September 1, 2007

Anticipating Toronto, 9/1.

Toronto International Film Festival "A sly, deceptive gut punch of a picture Gonzalo López-Gallego's King of the Hill is a brilliant, vicious little piece of work," writes Todd Brown at Twitch. Also, "Slingshot is a work of fiction but it is one so firmly rooted in the reality of poverty in Manila that it could easily be a documentary. But while [Brillante] Mendoza succeeds admirably in capturing the tone of his surroundings it's hard to shake the feeling that Slingshot is, to a great degree, a missed opportunity."


TIFFReviews points to Robert Everett-Green's preview of "Here Is What Is, [Daniel] Lanois's debut film about music and the art of making records," for the Globe and Mail.

"Released in its native Iceland last fall, Jar City has been drawing an increasing amount of acclaim as it screens its way around the globe." And Peter Martin gathers much of it all in one entry at Cinematical.

Michael Guillém previews Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters, "[n]ot an easy film to watch; certainly difficult to digest"; it's now also Austria's entry in the Oscar race.

Online viewing tip. Colin Geddes posts a clip of Dario Argento and George Romero talking about the films they're bringing to Midnight Madness, The Mother of Tears and a sneak preview ("a couple of clips") of Diary of the Dead.

Update: "Respondents to our seventh annual 'Chasing the Buzz' poll are not just buzzing, they're positively hot and bothered," writes the Toronto Star's Peter Howell. "Our panel of 24 pundits, in selecting 55 of the coolest films out of 349 screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (Thursday until Sept 15), went in for sex, violence and grizzly adventure." Via TIFFReviews.

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Posted by dwhudson at September 1, 2007 11:59 AM