In the 34 years that the Toronto International Film Festival has handed out an audience award, 10 of those winners have gone on to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars-- and 4 have won the top prize. Two of those big winners, The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire, have won in the last 5 years
This week on Operation Kino, all four of us are back together again, but not in the same country, with Katey calling in from the Toronto Film Festival so we can review The Master, which premiered there. And because Patches was also up in Toronto, we dedicate Segment 3 to discussing the festival, both which films we saw that we liked and the general importance of Toronto
The Toronto Film Festival technically doesn't wrap up until Sunday, when award winners will be announced (including the usually important Audience Award) and the crowds will recede from downtown Toronto for another year. But Team Cinema Blend has already left the premises, with dozens of movies and a handful interviews under our belts
"It'll have you leaving the theater singing!" is the kind of hacky quote you might see on the poster for a Broadway musical, but I swear to God, it happened to me after one of the best films I've seen at this year's Toronto Film Festival. I walked into Pablo Larrain's No knowing pretty much three things: it starred Gael Garcia Bernal, it was somehow about the dictator Pinochet
Most people aren't Joss Whedon, who stepped from the enormous set of The Avengers to film a 10-day, black and white version of Much Ado About Nothing at his own house-- and, because he's Joss Whedon, actually made it an engaging and very funny adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic
There's a curdled, dark and sometimes very funny core to Spring Breakers that will stun anyone who walks in expecting to see Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez in their first grown-up roles. The girls are grown-up, alright, but Spring Breakers exists to twist that idea and even parody the whole tradition of spring break movies
This big, ambitious, gorgeous, glorious film demands that its audience walk in as open-hearted as it is; it's going to take you to some hippy-dippy, love-is-all-around-you places, and skeptics who choose to reject that will be in for a long two and a half hours. But directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer also make the choice to run along with it an easy one
There was a ton of sniffling and sobbing around me at yesterday's press screening, but also more than a few walkouts, people either too overwhelmed by the film's visceral violence or offended by the manipulative emotions. Both are fair reactions, but neither are reasons not to see The Impossible, which tells the story of an unavoidable natural disaster but still manages to be necessary viewing.
With Katey arriving in Toronto yesterday afternoon, Team Cinema Blend was officially two member strong on the ground at the Toronto Film Festival-- for 24 hours, at least. Today Sean takes off, which left us one chance to get together and talk about what we had seen. Luckily we had just come out of one movie together, the highly anticipated The Master
When he introduced last night's screening of At Any Price, director Ramin Bahrani described star Dennis Quaid as "my Willy Loman." That's a powerful name to check just before your own saga about family business and the painful march of time, and it loomed over At Any Price in a way Bahrani surely didn't intend
The true lightning rod of discussion so far at TIFF has been Cloud Atlas (and not The Master, which many seem to admire but are hesitant to flat-out adore). The entire cast – and I do mean ENTIRE cast – took to the stage for a quick bow before the screening. Tom Hanks. Halle Berry. Hugh Grant. Hugo Weaving. Susan Sarandon. All of them. That was a sight.
The heavy hitters emerged at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, as audiences got their first look at films that would make any cinema junkie drool. Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, Ben Affleck’s Argo and Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha all played north of the border to packed houses … and we were there for as much of it as we could absorb.
No matter what you are looking for, the fest likely has it programmed, from genre-testing Midnight Madness screenings to challenging Documentaries and star-studded Gala’s with Oscar hopes.
Kicking things off will be Rian Johnson's Looper, the twisty time-travel thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, which will be the festival's opening film. Looper stole the show at Comic Con a few weeks ago, but the opening night spot at TIFF is a huge spotlight for what's essentially a genre movie from a director with only two other films behind him.