Posts Tagged ‘film festival’
 

 

THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Drive”

> DRIVE is a self-conscious genre movie, and those are tricky propositions.  On the one hand, you need to make your existential or other textual statement with all the artistry at your command; on the other, you still have...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Albert Nobbs”

> Rodrigo Garcia’s film ALBERT NOBBS (he shares auteurship with Glenn Close, who served as screenwriter with John Banville and Gabriella Prekop and as a producer as well as star) caters to what used to be called the James...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: Galas and Special Presentations Announced

    The Toronto Film Festival is on its way, and SHOWBUZZDAILY will be there.  The Festival, which runs Sept 6-16, today announced the bulk of its highest-profile titles, those that will screen in the Gala and Specia...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt”

> It’s anyone’s guess why Francis Ford Coppola, at the age of 72, with some enduring cinema classics to his name, would decide to make a movie that’s a cross between a David Lynch retread, an old horror cheapi...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”

> I wasn’t aware that the Toronto Film Festival showed TV pilots until I caught a screening of PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING.  As a pilot, Peace certainly has its appeal, with a strong cast that includes Jane Fo...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Hick”

> Derick Martini’s HICK is like a Sundance movie that took the wrong indie-film exit and wound up in Toronto.  For whatever reason, Toronto’s film festival tends to find itself with fewer stories of young peopl...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Virtual Sundance Reviews: “In the Earth” & “Knocking”

  IN THE EARTH (Neon):  After his foray into more commercial cinema with the Netflix remake of Rebecca that didn’t go very well, Ben Wheatley has returned to the stranger and more experimental style of his earlier f...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz”

> In just her second feature film as a director (her first was 2006’s Oscar-nominated Away From Her), Sarah Polley demonstrates that she’s already a filmmaker with rare grace and sensuality in TAKE THIS WALTZ, which...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Toronto Film Festival Recap

> Here are capsule summaries of all this year’s SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival reviews, arranged more or less in order of preference.  Click on each title for the full review, and the complete list of all the re...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Midnight Madness – “Sleepless Night”

> When the inevitable US remake of the French thriller SLEEPLESS NIGHT arrives, it’ll benefit from some sharper dialogue (assuming the subtitles in Toronto were fully translating the original), a bit more characterization...
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THE BIJOU REVIEW “The Descendants”

>   THE DESCENDANTS:  Worth A Ticket – Flawed But Heartfelt It’s taken an unaccountable 7 years for Alexander Payne to follow up Sideways, the biggest hit of his career,  with THE DESCENDANTS, which w...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Wish I Was Here”

  Zach Braff’s WISH I WAS HERE, his first film as a writer-director since Garden State 10 years ago, mixes genuine, deeply-felt emotion with the kind of contrivances that would grate even on a second-rate sitcom.  (...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Fernando Meirelles’ “360”

> If Arthur Schnitzler had only been a member of the WGA in 1900, when he wrote the play La Ronde, and he’d had the benefit of the format rights guild members receive today, he and his descendants would be very rich indee...
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THE BIJOU @ SUNDANCE: Big-Time

> Like any showbiz stripper, the Sundance Film Festival has left its most notable revelations for last:  after releasing its Competition Entries and its Midnight and Other Fringe Titles, today the Festival announced its hi...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY’S TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL ROUND-UP

  This year’s Toronto International Film Festival had a very solid line-up, so much so that although the titles below are listed in rough order of preference, even the worst of them is of some interest, very possibly...
by Mitch Salem