The review for some of my TIFF films.

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
The direction by the Coen Brothers was astounding. Their vision was alike some of their other work, but with this they combined past ideas with new, ‘refreshing’ ones.

Amazing screenplay, and the best of the year as of now. A lot of serious situations, intense scenes, and something I didn’t expect… a lot of comedy. Lee Jones & Bardem are the means of most of it, with their interesting take on the script, and their lines alike. Although, Bardem’s character was more insane than anything, causing him to be the funniest and most complex villain ever.

The acting is amazing, and I expected alot from Javier Bardem… he surely delivered. His performance is the best in a Coen brothers film since Fargo. Tommy Lee Jones also has a supporting role in the film, and is not unlike he’s ever been before, but it’s still his best performance ever. Great seriousness, and amazing comic timing… who knew he had it in him? Along with Bardem, Josh Brolin gives a pretty good performance as well, but is overshadowed by Bardem and Lee Jones. Finally, the only other ‘main’ actor in the film is Woody Harrelson, who isn’t in the film too much, but is very good nonetheless.

This is a traditional ‘silent’ film, with no background music (except one scene), but there is a pretty nice score during the credits. The film is brutal with it’s violence, and quite well done. The makeup was great for this reason. The sound editing was very good as well, but the editing of the film was so much better.

Rating : 9/10

Nominations
Best Picture *****
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (still dunno if he’s my win or not)
Best Director
Best Adapted Screenplay *****
Best Film Editing

JUNO
Oh wow, did I underestimate this gem of a film. Considering it was PG-13, I didn’t expect much, seeing as the subject yearned for an R rating, but nevertheless, the screenplay was dynamic without a lot of cursing.

The direction by Jason Reitman was great, and proves he is here to stay, and not a one hit wonder. With this direction, he brings an amazing soundtrack to the table, and a lot of great ideas.

The acting in the film is quite good, especially from Ellen Page, who is definitely in my GG nominations at the moment for her role as Juno. Sadly, the rest of the cast does not have big roles like Page, and this was a disappointment due to me thinking Cera’d be a lead as well, when in fact he only has about 12 minutes on the screen. Bateman is also hilarious in his short role, and the woman who plays his wife (Garner) is heart touching.

*sidenote* – Only the 2nd film to get a standing ovation (of what i’ve seen… not even no country for old men got one)

Rating : 9/10

Nominations
Best Picture
Best Original Screenplay
Best Ensemble Cast

THE SAVAGES
Lovely, lovely film. Has the same type of feel as the indie film The Squid and the Whale gave off. A touching script from beginning to end, and it had some great dialog. The direction comes from the same woman who wrote the film, Tamara Jenkins, who has got a lot of talent in her, and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with come Award time.

I’ve got to say, the love for Phillip Bosco never really got to me, because I assumed he’d be another Alan Arkin ; a veteran in a dramady, in a role under 20 minutes, with funny and touching scenes… which is what his role was. Though, I must say I rather enjoyed his performance more than I did Arkin’s, and Bosco makes my GG lineup for Supporting Actor, Comedy/Musical. Laura Linney was also fabulous in her leading role, and gave one of the best female performances this year, and I do believe she gets a nomination from me as of now. Finally, Phillip Seymour Hoffman (who sadly couldn’t make it to the showing) shows us, yet again, that he is the best actor of the last 10 years. Another very versatile role, with fantastic chemistry with his other cast mates. He makes my GG lineup, but Lead Actor is too strong as of now.

*sidenote* – I got an applause from the crowd for asking a question to Philip Bosco after the film asking him :
A lot of Critics are predicting you to be this years Alan Arkin, how are you responding to this hype?
*audience clap*
Bosco : “Well… I don’t think my performance is nearly in the league as Arkin’s, but it’s great that people are thinking so highly of my performance”.

When everyone was leaving the theater, I shook his hand… very, very modest man.

Rating – 8/10

Nominations
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Original Screenplay (i believe)

IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH
The direction by Paul Haggis was impressive, showing that he isn’t just a one trick pony (though, a lot of people here don’t consider his first hit to be good). His vision was wonderful, and used a great metaphor throughout the film, bringing a new, ‘poetic’ side to his previous gritty and blunt direction.

The screenplay was written by the director, Paul Haggis. Going into the film, I expected an overly political, fluff piece, but the film was much more than that. It briefly touches on the War, and the main character’s pov on politics, but other than that it was a pure thriller. Another impressive turn by Mr. Haggis, and in my honest opinion : I expect this film to garner him his fourth consecutive screenplay writing nomination.

The acting is amazing quite good in the film, and I’ll only mention those that were ‘memorable’ at all. First, I’ll go with the very small performance by Susan Sarandon, and while I think she does not deserve a nomination for her 6 minute role… the academy may give her a nomination, due to her scenes being very emotionally packed, and she pulled them off flawlessly. Charlize Theron plays the main cop in the film, helping Lee Jones find his son’s killer[s]. Quite a great performance, and certainly Top 10 material, if the year weren’t as strong as it’s already been, she’d get a nomination for sure. She delivered her lines with great emotion, and overall just a very good role for her. Finally, Tommy Lee Jones plays the father of the dead son, who is a true American. Now, as I said before with Sarandon, I do not think this performance was overly amazing (great nonetheless), but the academy may nominate him because his role is just that baity.

Rating : 8/10

Nominations
Best Original Screenplay

INTO THE WILD
Oh wow… that’s really all I can say. This film truly overwhelmed me, but after the film was done, many people in the crowd either loved it or hated it. The length of the film is about 150 minutes, so I thought it’d be boring for the most part, but it really is not. Sean Penn’s direction was just outstanding, as was his adaption of the novel. He got the cast to bring out some of their best performances (especially from Hirsch), and this truly is the best film he’s been in/made.

The ensemble cast with Kristen Stewart, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden, Jena Malone, Vince Vaughn, Hal Holbrook and William Hurt was just amazing. All of them deliver superb performances, but sadly, none of them grace the screen longer than 15 minutes (other than Keener, i suppose). Then you’ve got Emile Hirsch who was unexpectedly very dynamic in his role. Considering this is the guy from The Girl Next Door, what could one really expect from him? Anyways, besides the huge ‘star-filled’ cast, you’ve also got hilarious little cameos by Thure Lindhardt and Signe Egholm Olsen, who in their 2 minute scene, were just hilarious.

The soundtrack was amazing, and truly captured the ‘living free’ feeling. The final thing I’ve got to mention was the film editing was incredible, and is my win so far this year, just saying.

Rating : 9/10

Nominations
Best Picture (possible win)
Best Director
Best Adapted Screenplay (possible win)
Best Film Editing *****
Best Ensemble Cast *****

SLEUTH
Curious due to the length of the film, as well as one of the most poetic directors of all time directing the remake, with 2 of the finest actors of their individual generations made me think : Could this be as good as the original?

Sadly, no. Though the film is not as good as the ’72 version starring Caine and Olivier, it still is a great ‘remake’. A lot of the script was changed, and in order to get some of the humor in the film, you must see the original. Kenneth Branagan does an extraordinary job directing this film, with such profound vision, it already saddens me that this will be overlooked at the oscars (well, we can only hope for the best). His screenplay was also pretty interesting, though not true to the original much. This version takes away from a lot of the suspense, and throws in quite a bit of cursing to add a lot more humor than the original had. So much in fact, that I actually place it in the comedy/musical category.

The acting from the 2 men was fantastic, they played off each other well, and neither overshadowed the other one too much. I personally thought Michael Caine dominated the first half of the film, but when the second half picked up, it was the Jude Law show. With the 2 fantastic performances comes wonderful chemistry, which made the very short running time blow by. I was literally astonished that it was over when it was over. I was that into it.

The techs are great in the film. From the interesting film editing, to the fantastic ‘remodeled’ score of the original film, to the post-modern art direction. It truly is quite a great film to feast your eyes upon.

Rating – 8.5/10

Nominations
Best Director
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Film Editing
Best Art Direction
Best Original Score [if it counts at all]

PARANOID PARK
Well, I expected a decent film going into it, and seeing as it was in the Vanguard lineup, I assumed it’d be very independent, which it was. Now, I cannot give a true thought on the acting because there wasn’t any. It was just teens acting like themselves, which was fine, because the acting wasn’t meant to be good, apart from the lead, though he did seem to try too hard at times, but it’s okay, it’s his first film. The direction by Gus van Sant is very thought provoking, as well as fairly interesting. He did a great job with the script, by not only focusing on the ‘main’ concept for the film, but rather the lead character’s life as it falls apart, seam by seam. I was interested throughout the entirety of the film, which is only 90 minutes or so. It’s going to be a true indie smash, once it is released over here, because it has the feel of Thirteen’s film making, and Elephant’s story type… just a great mix. The only problem was in fact the acting, and seemed too forced, because while the cast were just trying to act like teens, they tried to make their characters seem too fake to me. Apart from that, great story telling.

Rating – 7.5/10

Nominations
Best Film Editing

CASSANDRA’S DREAM
I traded in my tickets for Honeydripper and The Exodus, so that I could take my dad to his first film festival film in his life, for his birthday.

The direction by Woody Allen was alike his direction in his previous film Match Point, with great criminalistic vision. His also wrote the script for his film (which is quite redundant to say on my behalf, considering his track record). The script was full of ironic situations, quite a bit of comedy & great dialog, which gives Woody more creditability in his ‘crime’ film streak, with his ‘disappointing’ film released last year, entitled Scoop. Personally, I thought the script was his best in many years, and certainly deserves a nomination as of this far in the year.

I will only mention the acting from the 3 ‘key’ male actors in the film. Tom Wilkenson does wonders in his 10 minute role as the Uncle of the 2 brothers. Now, I expect a lot from him come Michael Clayton, and in all honesty, forgot that he was even in this film at all. Well, in his role, he was full of hilarity, anger & joy (at separate times, obviously), and as the experienced actor that he is, he truly made this role memorable. Ewan McGregor plays one of the brothers (i really do forget their names). His role was great for him, and is the best role of his career (yes, including MR). The role was great for McGregor, seeing as he seemed to be in a trance during the film, though the role wasn’t ‘too’ hard to play. Finally, the best performance of the film goes to Colin Farrell, who in my opinion, was just fantastic. His comedic timing was stupendous, his raw emotion in the film was just… raw, and it seemed like the perfect role for him. His comeback to ‘acting’ as I would say.

The technical aspects weren’t meant to be the huge attraction of the film, but it did have 2 very key techs. The first would have to be the film editing, which was just fantastic. 108 minutes, and not a minute boring at all. The other would be the score, composed by Phillip Glass, which was just fantastic. My #2 of the year after Sunshine’s.

Rating : 8.5/10

Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Original Screenplay
Best Film Editing
Best Original Score

ATONEMENT
Damn you british people, damn you all to America! You truly did overhype the film, so much in fact that I was disappointed that I thought the film was only ‘great’.

The direction by Joe Wright was very impressive, and shows he isn’t going to be a one hit wonder. A lot of ‘ye olde time’ vision induced into the script, and his take on the script was exquisite. Christopher Hampton adapted the novel, and did a great job doing so. Personally, I probably would’ve found the novel to be a bore, but as an adapted film it was enjoyable and interesting. Now, I have a bone to pick (and I definitely know I’m in the minority here), but… I thought no one in the film was lead, and that the only lead character of the film was Briony Tallis, but seeing as her role is taken on by 3 separate actresses, that is not leading for me. Now, there could be an argument that James McAvoy was leading, but I don’t consider him it. The role that Keira Knightley takes on isn’t leading whatsoever, so I don’t understand how you brits could lie to me like that.

The acting was marvelous, the whole cast was wonderful. From the fantastic ‘child’ performance by Saoirse Ronan, to the very ranged performance by James McAvoy. Benedict Cumberbatch, who has become a very underrated and unknown british actor as of late, does a very good job in his small role as Paul Marshall. Vanessa Redgrave also has a shortish role as the much older version of Briony. In her small role, she is dynamic and forceful, something I wouldn’t of expected nearing the end of the film. Romola Garai who did an astounding job as the young adult version of Briony, and it is no wonder why people thought whoever played this role would get a nomination, because it is very dramatic, and very ‘baity’. Saoirse Ronan, this year’s ‘it girl’ as far as child actresses come, with a very good performance in I Would Never Be Your Woman, and now a fabulous performance in Atonement, is truly an actress to be looking forward to come the next few years. If it weren’t for Knightley being ‘slightly’ (and when i say slightly, i truly mean slightly) better, she would’ve gotten into my nominations without a doubt. She currently sits at #6. As I just mentioned, Keira was wonderful as Cecilia. Such a heartbreaking and love-filled role was perfect for her (as we saw in P&P), and I do hope she does get some type of nomination for her performance. The best in the show, however, goes to James McAvoy as Robbie. Oh, such a versatile performance, in such a wonderful role. This was perfect for McAvoy, and will really push him into the public spotlight that much more.

The techs in the film were fantastic, just absolutely stunning. From the very beautiful decor of the houses, to the rugged ‘shacks’ of rooms during the War, the art direction was just fabulous. The same applies for the costume design. The cinematography done by Seamus McGarvey was marvelous. In fact, there is this one scene that lasts about 6 minutes I’d say, and it is just breathtaking. Due to it’s consistency throughout the film, and adding this scene to it, makes it my #1 of the year as of now. The film editing was tricky, and was a really big hit/miss type deal, but it was done just right. Making you think about a situation, then to show you it was just a great idea, and for that… another nomination. Finally, the most unique thing about the film… the original score by Dario Marianelli. He combines a traditional score with chattering of a typewriters keys, to create the most memorable score of the year by far.

Rating : 8.5/10

Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Cinematography *****
Best Art Direction
Best Original Score

MARGOT AT THE WEDDING
Fantastic cast. In my opinion, Jack Black was the best in the film, followed by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Nicole Kidman. Black’s performance was hysterical, and very unique. A great role for him. We all know about Leigh, but as of now she only sits at #7 in my Top 10 for supporting actresses. Nicole Kidman did a great job as I said, but Leading Actress is just too tough so far this year.

Very original screenplay. Noah Baumbach’s direction gives off the same vibe as his previous film The Squid and the Whale.

Rating : 8/10

Nominations (Golden Globes)
Best Actress in a Leading Role [Comedy/Musical]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role [Comedy/Musical]
Best Actress in a Supporting Role [Comedy/Musical]

KING OF CALIFORNIA
Cute script. Full of great subtle jokes, and interesting dialog.

2 fabulous leading performances by Evan Rachel Wood and Michael Douglas. I thought Wood would have a small role than she had. Fantastic chemistry between the two.

Rating – 7.5/10

Nominations (Golden Globes)
Best Actor in a Leading Role [Comedy/Musical]
Best Actress in a Leading Role [Comedy/Musical]

BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
Wow, what an amazing cast.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman was by far the best, with his pure rabidness.
Then came Ethan Hawke with his subtle emotional distress, played to a tee.
Albert Finney was just grand. So heartbreaking in his role, but he also has that lurking, menacing presence he is known for, when called upon it.
And finally, we’ve got Marisa Tomei and her tits. (her role was like 15 minutes, she was naked 10 of them)

Sidney Lumet’s direction is just like in his prime. Very dramatic ‘thrilling’ direction.

The main surprise of the film was that the shocking and very well written screenplay was written by rookie Kelly Masterson. First anything ever written.

Great technical aspects. The film editing, is what really made the film. The original score, composed by Carter Burwell was great as well. This year is just too strong a year for scores as of now though.

Rating – 8.5/10

Nominations (Golden Globes)
Best Actor in a Leading Role [Drama]
Best Director
Best Film Editing

RESERVATION ROAD
Kinda disappointing, but nonetheless a good film. I thought it’d be more than it actually was, seeing as all predicters are gushing over it.

I really enjoyed the screenplay, a very interesting film. It’s much better that I saw the film, rather than read anything about it prior to it, or else I probably would’ve been less enthusiastic about the film. Terry George also directed the film, and did a relatively good job doing so. Kept the film short, interesting, and suspenseful.

Ruffalo and Phoenix are the leads of the film, but Phoenix pales in comparison to Ruffalo. Mark Ruffalo’s performance was very subtle up until the last quarter of the film. He was just great in his role, and if pushed supporting, should get a nomination. Throughout the whole film, I kept wanting Joaquin Phoenix to step up his game. He was good, but not as good as another person could’ve been in the role. (personally, I think Phoenix is very overrated). IF you’re wondering about Mira Sorvino, well… she was good in her small role. Oh yeah, and Jennifer Connolly was just fantastic. She gets a nomination from me, for sure. Out acted Phoenix in all their scenes together.

Rating : 8/10

Nominations
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Adapted Screenplay

I’M NOT THERE
TO CONFIRM : ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE FILM ARE SUPPORTING! No one in the film is named Bob Dylan, ever. Not a single person. They’re rather talked about in their ‘fake’ name in the film. All of them explore different eras of Dylan’s life, but no one ever mentions the man himself.

A great screenplay, and fantastic direction. Todd Haynes made a truly worthy Bob Dylan film.

The cast was excellent, and my personal favourite performance was by Marcus Carl Franklin, closely followed by Cate Blanchett (who had the biggest ‘bob dylan’ role). A lot of talent was underused though. Ben Whishaw had around 5 minutes in the whole film. Heath Ledger had a 10 minute role. Julianne Moore also had around 5 minutes of screentime. BUT, Charlotte Gainsbourg had a great role in the film.

Fantastic film editing. It kept the 135 minute film brisk, refreshing and interesting throughout the entirety. Amazing soundtrack.

Rating : 8.5/10

Nominations (Golden Globes)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role [Drama]
Best Director
Best Original Screenplay
Best Film Editing
Best Ensemble Cast

ONE HUNDRED NAILS
Saw it as a filler, didn’t expect much from it except a traditional Italian Drama with Light Comedy. That’s what I got, but it was slightly better than I thought. The screenplay was unique, and the lead performance by Raz Degan was grand. He read his lines very well, and emoted excellently.

Rating – 7.5/10

Nominations
Best Foreign Film

THE MAN FROM LONDON
Didn’t know what to expect from my first Bela Tarr film, but I got something unique. Calm story telling, that has a plain outline, and then it’s ordinaryness is corrupted by an invoking problem. Pretty good outline, if I do say so myself, and because of it, it kept me captivated throughout the entire film.

The acting was great, but I expected Tilda Swinton to be in it more. She’s literally in it for 5-10 minutes. Also, what really irked me about her performance, was that it was dubbed over in Hungarian. I was, in all honesty, stunned. I thought it was completely unnecessary to have an ‘english speaking’ person in a Hungarian film. Why not just cast a Hungarian woman? Anyways, Miroslav Krobot delivered an excellent performance as the lead of the film. The only other performance worth noting was whoever played the Detective. IMDb doesn’t have the names up, and I’m not familiar with Hungarian Cinema, so I can’t really say who it was.

I assume with other Tarr films, you get very long shots of nothing, but they’re still beautiful. Wonderful cinematography in this film, and certainly lineup worthy. I plan to watch his 2 other films that I’ve got soon.

Rating – 8.5/10

Nominations (Golden Globes)
Best Director (maybe)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Feature *****

DEATH DEFYING ACTS
Well I must say it was a very interesting film, mixing fact and fiction to create a very unique screenplay. The people who wrote the film were Gillian Anderson and the 2 men listed on IMDb as the writers (no idea why she is left out), Brian Ward and Tony Grisoni. It was well written, gives you some background on Houdini, and the mother and daughter as well. After the introduction it is just great. Though some slow parts may have ruined the great pacing, there was not a minute unnecessary. Gillian Anderson also directed the film, and she had great vision for it all. She knew how to do the multiple stories very well, and there wasn’t any incoherency at all.

The acting from the 3 leads and Timothy Spall was just electric. Spall was great in his role as Sugarman and just played the part to a tee. Unfortunately, the screenplay was devoted to the 3 major characters in the film, which is sad, because I really did enjoy his character quite a bit. Catherine Zeta Jones was also very good, but not great. I thought she’d do wonders in the role, which she does at times, but all in all her performance was slightly disappointing. Though, her chemistry with Ronan and Pearce was great. Saoirse Ronan is quickly becoming the most talented actress under 20 right now. After her excellent performance in Atonement, she strikes more gold in this role as Zeta-Jones’ daughter Benji. Not a flaw in her performance, though it was purely leading, thus making her competition ridiculously hard as of now, and that is the only reason I can think of her not getting a nomination from me. Her Irish accent as perfect (probably because she is irish), and she outshone Zeta Jones in all their scenes. Finally, Guy Pearce is having a fantastic year. First with First Snow, and now as Harry Houdini in this film. First, I’d like to say that he was just magical in the role. Emoting perfectly, and making all of his scenes amazing, and thus wonderful. His chemistry with everyone in the film was fantastic, especially with Zeta Jones. Along with his great reading of the lines, he had wonderful body gestures, which a lot of actors cannot grasp in particular roles. On the performance in general, he could potentially be pushed supporting, seeing as more of the film is devoted to Zeta Jones & Ronan, but if the film does get a distributor soon, we can only hope for the best for him.

The techincal aspects were very good in the film, but particularly the cinematography, which was done by Haris Zambarloukos. He creates perfect atmosphere in the film, which was key for the film to be as captivating. Other than the cinematography, the film had a nice score, some lovely costumes, and very good art decoration.

Rating : 8/10

Nominations
Best Cinematography

SMILEY FACE
To keep this brief :

The screenplay by Dylan Haggerty was just hilarious and crude. He created a very memorable, ‘trippy’ story, with plenty quotable lines.

The direction by Gregg Araki was very good, and he had a lot of creative influence on the script. I’m sure it wouldn’t of been as funny without him helming the film.

The acting by the cast was gutbusting. Adam Brody (like in Thank You for Smoking) has a fantastic ‘cameo’ role. 2 Minutes Long… 2 Minutes of Laughter. Danny Masterson also has a fairly short role, but in that time is the most hilarious character. Finally, Anna Faris was just wonderful in the role. She played the role to perfection, and I really couldn’t see anyone one-upping her in the role.

Rating : 7.5/10

Nominations (Golden Globes)
Best Actress in a Leading Role [Comedy/Musical]

PLOY
Well, I hadn’t seen Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s last film, but I had heard it was great, so I took a shot in the dark and decided to see it. Oh, I did not like this film at all. I found it completely boring, and lacked captivating the audience. The screenplay, while trying to be interesting and twisted really is neither. Up until the 3rd last scene of the film, it has nothing going for it. I couldn’t say ‘from the 3rd last scene to the last scene’ because the last scene was ridiculous, and the whole audience laughed at it, in a wrong sense.

The acting was fine through and through, but that couldn’t help the film at all. The best performance of the film goes to Lalita Panyopas as Dang.

Finally, the techs were very few but well done. The cinematography was impressive, but nothing ‘breathtaking’ by any means. The score was pretty good, but nothing memorable.

Rating – 5/10

Nominations
None.

NOTHING IS PRIVATE
After hearing that this movie sucks from a few critics, I was really iffy on the film coming up to it. Well, I can now say those critics can kiss my ass. I loved this film.

Alan Ball is now the most darlkly hilarious writer. He adapted the novel Towelhead, into something that is deeply dramatic, but so funny that it balances the film out perfectly. His direction of the film was also great, and he took a lot of ideas from Sam Mendes’ American Beauty direction (which he wrote, for those who don’t know). The characters are very well written, and none of them are plain. warning : For those who don’t like dark, ironic humor, you probably will not like this film.

The acting of the cast was fantastic. Some people are saying that Summer Bishil will be nominated in the Supporting Actress category this year. Well, she won’t because the story is devoted to her. She is the only lead of the film, and there are almost no scenes without her in them. Though her performance may be very dramatic and sad, I didn’t really love her that much. She did a really good job, but I felt the performance could’ve been better than it was. Toni Collete was superb in her role as Melina. A lot of people will love her so much as to nominate her (i know that the collete fanpeople will got ape *beep* over this role). I thought she was worthy of a nomination myself, and she makes my Top 10 of the year for her role. Maria Bello also has a great supporting role (about 10-15 minutes long). She is hilarious in it. A lot of what she said is meant to be funny due to shock value, and does she ever deliver. I know Alex will nominate her for this role. Eugene Jones plays Thomas, and is great in his role as well. Though starts off kinda plain, he quickly begins to pick up pace with his comedy. He has very subtle, ‘lame’ humor. Think a lighter version of Steve Carell in THe 40 Year Old Virgin ; lame humor like that. Aaron Eckhart is also on a lot of people’s ‘prediction’ lists for his role as Mr. Vuoso (forgot his first name, just took this off of it’s imdb page.). He was very powerful in the role, and the most interesting story of the film wouldn’t of been possible without his character. I think he had the second best performance in the film. The best goes to Peter Macdissi. Oh my god, was this man just perfect in the role. He could be considered a lead in the film (because he’s Jasira’s dad), but I consider him supporting. Well, if you love sarcastic humor, along with really over the top stuff, you’ll love this guy. With this comedic presence, he also has very powerful, raw emotion when he’s called upon it.

Okay, for those curious of the techs in the film I will give you these. The cinematography was a lesser version of American Beauty’s, but still very pleasant. The film editing was great, but too strong a category as of now. Finally, the score by Thomas Newman is great. See, this film has a lot of comparisons to American Beauty, and this is another one of them. This is basically a mirrored version of it’s score, just more aquatic. Just think the American Beauty score mixed with the ocean, and you’ve got this score.

Overall, a perfect way to close the festival.

Rating – 9/10

Nominations (Golden Globes)
Best Picture [Comedy/Musical] *****
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Peter Macdissi [Comedy/Musical]
Best Adapted Screenplay – Alan Ball *****

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