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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

September 7, 2011 at 6:46 PM

In Toronto, poised to dive in

TORONTO — This is a first, dear readers: It’s much hotter in Seattle today than in Toronto, where this afternoon it was cool and cloud and looked like it just might rain. Then again, Seattle doesn’t have George Clooney or Brad Pitt dropping by this weekend. Things could change.
I’m sitting in my Toronto hotel room, trying to adjust to the time change (it’s 9:45! but that’s 6:45 where I got up this morning! so should I go to bed in an hour or so, to get a good start for tomorrow as I won’t be in this room so early again for the rest of the fest, or sit up and read “Wuthering Heights” for hours?). I”m reading “Wuthering Heights” — well, rereading, but it’s probably been 20 years — because Andrea Arnold’s new film version of the novel is here, screening Friday, fresh from its debut at the Venice Film Festival. (Two thoughts: The book’s amazing, particularly considering that it came from a young woman in her 20s living in a remote parsonage, and thank goodness there’s a family tree diagram included, otherwise I’d get all of those Earnshaws and Lintons and Heathcliffs mixed up.) I was very impressed with Arnold’s last two films — “Fish Tank” and “Red Road” — and am curious what she and her cast of unknowns can do with Bronte’s passionate classic. Toronto is fairly quiet tonight, as the movie stars haven’t yet arrived, but the newspapers are full of talk about the movies coming here straight from Venice or Telluride: Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” (which, the Globe and Mail says, got raves at Telluride), “The Artist,” “Albert Nobbs,” “Shame,” “Butter” and others.
No movies here tonight; things start tomorrow. My book is calling. TIFF reports begin tomorrow in earnest; stay tuned.

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