Posts Tagged ‘film festival’
 

 

TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL Day 1 Capsule Reviews: “The Magnificent 7″” & “Free Fire”

  THE MAGNIFICENT 7 (Village Roadshow/MGM/Columbia/Sony – Sept 23):  Cinema survived in 1960 when Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece The Seven Samurai was transformed into an American western, and it will survive th...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE BIJOU @ TIFF; Collected Reviews

>Click below for all SHOWBUZZDAILY‘s collected Toronto Film Festival reviews, in alphabetical order: 360 50/50 ALBERT NOBBS THE ARTIST BUTTER DAMSELS IN DISTRESS THE DEEP BLUE SEA THE DESCENDANTS DRIVE HICK THE IDES OF MA...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “The Last Word” & “Thoroughbred”

  THE LAST WORD (Bleecker Street):  Shirley MacLaine does the irascible codger thing.  She’s smart enough not to overplay the very familiar hand she’s been dealt by screenwriter Stuart Ross Fink and director ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist”

> The Artist is a beautiful film hot-house flower, designed to flourish in the rarefied atmosphere of festivals and gatherings of cineastes. It’s a curio that will be cherished by some, and probably ignored by most of the...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Cloud Atlas”

  It isn’t often that one needs to invoke Intolerance to describe a current film, but CLOUD ATLAS demands it.  Like D.W. Griffith’s epic, it intercuts between stories taking place across hundreds of years o...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Your Sister’s Sister”

> Lynn Shelton’s Humpday in 2009 was one of the most engaging pictures to come out of the mumblecore movement (“mumblecore,” for the uninitiated = ultra-low-budget, small scale film with dialogue mostly improv...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Great Expectations”

At this point in movie history, it’s beside the point to ask why we even need a new film version of GREAT EXPECTATIONS when David Lean’s 1946 masterpiece still exists.  (And for those who want a different slant on ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

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...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “Rebel In the Rye,” “Newness,” “Landline,” “I Don’t Feel At Home,” “Ingrid Goes West” & “Walking Out”

  REBEL IN THE RYE (no distrib):  Danny Strong’s first film as a director is a biography of J. D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult), and it hits all the Salinger bullet points:  his early struggles to get published, his sp...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

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...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Silver Linings Playbook”

  SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK:  Don’t Get Sold Out – A Rom-Com With Dance Moves All Its Own Anyone who doubts that Jennifer Lawrence is a real-thing, big-time movie star should get thee hence to a theater showing ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Madonna’s “W.E.”

> One of the enduring questions of Madonna’s illustrious quarter-century career is how someone so brilliant in managing every other facet of her persona has consistently made such terrible decisions when it comes to movie...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “In the House”

Francois Ozon’s IN THE HOUSE is a delicious examination of the pleasures and dangers of addictive narrative.  Storytelling (and corresponding tricks of cinematic structure) has been an interest of Ozon’s throughout...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE BIJOU REVIEW: “50/50”

> 50/50:  Worth A Ticket –  A Genuinely Feel-Good Cancer Comedy With The Big C renewed for its third season on Showtime, the concept of a comedy getting laughs from the experiences of a cancer patient is no long...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

ShowbuzzDaily Sundance Review: “Juliet, Naked”

  JULIET, NAKED (no distrib):  Every Sundance has a title or two that isn’t particularly “indie,” other than by the fact that its stars aren’t hugely bankable.  These aren’t the films that s...
by Mitch Salem