London Film Festival: The Past & Stranger by the Lake

It’s my day off, kind of. I’m still seeing two films, and actually they’re both pretty high-profile Cannes entries: Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, for which Berenice Bejo won the official Best Actress award, and Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, for which he himself won the Un...

London Film Festival: Night Moves & Blue is the Warmest Colour

Last Monday, I felt a cold coming on. Well, I thought it was a cold. It was tonsillitis. Not very pleasant. Got some penicillin from the doctor; by this time, the tonsillitis was subsiding. I packed what remained of the first packet out of two for London, and by the time I had...

AFI Fest Adds Lone Survivor, August: Osage County and the Last Emperor 3D

Full list of the AFI fest: SAVING MR. BANKS – The extraordinary, untold story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson) proceed to turn her novel into the film MARY POPPINS. DIR John Lee Hancock. SCR Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith. CAST Tom Hanks, Colin...
Posted On 17 Oct 2013

London Film Festival: Eastern Boys & The Selfish Giant

My stay here in London has so far been comprised of long stretches of business, punctuated by curious moments of inactivity. This morning was one of the latter. Three films today, all squeezed in to a mere few hours, with the first, Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys, kicking off at...

London Film Festival: Inside Llewyn Davis

There was a moment, yesterday, as I sat in the back of the taxi, watching the fare rise, imagining the first fifteen minutes of the film I was missing, Borgman, sweating like a priest in a playground, when I thought, “I’ve had enough. I haven’t even lasted two days in London. It...

London Film Festival Diary: At Berkeley

The reason packing stresses me out is because I know there’ll be things that I’ll need to pack that I’ll also need on the morning I leave. So not everything’s going to make it into the suitcase the night before; I’m relying on keeping a clear head the next morning so I don’t...

London Film Festival: Norte, the End of History

London knew I was coming. They knew I knew how to handle weather like this. And anyway, there’s something about London that suits this kind of weather – the fudge-brown Thames, the greige slate and stone, the reportedly pompous insularity of its inhabitants… actually, I have...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Screens, Pundits Scramble

Last year, when Life of Pi was shown to the NYFF, no one really knew what to make of it. Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, a few of us bloggers were selected by the then publicist, Bumble Ward, to see the film. Some of us sobbed girly tears. I can remember saying to Pete Hammond in...
Posted On 05 Oct 2013

Bruce Dern Tribute Announced, Plus Nebraska and Out of the Furnace as Centerpiece Galas at AFI Fest

With Foxcatcher now bumped to 2014. Nebraska and Out of the Furnace are announced as Centerpiece galas when the AFI fest rolls out early November. Out of the Furnace is described as “A gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Directed by...
Posted On 30 Sep 2013

Jordan’s Toronto Diary, #3

As the festival winds down and my days are counted here at TIFF some movies are starting to stick with me more than others. Today was a quieter day and I had time to finally reflect on some of the stuff I have seen the past 5 days. Two films in particular seem to not be getting...
Posted On 13 Sep 2013