This year at TIFF we’re seeing the Trump era’s first real artistic blowback. I started with Darren Aronofsky’s mother! (opening across North America this Friday, September 15th), and holy cow, it kicked things off with a bang. That exclamation point in the title is wholly deserved, and you can add about fifteen more in your head. Part psychological horror, part religious allegory, part study of the narcissistic vampirism of the artist/creator, mother! keeps coiling in on itself, like a serpent swallowing its frenzied, burgeoning tail. But is it a tale worth watching, or the sort of child only a mother could love?
I did not have high hopes for this Michael Bay film. I don’t have high hopes for any Michael Bay film. He’s a fine tent pole, summer blockbuster director but the previews of this movie suggested this was something with a little more finesse – not a lot but a little. Boy, were my socks blow off!
If you’re going to check out a movie called Man On A Ledge, it’s safe to say you know exactly what you’re getting. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun watching it all go down. Such is the case with the film staring Sam Worthington as a man…well, you know.
The film, out today on DVD, is actually quite a bit of fun, as long as you ignore some of the gaping plot holes required to make the whole movie work. Worthington’s Nick Cassaday is a convicted ex-cop who claims he’s been framed for a massive heist, and is pulling out all the stops he can for one last chance at freedom. Situating himself on a the ledge of a New York City hotel, he shuts down blocks of the city and refuses to talk to anybody except negotiator Lydia Mercer, played by Elizabeth Banks.