The Toronto Film Festival

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When the Hereafter trailer dropped, I noticed that it divided people sharply. I read a few commenters here who thought it was universal hate, but if you casually scroll through Twitter, as I often do, to get a more varied ...
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Despite the embargo issued at the time of today’s screening of Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter in Toronto, the Tweets were flying nonetheless. I only read two and they sounded exactly alike (is there a secret club I don’t know about?) and ...
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Nancy Kriparos will be covering Toronto for Awards Daily in the coming weeks. She asked me which films I was most interested in seeing and/or having her cover. Toronto can be an unwieldy beast. I think it’s important to always ...

The Toronto Star’s Pete Howell spitballs what could be big gets for the Toronto Film Fest. These have not been announced nor confirmed – but what if? Howell names Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life as the number one biggest get, ...

Here is how it went down in a few of the categories by votes: TIFF ‘09 SURVEY RESULTS: BEST NARRATIVE FILM: 1. A Serious Man, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (63 points) 2. City of Life and Death, directed ...

Dave Karger at EW has compiled his list of the top five Oscar boosts from the Toronto Film Fest.  As follows: 1. Up in the Air. 2. Gabourey Sidibe. 3. Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. 4. Clive Owen. 5. Joel ...

What makes a film critic, one has to wonder. Nowadays, anyone with a blog who sees movies is called a “critic.” I really think that should be amended to use the term “blogger” or “industry columnist.” Not everyone is an ...

According to this Thompson on Hollywood piece, no one bought a damned thing in Toronto – save a few movies here or there, like A Single Man. Indie film is now taking a hit, this after a long spell where ...

The Wrap’s Eric Kohn reports that Precious beat out the competition for the People’s Choice Award. He writes of Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry: Is it possible that audiences were manipulated into voting en masse by the presence of these ...

Not for nothing, I somehow missed this money quote back on September 13 when Ebert first posted it, but it’s worth remembering: It’s fairly routine at a film festival to hear a director praise somebody else’s film. But Lone Scherfig, ...

Roger Ebert writes mysteriously about Chloe, saying that it reminded him of a movie but if he even says the title it will be a major spoiler — eroticism….Cat People? The Last Tango in Paris? The Sailor Who Fell From ...

TIME’s Richard Corliss says actors are salesmen. George Clooney has the goods and delivered two memorable performances in Toronto, only one slightly more so: Clooney responds to this unusual freedom with the sharpest, most nuanced performance of his career. He ...

With yet more near-unanimous praise for Up in the Air, perhaps it’s time to call it.¬† Roger Ebert is the latest to fall head-over-heels for Jason Reitman’s third pic: It stars George Clooney in one of his best performances, as ...

Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman writes at length about Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story (loves it, but wishes Moore had been more reserved) but also drops some tidbits as to his reaction of Up in the Air (looks to be a ...

Roger Ebert calls Penelope Cruz a “life force,” in Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces — but saves his undying praise for Precious: Precious,” one of the best films of the autumn, is Lee Daniels’ the story of a physically and mentally ...

This year there will probably be more coverage on the web from the TIFF than there ever has been. In addition to Nancy who’ll be covering the festival for us, I’ll be paying attention to Roger Ebert’s blog. He’ll be ...

As a lifelong Darwin obsessive, I will watch with great interest this first real film on Darwin, called Creation, heading to Toronto, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, directed by Jon Amiel.¬† Indiewire’s Brian Brooks talks to Amiel about Darwin ...

Peter Knegt over at Indiewire asks the question, what are the top ten things the fall fests may tell us about Awards Season? Here are his questions: 1. Are “Precious” and “An Education” the real deal? Knegt says you bet. ...

I’m really just using this as an excuse to point to a Michael Cieply/NY Times piece that quotes our old and dear friend Dora — longtime readers will remember her as an old pal of this site. So I guess ...

Why Film Awards Are Still Important As Oscar season wakes up from its long nap, there are yet still more voices, every day more voices, flooding the niche. Can the niche hold? It seems as though the beast that is ...

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