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?