Introduction to the Toronto Film Festival
Do you love movies and film? Are you interested in what the new players in the field are up to these days? If you answered yes to either of these questions then I would highly recommend that you have a look (if not physically then at least online) at the Toronto Film Festival. To give you a bit of a taste, last year Ben Affleck’s Argo was shown, and it’s also where it was predicted that Jennifer Lawrence would win the Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. In general, you’re going to see a lot of good movies here.
Hopefully the lineup this year will be just as good, but unfortunately only time will tell if that’s the case. What we can tell, though, is that the lineup is looking very impressive on the surface. I want to take a look at some of the highlights of this year’s festival and whet your appetite for some amazing films!
August: Osage County
Yes, this is a dramedy (drama + comedy) but don’t let that deter you. The cast is loaded with the likes of Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep who appear to capture little of the bad-qualities of the Pulitzer-prize-winning play which the movie is based on. Tracy Letts, the playwright, took his own work to the silver screen for John Wells, the director. Throw in two Oscar-winning actresses with lead roles and a few more nominees in the supporting cast and voilá- you have yourself a recipe for an awesome movie!
Dallas Buyers Club
Have you heard of the term McConaissance yet? Well if you haven’t heard, there’s been a resurgence of movies that include Matthew McConaughey in lead roles- and this project might be his toughest project so far. It encompasses the real-life tale of Ron Woodruff, and AIDS-inflicted Texan who began a drug-smuggling ring to get AIDS treatment medications over the border and into the United States. Apparently, McConaughey lost a lot of weight for this role as well. Costarring with McConaughey are Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto- Leto is also already garnering some awards buzz for his role as a transsexual who becomes friends with the once intolerant Wodruff. This one looks like a winner!
Lastly but certainly not least is the film Gravity. I’ve been waiting for Alfonso Cuaron’s outer-space epic for some time (it was delayed in post-production for about a year). And with that in mind, it’s been seven years since Cuaron made his last movie (Children of Men). Sandra Bullock plays an astronaut marooned out in space- obviously this sounds like the makings for a great movie. Oh, and did we mention that it’s in 3-D?