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The Freeman checks out James Gunn's SUPER at Toronto Film Fest!

Hey folks, Harry here - and y'all should know - if you're attending TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - and want to share your thoughts on what you're seeing - Click Here and write us an Email - 'The Freeman' seemed to enjoy SUPER quite a bit. Loved James last film effort and I'm definitely looking forward to checking this out!

Hi Harry, First time contributor, please call me 'The Freeman', will there ever be a Half-Life movie? Edward Norton would make a great Gordon. Just back from day 2 of TIFF, where the Midnight Madness showing tonight was James Gunn's Super. Like anyone that has something worth saying, I'll get right to the point. Super is destined to become a cult classic, this film is pure movie magic, it has everything, gore, comedy, violence, hot ladies, hell of a lot of heart, story and it's got something to say. Super starts out with Frank D'arbo, Rainn Wilson who owns this movie, a loser who's always been unhappy and felt like life has shit on him throughout his existence. His sole solace is his beautiful wife Sarah, the gorgeous Liv Tyler, a recovering junkie/alcoholic who leaves him for Kevin Bacon. This along with some fantastic visions from God inspires D'arbo to become a superhero. This is where he meets Ellen Page, Libby, and she is awesome in this, her character is unlike anything she's done before and she nails it. Honestly, by the end of this movie every geek will love her and wish she were his girlfriend. Libby becomes D'arbo's sidekick and she is insane, even more so than D'arbo.One scene in particular between them will live long in the memory and lead to many people quoting Libby and many geek's adding her to their spank-tank. The movie doesn't hold back on the gore, there's plenty to be had throughout the movie and lots of humour but the biggest surprise, for me at least, where two emotionally driven scenes that hit harder and had more meaning than any hollywood movie, or any fictional movie, I've seen in a long, long time. One scene between Sarah and Frank talking in the diner is incredibly moving and really serves to paint Frank as a 'somewhat' normal person doing what he has to in order to save the woman he loves, and even though I cared and was rooting for him already this really reinforced that feeling and raised it to a higher level to where everything he could possibly do was justified and bloody awesome in it's execution. Conscious of spoilers, there's a lot of WTF! moments, so I'll leave all the surprises the film has for you to discover but the ride doesn't stop from the beginning to end. The pacing is spot on and they get the ending just right, some people might complain but it feels like the way the story should end. If you even remotely enjoyed Kick-Ass, you'll love this. Unfortunately the film doesn't yet have a distributor, this was the premiere of the movie but with a film this good and a cast of the calibre it contains, surely it's only a matter of time. If you have to steal an identity, break into James Gunn's house or simply beg you need to see this movie. It's going to take an almighty film to top this as my favourite of the festival and it brought the house down, 02:45 in the morning and over 3/4's of the crowd stayed for the Q&A afterwards, too tired to write up what was said, the main point of interest was that Jenna Fischer(The Office), Gunn's ex-wife phoned Gunn to enquire what was happening with the script as it was her favourite he'd written. Gunn explained he'd written it in 2003, it started as a series of shorts but quickly got expanded, she recommended Rainn Wilson for the role of D'arbo and he signed on after reading the first 21 pages. Liv Tyler and Ellen Page were the templates for the type of actresses they were looking for in the roles and were the first they asked, they couldn't believe either of them agreed, believing it was a shot to nothing. Liv(feel I can call her that) said she agreed after a tentacle touched her (you'll understand after the film) and said she should take the role, Rainn stated it was really his penis touching her, on that note... Hope someone found this review interesting, love the site! The Freeman
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  • Sept. 11, 2010, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Interesting sounding movie

    by NeverTalksBack

    Gunn's a bit of a weirdo, hopefully that translates into a good film. Slither was kinda fun and REALLY gross! :p

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Ellen Page was amazing

    by God's Brother

    ...though 'spank tank' is going a little far. She's definitely THE best thing about this movie, without her it wouldn't have been nearly as good.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    the teaser trailer for Clint's new movie...

    by emeraldboy

    has just gone up at and it opens next month. and its called hereafter.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST

    here after is

    by emeraldboy

    written by peter morgan. writer of the deal, the queen, frost nixon.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 5:12 a.m. CST

    I caught an advanced screening of this a while back

    by THAT__SAID

    It wasn't bad, the first hour is pretty good but I was dissapointed in how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end... rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess this marks the moment where everyone will realize that Rainn Wilsons destiny lies in movies that are more about comedy than action.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    What about..

    by Bastila

    ..the subject of a huge man crush of mine, Nathan Fillion? How's he in it?

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    I demand a full-length feature film of HUMANZEE!!

    by godoffireinhell

    A Blu-Ray of SLITHER and TROMEO AND JULIET would also be welcome.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Ain't It No News

    by Denty420

    at weekends. Oh well, roll on Monday when they get back to work...

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    THE_CHOPPAH remembers the victims of 9/11.



  • Sept. 11, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Is no one going to say "plant?"

    by phool2056

    Because I loved Slither, but the unadulterated joy here seems suspect, especially the bits about emotional stuff. Although TIFF screenings do have a tendency to turn into love fests, so maybe I'm just being a dick.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by bloodawn5

    Why te lie!!! Why the Lie!!!!

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    "spank tank"?

    by D.Vader

    Surely he means spank bank right?

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Why don't you tell us what the damn story is

    by D.Vader

    Seriously, this is becoming a problem. Lots of reviews on this site where the reviewer barely touches upon the plot, as if we already know everything about it. Do better! <p> And yes, this does feel a bit planty.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    I dig James Gunn and "Super" sounds like a movie I want to see, but The Freeman is definitely a plant.<p> You can tell from the fact he used the phrase "movie magic."<p> Movie magic?<p> Yeah, that's a phrase film-festers would use. You know, if they've been shot up with opium and are being ordered to write a movie review with a loaded .44 pressed against their skull.<p> So I don't blame The Freeman in this case. But I don't believe him either.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I'm all out of sarcasm and funny remarks...

    by HansBubi

    ...this reviewer is a plant. I'm so tired of reading the reviews of plants.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Kinda planty eh?

    by macheesmo3

    Heck it doesn't even have the fake "tiny things that aren't perfect but don't ruin the movie" stuff from most plants.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Great review!

    by Immortal_Fish

    So, what's the movie about?

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Video games to film is a step back

    by Monolith_Jones

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Especially one of the best games ever

    by Monolith_Jones

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by listo65

    Is the man.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Totally thought this was about SUPER 8 for like

    by Sardonic

    the first minute and a half. Was very confusing.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Strange review

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    I didn't come out of that review with much idea what the movie is about.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    nathon fillon

    by listo65

    Why is he not in this movie?

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by LiamNeesonReleasedHisKrakenAllOverHollywoodsFace

    I think it's a no-brainer that Rain is destined for comedy movies rather than action. Still, I'll keep an open mind about this. Sometimes extended shootout scenes can be enjoyable.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    speakin of 911

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    wheres my fellow conspiracy theorists at? all i wanna say is watch Enemy of the State and pay attention to what Gene Hackman says about buildings...

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    To the people saying "plant"

    by maverick2484

    I was at the screening last night in TO and can corroborate everything the reviewer is saying about the movie and the Q & A. The audience ate this thing up, myself included. Let me try to fill in a few gaps that the reviewer may have left open, SPOILERS AHEAD: -Wilson becomes the Crimson Bolt after his wife leaves him for Kevin Bacon, and his super power is that he hits people with a wrench. Imagine what it would be like to see someone hit someone else full-force with a wrench...violent as fuck, right? Well, it is. Wilson starts off by bashing drug dealers and child molesters, but then soon lowers his standards to bashing everyday assholes like people who cut in line. Naturally, the police consider the Crimson Bolt a criminal and go after him. -after becoming a superhero, Wilson tries to take down Bacon's crew and nearly gets killed (very similar to Kick-Ass). He hides out in Page's apartment while he recovers and that's when they team up. That's also when she basically rapes him (while a Leonard Cohen song, that part's not true). Oh Ms. Page, you will no longer always be precocious Juno to me. -the final assault on Bacon's hideout is genuinely fucking awesome. Wilson and Page go to a store with a banner hanging in front that says "massive gun sale" and they load up on weapons ala Commando. The tone really shifted during this final sequence - up to that point a lot of the violence had been played for laughs, but this sequence is dark and brutal. There's an image of Wilson as the Crimson Bolt mowing bad guys down with a shotgun that was inexplicably badass. This movie really caught me off guard. I had heard good things about Slither but never seen it, I only got a ticket for Super because I work during the week and so I needed to see whatever the Midnight Madness flick scheduled for Friday was, and this happened to be it (although I'm making an exception to the "no midnight madness on weeknights" rule for The Ward on Monday). I don't know if Super is more violent than Kick-Ass, but it certainly seemed less polished, and Gunn kept saying in the Q & A that they made it for virtually nothing. It's really, really funny at times - Bacon (who has somehow morphed into looking like Johnny Drama's twin brother) plays a great, sleazy low-rent villain. I feel obligated to say something bad about the, not enough screen time for Michael Rooker? Oh, and Nathan Fillion is in this as an evangelical superhero, geeks love that guy! So yeah, the movie is a lot of fun, a little weird, surprisingly nasty. It will most definitely land with a good genre distributor like Lionsgate or Rogue, so I'm sure you'll all have a chance to see for yourselves.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    What? Gene Hackman was behind 9/11 now??

    by THAT__SAID

    Lex Luthor you diabolical...

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    that said youre an idiot...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    its obvious Jon Voight was behind it... asshat

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Aint it Independent FIlm News

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Please hire THE_CHOPPAH

    by HansBubi

    as a regular writer on this site. Make it happen.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Stupid premise with the wife.

    by dailysportspages

    Oh, he has such a horrible life <br> Life just shits and shits on him... but he is married to a beautiful Liv Tyler... wtf? <br> I dont care how shitty our life is, if a hot chick like that wants to marry you... you are truly blessed.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Hi there

    by The_Freeman

    Hi guys, I take what you said about the review not saying much about the plot, that's perfectly fair. The reason I didn't reveal any more is because Super is the first movie, as far as I can remember, going into not knowing anything about it aside from Tiff's snyopsis. I wanted everyone to have that feeling, because it was so much more fun not having any idea what was coming next with no trailer to relate to, naive but there you go. Also I sent it to Harry at 04:00 am, having just got home from the screening, completely taken by it. Toronto subways don't run all night and it was a fair walk. As far being a plant goes,  this is my first time at a major film festival, I'm from a small town in Ireland, here for a year, the geek crowds you get here, particularly for midnight madness just don't exist back home. I bought into the whole vibe and hopefully will again tonight for Bunraku but Super really did hit home for me that much. Kudos to Supergirl, she articulated her thoughts much better than I did and with less words. Hopefully this will see distribution and you can make up your minds, hope that you would do that anyway.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Stop crying Freeman

    by THAT__SAID

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  • Sept. 13, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Tell me more about Page "raping" Wilson

    by gun_will_travel

    And save me a trip to Mr. Skin