WEEKLY WRAP: Toronto looming, ‘Education’ rising

Posted by · 6:19 am · July 18th, 2009

Carey Mulligan in An EducationLots of buzz over “An Education” this week, with a new trailer and poster unveiled … and the talk isn’t only about Carey Mulligan.

We kicked off a new season of Tech Support with a look at the runners and riders for Best Cinematography.

Darwin biopic “Creation” will open this year’s Toronto fest, while “Bright Star” and “Precious” are also in the lineup.

Speaking of “Precious,” this week’s edition of Page to Screen examined the novel behind the Sundance sensation.

With the advent 10 Best Picture nominees still confusing the pundits, we considered what impact it might have on the art of Oscar trend-spotting. Could it be a big year for female directors?

To the surprise of precisely no one, “Bruno” failed to reach the lofty commercial heights of “Borat.”

But you went to see “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in your droves, and shared your views with us.

It doesn’t hit U.S. screens until November, but we took an early look at Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces.”

Looking back, meanwhile, we cast our gaze to the final glory days of the American western.

Finally, this week marked this 10th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut.” We paid our respects.

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  • 1 7-18-2009 at 11:39 pm

    orr said...


    i’ve seen The Messenger the other day.
    Ben Foster is totaly amazing there. the new Sean Penn. and Woody Harelson gives his best performance so far.
    What are the chances they’ll get some recognition?

  • 2 7-19-2009 at 1:37 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Can’t really say, since I haven’t seen it. But it was well-received at Berlin (where it won a screenplay award) and apparently has a late October release date. Maybe one to watch at the Spirit Awards.

  • 3 7-19-2009 at 11:38 am

    Devany said...

    I am looking forward to seeing which films play well at TIFF. Have you commented yet on which films may break out as surprises?

    I haven’t seen Creati0n mentioned much here. I don’t think it’s been to any other festivals, and we hardly know anything about it other than one trailer. But going off Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey’s comments on it, the film just might be good.

    Bailey said “”We have traditionally opened with a Canadian film, but this year we chose to go a different route. We fell in love with this movie and this is the one, we felt, really sets the tone for the kinds of conversations we hope will happen around the films at the festival.”

    And Handling said “this intimate look at Darwin puts a human face on a man whose theory remains controversial to this day” and also called the film “impassioned.”

    That’s pretty high praise! I was interested before, for two reasons – I know next to nothing about Darwin the man, and it’s always interesting to see a husband and wife act together. Can be either very good or disastrous.

    But their comments make me think that TIFF has gotten behind the film. I think this could potentially emerge with some buzz, and I am way more interested now than I was.

    I am also really looking forward to hearing more about the Informant! because I adore Matt Damon, and I and many others are really hoping to hear good things about The Vintner’s Luck. Seems like that’s been in development for a million years. I hope you are able to see some of these films and and let those of who cannot attend know your thoughts. I am very curious as to what will emerge from TIFF with good buzz this year.

  • 4 7-19-2009 at 11:57 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I must say, I thought the “Creation” trailer looked stultifyingly dull — I’d written it off. But what do I know?

    I’m sure John and Kris will weigh in more on Toronto as the lineup takes further shape.

  • 5 7-19-2009 at 1:16 pm

    lillibeth said...

    I hope Creation comes out a big winner at Toronto!!

  • 6 7-20-2009 at 10:41 am

    Devany said...

    I’m not surprised the film wasn’t on your radar, Guy. I mean, we haven’t heard a word about it, other than what those two said – and they happen to be in charge of TIFF. If they loved it enough to buck their opening night tradition by selecting it, saying they wanted it to set the tone for the festival…it just might be one of those films that comes out of nowhere, that none of us was expecting.