Monday, September 11, 2006

The Toronto Divide

It wasn't always this way but the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become the halfway point of each film year. You can neatly divide the film year by pre-TIFF (a bunch of movies) and post-TIFF (a bunch of movies with awards on their mind). So we are now leaving 2006 B.T. (Sept 7th) and entering 2006 A.T. (Sept 16th)

In order to distract myself from the depressing realization that I am not at TIFF this year and in order to cleanse my movie palate for the new dishes of Fall Cinema and resultant Oscar buzz, these next five days @ The Film Experience will be devoted to a wrap-up of the cinematic year thus far. Next week it's full tilt boogie into Oscar's pre-season which means: new predictions, new films, new heartbreaks, new reviews and (hopefully) new favorites.

I won't be doing a 'most awaited feature' --those are popular right now-- but if you're interested and weren't with us back in March I did anticipatory drooling over the following films Marie-Antoinette, The Prestige, Dreamgirls, The Fountain, Running With Scissors, Volver, Inland Empire, Little Children, Margaret, Bug and For Your Consideration.

Of the 14 films I covered in that spring preview only one has opened (Prairie Home Companion) and two have been moved to 2007 (Assassination of Jesse James and Zodiac). The rest are slated to arrive from September through December. That just goes to show you how lopsided the film year is due to in-the-box thinking from the studios. When it comes to movies primarily for adults or films with prestige elements these next four months are just about all they can visualize.

How excited are you for the Fall?

7 comments:

Kamikaze Camel said...

Hasn't Margaret been moved to 2007. That's what I heard.

I am very excited about the next 6-8 months. We still get the Oscar movies in March/April so they're spread out more. I already have 2 A movies this year (Jindabyne and United 93) an A- film (Ten Canoes) so it's already pretty good.

All the anticipatory titles are still to come, essentially (as you said).

15 year old blogger said...

Zodiac is coming out in January of 2007, which means that they will try the Million Dollar Baby things and open it up small for a week in 2006 and then wide.

I also heard that Margaret has been moved, but I still hear it's at the end of 2006 early 2007. That's also what they're doing with Zodiac and The Iwo Jima (That second part of Flags of our Fathers). They all come out in 2007, but have the limited release in 2006.

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Kamikaze Camel said...

Why hello there somebody associated to director Andrew Currie (just a hunch)

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