ENJOY THE MOVIES
Following news that Anna Kendrick's latest musical endeavor, the film adaptation of the Off-Broadway production The Last 5 Years, was picked up by TWC-Radius, another promising film has been picked up from TIFF. Deadline has word that A24 has picked up the US rights to Noah Baumbach's latest film While We're Young, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin and more. The film follows a free-spirited Brooklynite twenty-something couple (Seyfried and Driver) who inspires an uptight documentarian and his wife (Stiller and Watts) to loosen up. Read on!
What did I just see?! Beloved/hated filmmaker Kevin Smith has returned to the Toronto Film Festival this year to premiere his latest film Tusk at midnight, an unlike-anything-else creation straight out of the mind of Kevin Smith, and it's ridiculous. By now most people are familiar with the cult horror Human Centipede, where a sick doctor surgically links humans to create a disgusting "human centipede". But what if some sick individual wanted to create a walrus out of human? Is that man funny, or interesting, or totally insane? How about a bit of everything. Tusk is cult horror comedy done right, with silliness creeping around every corner.
"That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives." This is where we live, all of us, on this pale blue dot floating in the Milky Way. Jason Reitman's latest film, Men, Women & Children adapted from Chad Kultgen's novel of the same name, is framed within the context of Carl Sagan's timeless quote called "Pale Blue Dot" and the Voyager spacecrafts that we launched in 1977. Men, Women & Children is Reitman's most sensitive work yet, a deeply moving, sensual film about all of us on this planet. I've been a fan of Reitman for a longtime, and still love his early work, but he seems to keep getting more mature with every film he makes.
As human beings we live in a universe where time is constantly ticking, the world never stops turning, and we're all constantly moving, whether we like it or not. Before we know it, 5 or 10 or 20 years pass by and we don't even have the ability to pause and look back, to reflect on what has happened and why. Why did we make this choice? How did we end up here? Films like Boyhood are able to capture that relentless progress in an immensely beautiful way, showing how the little moments inbetween make up more of our life than all the big ones we live for. Following in those footsteps, French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve has created her Boyhood, a film called Eden back looking at 20 years in the life of a French house/garage DJ named Paul.
This is a nightmare. And the only way to wake up and escape from the horror is to pull out that shiny piece of plastic and become a slave to capitalism once again. My apologies to anyone awaiting our coverage of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which kicked off on Thursday, as things have been a bit rough since I caught my 6:30AM flight up to Canada. After arriving and meeting with my flatmate Jason Whyte, the first thing I did was open up my laptop–my MacBook Air–to write some notes for a review. Only to discover that after three years of (intensive) use, its time had come. The flashing question mark of death meaning–it's a goner.
If you loved seeing Anna Kendrick belt out some tunes in Pitch Perfect back in 2012 (the sequel is coming next summer), and you're excited to hear her in a real musical like Into the Woods this winter, then you'll probably be excited about The Last 5 Years. The film, directed by Richard LaGravanese (Behind the Candelabra) is an adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical of the same name, following a love affair and marriage taking place over a five year period. Kendrick shares the screen with "Smash" star and gifted singer Jeremy Jordan, and the film has just been picked up by Radius-TWC before it premieres at TIFF this weekend.
Look at all those cell phones! Paramount has revealed the official poster art (artist currently unknown) for Jason Reitman's latest film Men, Women & Children, which is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend. We've already seen one trailer for this film about how the internet has changed relationships, communication, self-image, and love lives. The ensemble drama stars Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Kaitlyn Dever, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt and plenty others. I really like this poster, the quality of the image makes it stand out, and I'm looking forward to seeing this film at TIFF. Take a closer look below and click for the high res - you can get a better feel for the artwork at hand. Take a look.
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival will see some big films debuting in Canada, but there's also plenty of lower key flicks that festival goers should take notice of. One such film seems to be Cub, part of the Midnight Madness section at the festival. The film follows a group of Cub Scouts who find themselves stalked by a psychopathic huntsman who has riddled the forest with ingenious and deadly traps. The film comes from Belgium, and unfortunately there's no subtitles for the ominous scout song being sung in the trailer, but once you see the trailer, you realize that it's not really necessary to get the right vibe. Watch!
We've already gotten one look at Simon Pegg as an assassin in the forthcoming comedic thriller Kill Me Three Times, and now the film is poised to premiere at TIFF 2014. And to hype up the unveiling of the film at the festival, a special animated poster has been released for the film that also stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Bryan Brown, Callan Mulvey and Luke Hemsworth. This is one is just for TIFF because you'll notice that the smoking matchbook (the only animated part of the poster) says TIFF on it, which is actually pretty cool. Apparently the film is a "must-see" according to TIFF programmer Jane Schoettle. We'll see if that's true soon enough when we hit the Canadian festival. Look!
"You have a real weapon and you choose not to use it." Though he's better known for his sense of humor covering the week's headlines in politics and world affairs, comedian Jon Stewart is getting deadly serious with his directorial debut, a drama called Rosewater. In the film Gael Garcia Bernal plays journalist Maziar Bahari, a Tehran born man who returned to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But following his shooting coverage of the protests after Ahmadinejad's victory before the polls even closed, Bahari was arrested by police, tortured and interrogated for 118 days as a spy. Now the trailer has arrived and it looks powerful and superb. Watch now!
"If beauty is truth, and truth is beauty, well, then surely mathematics is the most beautiful thing of all." Check out this trailer for a film titled X+Y, not the best title but I see what they were going for, a drama about a talented young math prodigy diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Asa Butterfield plays the boy, Nathan, who is being raised by a single mother, played by the always impressive Sally Hawkins, and he befriends his teacher, played by Rafe Spall. He ends up on a big trip to Taiwan on the British team of the International Mathematics Olympiad, joined by Eddie Marsan there. It's a great cast, and while the trailer occasionally gets a bit sappy, there is something unique about it and I'm curious to see. Give it a look.
Director Martin Scorsese turned the Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs into the Best Picture winning The Departed, and now he's producing another film in the same vein called Revenge of the Green Dragons. The film will have its world premiere at TIFF next month and it's just been announced that DirecTV subscribers will be able to watch it immediately afterwards over a 30-day window starting September 11th before A24 sends it to theaters in October. Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo co-direct the film following two best friends as they rise through the ranks of New York’s Chinese underworld in the 1980s. And now here's the first trailer with Ray Liotta, Justin Chon, Harry Shum Jr. & more. Watch!