Reel Talk — November 27

The big film event this weekend (other than discussing the potential awesomeness or terribleness of the Jurassic World trailer) is GIRAF 10 packed with some of the best in work in contemporary animation. Things kick off with the new Studio Ghibli film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya on Thursday night at the Globe. Check out this week’s cover story for more info on the festival’s history and more details on what’s playing.

The Fifth Reel gang returns to the Plaza on Friday night with everyone’s favourite heavy metal mockumentary This is Spinal Tap. It still holds up as being the first and the best of the fake doc genre Christopher Guest and company’s finest moment. (Though Best in Show comes a close second. So does Waiting for Guffman. The only one I still can’t get behind is A Mighty Wind though in writing this I think it merits another view.) It’s also Rob Reiner at his least Rob Reiner-y. Get in the metal mood with a preshow performance by Napalmpom. Stonehenge!

Was the first Horrible Bosses film super amazing comedy genius? Everyone thought so at the time and the movie made a gazillion dollars. People just can’t get enough of Jason Bateman doing Arrested Development. It’s passable slapstick and it introduced more audiences to the delightful Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) who’s dangerously close to wearing out his dummy shtick like everyone’s favourite sociopathic beardo Zach Galifianakis. This sequel looks exactly the same as the first film with the addition of Captain Kirk and Tarantino’s muse. It’s sure to make mall-goers everywhere chuckle with delight.

And if somehow none of the above appeals to you (and/or you have small children) torture yourselves with this: