Being out of town over the weekend, I got way behind on my coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. The daily wrap-ups will continue tonight, but for now here’s a look at what happened over the long weekend:
1) Precious has landed at its fourth major film festival this year and the Oscar buzz continues through Toronto. Tom O’Neill of Gold Derby calls the film a “serious Oscars contender.” I’ve been saying that for months.
2) Drew Barrymore’s Whip It premiered with expected mild reactions. I doubt anyone thought Drew Barrymore’s directing premiere would be artistic gold. /Film‘s Peter Sciretta talks in a video review about why he actually felt disappointed with the film.
3) Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child premiered Monday night to rave reviews. Jeffery Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere says that if the film gets American release before the end of the year it is a Best Picture contender “guaranteed, hands down, take it to the bank.”
4) Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story continues to get steady praise after its screening at the Toronto Film Festival. Andy Lauer of indieWIRE points out that the film is more of Moore’s usual stuff. In my opinion, that’s not a bad thing.
5) After Creation debuted to mixed reactions on Thursday night, the film is still struggling to find a distributor. Cinematical has the story.
6) Oscar speculation abounds after the premiere of Aaron Schneider’s Get Low, which featured a performance from Robert Duvall that is already being called one of his best. John Foote at Screen Rant talks about the Duvall’s Oscar chances.
7) Ricky Gervais’s The Invention of Lying premiered over the weekend and is being called more Ghost Town than “Extras” or “The Office.” Chris Bumbray of JoBlo has a review.
8) Scott Hicks’s latest film effort is The Boys are Back starring Clive Owen as a father who is suddenly thrust into single parenthood. Cinematical says it’s not one of Hicks’ best films, but Owen delivers another great performance.
More from the fest tonight!