Van Groeningen directed the Best Foreign Language nominee for the 2014 Oscars, the achingly beautiful The Broken Circle Breakdown. The award was taken home by The Great Beauty that season, so no shame there. I saw an extended clip of this film at CinemaCon, with Carell and Chalamet in a diner, that was so well-wrought and emotional it reminded me of the street scene between Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck from Manchester by the Sea. Both Carell and Chalamet have one Oscar nomination each to their name. I bet they have two, respectively, when January rolls around.
Combine Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) & co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and this cast and you have one of the musts of the festival. I always pay attention when an artist, such as McQueen, takes on a genre like the heist film. His ability to up the prestige and the delivery with well-known tropes and, we hope, subvert them, will be another notch in his belt.
Rapturous reviews coming out of Telluride vaulted this film into my top 10. Oscar talk for McCarthy must make her head spin. Just a few weeks ago she starred in, and was lambasted for, what was being labeled the "worst movie of the year," The Happytime Murders. Ah, showbiz.
I not only like Reitman I think he sinks his teeth in best when there's a little bit of politics and irony involved, like Thank You for Smoking, or corporate and moral shenanigans, like Up in the Air. Lots of buzz around Jackman's performance too.
You know Peter Farrelly as one part of the team, with his brother Bobby, who made There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber and Stuck on You. Peter also wrote Outside Providence which gave Alec Baldwin one of the best roles of his career. And one thing the Farrelly's did, when no one else was even thinking about it, was to include disabled characters and to treat them without the usual dollops of pity or imbue them magical qualities. Hell, they made fun of them and included them, just as they would their best pals at the bar. Farrelly's a humanist so this particular subject ought to be well-handled by him. Fingers crossed.
Nunn probably has a storage unit somewhere where he puts the awards he's won over the years. Still he's never really had a feature film that was a box office hit so it would be nice to see this 78-year-old get just that.
Boy there are a lot of reasons for me to be interested here. Writer/director Holofcener's last outing in that dual role was the effective, thoughtful Enough Said. Ben Mendelsohn is in it. Thomas Mann is due to have one of his projects work.
I dunno, Pine still looks kind of actor-y silly in that chain mail. But Mackenzie! After years of very interesting films that often felt long (but really weren't) and that were always intriguing (Perfect Sense, Spread., Young Adam) he had a critical and commercial success with the damn-good Hell of High Water. Looking forward to it, chain mail and all.
Robert Pattinson has used his post- Twilight time in this world making interesting (though not always successful) films with very interesting directors. I think this is also the first time he's been directed in a feature by a woman.
Vintenberg directed movie #102 on our Top 250, The Hunt. That he followed it with the fairly pokey Far from the Madding Crowd, which may be a work forever doomed to be somewhat pokey, seems irrelevant to this film.
I'm a Laurence Anyways fan so I'll be ready for this one. The eclectic mix of actors in this cast, including the wonderful Sarah Gadon, the very pretty but kinda-comes-off-crazy Bella Thorne, and Jacob Tremblay (the young boy from Room), alongside the headliners promises another uniquely Dolan experience.
Saulnier is working with his frequent collaborator, Macon Blair. Together they've brought us Green Room, Blue Ruin and Murder Party (it's low-budget great. Try it!). I really despise the plot conceit of "kids in danger" but I trust Saulnier...up to a point.
I was entranced by Nguyen's brutal War Witch which became a surprise nominee for Best Foreign Language film at the 2013 Oscars. He's got a lot of known names in front of the camera this time so let's see what he does with it.
Arcand has several, successful, biting satires under his belt including my two favorites, Jesus of Montreal and The Barbarian Invasions. This sounds like a continuation of the Barbarian world, with many of the same actors though with different character names
Minghella is the son of the late, very-much lamented Anthony Minghella so the kid (well, young man) could have inherited great directing by osmosis. Or he could be his own man. Either way it's of interest.
Seems like cast and director couldn't attend the Premiere for this film so, by TIFF rules, it was booted out. At least that's the current line. I kept it here because I do think it looks like it's worth a look when it comes out.