Category Archives: Movies

The Bang Bang Club

Malin Akerman and Ryan Phillipe

Last night I attended the premiere of Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club at Roy Thompson Hall. It was showing as part of the Toronto International Film Festival, cast members Malin Akerman and Ryan Phillipe were both in attendance, Malin looked stunning wearing J.Mendel.

Malin Akerman

The Bang Bang Club was the name given to four combat photographers) Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe), Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch), Ken Oosterbroek (Frank Rautenbach) and Joao Silva (Neels Van Jaarsveld) who captured graphic & harrowing photographs during the final years of apartheid in South Africa. The drama is based on the book of the same name, by two of those photographers Greg Marinovich and Joao Silver.

The Bang Bang Club

I thought the film would really explore the poignant & central struggles that faced South Africa during apartheid, but in reality these issues didn’t come to light in any significant shape or form. The film did expose us to many disturbing scenes, some  recreated from true events but with no lead up or follow through to the why, how & what is going on, it is hard to gain an understanding.

It was difficult to connect with the film as it jumps from these traumatic scenes to bars & nightclubs where we see the photographers drinking and socializing. Yes this is reality for these photographers, shooting horrific scenes one minute and then returning to normal daily life, but I never felt any real connection to the characters. We don’t get much insight into why they risk their lives each day to do what they do.

Ironically just as the photographers detach themselves from their chaotic surroundings, I felt detached from the characters in the film.

Malin Akerman and Ryan Phillippe

That been said it’s definitely an interesting story & the film is watchable, especially for those who have an interest in real life events or a passion for photography. It did spark my curiosity to learn more about The Bang Bang Club.

The Highlights; attending a gala premiere at Tiff, there is always a great buzz & lots of style. Seeing the cast up close & personal.  It has inspired me to buy the book and learn more about The Bang Bang Club

Pictures are linked – courtesy of Toronto Sun, Calgary Sun  & Flixster

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Teenage Paparazzo

I went to the screening of the new Adrian Grenier documentary film, Teenage Paparazzo. I must admit that from the moment I bought the tickets for myself & my friends my thoughts and excitement for the event was purely focused on seeing and hopefully meeting the beautiful Grenier. Don’t judge…I am woman after all!

As myself and my two friends took our seats at the Isabel Bader Theatre we noted it was a full house, the crowd was a mix of film students, female Grenier fans and male Vince fan’s (Adrian’s character in the HBO Entourage series……what guy wouldn’t want to live Vincent Chase’s life?).

Adrian Introducing the film

The film starts out following Austin Visschedyk, a fourteen year old paparazzo who caught Adrian’s attention while he snapped his pic. As the film develops it explores the relationships between the paparazzi &  celebrities in our media hungry world.

Grenier does a great job of showing us all sides to the story that is the obsession of taking a celebrity picture. He gives us an unbiased look into each world & speaks with with experts in each field such as Noam Chomsky, Brad Elterma, Alec Baldwin & Paris Hilton.

As the film unfolds it takes us on a unexpected journey. Myself and my two friends really enjoyed it. I don’t want to spoil the film for you, because I highly recommend you watch it for yourself. To find a screening near you. Check out  http://www.teenagepaparazzo.com/screenings

The pictures below are taken of the Q&A after the film, it was evidently clear that Grenier is very committed, passionate & proud of the documentary and so he should be. I am looking forward to his next project.

Q & A

Q & A

Adrian answers questions from the floor

Classic Casablanca

Fresh Air Cinema in association with Toronto International Film Festival have been airing free movies every Wednesday night over the summer. Last night was the grand finale and what a way to close the curtain with the Classic Casablanca.

For years I have been dying to go to an outdoor cinema and so last night myself and my boyfriend made ourselves a big bag of popcorn, picked up some ice-cream and headed down to the Roy Thompson Hall to find ourselves a seat on the grass.

We are not usually the sentimental types but once Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman lit up the big screen it was hard not to feel Romance in the air. It was a perfect summer night and not a breeze to be felt with couples and friends cuddled up on their blankets under the city lights.

For anyone who hasn’t watched a movie in an outdoor summer setting I highly recommend it check out Fresh Air Cinema and for  anyone who hasn’t yet seen Casablanca or if you haven’t watched it for quite sometime, I advise you to watch it soon, a timeless classic…”Here’s looking at you kid”