Saturday, September 26, 2009

Impact of TIFF Part 3

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - For Heath Ledger's last film, I would have hope it would have been incredible. Unfortunately early word is saying that this is mediocre at best. Now when it expands, and American audiences see it, the sentimental factor may grab hold. Otherwise, I think we might have to call this one a dissappointment.

The Informant! - With a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, this comedy earned some pretty decent reviews, and Matt Damon received excellent reviews, even when the whole movie didn't. While I think the only major category it could get in is for Best Actor. However, at the Golden Globes, and maybe if some other contenders fizzle out, a Best Picture nod is not out of the question.

The Invention of Lying - So far, word is pretty good for this new Ricky Gervais comedy. If Oscar is feeling funny this year, one of these comedies (including the one about this) could slide in, and take one of the spots. If not, I think we will see at least some Golden Globes. I hope this one gets some attention. Ricky Gervais is a genius, and recognition should follow.

Jennifer's Body - With Diablo Cody's name attached to this, and the raw sexual magnetism that exudes from Megan Fox, I had hoped that this one could rise above the usual horror drab. Unfortunately, reviewers and audiences have not put their seal of approval on Jennifer. Well at least it was a little fun to watch Megan Fox undress :).

The Men Who Stare At Goats - Of all the potential comedies coming out of TIFF, the two George Clooney movies seem to be the best shots at a Best Picture nod. This one is definitely the lesser of the two, but it still seems to be getting good buzz, and apparently Clooney, and especially Jeff Bridges. Maybe some GG nods, and a supporting nod for Bridges. In my opinion, the other Clooney movie (Up in the Air) is going to be the real contender.

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