Guy Maddin and Mike Myers have new movies out, and the Canadian entertainment media is just plotzing with joy.
So much local interest! So much Canadian content! So much empty celebration of one-note artists repeating themselves!
Have you heard? Maddin’s “My Winnipeg” is quirky and weird, using the aesthetics of his beloved silent films to craft a demented vision of his Manitoba hometown as a bizarre landscape of barely-repressed sexual deviance!
Have you heard? Myers’ “The Love Guru” is another shapeless series of overlong, unfunny sketches that allow the aging comic to bury himself in makeup and make jokes about penises! Seriously, there’s just about nothing else to it.
Personally, if I’m going to celebrate an idiosyncratic Canadian this week, I’ll visit Cinematheque’s Peter Lynch retrospective. Now, there’s a homegrown talent who tries to do something different every time.
Also opening this week: “Before the Rains”, “Family Motel”, “Get Smart!” and “Global Metal”. In my defense, I’ve been kind of busy with that mumblecore festival. But there’s always DVD.