Critics and movie websites are busy this week preparing for the Toronto International Film Festival, posting picks and previews and lists of most anticipated titles (see our own list of 20). With so many great-looking movies, many of which we've long looked forward to and a lot that will come out as true Oscar hopefuls or disappointing shoulda-beens.
But for most of us, the Canadian city is far away, and it will be a while before a number of the programmed films reach our eyeballs. During the fest, all we can do is follow the coverage (especially that of Movies.com) and hope that those titles we're excited about get some positive buzz.
Some of the films I have high expectations for have already received great responses out of Telluride last weekend, including Ramin Bahrani's At Any Price, the Werner Herzog and Errol Morris-presented The Act of Killing and Sarah Polley's first documentary, The Stories We Tell. Ditto with the Venice premiere of Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. But I'd like to see the positivity continue.
As for still-unknowns, I'm really curious about Grace Lee's political doc/comedy hybrid Janeane From Des Moines as well as this year's Midnight Madness section (see Peter's preview). I'm not usually into that sort of program, but I fell in love with TIFF's crop of genre flicks last year and will definitely be following this year's selections. Among them, I'm really hoping Barry Levinson's The Bay (pictured above) is at least an interesting new direction if not also a return to glory.
Others I'm dying to hear reactions to include the animated Graham Chapman tribute, A Liar's Autobiography, which better result in tweets affirming that it won't disappoint we Monty Python fans. Also, Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing (pictured below) follows two great movies by the filmmaker this year and I'm hoping he bats a triple. And of course, we're all on the edge of our seats waiting on first reactions to Cloud Atlas. Hopefully the excitement over that one isn't so high that there's only room for disappointment, even if only minor.
Finally, seeing as how this year's documentary program consists of so many new voices I'm optimistic that by fest's end we'll have some new nonfiction stars in our sights. Could these breakthroughs be How to Make Money Selling Drugs newcomer Matthew Cooke or Lunarcy! director Simon Ennis? I can't wait to find out.
Stay tuned for my doc dispatch and the rest of the Movies.com team's reviews and roundups as well as news and buzz reports through the festival (bookmark our TIFF2012 tag), which begins tomorrow and ends September 16.
Which movies screening at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival are we anticipating responses to? Here some responses received so far via Twitter:
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