My mom is visiting so I thought I'd take her out to lunch in Yorkville in downtown Toronto. Maybe we'd see some of the stars that are in town for the Toronto International Film Festival. We just missed Johnny Depp--he was shopping at Holt Renfrew down the block--but we were seated across from Harvey Weinstein in the wine bar/bistro that we chose for lunch.
I felt bad for the wait staff. The Most Powerful Producer in Hollywood™ (and one of the most, er, forceful people known to humankind) was there with his family in town and all the computers went down, making it impossible for the wait staff to communicate to the kitchen or the bar. Good on the management and staff at La Societe Bistro for doing their damndest to make it right for all the inconvenienced customers. Now that was good customer service. I'll be back.
Anyway, this whole incident reminded me that I should probably post something about all the music-related movies at TIFF this year. Last year, U2, Pearl Jam and Neil Young were all in town in association with various films. Who's here this year?
Directed by Jared Leto, this doc tells the story of the making of 30 Seconds to Mars This is War album while the band was engaged in a horrible lawsuit with their record label.
Spike Lee takes a look back at Michael Jackson's Bad album, twenty-five years after it was released.
Dramatization of the relationship between folksinger Tim Buckley and his son Jeff.
Doc on drug-dealing and drug enforcement. Feaures Eminem, 50 Cent and Rick Ross.
Drama directed by Ben Drew, otherwise known as the British artist Plan B.
Not really a music movie--it's really the story of the city of London over the last fifty years--but it is directed by Julien Temple (The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle, The Filth and the Fury).
Directed by Rob Zombie, this horror film follows the travails of a radio DJ. She really shouldn't have opened that box.
A "transsexual rock opera" by Peaches, Canada's favourite extreme musician.
How Snoop Dogg turned into Snoop Lion.
An attempt to rehabilitate disco in the eyes of haters.