Serling, the latest from Brad Anderson suggests a small-scale apocalypse with plenty of intimate strangeness -- as well as the always-entertaining John Leguizamo.
The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman -- Revenge, as we all know, is a dish best served cold; this film's plotline, with its implied mix of martial arts, blade-bashing action and cooking, suggest that when you do serve revenge cold, plating and side dishes matter, too. ...
And for a non-Midnight Madness Pick:
Cave of Forgotten Dreams -- Werner Herzog guides us through the caves featuring 30,000-year-old works of art. In 3D. hacks and flack will use, and have used 3D to gin ups excitement for otherwise-forgettable films, but this promised trinity of topic, technique and auteur is irresistible to any film fan who knows that Herzog's brilliance satisfies the questioning mind and the yearning heart.
Saturday, Sept. 11. 11:59pm Ryerson
Tuesday, Sept 14. 10:15pm Scotiabank Theatre 2
Friday, Sept 17. 5:00pm Scotiabank Theatre 2
Vanishing on 7th Street screens:
Sunday, September 12. 11:59PM RYERSON
Monday, September 13. 2:00PM AMC 2
The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman screens:
Thursday, September 16 11:59PM Ryerson
Friday, September 17. 6:30PM AMC 6
Saturday September 18 3:30PM Scotiabank 2
You can purchase tickets from the official TIFF website.