Chatting with Bruce Campbell and Don Coscarelli during the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival prior to the screening of Bubba Ho-Tep.
While I work on getting more stuff up about the Festival, here’s some information and stats to keep you amused:
After all the praise I’ve heard for this film, I expected something that would change my life. Maybe a plot that would make me think about movies differently… or acting that would inspire me so much that I’d want to rush out, take classes, and try to become a famous actor myself.
The 2002 Toronto International Film Festival is quickly becoming history as events begin to wind down and some of the guests start to depart. Today, one of the darker days in history and a tough time for many, marks the point in the festival when last year’s red carpets were removed and things took a much lower key in respect to the events in New York. With that in mind I went to see a film called 11’09″01 last night (which will be a Gala presentation tonight).
Photos from The Good Thief press conference at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival.
With the look of a well fleshed out biopic or documentary, Raising Victor Vargas (also known as Long Way Home) is a fresh and innocent sort of film. It’s the convincing story about what it’s like to be a teenager named Victor Vargas, a 17 year-old guy living in the middle of your classic urban sprawl in a distinctly Latino neighbourhood. This is a community that screams honesty and truth, and doesn’t layer on any ridiculous street music, hatred, or cliched wisdom like you get in many other films.
In a Germany without accents, with the air of a city that could just as easily be 50 years ago or yesterday, Max follows the life of Max Rothman (played by John Cusack), a former soldier who came back from WWI without one of his arms and as an artist with only one hand, Max finds himself unable to paint, which leads him to start selling art in a local warehouse. On the evening that the film opens, Max meets an inspired young artist named Adolf Hitler who approaches Max with the hope that he’ll consider showing his art in the gallery. Nothing is that simple though, and even as we see Hitler walking away, there is an urgency and terror that bleeds into every conversation from then on as we begin to see what Hitler’s youth might have been like.
If he’s not breaking hearts in Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl at the Toronto International Film Festival, then he’s trying to save the day alongside Harrison Ford’s character in K-19: The Widowmaker, and from here, Joshua Close only has eyes for making the best of his already aspiring career.
Yesterday was yet another crazy day, but it worked out really well. Went to press conferences for The Four Feathers and The Wild Thornberrys Movie, so I now have photos of Heath Ledger, Kate Hudson, Lacy Chabert, and Tim Curry. Plus, I went off to the red carpet arrivals for The Four Feathers and got some nice shots of Heath and Kate walking down the carpet.
If you’ve seen a Bruce Campbell film, you might think that you know what to expect… undead creatures, weird battles, and a dozen one-line zingers. In his latest film, Bubba Ho-Tep, he’s got all that going on, but this time you can change “Hail to the King, Baby”, to “Hail to the King of Rock n’ Roll, Baaaaby” as Campbell takes on the role of Elvis Presley in his golden years.