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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

TIFF views, reviews, overviews

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Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 1:11 AM

REVIEWS TOO LONG FOR TWITTER BUT NOT REALLY THAT LONG BECAUSE YOU DON'T CARE YET

Gravity
There's no sound in space and I have no words to justify this beautiful epic thriller starring Sandra Bullock in one of the key roles of her lifetime. Read more when it opens in October.

Enough Said
Nicole Holofcener is my second-favourite director (the first is Richard Linklater) and why we celebrate the indulgent and largely unrewarding Scorsese-DiCaprio collaboration when this is Holofcener's fifth film with Catherine Keener is one of this dumb business' many mysteries. Keener supports a radiant, typically razor-sharp Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she fumbles into a relationship with James Gandolfini (in his second to last role). "What's different? A plot, in that I have one," said Holofcener at the presser. At the premiere Keener wore leather pants, did not speak, was the fucking coolest.

You Are Here
I don't watch Mad Men and I will never start if the elements of earnest mawkish preachiness that sabotage this tone-deaf dramedy —starring Owen Wilson as a playboy weatherman (huge stretch) helping the mentally ill Zach Galifiankis grieve his father—exist in that property too. Matthew Weiner, this is someone admired, correct? Way to give Amy Poehler the buzzkill Leslie Mann role, dick. The whole employing January Jones thing makes a lot more sense.

August: Osage County
I have mommy issues and two sisters so this adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play starring Meryl Streep as the batshit matriarch to Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis really hit me where I live. I didn't start to appreciate Roberts until about five years ago, and this is a career high for her. Streep is a bit too hysterical in the beginning but settles into something that works, Lewis is batty comic relief and Nicholson (whatup Det. Megan Wheeler!) is the quiet, unshowy centre. We'll talk more at Christmas when it opens. 

Canopy
An Australian-made stunner of a WWII movie so wordless it makes Gerry look like it was written by Aaron Sorkin. It's essentially a two-hander about a downed American fighter pilot trying to get off an island in Singapore. Beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, incredibly affecting. It will never be released but keep an eye on Netflix.

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