I couldn’t have thought of a better film to start D’s first TIFF experience with…The Descendants’ world premiere at the historic and beautiful Elgin Theatre, complete with a Q&A with director Alexander Payne (of Sideways, Election, and About Schmidt fame) and the cast which featured George Clooney and a stellar trio of talented young actors like Shailene Woodley and Nick Krause. Oh and plus…while we were waiting in line to get into the film…George actually came over and said hello….with his entourage of security and Toronto police officers.
The film, like many of Payne’s, is about a man with problems; but then again what film isn’t about this? But this one is just a little less angry, a little more sweet and all about family. Instead of Pinot Noir, it’s got Hawaii and as usual, a core of characters who may not be what they seem. George, as usual, is stellar, but even better supported by the two young actresses who play his daughters.
And Hawaii? Absolutely beautiful and pulled at my heart strings to go back to Southeast Asia. Now all I need is the perfect job. But anyways, to read more about the Descendants, check out the Guardian’s review of it, straight from TIFF!
Some more picks…
Shame – directed by Steve McQueen and starring the impeccable Michael Fassbender…the buzz on this is that it just got picked up for US-distribution at TIFF and Michael Fassbender just won the Best Actor Award for it at the Venice Film Festival. Too bad there isn’t a trailer yet that I can share with you!
Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope– directed by Morgan Spurlock, whom we “bumped into” in Yorkville on Friday night. By bumped into, I mean, he was standing 2 feet away from us being interviewed and I thought to myself – wow that guy looks really familiar – at which point, his face full of french fries for the Super Size Poster flashed at me. So then we thought “what’s he doing in town?” Turns out he’s got a film and it sounds like a pretty awesome take on the fanboy culture too! We’re checking this one out next weekend!