Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A little pre-TIFFdom torpidity

On the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, there are just a few comments on the Pride and Glory front. Firstly, EyeWeekly's short condemnation is more than countered in other places, with Sarah Gopaul from Canada's Popjournalism giving Gavin O'Connor's film a 4/5. She sums up that:

[...] It doesn’t quite live up to the bar set by 2006’s The Departed, but it definitely holds its own. ... The performances from Norton, Farrell, Emmerich and Voight...are terrific... Norton in particular is top notch in this picture. ... [It is] definitely a film worth checking out. [...]

Likewise, describe the creation as 'a modern day Serpico' and supplement their modest 3.5 with various nuggets of praise:

[...] O'Connor takes the standard corrupt cops storyline so often trashed by lesser filmmakers and infuses it with a complex, brash intensity. Though the script hits some rough patches, its story about a family of blue-collar New York City police officers is powered by strong characterization and a surging energy that recalls the best films of Sidney Lumet and Michael Mann. Edward Norton lends a crackling performance as a cop with a conscience, while Colin Farrell revels in sleaze as an officer with blood on his hands (and several other places). All this, plus hypnotizing camera work that captures the Big Apple at its most morally grey. [...]

In the Blink And You Miss It section, the New York Times talk about the New York setting of a selection of TIFF entries, while the Beeb mention the film as being 'hotly anticipated'.

In the Loosely Related But Potentially Interesting section, Variety and the Poughkeepsie Journal part with a few more details about the Woodstock Film Festival, while Time Out have a feature on Utopia's David Pittu. Also, Dickien have two-part interview with Radio Free Albemuth writer/director John Alan Simon about the book, the film and the film's distribution status.

Lastly, if you thought the Pride and Prejudice story was set in concrete, think again. Tonight, ITV begins screening Lost in Austen in the UK - a drama about a girl who one day finds Elizabeth Bennet in her bathroom. After locating a secret door that leads to the Bennet household, the girl enters the household and thus the story, and after attracting the attention of the leading men becomes a potential threat to the traditional version of events. Despite severe enthusiasm in some quarters, the pre-screening thoughts are mixed. The Telegraph give the impression they would infinitely prefer a book.

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