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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 17, 2010 at 10:54 AM

The fall movie season kicks off . . . in Toronto

In a few weeks, I’ll be off to the Toronto International Film Festival for six days of screenings, interviews, blogging and general nutritional chaos. (Who has time for dinner? I remember, on a recent visit, assembling an evening meal of popcorn, M & Ms and orange juice, and convincing myself that it was sort of varied and healthful, mainly due to the orange juice.) I’ve been attending TIFF, which starts Sept. 9, for about a decade, and am always amazed by the wealth of great movies there — from Oscar-worthy big names to the best of international arthouse fare. At the festival last year, just as an example, was “Up in the Air,” “An Education,” “Precious,” “A Serious Man,” “Bright Star,” “A Single Man,” “Broken Promises” and more. I chatted up Nick Hornby (a great bloke), Penelope Cruz (more gorgeous than you could possibly imagine), Gabby Sidibe (a sweetheart), Vera Farmiga (ditto), Clive Owen (swoon), and Jane Campion (fascinating); went to a party with George Clooney sitting a few tables over; saw the greatest ballet documentary ever (“La Danse”); blogged at all hours; consumed more Diet Coke than I will ever admit; and collapsed in a heap when I got home.
Now I’m revving up to do it again, with a different cast. Here are some — just a tiny sample — of the movies I hope to catch there:
— “Never Let Me Go,” an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s eerily beautiful novel, with Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield
— “Hereafter,” Clint Eastwood’s newest, with Matt Damon
— “Tabloid,” the new documentary by Errol Morris (“The Thin Blue Line”), about a woman’s search for love
— “Black Swan,” Darren Aronofsky’s ballet thriller
— “The Conspirator,” Robert Redford’s historical drama set during Lincoln’s assassination trial and starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright and Kevin Kline.
— “The King’s Speech,” a British drama in which Colin Firth plays King George VI, who struggles with a speech impediment
— “Potiche,” Francois Ozon’s latest, which matches up Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu
— Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” much-praised at Cannes
— “Love Crime,” a French film which rather deliciously pairs Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier (of “Swimming Pool”) as office rivals.
— John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole,” starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play
— Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” which has a fun title and a fun cast (Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Lucy Punch, Gemma Jones, Antonio Banderas)
And lots more. More details to come on TIFF as it gets closer, but you can see why I’m looking forward to it . . . and already feeling exhausted.

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