TIFF 2013 :: Day 6 :: What To See at TIFF Today

By Shannonn Kelly
05:47AM, EST, September 10, 2013

Nicholas Cage answers my question during the Q&A for the TIFF Gala Premiere of "JOE" while co-star Tye Sheridan and director David Gordon Green look on.
Nicholas Cage answers my question during the Q&A for the TIFF Gala Premiere of “JOE” while co-star Tye Sheridan and director David Gordon Green look on.

I didn’t see as many films as I wished today. Sometimes that just happens. I had planned to sleep in a little but boom, 5:00AM, I was up and couldn’t go back to sleep even though dog-tired so here is this morning’s blog.

Yesterday (Monday) I saw:

  • The Double
  • Joe
  • Rhymes For The Young Ghouls

“The Double” written and directed by Richard Ayoade (Submarine) is based on a Fyodor Dostoevsky novel about a man driven insane. Ayoade creates a dark and peculiar world somewhere between Erasurehead meets Dark City in which there seems to be no natural light and people work and function in a weird ‘industrialized’ way. Jesse Eisenberg plays milquetoast ‘Simon’ in an ill-fiting suit a’la David Byrne from ‘Talking Heads.

When his doppleganger ‘James’ shows up in the same suit but slightly better fitting, no one notices the resemblance because no one has ever really noticed Simon before because he’s doesn’t make any impact on people as is sort of a non- person. The subtle difference between James and Simon all have to do with projecting a positive image and standing your ground, which Simon has to learn the hard way. The film also stars Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn.

“Joe” by the terrific David Gordon Green was basically “Mud” starring Nicholas Cage in the Matthew McConaughey role. Incidentally Tye Sheridan starred opposite Cage in much the same role as he did in ‘Mud’ as a coming of age teen living in a rural area who often fends for himself and forced to grow up way to quickly.

For Cage, the role of ‘Joe’ took him back to his pre-CGI days when we loved him for his character work, rather than just for being a character.

I hadn’t intended to see ‘Ghouls’ but I’m glad I did. Another big up for a strong ‘First Nations’ cast. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to this film along side it’s other ‘First People’s ‘companion piece’ “Empire of Dirt”, which I really liked.

My tweet: Peter Stebbings gracefully directs a superbly realistic cast in @EODthemovie, proving again #FirstNations talent is sadly underused in #film

What to see Today – Happy TIFF-ing 🙂

HIGHLIGHT: “Don Jon” – Gala Premiere – Princess of Wales 6:30 PM

‘Don Jon marks the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Inception”, “Looper”) who also wrote the screenplay and stars in the film opposite the the lovely Scarlett Johansson. Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Jon’ is a womanizing Jersey boy who has to face a secret of his when he’s challenged by two different women that come into his life (Johannson and Julianne Moore). Look for a surprising turn when Tony Danza, actor turned school teacher (in real life) plays Gordon-Levitt’s father. This is a *Must See*! Here’s a trailer!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza just a father and a son from Jersey in "Don Jon"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza just a father and a son from Jersey in “Don Jon”


“THE UNKNOWN KNOWN” (2013 feature documentary film directed by Errol Morris)
The Unknown Known  dir. Errol Morris

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman to current. Errol Morris, Donald Rumsfeld, Kenn Medeiros.

“THE FINISHERS” (2013 feature film directed by Nils Tavernier)
The Finishers  dir. Nils Tavernier

Inspired by the remarkable real-life feats of Rick and Dick Hoyt, this tells the story of a father and son who forge and unbeatable bond t by sheer will and determination. Stars Alexandra Lamy and Jacques Gamblin.

“AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” (2013 feature film directed by John Wells)
August: Osage County  dir. John Wells

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to rurl Oklahoma. Stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis

“BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY” (2013 feature film directed by Aron Gaudet, Gita Pullapilly)
Beneath The Harvest Sky  dirs. Aron Gaudet, Gita Pullapilly

Trapped in a dead-end industrial town in Maine, two teenage best friends during the fall potato harvest in their small northern Maine town,  take drastically different paths to realize their dream of making it to the big city. Stars Emory Cohen, Callan McAuliffe (both ferom “The Place Beyond the Pines”) and Aidan Gillen.

“BLOOD TIES” (2013 feature film directed by Guillaume Canet)
Blood Ties  dir. Guillaume Canet

Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s. Remake of French film, Rivals (2008). Stars Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard,  Matthias Schoenaerts.

“STARRED UP” (2013 feature film directed by David Mackenzie)

Starred Up  dir. David Mackenzie
The prison movie genre gets a fresh shot of youthful grit in this hard-hitting but big-hearted drama about a teenaged inmate transferred to the same prison his father is in. Stars Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn and Jack O’Connell.

“SUNSHINE ON LEITH” (2013 feature film directed by Dexter Fletcher)

Sunshine on Leith  dir. Dexter Fletcher
Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. Stars Peter Mullan (“Tyrannosaur”), Jane Horrocks (“Little Voice”).

“UNDER THE SKIN” (2013 feature film directed by Jonathan Glazer)

Under the Skin  dir. Jonathan Glazer
The story of an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland. Part road movie, part science fiction. Stars Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes.

“RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS” (2013 feature film directed by Jeff Barnaby)

Rhymes for Young Ghouls  dir. Jeff Barnaby
Guided by the spirits of her departed mother and brother, an Aboriginal teenager plots revenge against a sadistic Indian Agent. Stars Kawennahere Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould, Brandon Oakes.

“JOE” (2013 feature film directed by David Gordon Green)

Joe dir.David Gordon Green
An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin. Stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan (“Mud”)

“QUAI D'ORSAY” (2013 feature film directed by Bertrand Tavernier)

Quai d’Orsay  dir. Bertrand Tavernier
Master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier, Life and Nothing But) directs this political satire based on a French comic book written by a former assistant to the a fampus French Minister. Stars Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz.

“CHILD OF GOD” (2013 feature film directed by James Franco)

Child of God  dir. James Franco

“WE ARE THE BEST!” (2013 feature film directed by Lukas Moodysson)

We are the Best!  dir. Lukas Moodysson
Three 12 and 13-year-old girls decide to form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm. Stars Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne.

“TOM AT THE FARM” (2012 feature film directed by Xavier Dolan)

Tom At The Farm  dir. Xavier Dolan
In this thriller, a grieving man meets his lover’s family, who were not aware of their son’s sexual orientation. Stars Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal and Lise Roy.

“DON JON” (2013 feature film directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

Don Jon  dir. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Feature film directorial debut and also writer of the screenplay, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Jon Martello, a fit, hot looking guy who cn get almost any woman he wants. But due to a ‘secret’ he doesn’t want them for long. Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson.

“KILL YOUR DARLINGS” (2013 feature film directed by John Krokidas)

Kill Your Darlings  dir. John Krokidas
A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston, Ben Foster.

“FINDING VIVIAN MAIER” (2013 feature documentary film directed by John Maloof, Charlie Siskel)

Finding Vivian Maier  dirs. John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, who took 1000s of photographs over her lifetime of street life but was only known as a nanny.

“THE STAG” (2013 feature film directed by John Butler)

The Stag  dir. John Butler
Irish novelist John Butler makes his feature-film directing debut with with a bachelor party weekend.

“FELONY” (2013 feature film directed by Matthew Saville)

Felony  dir. Matthew Saville
With a screenplay written by Joel Edgerton, life changes in an instant for a decorated police officer on his way home after having a few drinks when he kills a bicyclist. Also stars Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton and Jai Courtney.

“MAN OF TAI CHI” (2013 feature film directed by Keanu Reeves)

Man of Tai Chi  dir. Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut in this story of a young martial artist’s unparalleled Tai Chi skills that land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. Stars Matrix stuntman turned actor Tiger Hu Chen, Keanu Reeves and Karen Mok

“AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA” (2013 feature film directed by Peter Chan)

American Dreams in China  dir. Peter Chan
Shot by superstar cinematographer Christopher Doyle and dubbed “the Chinese Social Network”.

“STRANGER BY THE LAKE” (2013 feature film directed by Alain Guiraudie)

Stranger By The Lake  dir. Alain Guiraudie
Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake.

“THE MAJOR” (2013 feature film directed by Yuri Bykov)

The Major  dir. Yuri Bykov
Sergey Sobolev, a major at the local police office, is driving to the hospital where his wife is about to give birth. On the way to the hospital, a terrible mishap changes the course of his day and maybe his life.
“MCCANICK” (2013 feature film directed by Josh C. Waller)
McCanick  dir. Josh C. Waller
Film #2 with Cory Monteith

“THIS IS SANLITUN” (2013 feature film directed by Róbert I. Douglas)

This is Sanlitun  dir. Róbert I. Douglas
Gary is in Beijing to make it big. After failing to impress his Chinese investors he soon takes up teaching English.

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