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09.09.2010

Today the 35th Toronto International Film Festival will be kicking into high gear, offering 300 of the most buzzed about, heavily anticipated films from around the world. Once again, I’ll be representing JoBlo.com, and of the incredible schedule, there are quite a few that stand out in a big way and have made it onto my must see list.

Here are ten of my most anticipated titles, all of which I’ll hopefully be seeing and reviewing within the next week.

BLACK SWAN

BLACK SWAN is director Darren Aronofsky’s must anticipated follow-up to THE WRESTLER. Having already played to a rapturous response at the Venice International Film Festival and Telluride, this film is already making onto most critics Oscar shortlist. Star Natalie Portman is considered all but a lock for Best Actress at this point. Oscar buzz aside, BLACK SWAN is a must see for me due to Aronofsky, who’s a genius. Even when his films aren’t great, they’re always AT LEAST interesting, and paired with an actress of Portman’s caliber, I expect great things. The trailer makes this look like a cross between THE RED SHOES, and THE SHINING, and it’s nice to see someone of Aronofsky’s stature dabbling in horror.

THE TOWN

Ben Affleck’s follow-up to GONE BABY, GONE, and one that is being tipped to be his ticket back onto the A-List as a leading man. Now, I’m not the world’s biggest Ben Affleck fan, but GONE BABY, GONE was a masterpiece, so I’m willing to bet THE TOWN will be something special. It’s also worth noting that Affleck’s improved a lot as an actor over the last few years, with a scene-stealing turn in EXTRACT, and a solid leading role in the Sundance hit COMPANY MEN. The trailers suggest THE TOWN will reveal facets of Affleck’s talent that have been hidden up to this point. Pair that with a lead role for MAD MEN’s Jon Hamm, a key supporting role for the great Jeremy Renner, and a much buzzed about performance by GOSSIP GIRL’s Blake Lively, and I’m confident we have a winner here. Also, that trailer attached to INCEPTION was incredible.

I'M STILL HERE

Ben’s not the only Affleck with a film playing at TIFF, although Brother Casey’s doc about the newly mad Joaquin Phoenix, might be a bit more of a mixed bag. Phoenix’s shtick might wear out its welcome faster than it did during his Letterman interview.

STONE

uot;left">Neither Robert De Niro, nor Edward Norton’s done much noteworthy over the last few years, but the fact remains that they are without a doubt two incredibly talented, and iconic actors. Whatever they do is automatically worth seeing, if only for the glimmer of hope that it’ll be a return to their former glory. Fingers crossed.

LET ME IN

When I first heard director Matt Reeves was remaking the great LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, I was dead set against it. An American version of this incredible, subtle Swedish masterpiece sounded like an idiotic idea, but the early buzz is remarkably good. The trailer is fantastic, and it looks like Richard Jenkins, in a key supporting role might actually improve upon the performance of his Swedish counterpart. We’ll see, but I’m cautiously optimistic about this one.

127 HOURS

Danny Boyle’s follow-up to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, this tells the true story of climber Aron Ralston, who became trapped in an isolated canyon, and was forced to saw off his own arm in order to escape. Pair Boyle with star James Franco, and subject matter that suggests 127 HOURS might be this year’s INTO THE WILD, and you have a film that’s a must see.

THE WARD

The subject matter’s been done to death (sane person trapped in an evil mental ward), but the fact that this mark’s John Carpenter’s first film since GHOST OF MARS makes this something I need to check out. The fact that it stars the beautiful Amber Heard doesn’t hurt either.

HEREAFTER

Clint Eastwood’s long awaited ghost story, starring Matt Damon- HEREAFTER marks Clint’s first genre experiment since his otherworldly western duo, HIGH PLIANS DRIFTER, and PALE RIDER. While I doubt it’ll measure up to either of those films, Eastwood doesn’t make bad movies (well, except ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN), so worst case scenario, this will just be so-so. Best case: another Oscar for Clint to throw on the pile.

NEVER LET ME GO

Director Mark Romanek’s LONG awaited follow-up to ONE HOUR PHOTO. The story’s been done before, but Romanek, and the hot cast, including Keira Knightly, Carey Mulligan, and the new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, makes this a noteworthy TIFF selection.

THE KING'S SPEECH

Colin Firth’s performance as English monarch Edward VI is getting a lot of Oscar buzz, and the fact that this has the mighty Weinstein Brothers campaigning for it, it’s all but guaranteed a whole bunch of Oscar noms. If they can get NINE nominated, imagine what they can do with a good film?

PASSION PLAY

Mickey Rourke. Megan Fox. Christopher Doyle. Bill Murray as a gangster and this isn’t a comedy. I’m there!

Source: JoBlo.com

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1:43PM on 09/09/2010
I'm jealous. I want to see all of these movies. I'm dieing to see The Town the most. Flick looks phenomenal.
I'm jealous. I want to see all of these movies. I'm dieing to see The Town the most. Flick looks phenomenal.
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1:32PM on 09/09/2010
John Carpenter is one of the greatest directors alive, so I'm extremely excited about 'The Ward'.
John Carpenter is one of the greatest directors alive, so I'm extremely excited about 'The Ward'.
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12:16PM on 09/09/2010

I wanna see all of them

Except for Stone, Milla Jovovich is a horrible actress
Except for Stone, Milla Jovovich is a horrible actress
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12:09PM on 09/09/2010
dont shit on any which way you can
dont shit on any which way you can
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12:38PM on 09/09/2010
Yeah- it's actually not THAT bad. Clyde the Orangutan is funny as shit.
Yeah- it's actually not THAT bad. Clyde the Orangutan is funny as shit.
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11:59AM on 09/09/2010

Oliver Sherman

I just saw another one of the TIFF selections last night called Oliver Sherman. A slow burn film but overall very effective and intense. There are some stellar performances too. Hope it's received well!
I just saw another one of the TIFF selections last night called Oliver Sherman. A slow burn film but overall very effective and intense. There are some stellar performances too. Hope it's received well!
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10:46AM on 09/09/2010

Sorry gang!

Hey all- not sure if I'm double posting. Doing this from a train. I'm truly sorry I revealed so much about Never Let Me go. That was a dumbass move on my part. Won't happen again.
Hey all- not sure if I'm double posting. Doing this from a train. I'm truly sorry I revealed so much about Never Let Me go. That was a dumbass move on my part. Won't happen again.
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10:34AM on 09/09/2010

*shakes fist angrily*

C'mon Bumbray, don't let me down here. Counting on you for some solid reviewing.
C'mon Bumbray, don't let me down here. Counting on you for some solid reviewing.
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12:39PM on 09/09/2010
I won't let you down buddy ;)
I won't let you down buddy ;)
10:13AM on 09/09/2010
I was really looking forward to Never Let Me Go, now I guess it can wait.
I was really looking forward to Never Let Me Go, now I guess it can wait.
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10:09AM on 09/09/2010
somehow i knew that already about Never Let Me Go, but yeah i can see why people would be pissed. The Town looks likes Heat in Boston, which is definately not a bad thing. Lot of interesting looking movies, def want to check out Let Me In
somehow i knew that already about Never Let Me Go, but yeah i can see why people would be pissed. The Town looks likes Heat in Boston, which is definately not a bad thing. Lot of interesting looking movies, def want to check out Let Me In
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10:06AM on 09/09/2010

Spoiler...

Just deleted the comment some were calling a spoiler for NEVER LET ME GO. Neither Chris nor I felt this was any kind of major spoiler (we haven't seen the film or read the book but were aware of this as part of the film's general plot). Apologies to anyone who felt this spoiled the film for them.
Just deleted the comment some were calling a spoiler for NEVER LET ME GO. Neither Chris nor I felt this was any kind of major spoiler (we haven't seen the film or read the book but were aware of this as part of the film's general plot). Apologies to anyone who felt this spoiled the film for them.
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9:56AM on 09/09/2010

and ya

u did spoil "never let me go"..delete that
u did spoil "never let me go"..delete that
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9:48AM on 09/09/2010
That was a bad move, spoiling that film like that. Every single article I read about "Never Let Me Go" was vague about the story, and I kept reading there's this weird SF thing going on, but nobody spoiled it. Until you did. :(
That was a bad move, spoiling that film like that. Every single article I read about "Never Let Me Go" was vague about the story, and I kept reading there's this weird SF thing going on, but nobody spoiled it. Until you did. :(
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12:39PM on 09/09/2010
Sorry bud :(
Sorry bud :(
9:28AM on 09/09/2010
didnt see that coming. thanks.
didnt see that coming. thanks.
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9:17AM on 09/09/2010

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wow...thanks for spoiling never let me go you dick. i didn't know anything about it
wow...thanks for spoiling never let me go you dick. i didn't know anything about it
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12:41PM on 09/09/2010
Yeah- that was a dick move on my part. I thought everyone knew, but obviously not. Sorry again- although for what it's worth I THINK that "twist" is revealed within the first act.
Yeah- that was a dick move on my part. I thought everyone knew, but obviously not. Sorry again- although for what it's worth I THINK that "twist" is revealed within the first act.
8:15AM on 09/09/2010

how envious i am

i really want to see The Town, and Black Swan..

and of course, bill murray? gangster? i so have to see that
i really want to see The Town, and Black Swan..

and of course, bill murray? gangster? i so have to see that
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