Edgar Wright, the man behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Spaced has made Toronto his home for the time being. Wright is in town filming a little movie called Scott Pilgrim, based on the eponymous comics set in our fair city. So what better way to make himself at home than to take over the Bloor Cinema: the place in Toronto for cult and genre cinema. His Toronto iteration of The Wright Stuff Festival has Wright presenting some of his favourite cult, kung fu and musical films… as well of a few of his own. The man is nothing if not humble.
The Wright Stuff at the Bloor kicked off this past weekend with a double bill of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, followed the next night by Shaolin Soccer and the obscene Gore-Fu film Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. Not a bad way to spend your weekend.
Over the coming weeks Wright will host more epic screenings at the Bloor. Some of the highlights are Drunken Master 2, The Warriors, The Brood, Dames and a Spaced Marathon, plus many unannounced films. Personally, I recommend all of these movies, but I especially recommend David Cronenberg‘s The Brood. If you ever wanted to see a drunk and sweaty Oliver Reed try to play god or a small child beat an elderly woman to death with a mallet, then this is definitely the movie for you. The Brood sets the stage for so many of Cronenberg‘s later hallmarks. Love it.