Earlier this week, more films were announced. Here are more films I hope to see in Toronto to add to my initial list:
Directed and written by Martin McDonagh
Synopsis: An alcoholic screenwriter (Colin Farrell) struggling to write a serial-killer script gets more real-life inspiration than he can handle when a dognapping scheme gone awry brings a galaxy of crazies to his doorstep. A top-notch cult-movie cast — including Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, Harry Dean Stanton-anchors this wacky, blood-spattered commentary on the psycho-killer thriller from the writer-director of In Bruges. Why I want to see it: It’s all about the interesting and unique casting choices. When did you ever think these guys would be a movie together? I have been awaiting the release of this film for alittle while now so I’m happy that it will make its debut at TIFF. Fingers crossed that I will make it to a screening.
Much Ado About Nothing
Directed and written by Joss Whedon
Synopsis: Shakespeare’s classic comedy gets contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s stylized adaptation. Shot in just twelve days using the original text, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof) offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. Why I want to see this: Wait, so, you’re wondering why I want to see a Shakespearean adaptation by Joss Whedon?!? I think that says it all. Okay, I’ll throw in the fact that I love Shakespeare; I’ve read 11 of his plays (thanks to my Shakespearean lit class in high school; yes, I took that willingly). I’ll also combine it with the fact that Joss Whedon has given us some of the best entries into contemporary pop culture (Buffy, Firefly, The Avengers). Oh, one other thing. Nathan Fillion is in this.
Directed by Bartholomew Cubbins
Synopsis: Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, Artifact gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they battle their label in a brutal lawsuit and record their album This Is War. The film is a true artifact of our times, as its subjects struggle with big questions over art, money and integrity. Why I want to see this: I don’t watch documentaries. Ever. But Jared Leto has always been such fascinating person in my mind. He is a great actor (My So Called Life put him on my radar; I still can’t believe that show was only one season). He looks like he’s only 30 instead of 40 (seriously, is he a vampire??). He voice is amazing (any acoustic Thirty Seconds to Mars song is beyond belief beautiful). He avoids the celebrity spotlight (he won’t play for any venue/promoter that uses his name to front the band). He changes his look like I change my shoes. Okay, and yeah, he’s super attractive. All of this makes me what to know more about him and his life.
If you’re interested in more, head over to the festival’s film programming for a complete listing.