Focus Features has acquired the U.S. rights to The Place Beyond the Pines, the new drama from director Derek Cianfrance, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes. Focus CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen made the announcement today at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie is having its world premiere.
Focus acquired the rights from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE), which financed the movie… Continue reading TIFF: Focus Acquires US Rights to The Place Beyond the Pines
This roundup is in addition to full TIFF 2011 reviews of Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria, Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends with Kids, Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, and discussion of Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk about Kevin in Girls on Film.
Your Sister’s Sister
Your Sister’s Sister is simple, but not in any reductive way. Much… Continue reading Female Directors at TIFF 2011 Roundup: Lynn Shelton Prevails While Madonna, Julia Leigh, and Mary Harron Falter
It’s tricky to make a comedy about hysteria. It was the catch-all diagnosis of the Victorian era, and while it certainly offered some wild moments of comedy (like the creation of the vibrator), it was also a lazy diagnosis used to contain women’s humanity. Nearly anything and everything would and did get labeled as hysteria, including normal behaviors like irritability, faintness, and insomnia… Continue reading 'Hysteria' TIFF Review: Tanya Wexler's Successful Mixture of Laughter, History, and Feminism
Jason Segel’s Jeff is a slacker mooch. He’s thirty; he’s never left home, never dated after high school, and spends all of his time as a toilet Jungian getting high, watching infomercials, and trying to find meaning in his life because “Everyone and everything is interconnected in this universe.” The guy’s a mess, but… Continue reading 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' TIFF Review: Jason Segel + Duplass Brothers = A Wildly Funny Quest for Meaning
The opening of Eduardo Sanchez’s hopeful comeback, Lovely Molly, seems to be a nod to The Blair Witch Project, the smash breakthrough that he co-wrote and directed with Daniel Myrick more than a decade ago. The title character (Gretchen Lodge) videotapes herself in close-up, weeping hysterically about something having gone terribly wrong, which was beyond her control. She’s not in the woods… Continue reading 'Lovely Molly' TIFF Review: 'Blair Witch' Co-Director Eduardo Sanchez Plays With and Evolves From the Style He Popularized