Canadian Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘Filth City’

Canadian Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘Filth City’

Filth City begins with a disclaimer. “No inference about any real persons should be drawn from the events and the characters herein”. I’m gonna ignore this.

I actually want people to read this review. Besides the media has put two and two together anyway.

Filth City is a loose interpretation of the Rob Ford crack scandal. Here I was thinking that he and his nouveau riche family would be out of the spotlight.

But the thing is I do agree with Doug Ford. That a guns blazing movie about his late brother’s story is inappropriate.

A guy named Smush (Lamar Johnson) records his former coach and current York mayor Tom Hogg (Pat Thornton). In this recording Tom smokes crack.

When Smush dies his girlfriend Monica (Melinda Shankar) becomes rightfully paranoid and runs from one temporary apartment to another.

Chasing Monica are Tom and his henchmen who want her dead.

One of these henchmen is Emmett Lawson (Killian Gray) a mashup of Doug Jr. and Nick Kouvalis. I hate that they cast someone attractive for this mash-up.

There are also a mess of ex-cops, gangsters, and journalists who want the video for varying reasons.

I kept re-framing the film around Shankar because she’s the most serious presence in the film.

Yet Shankar still fits well with the other actors, most of whom strip humanity out of their characters.

It is for the benefit of the former empire for us to put Shankar in something better.

Director Andy King creates a world where everyone swears too much and are incompetent.

I’m not advocating for the reinstatement of the Hays code. But there should at least be an AMC version of censorship where swearing is minimal.

And Toni Erdmann’s dog didn’t die so we can have a simplified, buffoonish version of comedy.

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you’re working.