WEEKLY WRAP: Venice winners, Toronto bites, ‘Network’ raves

Posted by · 7:05 pm · September 17th, 2010

Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” surprised many by taking top honors at the Venice Film Festival; we took a closer look at the Lido winners.

Meanwhile, we were considerably less than wowed by the festival closer, Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest.”

This week’s Off the Carpet column reflected on the unusual depth of this year’s Best Actress race.

A race that subsequently got even deeper as Lionsgate made the biggest acquisition thus far of this year’s Toronto fest: Nicole Kidman’s comeback effort “Rabbit Hole.”

Perhaps the biggest Oscar story to land this week has few women to speak of: we offered an early appraisal of David Fincher’s “The Social Network.”

Ahead of its Toronto bow, we forecast potential Oscar success for true-life Britcom “Made in Dagenham.”

Also in Toronto, Clint Eastwood’s latest prestige project “Hereafter” split critical opinion.

As Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix finally came clean about “I’m Still Here,” we considered one of the year’s other major is-it-or-isn’t-it docs, “Catfish.”

The foreign-language Oscar race continues to gather contenders, including critically beloved Cannes winners “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” and “Dogtooth.”

If all this festival-related Oscar talk is getting to you, Chad continued his weekly trawl through the films that needed no Academy love to gain classic status.

Finally, Claude Chabrol, the prolific French New Wave master, passed away at the age of 80; we paid our respects.

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  • 1 9-18-2010 at 12:05 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Um, out of curiousity, what’s with the “we” in your recaps? Is this something you’ve always done, or have you just now been assimilated by the Borg?

  • 2 9-18-2010 at 1:29 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...


  • 3 9-18-2010 at 10:59 am

    Fitz said...

    Lionsgate is really becoming a player. I wonder if they’ll manage to snag a Best Pic nomination?