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by Matt Mazur

13 Sep 2010

En route to the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, I feel compelled to begin this week of film festival coverage by describing just what kind of stamina it takes to actually get to the mythological film world mecca in the first place. Sadly, the journey is not always full of glamor, starlets’ pretty shoes and hot gay parties. In fact, at least for me, this epic trip frequently begins with a bargain-basement Amtrak train ticket, eating at Subway constantly, arduous border-crossings, and more often than not, months of meticulous planning and re-planning being undone at the very last possible second for little or no reason.

For a representative of an independent website like me, traveling to an out-of-the-country festival is fraught with anxiety and scrambling: scrambling to actually fund the trip; scrambling to get my non-movie writer life in order before leaving for more than a week; scrambling around Toronto bug-eyed and crazy to see as many movies as quickly as possible and write something of decent, coherent quality; and finally, scrambling to have one’s voice heard in a sea of indie and corporate-owned sites and blogs who can afford to not bring original, academic analysis to the table because of ridiculously high traffic (this hierarchy of writers is marked by a bold letter “P” for “priority” on the passes of those particular deities, who get first crack at access to a wider variety of film screenings that the lowlies do, much like Cannes’ color-coding system). All I know is by the time I return to Massachusetts, my dogs will hate me, as will a few studio flacks and maybe a couple of filmmakers.

by Jacob Adams

10 Sep 2010

Somehow, I’ve remained completely oblivious over the past few months to the news that a new version of Jonathan Swift’s timeless Gulliver’s Travels starring the ubiquitous Jack Black is coming soon to a multiplex near me.  I’m not quite sure how I’ve missed this fact, since I don’t live in a cave and I do try to stay somewhat informed of culturally important movie happenings.  However, my ignorance of the new Swiftian—or should I say Blackian—adaptation led me to an interesting observation upon watching the film’s theatrical trailer.

For the first minute or so of the trailer’s 2:26 running time, I was convinced that a new indie comedy in the vein of 500 Days of Summer was being promoted.  Jack Black plays with action figures and works a dead-end job. Some interplay with an attractive co-worker on an elevator suggests an office romance in the works.  We get the impression that Black will never advance beyond his lowly mailroom position. However, he is working on a writing sample and has been assigned a story about the Bermuda Triangle.

by Matt Mazur

10 Sep 2010

Oscar Nominees

Cher ... Moonstruck
Glenn Close ... Fatal Attraction
Holly Hunter ... Broadcast News
Sally Kirkland ... Anna
Meryl Streep ... Ironweed

Mazur Nominees

Glenn Close … Fatal Attraction

by Thomas Britt

10 Sep 2010

Rough Trade and Matador Records will release new Belle and Sebastian album Belle and Sebastian Write About Love on October 11 in the UK and October 12 in the USA, respectively. The band’s website is now offering an episode of “Belle and Sebastian TV”, which is described as “a series of televisual transmissions of varying sizes and shapes from us to mark the impending release of our album.”

by Jane Jansen Seymour

10 Sep 2010

Interpol was working it on Labor Day – the band played a live session for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on the eve of the release of its latest self-titled CD. A lucky crowd of about 150 people gathered at producer Bob Clearmontain’s Berkeley Street Studios to see the band crank through a two-set playlist spliced by on stage interview with Music Director Jason Bentley. The original line up made its US live radio debut back in the summer of 2002 when Nic Harcourt was at the helm. Interpol was formed by Daniel Kessler in 1997 at New York University using a collective format, although fellow classmate Paul Banks had been writing songs since high school. They became part of the burgeoning New York City music scene during the next decade with the Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 

This new group includes Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines on keyboard plus bassist David Pajo of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Stint to fill in for the departed Carlos Dengler. The classics were assertively rolled out along with some new tunes, “Success,” “Summer Lights,” and “Lights” as well as the single “Barricade.” Ten days later they’ll be on tour with U2, “a little Irish band” as the band joked. KCRW is also providing an album preview for the CD until September 18th for many happy listeners.

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Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

// Moving Pixels

"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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