Toronto International Film Festival 2003 - UPDATE #10
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Directed by Mike Hodges
USA/UNITED KINGDOM/103 MINUTES/MASTERS
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead marks Mike Hodges first film since Croupier, a fantastic film noir that teamed him with Clive Owen. They're back, although the results aren't quite as electrifying. Owen stars as a gangster-turned-hermit who's forced to return to his old life when his brother commits suicide, as he's convinced something (or someone) must have caused him to take his own life. The premise is certainly an intriguing one, and the re-teaming of Hodges and Owen is promising, but the story unfolds too slowly to hold much interest (in the first half, anyway). By the time Owen turns into a total badass in the last half hour, it's almost too late (I said almost; Clive Owen playing a badass is never an unwelcome thing).
Directed by Ron Mann
CANADA/90 MINUTES/SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Easy-going and breezy, Go Further is a documentary following Woody Harrelson as he travels across the United States with a message of organic living. But surprisingly enough, considering that virtually every participant in the film is either a vegetarian or a vegan, the movie never comes off as preachy. Harrelson and his gang are essentially fun-loving hippies, and their easy-going vibe is infectious. Director Ron Mann keeps things light, but occasional staged sequences (such as a phony dream that sees one of Woody's less ardent followers buying nothing but meat products at a supermarket) calls into question the film's veracity. Still, there's no denying that Go Further is a crowd pleaser in its purest form and while I won't admit to having quit chocolate or other assorted animal by-products, the movie did encourage me to stop drinking milk for a couple of weeks afterwards (don't even ask what's in milk besides milk, trust me).