Today is the start of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and as I do not have a passport nor the money to spend the next 10 days in Toronto I will have to contend with reviews and YouTube clips of people talking about the films I want to see –woe is me! So here is a helpful guide for those of you lucky enough to be at TIFF of what you SHOULD be seeing and a wish list of the movies I will patiently wait to come to a nearby theater or Amazon/Video OnDemand.
The Movies EVERYONE will want to see AKA OSCARBATE
August: Osage County stars Meryl Streep as Julia Roberts mother. If this movie is half as good as its cast it will most likely win all of the awards.
Matthew McConaughey is a man with AIDs who schemes to get good meds approved quickly in the 80s in Dallas Buyers Club and Don Jon is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut both were in this weeks Movie Trailer Monday (MTM).
The Fifth Estate is the Wikileaks movie with Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.
Kill Your Darlings stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg. HARRY POTTER IS SO OLD!!!
Idris Elba –RAWR– stars as Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Philomena stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan who are trying to find the child Dench gave up for adoption.
You Are Here is the feature film directorial debut of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler. It is also a comedy!
Movies I really can’t wait to see
I love Saoirse Ronan and I think the concept of How I Live Now, about what it’s like to live during the brink of apocalypse as opposed to a movie about life in a dystopian future.
The Grand Seduction is a Canadian movie about a small town trying to woo Tim Riggins to be their doctor. Tim Riggins with his native Canadian accent! Tim Riggins as a DOCTOR! A Canadian COMEDY directed by Don McKellar (loved him in Slings & Arrows)! Everything about this movie makes me happy! Tim Riggins needs to grow out his hair.
Weird little movies
Only Lovers Left Alive AKA the Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston vampire movie directed by indie maverick Jim Jarmusch. WINNER!
True Blood cutie and Australian Ryan Kwanten stars in The Right Kind of Wrong as a wannabe writer who works as a dishwasher and is willing to do ANYTHING for the NEW love of his life who also happens to be just married. It apparently has “flights of magical realism” –FUN! It was directed by the dude who directed Benny & Joon.
Sunshine on the Leith is a movie adaptation of a musical from Scottish band The Proclaimers, staring Emmy nominee Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake, I demand you go watch this on Netflix right now if you haven’t already) AND Jane Horrocks (Little Voice, one of the best movies EVER also on Netflix).
Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche play teachers who fall in love in Words and Pictures, apparently one is an art teacher and the other is an English teacher and they challenge each other to a “WAR” of words and pictures –AWW!
Kristen Wiig, Hailee Steinfeld, Guy Pearce and unfortunately Nick Nolte (I just can’t like him) star in the family drama Hateship Loveship. It is also funny as it should be with Kristen Wiig. I’m just glad Guy Pearce is in something and NOT playing a creep.
French actress Fanny Ardent plays a married women in her sixties who has an affair with a younger man in Bright Days Ahead. Fanny Ardent is one of those ladies that I WISH I looked like now, let alone in my sixties, she is one foxy dame.
From the dude who directed Once (love that movie and the music) comes Can a Song Save Your Life? starring Mark Ruffalo as a music producer and Keira Knightley as the singer-songwriter he would like to make sweet music with. It has Adam Levine in it –BOO– BUT also Cee Lo Green and Yasiin Bey –YAY.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her is two different movies about a relationship from each of the couples points of view. It stars James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain and I am so interested in this movie. I can’t wait to read the reviews.
The F Word is a rom-com staring Daniel Radcliffe (I’m glad he is in something FUN) and Zoe Kazan in which they become FRIENDS not lovers (though I bet they become lovers in the end) since she has a boyfriend.
Caper flicks are always fun
John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey star in Life of Crime based on an Elmore Leonard story in which they kidnap Jennifer Aniston and things go awry. LOVE IT!
Love Punch stars Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan as a divorced couple who plan a jewelry heist. I am all for Emma Thompson being in more movies, especially funny ones.
Kurt Russell and Matt Damon star as double-crossing brothers who try to pull off one more score in The Art of the Steal. According to TIFF it is a “cross-border caper,” oh Canada you deserve your own fun caper flick.
Dom Hemingway is the Jude Law/Richard E. Grant caper flick. Law plays an ex-con safe-cracker, I’m willing to bet he will be out for one more score.
Arty Period Pieces
A Promise is a British period piece staring Game of Thrones hottie Richard Madden, Rebecca Hall, and Alan Rickman in a love triangle. I’m sorry Madden, but I would pick Rickman every time.
The Invisible Woman is the directorial debut of Ralph Fiennes (a favorite here at SLLS). It’s about Charles Dickens’ SECRET mistress played by Felicity Jones (a brunette actress from England who looks a lot like every other brunette actress).
Belle stars Gugu Mbatha Raw (who was AWESOME in the short-lived but fun TV show Undercovers) as the bi-racial daughter of an aristocrat in 18th century England. FUN? Nope, probably NOT fun but DRAMATIC!
Photos from TIFF.net.