I made the annual trip to Toronto last night, making the drive from Brooklyn to Bloor street in about eight hours. As I always say, I love driving, so that was no big deal at all, but I ended up missing the President’s address to Congress last night, and since health care and the loss of reason and civility in American life was the subject of a recent screed of mine, I wasn’t surprised that Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), thankfully not openly carrying a firearm into the chambers, screamed “You LIE!” at the President during the speech. Ah, intellectual dishonesty, you’re a powerful muse for the conspiracy set.
Since I am here in Canada, the land of socialist doctors and free open heart surgery being performed in the streets, the long lines of sick Canadians wrapped around the crumbling infrastructure of this once mighty communist empire, I was thankful to be able to find a crust of bread on the otherwise empty, blood covered shelves in the corner of the burned out grocery store. How can the city of Toronto even be contemplating a film festival among this madness? That said, I understand the new Canadian documentary The Road by John Hillcoat promises an intimate look at what government-run healthcare has wrought in this once-great nation. Should be good.
The Road Director John Hillcoat interrupts his filmmaking to point sick Canadians toward their “doctor’s office.”
In all seriousness, while I hope to be offering my thoughts on as many films as possible from Toronto, I will also be sending updates from my Twitter account, which you can find here. I am @BRM on Twitter, and will be hashtagging all of my updates to #TIFF09. Looking forward to it… hope you’ll give a read here as well.