For the past several years many of the films which were nominated for (and eventually won) Spirit Awards went on to dominate the Academy Awards. The event’s 26th Anniversary ceremony will return to its cherished afternoon time slot at its pre-2010 location, in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Monthly archives for November, 2010
I attended the exciting World Premiere of Ceremony at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. This is the first feature from writer/director Max Winkler (yes, Henry’s son, which he doesn’t shy away from).
The film stars Michael Angarano, Uma Thurman, Reece Thompson, Lee Pace, and Jake Johnson and was executive produced by Canadian wunderkind Jason Reitman, who directed TIFF’s 2007 hit Juno and returned in 2009 with three films: Up in the Air (as writer, director, and producer), Jennifer’s Body (as producer), and Chloe (as producer).
This is one I’m truly looking forward to. Source Code has so much going for it — Moon director Duncan Jones, the always-compelling Jake Gyllenhaal, and wunderkind producer Mark Gordon (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, CBS’ Criminal Minds), for a start.
Jake is about to burn up the screen in Love & Other Drugs next Friday (see my review) and will always hold a place in my cinematic heart for his portrayal of Donnie Darko, which sits near the top of my all-time favorite films list — a movie which, ironically (or maybe not), bears some resemblance to Source Code, along with Eric Bress’ underrated The Butterfly Effect.
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Love & Other Drugs is from the award-winning filmmaking team of Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (Legends of the Fall, Traffic, Blood Diamond), based on the novel Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy. Zwick directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Herskovitz.
Somewhere along the way Charles Randolph contributed to the script. The three served as producers, along with Scott Stuber and Pieter Jan Brugge, all top names in the business. Fox 2000 is releasing the film through a distribution deal with legendary producer Arnon Milchan’s New Regency Pictures.
The US Premiere of Trust took place on Sunday, October 24 at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. LennonNYC was screened on Friday, October 22 at the Annenberg Center’s Prince Theater on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Both films have made my list of Top 10 Picks from the 2010 Philadelphia Film Festival. Following are non-spoiler capsule reviews of these movies.
This is the second feature from David Schwimmer and is about as far removed as you can get from his long-running role as the hapless Ross on NBC’s Friends or his directorial debut Run, Fatboy, Run.
The 2010 Philadelphia Film Festival hosted a screening of Dog Pound on Sunday, October 17, 2010. If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle had its East Coast Premiere there on Sunday, October 24. Following are are non-spoiler reviews.
Prison dramas typically focus on the hopelessness and brutality of life behind bars for men (or women) who may be beyond redemption. But the subject takes on special significance when the inmates are juveniles.