TORONTO 2010

Toronto Interview: Let Me In's Wonderful Director Matt Reeves

Let Me In Director Matt Reeves

This is the interview you've all been waiting for. Ever since it was first announced, some two years ago, that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves would be helming the "remake" of Let the Right One In re-titled Let Me In, I've been waiting to ask him questions - lots of them. But surprise, surprise, his film Let Me In is actually on par with the original, it's fantastic and beautiful in all of its own ways. And that only gave me more to ask him, more to discuss. It was at Comic-Con that I first saw Reeves speak about the film and I knew this was a guy I needed to talk to. So without further ado, I present my interview with Let Me In director Matt Reeves!

 Posted October 1 in Hype, Interview, TIFF 10 | Comments

New Video Interview: 'Black Swan' Director Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky

As my lengthy film festival tour starts to come to a close, I've been thinking back through all of the films I've seen, and one that has stuck with me the whole time is Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan starring the lovely Natalie Portman. It is undoubtedly one of my very favorite films of the year and another fantastic work of art from one of the best filmmakers around. Although I first saw the film in Telluride (read my review), I didn't have the chance to catch up with Darren Aronofsky for an interview until I got to Toronto. Below you will find my 15 minute interview with Aronofsky, which is a must watch for anyone who's a fan of the filmmaker.

 Posted September 27 in Hype, Interview, TIFF 10 | Comments

Toronto Video Interview: Rodrigo Cortés - Director of 'Buried'

Rodrigo Cortés

I first saw the buried alive thriller Buried (watch the trailer), starring Ryan Reynolds (and only him) at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where I called it one of my favorite films of the fest. I tried to interview director Rodrigo Cortés at Sundance, but Lionsgate canceled all interviews with him, so now nine months have passed and I finally had the chance to sit down with Cortés for an interview about Buried in Toronto. I've been waiting to talk with him since January, so we covered a lot of different topics, from the concept to shooting in coffins to working with Ryan Reynolds and much more. One of my all-time favorite interviews!

 Posted September 23 in Hype, Interview, TIFF 10 | Comments

Toronto Video Interview: Julia's Eyes Director Guillem Morales

Belén Rueda in Julia's Eyes

As a follow-up to my interview with producer/mentor Guillermo del Toro yesterday, I have an interview with the actual writer and director of Julia's Eyes - Spanish filmmaker Guillem Morales. Morales is the guy who came up with the unique concept that eventually got del Toro on-board to produce, as you heard in his interview. This time I talked with Morales about that idea, how he worked with del Toro, and what it was like to shoot the film this way, as it's what makes it so original. It's as fascinating & entertaining as my chat with GdT, so I hope you watch this video as well, even if you're not too familiar with Julia's Eyes yet. Enjoy!

 Posted September 22 in Indies, Interview, TIFF 10 | Comments

Toronto Video Interview: Producer/Mentor Guillermo del Toro

Belén Rueda, Guillermo del Toro, Guillem Morales

One of my favorite filmmakers is Guillermo del Toro, I've loved him for years, and I've been waiting talk with him for years as well. I'm sure I don't need to explain why he's so great, as most of you guys love him, too. I was offered an interview with del Toro at the Toronto Film Festival last week as he was in town in support of the Spanish horror/thriller Julia's Eyes (check out a trailer), which he produced. I decided to interview him, but wanted to focus more on his mentoring of younger filmmakers, like Guillem Morales of Julia's Eyes and Juan Antonio Bayona of The Orphanage, so my focus is that topic, but we still cover a lot.

 Posted September 21 in Indies, Interview, TIFF 10 | Comments

Toronto Review: Tom Hooper's Exceptional 'The King's Speech'

The King's Speech

What an exhilarating way to end the festival! My last film of TIFF 2010 was the recently crowned Audience Award winner The King's Speech from director Tom Hooper and damn does it ever deserve that award. I had no clue what to expect going in, and was a bit nervous, but it's one of those wonderful films that in the first few minutes already had me thinking to myself "I'm going to love this." And indeed I did, and that says a lot, as a period piece drama is not usually something I go for. I'm going to make a bold statement - I think The King's Speech is on par with Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan as one of the very best movies of the year.

 Posted September 20 in Review, TIFF 10 | Comments

Final Toronto Bits: 'Beginners' & 'Rare Exports' Sell + Awards

Beginners

Sunday was officially the very last day of the Toronto Film Festival and although we still have quite a bit of good content (wrap-ups, interviews, etc) on the way, news from the fest is starting to die down, but there are a few more sales to report on. Additionally, the winners of the various awards at TIFF were announced, including an important win for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, which took home the coveted Audience Award (the same that Slumdog Millionaire won before it went on to nab Best Picture at the Oscars). Other recent fest sales include Beginners, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and the heavily disliked Passion Play.

 Posted September 20 in Indies, Movie News, TIFF 10 | Comments Closed

Toronto Review: Jim Mickle's Vampire Road Film 'Stake Land'

Jim Mickle's Stake Land

I think I found my favorite Midnight Madness film of 2010. Vampires have become an overused, cliched and tired "villain" in genre flicks recently, but that doesn't mean an indie gem can't come along and prove that a great vampire flick can be dark, bloody, and badass once again, and that's exactly what Stake Land does. The best way to describe this would be to say it's like The Road, but not as bleak, and with a vampire epidemic being the cause of the apocalypse. That's an odd reference, but it's exactly what this is like, as it follows a vampire killer and his teen protege as they travel North to "New Eden" fending off nasty vamps.

 Posted September 18 in Review, TIFF 10 | Comments

Toronto Review: Janus Metz's Incredible War Doc 'Armadillo'

Janus Metz's Armadillo

I'm not normally a big documentary guy, so I don't see many of them over the course of a year, but I'd heard some great things about a Danish doc called Armadillo that won the top prize in the Semaine de la Critique (Critics' Week) sidebar in Cannes earlier this year. I finally saw this documentary in Toronto and damn is it good, it's pretty much as incredible as you've likely heard, but not perfect. Armadillo is a documentary that follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six month tour to a front line army base in Afghanistan in the war against the Taliban in early 2009. It's intense and emotional and, yes I'll say it, better than The Hurt Locker.

 Posted September 18 in Review, TIFF 10 | Comments

Toronto Video Interview with '127 Hours' Director Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle

One of the most talked about films this fall is Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, his highly anticipated follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire that tells the true story of mountaineer Aron Ralston who got pinned under a boulder for five days. We first saw the film at the Telluride Film Festival (my review) and later met for an interview with Aron Ralston, but a few weeks after that, both Peter from SlashFilm and I were lucky enough to catch up with Oscar winning filmmaker Danny Boyle for an interview while he was in town at the Toronto Film Festival. We asked as many question as we could about 127 Hours, so make sure you watch the whole thing!

 Posted September 16 in Indies, Interview, TIFF 10 | Comments

Toronto Review & Video: Max Winkler's First Film 'Ceremony'

Max Winkler's Ceremony

Another world premiere I caught up at the Toronto Film Festival was Max Winkler's Ceremony, an indie comedy starring Michael Angarano (Snow Angels, Gentlemen Broncos), Lee Pace (The Fall, A Single Man), Reece Thompson (Rocket Science) and also Uma Thurman (who needs no introduction). It's a smart indie with some snappy dialogue, but it's a wonderfully amusing film about two friends who learn their is more to life than just chasing after older women. Well, at least that's what Angarano learns, as the plot involves him attempting to crash Thurman-Pace's wedding as he's in love with Uma and doesn't want her to marry him.

 Posted September 15 in Review, TIFF 10 | Comments

TIFF Faves Get US Distribution: Insidious, Submarine & More

Richard Ayoade's Submarine

The buzz is out there. That was a bit cheesy, but I'm very happy to report great news regarding sales of two of my favorite films at the Toronto Film Festival that needed distributors. The first is Richard Ayoade's Submarine, the quirky indie comedy that we fell in love with a few days ago. Deadline says The Weinstein Company paid around $1 million for the film and will be releasing it in 2011, so keep your eyes out for that one. Earlier in the fest, TWC picked up Sarah's Key and Dirty Girl, but I haven't heard much buzz on those. The other big sale was of James Wan's Insidious, which premiered last night and I wrote a rave review for.

 Posted September 15 in Indies, Movie News, TIFF 10 | Comments

Toronto Review: James Wan's Creepy New Horror 'Insidious'

James Wan's Insidious

Holy sh*t that was scary! I'm admittedly very easily freaked out and I tend to stay away from ghost thrillers because they scare the crap out of me. But I am very glad I decided to see James Wan's Insidious tonight. I'm a fan of Wan's work (the original Saw, Dead Silence, Death Sentence) and I love watching his fresh new takes on the horror genre, and this time he has definitely created something very unique, something we've never seen before, and it's awesome. It reminded me of a modern mash-up of Poltergeist, The Exorcist, and old school Sam Raimi with some kooky (and enjoyable) laughs, but boy is it just a damn good horror movie!

 Posted September 15 in Review, TIFF 10 | Comments

Toronto Review: Richard Ayoade's Indie Comedy 'Submarine'

Richard Ayoade's Submarine

This is it. This is the wonderful, amusing, brilliant little indie gem I've been waiting to stumble across here at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is called Submarine and its the directorial debut of The IT Crowd actor and former The Mighty Boosh member Richard Ayoade. It was produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films and stars young newcomer Craig Roberts as a quirky 15-year-old British kid named Oliver Tate (seen above). Its been described by others (so I can't take credit for this) as Rushmore meets The Squid and the Whale and that's dead on accurate. And damn is it good, I mean really good, one of the best films of TIFF.

 Posted September 14 in Review, TIFF 10 | Comments

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