Richard and CP24 anchor Jamie Gutfreund have a look at the weekend’s new movies, Matthew McConaughey in “Gold,” the Oscar nominated “The Red Turtle,” “Trespass Against Us” starring Michael Fassbender and Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Film, “Toni Erdmann.”
Richard sits in with CTV NewsChannel anchor Erin Paul to have a look at the big weekend movies, Matthew McConaughey in “Gold,” the Oscar nominated “The Red Turtle,” “Trespass Against Us” starring Michael Fassbender and Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Film, “Toni Erdmann.”
“The Red Turtle” shares the basic plot points of “Castaway” and “Robinson Crusoe” but there’s not a volleyball or man Friday in sight just a giant turtle and allegories galore.
Director Michael Dudok de Wit has made what amounts to a silent film—there’s no dialogue, only hypnotic visuals coupled with the sounds of nature, a beautiful score from Laurent Perez del Mar and the occasional grunt from it’s main character—about a man shipwrecked on a deserted island with only a giant red turtle for company.
“The Red Turtle” is a very simple film, but achieving beautifully pure simplicity like this is harder than it looks. In its humble story are broad, primal issues of man’s relationship to nature are silently explored, adding subtext to this tale of isolation. It’s elegant and poetic; its “The Old Man and the Sea” with a turtle, a movie that embraces it metaphysical leanings as well as raw emotion. It’s not a movie for children or for people looking for easily answers to life’s existential questions. It’s art house animation, a treat for the eyes as well as the brain.
Why not celebrate the big day a few days early with the gift of tickets to a unique and one time only event featuring the films of Studio Ghibli AND commentary from the one and only Guillermo Del Toro!
Here’s some info from TIFF:
Following its spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012, Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli returns from December 13, 2013 to January 3, 2014 to delight new and familiar audiences. This dazzling 18-film showcase, including a blend of new 35mm prints and digital presentations in both subtitled and dubbed versions, pays homage to the legendary animation studio whose trademark visual style, deeply felt humanism and powerful storytelling has made them “the Disney of Japan.” TIFF is honoured to finally feature the rarely-screened masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies (1988), one of Ghibli’s supreme accomplishments and regarded by many as the greatest animated film of all time. Other highlights include beloved classics such as My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997) and Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989); the rarely seen titles Only Yesterday (1991) and The Ocean Waves (1993); and Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award®–winning Spirited Away (2001). To kick off the series, celebrated director Guillermo del Toro leads a Master Class session on December 12 with an extended introduction and post-screening discussion of Castle in the Sky (1986). The Master Class is currently off sale, however a limited number of tickets may be available to the rush line 10 minutes before the start of the screening on a first come first served basis.