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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

The Pond is an incredible new short film starring Alicia Witt (88 Minutes, Friday Night Lights) that is currently gaining steam on the film festival circuit. After watching the trailer I knew I had to email director Dan Hannon and see if he would answer a few questions for us. He just won the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.  Luckily he not only agreed to the interview but afterwards was kind enough to send me a copy of the film! It blew me away. Honestly, everything in it is just fantastic and I sat through the credits wishing it would keep going. After the jump we’ve got the full exclusive interview, pictures from the film, as well as the trailer! (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“What is original?"

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s first film made outside of his homeland, Certified Copy, gained some positive reviews from an otherwise rather uneventful 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where lead actress Juliette Binoche picked up Best Actress at the event for her performance. Mixed with French, Italian and English language throughout, and one in which director Kiraostami called his simplest film due to using professional actors and a relatively large budget for him to work with at €3.8mil, is a challenging attempt on originality, relationships and perception. (more…)

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[Posted by: Danny Moltrasi]

Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, has won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival. The film starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning tells the story of a Hollywood bad-boy who gets a visit from his 11-year-old daughter. The film beat out films by Darren Aronofksy-Black Swan, Vincent Gallo-Promises on the Water, as well as entries from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski-Essential Killing, and the Japanese film by Tran Anh Hung with Norwegian Wood. The Silver Lion went to The Last Circus, by Alex da la Inglesia, who also picked up best director. The jury, headed by Quentin Tarantino gave the best actress award to Arine Labed in Attenberg, as well as best actor to Vincent Gallo in Essential Killing.

Sofia Coppola, whose previous film, Marie Antoinette, was booed off at Cannes in 2006, thanked her dad, Francis Ford Coppola, in her acceptance speech. Quentin Tarantino said that Somewhere “enchanted us from its first screening,” as it was unanimously chosen for the top award. Somewhere had been expected to compete for the main award from the outset, however it was expected that if there was to be an American winner, it was more likely to come from Aronofsky and his thriller, Black Swan.

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Terrence Malick’s new film, The Tree of Life, has had rumours about its release date going around for months on end. It was due at Cannes…then at Venice or Toronto. None of these rumours came to be. More recently there was hope that it could be sneaked out in time for award season, however, this seems fairly unlikely now, even though distributer Fox Searchlight today announced that they have picked up the rights for the movie. Instead, it seems that The Tree of Life will not be out until late 2011, if, as expected, they are hoping it will bring in some Oscars when it is finally released.

This all comes just days after early viewings of the film compared it to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and its grand scale, with a rumoured three-hour cut doing the rounds, suggests that it is pretty much all complete anyway. This however, does mean that it could even get a showing at next year’s Cannes Film Festival, in the hope of a slow build up to award season, rather than the late 2011 release. This would seem to make sense, seeing how his previous work, The New World, was ignored by the Academy last time, and they may rather hope for a slow build up.

The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, is a story described as a 1950s period piece, which also has been described as being completely fresh, as well as including scenes of prehistoric Earth. This although has also been claimed as being part of a companion piece filmed for a separate IMAX specific project. It seems now, that all that can be done is to wait and see.

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire) is a film genius. In fact, for my money, he is one of the top-5 Directors alive today. That is why it pains me so much to say this but, what the hell is this crap. This looks outrageously bad. This might be one of the worst trailers I’ve ever seen.  It’s literally all over the place.  All 3 stars were for them listing Danny Boyle‘s name at the beginning. I mean it’s the entire premise so I’m not ruining anything by saying that this is a minimalist film where a guy is all alone, gets his arm stuck and then at the end he cuts it off with a dull knife and goes home. I would have a really hard time stretching that idea into a feature-length movie. Plus everyone already knows what happens so what do they do? Obviously they invented some filler where he meets some girls at the beginning so let’s say that lasts 30 minutes. Let’s say him going home lasts 30 minutes. That’s at least an hour of watching this dude be stuck, considering all his options (when we know what he’s going to do anyway), and cutting his arm off. I’ve heard good things from people who’ve seen test-cuts of the film, but this trailer just made me a whole lot less excited to see the movie. The casting of James Franco the pothead from Pineapple Express, is only interesting in that it seems like such a bad choice. Hopefully he is a better actor than I think he is. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk this up to bad marketing…for now.

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Justin Wagner]

Switching over from wrestling to ballet dancing, Darren Aronofsky‘s latest film, Black Swan, is a thriller about two opposing dancers in an upcoming production of the play “Black Swan”. There are many Lynch-esque moments throughout this trailer. From the “woman-in-trouble” premise to the competitiveness between two leads in an ongoing production, Black Swan seems to play like Mulholland Dr. meets Showgirls, but with the obvious presence of Aronofsky behind the Director’s chair. Much of the same style and camera work presented in The Wrestler seems to be present here in Black Swan though the tone of the film seems to be vintage Aronofsky. If there is one thing to love about this trailer it’s that it still keeps the mystery of the film in tact without giving too much away like most recent movie trailers have been doing. Black Swan will premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival this September and will have a limited theatrical release Dec. 1, but for now we have this lovely trailer to watch over and over again in preparation for what looks to be one of the best films this year has to offer.

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

Our Toronto International Film Festival Preview series features the best films that will be shown at the prestigious film event to be held Sept 9-19th. Our first edition highlighted the Japanese film Norwegian Wood. Today Justin Wagner takes a look at the highly anticipated new Woody Allen film, “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger”.

Four decades strong and 40 films deep, Woody Allen has one of the most immense and impressive filmographies of any director.  To add more to his résumé, Allen has the most screenwriting nominations at the Academy Awards (all of which are “Best Original Screenplay”), his screenplay for Hannah and Her Sisters was the first ever screenplay to be considered for a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and he is one of the three directors to ever receive the Palme des Palmes.  In recent years,though, Woody Allen has been making some of his least interesting work.  Known for taking the best bits from classic films, condensing them, and making them just as good, if not better, than what he is taking from, Woody has for the last ten years or so just been making rehashes of his old New York inspired films.  On Allen’s 41st film, he retreats back to his recent muse, Europe, but with a script that seems to be “classic” Woody Allen. (more…)