Hot Docs and Cold Docs

I’m five films into Hot Docs 2011 and so far it is a draw. The truly hot docs, for me at least are POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and In Heaven, Underground. The Jewish Cemetery In Berlin-Weissensee a must see film that I highly recommend.

Considering the UFC event in Toronto tonight, Fightville seemed like a good pick. It’s not a bad film but it’s definitely not hot and feels unfinished. Some day the people at Isabel Bader will learn how to use the Christie projector and show HD films in all their glory without interrupting a film and mucking with the settings.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest is a solid film and a must see if you love hip hop. If you didn’t see it tonight then you’ll have to wait until July when it gets a theatrical release. I have to say that the best place to screen a music documentary or any film for that matter is at TIFF Lightbox. The sound and projection here is incredible. I wish I could watch all of my films in this building.

And the cold doc of the festival goes to The National Parks Project. What a disappointment this film was. I can’t imagine that the Parks Canada is proud of this film. It’s a self-indulgent turd. I’m all for artistic freedom and creative expression but this film does nothing to make me say, “Wow! Canada has some amazing national parks that I want to visit this summer and explore!” Instead I found myself saying “what the hell was that?”

It didn’t help that the old man beside me had gas, kept sneezing and coughing and fell asleep every ten minutes. I can’t say I blame him. How hard is it to make a good documentary film about Canada’s amazing national parks? The National Parks Project is the first cold doc of the festival for me.

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