Awards Watch Archive for September, 2014

Oh, David.

“There’s an incredibly narcissistic function of ‘I feel I deserve this kind of person at my side and as long as you’re willing to do the work to appear like that, yeah, let’s do it.’ And five years down the line it’s like, ‘Why are we so resentful of each other just ‘cos we can’t…

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Does Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars Posit H’wd As A “Disease”?

Does Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars Posit H’wd As A “Disease”?

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Gurus o’ Gold: Post-Venice/Telluride/Toronto Best Picture Field

Do the fall festivals matter? The Gurus chime in with their look at the Best Picture race, which has changed, particularly with the rise of 2 titles, but still finds the pre-fest Top 7 all residing int he Top 9 of this new chart.

Also, the actors and actresses who got the biggest festival bumps.

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“If Xavier Dolan is not a great—and arguably not even a particularly good—filmmaker, how to account for the enormous international acclaim of his work, of which Mommy feels like an early culmination?”

“If Xavier Dolan is not a great—and arguably not even a particularly good—filmmaker, how to account for the enormous international acclaim of his work, of which Mommy feels like an early culmination?”

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Pete Hammond Counts Down The Quality Pics Without Distribution That Are Running Out Of Time For A 2014 Awards Season Release

Pete Hammond Counts Down The Quality Pics Without Distribution That Are Running Out Of Time For A 2014 Awards Season Release With – Fleming On New Purchasing Powers At Toronto

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On Tate Britain’s Late Turner Show To Accompany The Release Of Mike Leigh’s Latest

On Tate Britain’s Late Turner Show To Accompany The Release Of Mike Leigh’s Latest

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How Par Plucked Chris Rock’s Top Five At TIFF, Plus Notes On Other Acquisitions

How Par Plucked Chris Rock’s Top Five At TIFF, Plus Notes On Other Acquisitions

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“What Daft Punk Unmasked In Eden Say About the End of Techno Culture”

“What Daft Punk Unmasked In Eden Say About the End of Techno Culture”

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Who’s The Next Star Of The Red Carpet?

Who’s The Next Star Of The Red Carpet?

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M. Phillips Talks Foxcatcher Awards Chances From Toronto

M. Phillips Talks Foxcatcher Awards Chances From Toronto

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Upcoming Academy Honoree Jean-Claude Carrière On Screenwriting And More

Upcoming Academy Honoree Jean-Claude Carrière On Screenwriting And More

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SPC Buys Into Julianne Moore-Starrer Still Alice At Toronto

SPC Buys Into Julianne Moore-Starrer Still Alice At Toronto

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“If you filter the enterprising work of folks like Anne Thompson, David Poland, Jeffrey Wells, Sasha Stone and Anthony Breznican through the prism of changing-with-the-film-criticism-times, awards season journalism becomes suddenly a very different animal. It’s also a clever and necessary way for film journalists to keep their opinions relevant. Not an easy feat in a world where most people no longer cite or read longform reviews but rely instead on the briefest of smartphone glances.”

“If you filter the enterprising work of folks like Anne Thompson, David Poland, Jeffrey Wells, Sasha Stone and Anthony Breznican through the prism of changing-with-the-film-criticism-times, awards season journalism becomes suddenly a very different animal. It’s also a clever and necessary way for film journalists to keep their opinions relevant. Not an easy feat in a…

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Going Back Home To Virginia With Steve James To Watch Life Itself

Going Back Home To Virginia With Steve James To Watch Life Itself

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Avers Jeffrey Wells

“I’m telling you straight and true that Paul Dano‘s performance as the youngish Brian Wilson in Bill Pohlad‘s Love and Mercy is almost spookily great.” Avers Jeff Wells

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“Yummy” Benedict Cumberbatch Seduces Toronto

“Yummy” Benedict Cumberbatch Seduces Toronto

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Imitation Game Screenwriter Champed To Tell Alan Turing Tale Since He Was 14

Imitation Game Screenwriter Champed To Tell Alan Turing Tale Since He Was 14

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Cieply Listens Into SPC’s Toronto Dinner To Get Some Award Season Cues

Cieply Listens Into SPC’s Toronto Dinner To Get Some Award Season Cues

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Scott Feinberg Thinks Mike Binder’s Black And White Is On Its Way To Awards

Scott Feinberg Thinks Mike Binder’s Black And White Is On Its Way To Awards

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Eric Kohn On Telluride Setting The Table For Toronto, Instead Of Turning Tables

Eric Kohn On Telluride Setting The Table For Toronto, Instead Of Turning Tables

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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg