Four nights ago in Los Angeles, before the start of a press screening of The Women, I spoke with some guys ((three guys and a girl, to be precise) from a well-read movie site. The Toronto Film Festival came up, and they told me straight off they wouldn’t be going. One of them half-joked that “we might go if they showed more super-hero movies there.” Funny line, chuckles all around.
But I found myself thinking the next day about the xenophobic mentality of super-hero, super-CG fan boys. Half-joking means you’re being half-serious, of course, and what’s the difference between saying the above and some conservative movie critic saying he/she would be more inclined to go Toronto if they were to show more films about God, faith and Christianity? Talk about living in a segregated, heavy-fortified world.