La Manohla at the New York Times and Patrick Goldstein at the LA Times are victim to the dreaded overview overlap as both point out the biopics are, like, really big this year at Toronto and, therefore, in the soon-to-heat-up Oscar race. Dargis shares some insights into the multi-faceted reportage issues that come up when covering a festival:
With so many movies on tap, festivalgoers are sometimes forced into making difficult choices, deciding, say, between watching Charlize Theron play a mineworker fighting sexual harassment in Niki Caro‘s "North Country," or Gretchen Mol frolic in her birthday suit in Mary Harron‘s "Notorious Bettie Page," a frothy entertainment about the 1950’s pinup.
She liked "The Notorious Bettie Page" and "Capote," found Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" good, if overly cautious, and has very kind words for "Brokeback Mountain" ("Mr. Gyllenhaal‘s sensitive portrait will be no surprise to his admirers; Mr. Ledger‘s wrenching performance is the stuff of Hollywood history."). Goldstein, who focuses more on the different approaches various filmmakers have when it comes to telling a "true story," did make it to "North Country," and liked it, is less forthcoming about "The World’s Fastest Indian," and seems to have liked "Capote."
There’s a new issue of Film Comment up: David Strathairn in "Good Night, and Good Luck" makes the cover. On the site are Chuck Stevens on 110 years of Shochiku Studios and "online exclusives" that include Harlan Jacobson‘s interview with Grant Heslov and a sidebar to Stevens’ piece picking out highlights from the New York Film Festival’s Shochiku program. More will probably come.
+ 50’s Pinup Lives Again at Toronto Film Festival (NY Times)
+ CinÃ©ma vÃ©ritÃ©, with touch-ups (LA Times)
+ September/October 2005 (Film Comment)
+ Touching Up Your Roots: "Everything is Illuminated" (IFC News)