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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    Review: "Essential Killing"

    This being a film starring Vincent Gallo, you want it to have its immortal Vincent Gallo moment, one such as you've never witnessed before. Leave it to veteran maverick director Jerzy Skolimowski to oblige; after a couple of desperate days on the run through frigid snowy forests, the hungry escaped prisoner played by Gallo comes upon a nursing mother on the side of a road and holds the terrified woman at gunpoint while he casts the baby aside and sucks her voluminous breast for nourishment.

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  • Cinema Reloaded - Rotterdam Film F ...
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    Alexis Dos Santos: Random Strangers

    It's always strange with film titles.. Some projects start with a title before you even have a story and you don't even know why you want this title, but somehow it ends up being what inspires the story.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Telluride Wrap: Best of Fest

    One great thing about The Telluride Film Festival: it's all over in four days. So as America gets back to work and school, Tim Appelo wraps up the best of the fest:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    A Quick Update On Oscar Buzz In The Midst of Fall Fest Mania

    Check out this story up on indieWIRE where I give some quick input on the post-Telluride, post-most of Venice but pre-Toronto Oscar buzz situation, with "The King's Speech" looking like the MVP of fall fest mania so far. I didn't go so far as giving full-on predictions (we'll wait for Toronto to end), but just for fun, here's where I ignorantly predict Oscar's top ten is going:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fassbender/McQueen Reunite, Studio Critique, Love And Other Drugs, Mulligan Talks Never Let Me Go

    - The Guardian calls Hollywood's summer box office victory - approximately a 2.4% lead on 2009 - a hollow one; "the abiding memory of summer 2010 will be of a decline in standards" (the standards of storytelling, not technical effects). The arguments behind this hollow victory include the decline in actual people in theatre seats (lowest since 1997) and the rise in revenue (thanks, 3-D), the root of which conflicts with studios' growing challenge to stay relevant amongst growing sources of alternative entertainment (if they're only making movies for profit, they're undermining the argument for preserving the relevance of film). The Guardian also disses too many studio-approved screenplays that "too often settle for tired storylines, hackneyed dialogue and vacuous characters hiding behind music video sensibilities and loud explosions." The Guardian does see hope in the next year (including Never Let Me Go, but warns another "creatively impoverished" season of films will descend upon us sooner or later.

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  • Spout
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    Now You See It: "MacGruber" - Necessary Spoof or Deserved Flop?

    There is a sort of outcry I keep noticing regarding certain movies that aren't doing well at the box office. Movies that are very popular with the blog critics out there, like "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Kick-Ass." Those kinds of movies that are enthusiastically supported at Comic-Con only to be dismissed by the mainstream come theatrical release time. This year the phrase has also been used in relation to the disappointment of "MacGruber," which was well-received by the Austin crowd at its SXSW premiere only to be ignored at the multiplex two months later (it made even less than both the much-hated "Jonah Hex" and the science documentary "Hubble 3D," to give an idea of how little people cared about it). The phrase has variations, but the gist of the outcry involves telling readers that they'll be sorry after they discover such and such movie on video and then wish that they had seen it on the big screen.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Summer Box Office Wrap: Winners and Losers, from Karate Kid to Cats and Dogs

    In the final analysis the summer box office doesn't look so bad, writes TOH numbers cruncher Anthony D'Alessandro, who insists that weighing cost vs. return is more important than tallying the grosses or admissions.

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  • iW NOW
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    TIFF Makes "Reitman Square" Official

    Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF and Ward 20 Councillor Adam Vaughan today officially named Reitman Square, the footprint that will house TIFF Bell Lightbox, the year-round home for TIFF. Mr. Handling and Councillor Vaughan were joined by renowned director and producer Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels, who in partnership with The Daniels Corporation donated the land. Director and producer Jason Reitman, a member of TIFF’s Artists’ Committee, joined the family to celebrate this exciting occasion. Situated on King Street, between John and Widmer in the heart of the Entertainment District, the square is named in honour of Leslie and Clara Reitman, the parents of Mr. Reitman, Ms. Mandel and Ms. Michaels. “Leslie and Clara persevered through hardships to bring their family to Canada and create a life for them,” said Handling in a statement. “Ivan, Agi and Susan’s recognition of their parents’ commitment and vision has played a vital role in the realization of this dream, building a home for film at TIFF Bell Lightbox. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the staff and film lovers from around the world, we are delighted to dedicate Reitman Square to Leslie and Clara.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Barney's Version in Sony's Hands

    Before its launch in Venice and Toronto Fest, Sony Pictures Classics has scooped up Barney's Version. Based on Mordecai Richler's acclaimed comic novel and directed by Richard J. Lewis, the film's stellar cast is led by Paul Giamatti, Minnie Driver, Dustin Hoffman and Rosamund Pike. The story spans three decades of Barney's extraordinary life (although he is an ordinary man), running through three wives, an absurd father and an indulgent best friend.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Three Points - Your Texas State Fighting Armadillos

    Three Points - Your Texas State Fighting Armadillos

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