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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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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

The Toronto International Film Festival will run from Sept 9-19th. The festival will be showcasing over 50 new films. Until it begins, we’ll be doing some previews of the most exciting ones. None, however, are more exciting than today’s choice. “Norwegian Wood” will be making its North American debut. Based on the outstanding Japanese Novel by the same name, it follows a young man named Watanabe and his relationship with two girls. One is very much like him, but they share a history which has a lot of sadness. The other embodies everything he is not, and they share no history at all. It is definitely not just a love story, however. The novel was of course named after the Beatles song, which is also part of the story. In addition, the song is played in the background of the teaser trailer, which I have embedded after our look! (more…)

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[Author: Danny Moltrasi]

"Stupid People!"

Plan 9 From Outer Space is a very, very special film. It is the creation of a very, very special film maker. Directed, produced and written by the legend himself, Ed Wood, it is as good…or as bad… as you ever imagined. (more…)