Shit to Watch 01


Shit to watch is a monthly article in which I talk about all the great/maybe great movies and TV shows that will be coming to the big and small screens in the upcoming month. I’ll include trailers and give my thoughts. September just happens to be when the Toronto International Film Festival is being held. So this month’s article will be TIFF focused.

Beasts Of No Nation

I’ll start with the movie that looks easily the most powerful of the festival. I have always been able to watch anything as long as it makes me feel an emotion strongly. A movie about an African boy forced to become a child soldier sounds like it’s going to be harrowing experience to watch. The trailer for this movie alone had me crying. I can’t wait to see what Idris Elba has in store for us. And I love when unknown child actors are given a chance to shine. Much like Quvenzhané Wallis in Beast of the Southern Wild. (Similarities in the name are just a coincidence) Did I mention that it was directed by Cary Fukunaga?! The genius who made the first season of True Detective so great and whose absence made the second so bad? An added treat for all of us is that Netflix bought the movie’s distribution rights. It will be released simultaneously in theatres and online.


There could not be a movie made more for me than Legend. It stars Tom Hardy, (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises, The Drop), as twin brothers Reggie and Ronnie Kray, the rulers of the London underworld in the 1960’s. Any mob movie starring Tom Hardy has me excited. One starring him in a dual role has me lining up day one. Brian Helgeland will direct the film. (LA Confidential, A Knights Tale, 42)

The Martian

Based of the novel by Andy Weir, the movie follows the story of astronaut Mark Watney as he tries to survive on Mars after his crew abandons him, thinking him dead. The movie gives Matt Damon the biggest challenge of his career having to act alone for what looks like most of the movie. The supporting cast appears to be stacked with great actors as well including Michael Pena, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels. Ridley Scott will direct the movie. (Blade Runner, Alien, Prometheus)

About Ray

About Ray is one of a few movies at the festival highlighting the LGBTQ community. Elle Fanning stars as Ray, a transsexual teen who is struggling to gain acceptance from her family and society. Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Tate Donavon look to be able to balance drama and comedy despite the heavy and important subject matter. About Ray will be directed by Gaby Dellal.

The Final Girls

One of my favourite niche genres in Hollywood is self-referential-horror comedy. I didn’t realize that until I saw Cabin in the Woods. But I haven’t had a movie scratch that itch since. Hopefully The Final Girls will fill that role. With such a silly concept, the movie can’t not work. A girl and her friends get sucked through the screen of an 80’s slasher movie starring the girl’s dead mother and find themselves having to team up to defeat the maniac killer. What?! The movie has a great cast of young actors including Taissa Farmiga, Nina Dobrev, Malin Akerman, Thomas middleditch, Adam DeVine and Alia Shawkat.

Beeba Boys

I have it on good authority this movie is great. From the looks of the trailer it looks to be at least action packed and violent. I’m excited to see a North American crime movie focusing on minority. Beeba Boys follows the true story of Jeet Johar, a notorious gangster who wages a gang war in Vancouver. I have a soft spot for Waris Ahluwalia and can’t wait to see him in a more dramatic role then he usually gets in Wes Anderson films.

Black Mass

I was not excited about the movie from the first trailer I saw. But since that time everything I see about has really changed my mind. Johnny Depp really seems to have tapped into his old self for this movie. From the trailers alone it looks to be his best acting in over a decade. Whitey Bulger is a fantastic villain. Whitey was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed. And the supporting cast is so stacked. Every time I see a trailer I see another actor I love that I had no idea was in the movie. The movie is directed by Scott Cooper who previously directed Crazy Heart, which netter Jeff Bridges an Academy Award. I’m sold.



Screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted by Hollywood in the 1940’s for being a communist. The film depicts his battle with Hollywood and the US government. Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren and John Goodman look at the top of their game in this one, but having me laughing in the trailer. Goodman seems to be channeling his previous role in Argo. Jay Roach is directing the film. His previous movies include Austin Powers and Meet the Parents. Expect some laughs in what one have expected to be fairly serious movie.


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