Had a pretty good start to the fest:
- Pina: I'm not into modern dance, but if any film can make me a convert, it's this one. Wim Wenders did a Q&A after the film, and you can tell this was a labour of love for him and Pina Bausch's dance company. The use of 3D is not overwhelming, and is effective in giving that added layer of depth that makes the dance movements stand out.
- From Up on Poppy Hill: intentionally not as fantastical as Studio Ghibli's other output, it's a nice little coming-of-age/love story, although a little bit thin on plot/drama except for the main obstacle that arises between the leads, which in and of itself is a bit out there (and which the film itself knowingly acknowledges). Still enjoyed it and was a nice break between some heavier films.
- The Raid: probably the best martial-arts action film I've seen in a long time, and puts anything coming out of North America to shame. Great fight choreography that is well shot and framed so you can see all the movements and action.
- The new Cadillac and RBC trailers were funny and a nice change, although I think the RBC ones will get tired quicker.
- The new volunteer trailer was fun; wouldn't want to cross Deepa Metha.
- Last year they were plugging an upcoming Tim Burton exhibit at the Lightbox; this year it's Grace Kelly.
- They really have to work on their line management at the Lightbox. We were queueing for Poppy Hill, and they had the line doubling up on itself multiple times; credit the volunteers and the crowds from keeping things getting ugly, but they should fix the whole situation fast.
- Don't lose your 3D glasses! They'll charge you $10 if you do.