Thursday, September 16, 2004

Can't TIFF enough?

I hadn't realized that J. Robert Parks, whom I met last year, is writing an extensive TIFF journal for online film mag Flickerings.

Also, check out the Daily Greencine blog, which is like the Slashdot or Agonist for movie news.

And at roughly the halfway point of Tiffing, the view from the outside:

The Still Promising

Desplechin's Kings and Queen still sounds totally awesome. Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle (link is to a video teaser) reportedly kicks mucho ass. Rosetta-wanna-be Keane has received strong notices. Even the anti-Godard Skander liked the new Jean-Luc tract. And I really want to see lesbian buzz item /fest breakout hit My Summer of Love.

The Less Promising

Mixed word on Zhang's crowdpleasing House of Flying Daggers and Kore-eda's Nobody Knows (Victor and Scott Tobias dug it). Denis' Level IV "tone poem" elicited a collective "what the fuck?" And worst of all, reports on the new Lucas Moodyson death spiral makes me yearn for the comparatively bubbly Mike Leigh flick. Yuck.

Among the Young Indie turks...

David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees looks terrific; Sideways, from Election helmer Alexander Payne, is being touted by many as the Movie of the Year (I didn't think the trailer was all that hot); word is that Todd Solondz is up to his old tricks again in Palindromes, if with a cool That Obscure Object of Desire conceit; and David Gordon Green's Undertow sounds like the work of a man who desperately needs to get past the Terrence Malick fixation.