It’s questionable whether the programmers at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox set out to schedule two wildly contrasting films - one kind of highbrow, one decidedly lowbrow - on the same night at the same venue. But whatever your mood today, chances are one of these offerings will match it.
On the lowbrow (and way-fun) end of the spectrum is director John Hughes’s campy classic Weird Science about two teenage nerds who use a computer –complete with floppy disks nyuck, nycuk - to create the perfect woman, played by smoking hot model and onetime Mrs. Steven Seagal Kelly LeBrock.
Neat trivia: the film’s theme song was written and performed by the Cali pop/punk band Oingo Boingo, whose lead singer, Danny Elfman, went on to enjoy a distinguished career making music for movies, notably as director Tim Burton’s go-to composer.
Weird Science is screening as part of the TBLB Back to the '80s: Teen Edition series, happening every Friday throughout the fall and also featuring such titles as Breakfast Club (October 21), Sixteen Candles (October 28), Say Anything (November 4), Risky Business (November 11), Fast Times at Ridgemount High (November 18) and Pretty in Pink (November 25). Showtime tonight is 9 pm.
Also opening tonight at TBLB, a hotly tipped French/Congolese co-production, Benda Bilili! The documentary chronicles the astonishing real-life journey of a band of street performers as they rise from the slums to become one of the hottest acts in world music. Screenings happen through to October 20.
Cool, right? Honestly, with all due respect to Moneyball and Dolphin Tale, sometimes it’s nice to stretch out beyond the megaplex. Smart money says either of these two titles will set you straight.