#TIFF13: “ENOUGH SAID”
After much critical love with 2010's Please Give, Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener returns with another Winner in heartfelt Romantic-Comedy, Enough Said which premiered just recently at TIFF '13. With the distinction of featuring one of late James Gandolfini's final performances, the Film is a Gem in the Genre, making us wonder why it is despite her phenomenal success in Television, Julia Louis-Dreyfus isn't a huge Movie Star.
Enough Said centers on a divorced single Mom named Eva ...
#TIFF13: “DON JON”
We all know Joseph Gordon-Levitt's abilities as an Actor and even a Singer, but how about as a Producer, Writer and Director also? Don Jon is one of the 2013's hidden Cinematic Gems and those of us attending the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival are fortunate enough to see it first.
The subject matter on paper appears dark, but what we get here is something daring, uplifting and rather charmingly honest. Strappingly-magnetic New Jersey Bartender Don Jon (Gordon-Levitt) grapples with ...
One of the Films you absolutely must absolutely see in 2013 is Ron Howard's Rush. Recently having premiered at TIFF '13 to resounding praise, the Bio-Drama recounts the ruthless Rivalry between Formula-1 Drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) to become World Champion in 1976.
Chronicling their tooth-and-nail Battle, Howard tells an adrenaline-driven Story of two Men in relentless pursuit of being on-top in series of Grand Prix races around the World. And this ...
Review by: Jonathan Godfrey for Mr. Will Wong
It is not very often that a Studio permits its Artists free reign, but then again Warner Bros. is far from the norm. With three potential Oscar Contenders out this weekend, Prisoners opens-up this weekend as the Leader of the Pack.
The Film is a departure from the Zeitgeist, a dark narrative about dark matters. Crafted by the Quebecois Renaissance Man Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners is a Movie about the array of affects that occur after a Child is ...
#TIFF13: “LOVE PUNCH”
Fans of 2008's Last Chance Harvey will be excited that Director/Writer Joel Hopkins once again re-teams with Emma Thompson in Love Punch, which premiered at TIFF '13. The Comedy centers around a divorced Couple, Richard (Pierce Brosnan) and Kate (Emma Thompson) who team together to recover their retirement funds after the money is stolen from them. With some Costumes and Texan accents, they plot to steal a Diamond Necklace worth a considerable sum from the young ...
#TIFF13: “THE RAILWAY MAN
Based upon Eric Lomax's Memoir about his experiences as a World War II Victim forced to work on the Thai/Burma Railway, The Railway Man from Director Jonathan Teplitzky premiered at TIFF '13. The Film recalls the torment he experienced during the War in his younger years (played by Jeremy Irvine) at the hands of the Japanese, after it is learned that he had built a secret Radio to receive news on the homefront to give his fellow Soldiers updates.
The emotional torture however doesn't ...
#TIFF13: “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY”
A Family Crisis brings the Women of the Weston Family together once again and it isn't long before they realize why it is that they have distanced themselves from the one Woman responsible for raising them and how it is they each are a reflection of her dysfunction. Based upon the Pullitzer Prize-winning Play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County made its World Premiere at TIFF '13 and after being in awe of its Trailer, I can say the Family Drama delivers almost on every level.
Violet Weston ...
In 1977, a then 27-year-old Australian Woman named Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) began her 1,700 mile Trek from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. Partaking on her Adventure also were her Dog and four Camels. Needing the funding to embark on her Journey, National Geographic Photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) recommends she contact the Magazine for a sponsorship and despite the hesitation of having it documented and photographed, she agrees to the aid. Director John Curran takes us ...
#TIFF13: “DEVIL’S KNOT”
On May 5, 1993, three eight-year-old West Memphis Boys: Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers went missing. Their bodies later were found bound, beaten and sexually mutilated after an intensive search. Convinced that this was the work of a Satanic Cult, the local Police Department arrest three Teenage Boys: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., taking them to trial. All but the latter maintain their innocence, although it is learned that the latter is mentally ...
#TIFF13: “THE FIFTH ESTATE”
Based on the Books Inside WikiLeaks by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and WikiLeaks by David Leigh & Luke Harding, Director Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate opens the Toronto International Film Festival this year in as explosive a fashion as the Website which it centers upon operates. The Thriller raises several questions, among them the implications of both sharing highly confidential information and also keeping it secret in this Age of Information.
Perhaps not the most flattering portrayal of ...