This year’s seventh annual Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Festival lineup definitely addresses a new honest reality, this striving for a sense of urgent
authenticity, both through the films and the celebratory events.
My drive back from the Toronto International Film
Festival cracked open the protective cinema dome, and it did so with a vengeance. NPR rudely
awakened me to the news of the attacks on the Libyan embassy that
resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
This year marks my fourth sojourn to the
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and I
have been able to add a few extra days to my usual long weekend mad dash
through an impossibly overbooked itinerary that leaves me feeling like a
camera-toting tourist snapping pictures of all the officially
Take This Waltz focuses on Margot (Michelle Williams), a freelance writer
married to a cookbook author (Seth Rogen) but who develops feelings for
a neighbor (Luke Kirby), an artist and rickshaw driver. Waltz feels like an avant-garde
performance devoted to women on the verge. What happens to women who long for
more than life has given them but then encounter an
opportunity to grab hold of something more?
Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John
Leguizamo) are on the road again — well, this is the Ice Age, so it’s
really a pre-road time, but these three seem to be laying the pathway
out with each new adventure — which means that they are edging closer
and closer to drifting into the modern age.
Tyler Perry’s Madea has long been a rough shelter in the storm for an assortment of outcasts and miscreants in need of tough love, so in Witness Protection, she’s taking in a Wall Street investment banker (Eugene Levy) and his family who are on the lam from the mob. The cross-cultural mash-up is old hat and likely stale, but somehow you just know that Perry’s audience will remain loyal.
Imagine a team of eager magazine employees
investigating a classified ad seeking a companion for time jumping
(mis)adventures. Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni and Mark Duplass
who seems to jumping from project to project this summer (you can catch him in People Like Us and in the upcoming Your Sister’s Sister) star.
Tatum just might be a real Hollywood swinger and one shrewd customer. Dreaming
of fictionalizing his early days as an exotic dancer, Tatum teams up with
Steven Soderbergh (after approaching Nicolas Winding Refn of Drive fame) for Magic Mike, which, from
the spirited trailers, gives the impression of a return to the fun-loving Ocean’s franchise box office form for
Film, as a medium, provides writers and directors the opportunity to tell great stories. But sometimes, as is the case with Jonathan Demme's latest effort, Neil Young Journeys, film simply goes along for the ride with an even greater storyteller as he does his thing.
Beasts of the Southern Wild, the
savage visual poem from debut director Benh Zeitlin (which he co-wrote
with playwright Lucy Alibar), takes us on an adventure from its opening
frame, yet what makes it so special and downright impossible to imagine
in any other form, is Hushpuppy’s voice.