July 5, 2009

I shudder with anticipa . . .

Forgive the stupid title. Rocky Horror was on TV the other night, and I was surprised to discover how many lines I still knew by heart. Anyway, tomorrow, July 6, is a big day for TIFF fans. Ticket packages go on sale to Visa cardholders. The website is scheduled to go live. And, because it's now been nearly two weeks since the first film titles were announced, presumably a few more press releases will be posted.

Along with several Cannes films yet to be announced, at the top of my "Most Wanted" list is Claire Denis's White Material. Last week, Peter Knegt at Indiewire published his list of "30 Films to Watch for at TIFF," which covers a lot of English-language ground. I wonder which of these will be the next Best Picture winner?

  1. Amelia, directed by Mira Nair
  2. Biutiful, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
  3. Brothers, directed by Jim Sheridan
  4. Dear John, directed by Lasse Hallstrom
  5. Green Zone, directed by Paul Greengrass
  6. The Informant, directed by Steven Soderbergh
  7. Love Ranch, directed by Taylor Hackford
  8. Nine, directed by Rob Marshall
  9. Ondine, directed by Neil Jordan
  10. The Road, directed by John Hillcoat
  11. A Serious Man, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
  12. The Tempest, directed by Julie Taymor
  13. All Good Things, directed by Andrew Jarecki
  14. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, directed by Werner Herzog
  15. The Box, directed by Richard Kelly
  16. Crazy Heart, directed by Scott Cooper
  17. Desert Flower, directed by Sherry Hormann
  18. The Good Heart, directed by Dagur Kari
  19. The Last Station, directed by Michael Hoffman
  20. The Men Who Stare At Goats, directed by Grant Heslov
  21. My Own Love Song, directed by Oliver Dahan
  22. Sympathy For Delicious, directed by Mark Ruffalo
  23. Untitled Michael Moore Project, directed by Michael Moore
  24. Freakonomics, directed by Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki and Morgan Spurlock
  25. The Invention of Lying, directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson
  26. Jennifer’s Body, directed by Karyn Kusama
  27. Up In The Air, directed by Jason Reitman
  28. Whip It, directed by Drew Barrymore
  29. Youth In Revolt, directed by Miguel Arteta
  30. Where The Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze
Any particular films you're looking forward to?


Jeff BBz said...

Drew Barrymore directed a movie? What? I'm looking forward to where the wild things are just for nostalgia sake. I don't know whether it will actually be any good. Although If I were going to tiff I of course wouldn't watch it (or almost any of these) there as they will be in theaters soon.

Darren said...

Jeff, each year I put together an obscure spreadsheet when researching TIFF films, and one of my categories is "availability." Films that will likely never even get a DVD release get 7 points; Hollywood films opening in September and October get 0. I also give points for nationality, with 0 for the U.S. and as many as 5 points for others. So, yeah, I probably won't see any of these films either. Except for maybe The Road, which I'm really curious about.