With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing up north, clips are being dropped left and right for a bunch of films that are playing there. Just today we got brand new clips from highly anticipated literary adaptation “The Perks of Being a Wallflower;” drama “A Late Quartet” with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener; and the bizarre-sounding Colin Firth/Emily Blunt comedy/drama “Arthur Newman.” Additionally, a trailer has debuted for family drama “Jackie,” starring Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones“) and Holly Hunter. Read on and feel like you’re in Toronto, listening to the funny accents and getting shoved around in line!
The clips from “Perks of Being a Wallflower” come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo and YouTube. The film, which premieres on Saturday at the festival before hitting theaters on September 21st (read our review now!), is writer/director Stephen Chbosky‘s adaptation of his own novel, which is sort of interesting. The clip shows young Charlie (Logan Lerman) watching as his friends Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller) dance at the school dance. Eventually he joins in. It’s a cute little clip and we like that it’s set to “Come On Eileen” (so this is set in the eighties, huh?) Admittedly, it did take us a couple of seconds to get over the fact that Ezra Miller was in a school gymnasium and not shooting people with a bow and arrow.
“A Late Quartet” is excerpted in a brief scene by The Guardian, and showcases the acting chops of Walken and Hoffman, primarily. The movie is co-written and directed by Yaron Zilberman and, according to its official synopsis, “follows four members of a world-renowned string quartet who struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos, and insuppressible lust.” The clip focuses on the “death” aspect of “A Late Quartet,” more specifically it’s Christopher Walken letting the other members of the group know that he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Is it us or between this and “Seven Psychopaths” do you feel a little Walken renaissance coming on?
Then we have “Arthur Newman,” whose clip comes courtesy of Deadline. The movie is being sold at the festival and has its big premiere on Monday. The site describes the plot as “Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in the story of a depressed divorced dad who fakes his death and adopts a new identity, then meets a troubled woman who spurs him on to new heights during a cross-country road trip.” Sounds completely bizarre, and the brief scene, which shows Firth inside of a roadside convenience store, certainly doesn’t illuminate anything. Becky Johnston wrote the script and Dante Ariola directed.
Lastly we have the trailer for “Jackie,” from the official TIFF site. It’s a film about twin sisters (real-life sisters Jelka and Carice van Hoten) who were raised in the Netherlands by their gay fathers. One day they get word that their biological mother (Holly Hunter) has been injured so they go to see her. Wackiness and pathos ensue. It looks like it could be a reasonably cute movie if the trailer is any indication of the final product. It screens tomorrow at the festival. Watch all bar ‘Perks,’ which you’ll have to check out at EW, below.