September 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm #1202206540
The reviews of Mudbound and CMBYN are great. I’m skeptical about Netflix, but I think Mudbound will get a big push from critics and award pundits.
I don’t know what to do with Downsizing. The reviews, for the movie and the performances, are very very mixed. Dave Karger saw it today and thinks it should get it for pic, actor, screenplay, and supporting actress.
I’m really struggling with it too, most pundits seem to rate it’s chances quite well but the reaction to it seems very mixed and with the field already looking quite strong I’m skeptical.September 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm #1202207534
I only have Downsizing in supporting actress at the moment, though I’ve heard good things about its production design so that could also be a possibility. Original Screenplay is looking very tough, and I’m wondering if this will be another case of a famous auteur being snubbed in this category for less divisive work, like PT Anderson for The Master and Tarantino for The Hateful Eight.September 9, 2017 at 4:17 am #1202207908
Stronger First Reactions
Benjamin Lee: A moving, humane drama with a standout peformance from Jake Gyllenhaal – Oscar worthy.
Eric Kohn: STRONGER is pretty straightforward, but has some of DGG’s most emotional filmmaking since SNOW ANGELS. Gyllenhaal sells it.
Kristopher Tapley: Jake Gyllenhaal is superb once again in “Stronger.” Tatiana Maslany does quite a lot with her own familiar role as well.
Kate Erbland: STRONGER: We really don’t talk enough about how damn good Jake Gyllenhaal is.
Tyrell Lisson: STRONGER: fantastic work from Jake Gyllenhaal. Emotional and warm-hearted.
Joe Utichi: Jake Gyllenhaal is on top form with Stronger, about Jeff Bauman. A rousing, emotional story. Tatiana Maslany brilliant.
Rodrigo Perez: a serviceable, but unremarkable drama. Features respectable performances by its two leads Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany.
Eric Grode: STRONGER: No false notes to speak of, without a particularly truthful second in it either. Nice to have Miranda Richardson back.
Rachael Glassman: Stronger: a decent film with a few interesting set pieces. Worth a cry.September 9, 2017 at 4:18 am #1202207909
Tempted to predict Gyllenhaal for the Globes now. Can’t see anything more though.September 9, 2017 at 4:27 am #1202207911
Molly’s Game First Reactions
David Ehrlich: MOLLY’S GAME is *phenomenal,* an Erin Brockovich-level crowd destroyer. Also it’s the first good poker movie ever. Wasn’t sure we’d get one.
Kristopher Tapley: Molly’s Game: I kind of loved it. Assured transition from Sorkin. Jessica Chastain is [THREE FIRE EMOJIS]
Scott Mantz: MOLLY’S GAME: Exhilarating directorial debut by Aaron Sorkin! Tour-de-force performance by Jessica Chastain! It’s a female Goodfellas!
Erik Davis: MOLLY’S GAME is SO good; powering at a frenetic pace w/ whip-smart dialogue & killer performances from Jessica Chastain & Idris Elba
Richard Lawson: Wow, MOLLY’S GAME is an absolute blast. Chastain and Elba are terrific and Sorkin avoids most of his worst impulses. Fun!!
Mike Ryan: Sorkin’s MOLLY’S GAME. Phenomenal. And it’s the Jessica Chastain movie I’ve been waiting for since ZDT.
Alison Willmore: MOLLY’S GAME: Such fun at first the reminder Sorkin only conceives of women in relation to men in their lives more crushing than usual
Benjamin Lee: Watching Molly’s Game is like being told a really long rambling story by an over caffeinated cocaine addict. Not a fan
Steven Zeitchik: Molly’s Game is maximum Sorkin, The Social Network but with poker and feminism. Also, God-level Chastain/Elba
Josh Horowitz: I can now talk about MOLLY’S GAME! One of my favorites of the year. Everyone in it is awesome Chastain, Elba, Costner, Cera and on
Anne Thompson: Kevin Costner & Jessica Chastain are explosive in Molly’s Game.September 9, 2017 at 4:35 am #1202207914
I, Tonya First Reactions
E. Oliver Whitney: Completely loved I, Tonya. Takes a darkly hilarious approach that works surprisingly well. Robbie is stellar. Janney total dynamite
Jeff Sneider: Lot of parallels between I, TONYA & MOLLY’S GAME, surprisingly. Margot is excellent, but Allison Janney is the real Oscar shoo-in as Mrs H.
Matt Jacobs: I, Tonya is a kooky, darkly comedic treat. Allison Janney is an absolute showstopper as a Tonya Harding’s blistering mommy dearest.
Rebecca Ford: I, Tonya gets a 5.9 from me which if you know anything about skating is really great. Loved it.
Scott Menzel: I, Tonya was a real surprise. A fascinating and funny look into the life of Tonya Harding. Robbie is terrific as is Janney.
Brian Tallerico: I, TONYA: Takes Coenesque dark comedy approach to a story you think you know and nails it. Robbie is phenomenal. Biggest surprise so far.
Adam Chitwood: ‘I, Tonya’: A hilarious and surprisingly emotional take on Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie’s incredible. GREAT script.
Alison Willmore: I, TONYA: Duelling narrators, class rage, Margot Robbie crushing a cig out with a skate — over-obvious soundtrack aside, a total bop
Steven Weintraub: Seriously I’m floored by I, Tonya. I’ve seen a lot of the TIFF 2017 films and this is one of the best.
Benjamin Lee: I, Tonya is a cartoonish mess at times but there’s a lot of fun to be had and a towering, monstrous performance from Allison Janney
Kevin Polowy: I, TONYA: way funnier than any Tonya Harding bio has the right to be, even if uneven. Margot Robbie is great, but Allison Janney is a force.September 9, 2017 at 5:04 am #1202207927
Once I, Tonya finds distributor I hope they wait with releasing the movie till next year’s August or September.September 9, 2017 at 8:18 am #1202208039
It looks like Jessica Chastain and Allison Janney could be Oscar contendersSeptember 9, 2017 at 10:46 am #1202208087
Professor Marston & The Wonder Women First Reactions
Angie J Han: Professor Marston is fantastic: smart and sexy and sweet, with a next level performance by Rebecca Hall. The year of Wonder Woman continues!
Andrea Mandela: PROFESSOR MARSTON is a slow burn but (wo)man, does it pay off
Matt Jacobs: Calling all Connie Britton hair enthusiasts: Her prissy 1940s bouffant in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is TIFFs scene-stealer.
Alicia Malone: PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMAN: fascinating story & companion piece to WW. Appreciated the feminine touch on taboo subjects
Jared Mobarak: Professor Marston: great biopic wherein what’s given context is the creation born from the lives depicted, not creators. Hall excels
Chris Evangelista: PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN: a bit biopic-y, but funny, sexy and charming. Rebecca Hall is INCREDIBLE.
Erik Davis: Rebecca Hall continues to crush every single performance she gives. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women may be her best yet
Adam Lubitow: PROFESSOR MARSTON: Biggest surprise of the festival so far. It’s fantastic: smart, funny, sexy w/ three fantastic lead performances.
Adam B Vary: Really respected how PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN *goes there* exploring Wonder Woman’s sub/dom, polyamorous origins.
Peter Bradshaw: A tone of forced sweetness and celebratory earnestness, where something more savoury would have been better
Jordan Hoffman: PROF MARSTON + THE WW is a frustrating film. First half is GREAT! 2nd…not so much.September 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm #1202208151
Oscar nomination for Rebecca Hall!!! She should have allready one for Christine.September 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm #1202208240
Another rave for Thompson, this time from Screendaily. It seems she’s to be this year’s version of Rachel Weisz in Denial last year: a brilliant, acclaimed performance in too small and simple a film.