This Documentary follows David Arquette’s come back to wrestling after winning the World Championship title 18 years prior.
You Cannot Kill David Arquette is an outrageously-funny Documentary that perfectly compliments its zany subject. Directors David Darg and Price James have loaded many eccentric moments, such as wizard-caped horseback riding, spray tanning, magic and more, while never taking the focus off the heartfelt redemption story. Darg and James control the narrative to shift the audience’s opinion from beginning to end. As we travel with Arquette through his highs and lows, it becomes impossible not to root for him; turning audiences from sceptics to supporters. It doesn’t matter if you like or dislike wrestling and/or Arquette, because it’s a movie about an underdog aspiring for acceptance in the arena he loves. That’s what makes this a Documentary one not to be missed.
You Cannot Kill David Arquette screens live online at Fantasia Fest on Mon. Aug. 24 at 7:30 PM.
Documentary You Cannot Kill David Arquette which follows his comeback to wrestling 18-years after fans were angered by his 2000 WCW World Heavyweight Championship win. Arquette never meant to disrespect the sport or enrage fans and fellow wrestlers. He just wanted to play the sport he loved since childhood. So in 2018, he began his road to redemption in hopes to garner the fans acceptance the way he respects them and the sport. He shows his respect by throwing streamers at the fans before entering the ring, just as the fans throw streamers at their favourite wrestlers.
The Documentary has many laughs as it tells the quirky story of an endearing underdog, however, it also shows the reality Wrestlers face. Arquette experiences many obstacles along his journey, from training, death matches, and health scares, but he is unwavering in his mission and persists. His passion for wrestling fuels him through every impediment allowing him to come out stronger on the other side. You Cannot Kill David Arquette gives us Comedy, Drama, Action and a Comeback Kid we route for throughout.
We were lucky enough to get on a conference call with Arquette this week to speak about his upcoming documentary. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: In the Doc, we see you go through a physical transformation. What were some challenges and benefits you found in getting in shape?
A: I used DDPY which is Diamond Dallas Page Yoga but its not really Yoga, it’s Yoga and strength training. That got me inspired to start my weight loss and getting prepared to take bumps in the ring. …Did Jujitsu…and boxing and then I worked with Peter Avalon as a Trainer. And it was really just great to get out there and do all that cardio. Then I went on a zero-carb diet for months and months. You have to reduce the size of your meals and eat smaller meals throughout the day. Its best if you don’t eat anything three hours before you go to bed. It was hard but it was something that as an actor you learn how to do. You just sometimes have to lose weight for a part, or put on weight. *laughing* But that’s harder sometimes in a way. *laughing* It taught me a lot of discipline and getting in the mindset of an athlete.
Q: When will we see you in the ring again, and what you hope your Wrestling career will look like in the future?
A: I don’t know if I will get back in the ring again. I really love being in the ring with my friend and tag-team partner RJ City. It’s a fun dynamic with him and a safer experience. *laughing* So when I’m with him it’s safer. When I’m in there on my own it isn’t the safest place for me. I don’t know if I will be wrestling anytime soon. I do love it. But I think this movie exists in its own world. And I think that it’s best if I just let it live there.
Arquette has two Films screening at Fantasia Fest 2020. His Documentary, which will screen live Mon. Aug. 24 at 7:30 PM, and Horror-Comedy 12 Hour Shift who he co-stars beside Angela Bettis and retired Wrestler Mick Foley, which screens live twice on Sat. Aug. 22 at 9:30 PM and Thu. Aug. 27 at 11:30 PM.
Elevation Pictures release You Cannot Kill David Arquette on VOD on August 28, 2020.
Just a few weeks left of summer, but there’s plenty of action and thrills to enjoy at home on digital, on-demand and via streaming. See what’s out!
BLACK WATER: ABYSS (levelFilm)
By David Baldwin
A group of five friends set out to go spelunking through an uncharted cave deep in the Northern Australian forest. As they begin exploring, a tropical storm sets in, flooding the cave and leaving the group trapped. And survival will not be easy with a crocodile swimming around close by.
Black Water: Abyss is a small, claustrophobic Thriller that works best when it focuses on the increasingly cramped spaces around our group of friends. The cave is small, the water is gradually rising up around them and swimming through some of the caverns could mean death by crocodile. It all makes for a handful of terrifying and breathless sequences, but it comes at the price of some daft underwater cinematography and less than ideal creature effects. Worse, it is hard to care about any of the characters living or dying when they are saddled with a stereotypical soap opera storyline that you will predict the outcome of instantaneously. The film would have benefitted from Director Andrew Traucki – who Co-Directed the first Black Water film – spending less time lingering on specific dialogue and items that will obviously come up again later, and more time on the precarious situation these friends find themselves in.
levelFILM release BLACK WATER: ABYSS on On-Demand on Tuesday, August 10, 2020.
THINGS I DO FOR MONEY (Raven Banner Releasing)
By David Baldwin
Eli Yaguchi (Theodor Aoki) is a cellist trying to get into a prestigious musical conservatory. He needs to rehearse with his brother Nick (Maximillian Aoki), but Nick is more invested in working at a bar with some local gangsters. But when Eli finds a big bag of money, the brothers get entangled in a plot involving a kidnapping, a heist and some seedy characters with their own agendas.
As a Hamilton boy born and bred, I love seeing Hamilton on screen as Hamilton (and not Detroit or any other American wasteland). Co-Writer/Director Warren P. Sonoda is a Hamilton boy as well, and his love for the city is on full display throughout Things I Do For Money. The Film is a very personal story right from the start, even if it is about crime, violence and all the sordid types of things we do for the ones we love. I was afraid after a few initial scenes that it would be overly artsy, but the Film has a slick look and feel that blends nicely with the beautifully-shot and often intense cello playing scenes. While I wish the dialogue was a bit less clunky and that the acting was a bit stronger (to be fair, many of the actors here are first timers – including our leads), Things I Do For Money is a well-made and enjoyable Canadian picture.
Raven Banner Releasing release THINGS I DO FOR MONEY on Digital and On-Demand on Tuesday, August 10, 2020.
PROJECT POWER (Netflix)
By Mr. Will Wong
Paranormal Activity Co-Directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, join forces again in high-octane Action-Thriller PROJECT POWER. The Film set in New Orleans, centers on an ex-soldier, Art (Jamie Foxx) with a vendetta and out to rescue his daughter; a cop named Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) on a mission, teaming with a teenage drug dealer, Robin (Dominique Fishback). The trio’s stories intersect as a highly-coveted drug surfaces in New Orleans, givings its users superhuman ability for the span of five minutes. You might turn invisible, you might become bulletproof, you might die. With the drug being responsible for an influx of crime in the City, the power is in this trio’s hands to fight those responsible for the dangerous drug.
Time passes rather quickly in this action-packed ride loaded with some cool CGI, which has us rooting for these three. In many ways, the story is a reflection of the vicious cycle of crime in the inner city and speaks to the oppression of black people in the most timely manner. Fishback whom you might remember from 2018’s The Hate U Give, is back and steals the show as a girl wise beyond her years, yet still embodies a naiveté that acts as a vessel which connects us to this dark, fiery underworld.
PROJECT POWER streams on Netflix Friday, August 14, 2020.
YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE (Elevation Pictures)
By Mr. Will Wong
David Arquette rose to prominence in Hollywood in the mid-90s with major hits like the Scream franchise, Never Been Kissed, See Spot Run and more. Coming from a family rich in acting pedigree with siblings Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia and Alexis all actors also. Arquette made headlines after crossing into the world of Wrestling, being crowned WCW World Heavyweight Champion in 2000, drawing outrage from fans. This Documentary co-directed by David Darg and Price James follows his return to the sport. This time around, he really has something to prove to himself and wrestling fans – that through hard work and cutting his teeth like a real wrestler, that he too can be competitive. The Actor after suffering a heart attack goes on a journey to get fit and we meet his family, including his wife and kids who have no choice but to be supportive no matter how embarrassing this is for them.
The Film goes a level deeper in giving us an understanding of some of the mental issues he is coping with and his comeback at times is scary and goes to some near-death situations. We thoroughly were entertained and Arquette isn’t unlike most of us. Acceptance and approval means something to many of us.
In addition to premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival (coverage to come), YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE is available on Digital and On-Demand via Elevation Pictures Friday, August 28, 2020.
TARGET NUMBER ONE (eOne Films)
By Mr. Will Wong
A story so twisted, it had to be true. Based on a true story set in 1989, Daniel Roby‘s TARGET NUMBER ONE (known as MOST WANTED in the U.S.), centers on a Canadian investigative journalist named Victor Malarek (Josh Hartnett) who is in pursuit of the truth after a former heroine junkie Daniel Léger (Antoine Olivier Pilon), is sentenced suspiciously to 100 years in jail in Thailand. The story works its way backwards where we learn the series of events that led to Léger‘s conviction and the people behind his demise, namely a drug dealer named Glen Picker (Jim Gaffigan). Picker convinces Leger to go to Thailand, framing him to authorities as a major player in international drug trade overseeing a major shipment. This in turn sets Picker up for a big pay-off in exchange for this information. Léger winds-up serving eight years in a Thai prison subject to several abuses, before making his way back to Canada thanks to Malarek whose choices are less than supported by his wife (Amanda Crew).
Clocking-in at 2 hours and 15 minutes, there certainly was room for a bit more judiciousness in editing, but thankfully the story here is compelling enough to retain our interest. Hartnett delivers some of his best work yet and Léger, whom we saw last in Xavier Dolan‘s award-sweeping Mommy, delivers a commendable performance. Funnyman Gaffigan gives us something new but in a way that is familiar as the calculating and conniving Picker, full of one-liners, like “Keep your shirt on, this isn’t a gay cruise!”. We’re still laughing about that.
eOne Films release TARGET NUMBER ONE, opening in Ontario theatres Friday, August 14, 2020.
By David Baldwin
Six friends in lockdown decide to hold a séance with a medium over a Zoom chat. While they are initially skeptical of the things the medium says, things quickly take a turn when it becomes clear a demonic spirit has begun haunting their homes.
Host is a movie of the moment, and one that will scare the hell out of you – especially if you tend to have your daily work meetings over Zoom. It is not a particularly original idea (the film taking place in real time “over a computer screen” gimmick has been done), but rarely has this filmmaking style been used as effective as it is here. Director Rob Savage introduces us to our characters, jumps right into the action and finishes all in 56 ridiculously-brisk and well-paced minutes. He does not waste a single second. Where other films would take a moment to breathe, Host keeps moving relentlessly, lining up and knocking down one breathless, terrifying set piece after the next. The deliberately consumer grade look of the Film amplifies the scares, using the limitations and our knowledge of our phones, laptops and Zoom itself to its advantage. Even when it is at its most artificial and predictable, Host fires on all cylinders.
Now I just need to log into my work computer and cancel all of my Zoom meetings, ASAP. HOST streams on Shudder now.
ALMOST LOVE (Netflix)
By Mr. Will Wong
This Ensemble Comedy directed and written by Actor Mike Doyle centers on a group of thirtysomethings who either are single or falling-out of love. We meet Cammy (Michelle Buteau) who falls for a homeless guy Henry (Colin Donnell); Haley (Zoe Chao) who is seduced by her student Scott (Christopher Gray); Adam (Scott Evans) and Marklin (Augustus Prew) who are growing apart; and Elizabeth (Kate Walsh) who seldom has trouble meeting guys. While each of these characters goes through their own messy situations, Doyle takes us on a journey which each of them and what he captures well is their tight-knit bond. We only wish it went to deeper places or had them exploring more about struggles in their own friendships with one another. Even despite some questionable choices, their bond remains unbreakable. There are some very solid performances from this Ensemble led by Buteau and Walsh and what amounts is a mildly-dramatic watch.
DIRTY JOHN: THE BETTY BRODERICK STORY (Netflix)
We absolutely love tales of obsession and people on-the-verge and this is everything we hoped for. We’ve always enjoyed Amanda Peet but she slays it in the lead role here of Betty Broderick. This season of the Series based on true events in the mid-80s, sees this Socialite’s world crumble when she is growingly-suspicious of her lawyer husband Dan(Christian Slater) cheating on her, eventually shut-out from her kids’ lives and driven to murder. While the Series literally starts at level 11 on a scale of 10 in terms of chaos, the story works its way backwards a bit and we witness that build-up in tension before it erupts into a relentless fire. Peet is effective start to finish, managing to deliver a sympathetic performance even if Broderick’s choices ultimately are horribly-wrong. Slater is growingly-loathsome as the story progresses which means he did his job just right. These eight episodes flew-by so quickly and we loved it!
If you’re braving the theatres this weekend, check-out our Review of UNHINGED which is now in theatres.
David Arquette has done some unpredictable things in his career as an Entertainer but true to form, he’s back to surprise with a sudden return to wrestling! YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE premieres at Fantasia Film Festival and here’s your first look at the Trailer!
Branded as the most hated man in wrestling after winning a highly controversial WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000, actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career. Dangerously determined to redeem his reputation and reclaim his self-respect, Arquette will stop at nothing to earn his place in professional wrestling.
See the Trailer:
Elevation Pictures release YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE on Digital and On-Demand Friday, August 28, 2020.
It was a star-studded Day Two at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and our Amanda Gilmore was out and about capturing some of that starpower! See who she spotted and which Films did the rounds today.
DINNER IN AMERICA centers on a Punk Rocker and a young woman obsessed with his band. They fall in love unexpectedly and go on a journey together in mid-west America’s decaying suburbs.
WORTH takes place post-9/11 when Congress appoint Attorney Kenneth Feinberg to lead the Compensation Fund for victims of the attacks. He is forced to face the question of what value a life is worth when going head-to-head with a community organizer whose wife died in the towers.
SPREE centers on a Rideshare Driver who hatches a deadly plan to go viral.
David Arquette and the most adorable little sunglass-donning pup!
BAD HAIR is a Comedy-Horror about a young woman who decides to get a weave in joining a career in Music Television, only to realize the weave has a mind of its own.
James Van Der Beek
IRONBARK is about a Cold War Spy and his Russian source, who try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Rachel Brosnahan (Go, Amanda!)
Stay tuned for more as we expect several more sightings to come tomorrow!
With great sadness, we must say farewell to another TIFF. And with fatigue, a limp in my right foot and great pain in my neck today after a gruelling run these past 11 days, I look back at the happy times, the regrets and what TIFF ’14 might hold. Despite all these mixed emotions, I know it won’t be long before I’m begging for more! I live for the Toronto International Film Festival – the greatest in Film Festival the World – and wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.
Here’s a look back at some of the Highlights for me of the Festival in Compiled Lists:
MR. WILL’S MOST GRACIOUS 10
Anyone who encountered these Stars up-close and personal during TIFF ’13 can vouch that they deserve a warm round of applause for the respect, appreciation and courtesy they’ve shown our City. Whether it be Jessica Chastain‘s consistent grace and humility towards her Fans, Brad Pitt‘s surprise Red Carpet appearance in which he took several Photos with Fans at the 12 Years a Slave Premiere, Hugh Jackman stopping in the rain outside the Press Conference for Prisoners to meet and great all his Supporters individually – these Stars understand exactly what the Festival is all about for us Fans!
1. Jessica Chastain
2. Sandra Bullock
3. Tom Hiddleston
4. Daniel Radcliffe
5.. Brad Pitt
6. Josh Brolin
7. Hugh Jackman
8. Jennifer Aniston
9. Nicolas Cage
10. Emma Thompson
MR. WILL’S SUCCESSFUL 6
These six Films gained a great amount of buzz and momentum coming out of TIFF ’13 in advance of their forthcoming Awards Season Best Picture Campaigns. Sadly, August: Osage Country didn’t wind up getting critical love universally (I enjoyed it much!) hoped for, but it still remains a major Contender in the Acting categories – especially for a heartbreakingly-absent Queen Meryl Streep.
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. Labor Day
3. Dallas Buyers Club
MR. WILL’S EMERGING 5
These five up-and coming Stars caused quite a stir wherever they spotted around TIFF ’13. This time next year, expect to know them pretty much on a first name-basis.
1. Benedict Cumberbatch
2. Emilia Clarke
3. Daniel Brühl
4. Jai Courtney
5. Taylor Schilling
MR. WILL’S NAUGHTY LIST
Although we try to keep things positive here, we remain hopeful that next time these Stars visit our City, they show us a bit more Fan Appreciation – not just only when the Cameras are on – than they showed this year. Little things like picking-up a Sharpie or taking time to pose for Photos with Fans, or maybe not distancing themselves a 15 feet from the Barricades where their Fans had queued for hours to see them, would be a first step. In all fairness, some had hyper-assertive Handlers or lateness to blame.
1. Benedict Cumberbatch
2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
3. Scarlett Johansson
4. Mila Kunis
5. Emilia Clarke
MR. WILL’S FASHIONABLE 5
These Stars certainly made a Statement whether it be out and about in our City or on the Red Carpet. I still cannot get over Kitsch‘s gray-on-gray Suit he wore at the Premiere of The Grand Seduction and certainly was a bit obsessed with Toni Collette‘s new Bangs. Julia Roberts was a Vision in her Dolce & Gabbana Dress at the Premiere of August: Osage County too, but my favourite look was Sandra Bullock at the Gravity Premiere in Narciso Rodriguez!
1. Sandra Bullock
2. Julia Roberts
3. Taylor Kitsch
4. Toni Collette
5. Jessica Chastain
And who exactly did Mr. Will got a Photo-with at TIFF ’13?
Ben Cotton, Dane Cook, Jason Reitman, Josh Brolin, Nicole Kidman, Anika Noni Rose, Bill Condon, Donnie Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg, Jack Huston, Tom Arnold, John Torturro, Lauren Lee Smith, Sami Gayle, Mary Walsh, Saoirse Ronan, Michael C. Hall, Tye Sheridan, Katie Boland, Aaron Abrams, Kelly Rowan, Daniel Radcliffe, Taylor Schilling, Effie Exarchopoulos, Dan Stevens, Daniel Brühl, Alicia Vikander, Tom Hiddleston, deadmau5, Carice Van Houten, Tom Welling, Vanessa Paradis, Michael Bolton, Alice Cooper, Taylor Kitsch, Toni Collette, Dakota Fanning, Jai Courtney, Ciaran Hinds, Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Jared Harris, Adelaide Kane, James Lafferty, Jennifer Morrison, David Arquette, Alfre Woodard, Ryan Kwanten, Catherine O’Hara, Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte, Emma Thompson, Cara Gee, Demian Bichir, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Alfonso Cuaron, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Thompson (again!), Lea Seydoux, Robert Baker, Amanda Walsh, Adam Driver, Keanu Reeves and Nicolas Cage.
To re-visit some of the amazing names that I snapped in the City over the Festival, click here.
To read some of my Reviews of the Films that premiered at TIFF ’13, click here. More Reviews to come over the next day or two as I play catch-up after all the madness.
…until next year, Wongsters!
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
*Photos taken on Samsung Galaxy S4 and Olympus E-PL5