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Toronto Festival Diary: Day 10 and 11

| September 19, 2010 | 15 Comments

Day 10 began with John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole. The film tells the story about two parents who have recently lost a child. Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) are trying to process their loss and move forward but are having great difficulty. Each has repressed sadness and... (Read More)

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Emma Stone – A Star is Born

| September 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

It feels weird typing Emma Stone because that is my daughter’s name. Nonetheless, it’s time to really take serious notice of Emma Stone in Easy A. This buzz has been kicking around a while, and I was thinking maybe a Golden Globe frontrunner for musical/comedy (with some stiff competition).... (Read More)

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Charting the course

| September 18, 2010 | 42 Comments

Never afraid to put the chart before the horse race, Ziyad Abul Hawa enables our list addiction with the first of this year’s Chart of Charts, combining several standard movie-rating yardsticks into one stunning at-a-glance table of greatness. Ziyad is all-inclusive with his big tent approach, gathering data for... (Read More)

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The Town – A Best Pic Contender?

| September 18, 2010 | 88 Comments

Okay, well, I’ve beat you readers back long enough. Given that The Town just opened at number one, and given the good reviews, and the general good will for Ben Affleck as a director, it’s time to just do this thing. Not having yet seen the film, I only... (Read More)

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Joaquin Phoenix and the Big Fake Out

| September 18, 2010 | Leave a comment

Casey Affleck now admits that his I’m Still Here documentary was all staged, even, he now admits, the Letterman appearance. Letterman was in the on the joke as well: In the interview Scheft reveals, “Dave knew about it and Dave loved it because he could play along. He could... (Read More)

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Toronto Festival Diary: Days 8 and 9

| September 18, 2010 | 19 Comments

Toronto Festival Diary: Days 8 and 9 The first film of day 8 was Blue Valentine.  Directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling and Michele Williams, this film tells the story of a couple’s marriage at different stages of the relationship.  After becoming pregnant and having to give... (Read More)