Just as John Henry Clayton thought he was out, they pull him back in. Directed by Jon Cassar, Forsaken is a humdrum Western which never demonstrates even the suggestion of a trick up its sleeve. Kiefer Sutherland tops the bill as a reformed gunslinger, a prodigal son returning home from the Civil War to a town under the leather boot of no good rootin’ tootin’ bad guys.
In Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys (2000) the chisel-jawed actor-director and fellow geriatric pals Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner realise their life’s dream, blasting into space to rescue a falling satellite. Keeping their feet on terra firma and throwing down intergalactic knowledge rather than punches, the Star Men of filmmaker and astronomy enthusiast Alison E. Rose’s intimate and yet expansive documentary have spent a lifetime gazing skyward in wonderment.
The start of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival is just two days away. Featuring a characteristically diverse array of offerings, TIFF will again demonstrate some of the finest cinematic voices the world over. I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to help cover the festival for the superb UK-based film publication CineVue and will be teaming up with Ben Nicholson, the site’s editor who is hopping on a plane from Jolly Old England, over the 10 days of madness set to launch this Thursday.
If you go down to the woods today be sure to watch out for a bloody great big grizzly bear. His name is Bart. He’s really mad and shouts a lot. And he’s hungry. He doesn’t like humans much at all – other than the way they taste. Aggrieved at the deforestation of his natural habitat and the illegal poaching of his extended family, ol’ Bart starts taking names. Did I mention he was hungry? Still want to go out for that hike? Consider yourselves warned.
In its heyday, Tickle Head, Newfoundland, was a proud fishing harbour. Men rose before dawn, took to their boats and trawled the north Atlantic for fish, only returning after dark, hands red raw and bodies weary. After a good square meal and a little fun between the sheets with their wives, they slept soundly, safe in the knowledge that they worked hard, were respected and put food on the table for their families. Life was simple but it was dignified…