This year, Fresh Air is sending two producers – Ann Marie Baldonado and Lauren Krenzel – to the Toronto Film Festival, to find great movies, and hopefully great future guests. Ann Marie will be checking in periodically with her thoughts on particular films, trends, quotes from Q&A sessions, blurry photos, etc. Here are a few films both Ann Marie and Lauren are looking forward to checking out. From Ann Marie:
The Master: This is the Paul Thomas Anderson film that seems to be loosely based on L. Ron Hubbard and the story of Scientology. Director PT Anderson says although there may be similarities, the story is really about men struggling after WWII. Either way, it is on the top of our lists.
Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell’s follow-up to the 2010 film The Fighter is also about family. This time presumably there is less fisticuffs between son Bradley Cooper and father Robert De Niro. But I guess we will see.
Cloud Atlas: We have no idea what this movie is going to be like. Based on the book, this film – directed by siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The Princess and The Warrior), stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant as various characters at various points in time and place.
Hyde Park on Hudson: I like to think of this film as Herman-Blume-and-Miss-Cross-become-president-and-first-lady. Bill Murray and Olivia Williams play Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in this film about a weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of England visit the President and his wife in upstate New York. It also stars Laura Linney.
The Place Beyond the Pines: Director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) teams up again with Ryan Gosling. This film looks decidedly more action-y and thriller-y then their last film – I mean, here Gosling plays a motorcycle stunt rider – but I am still interested in what they come up with.
Much Ado About Nothing: This film looks a lot different from Joss Whedon’s last film, bagillion-dollar-making The Avengers. In less than two weeks, Joss shot this modest film at his own house (!) using Shakespeare’s words and members of the Joss army (meaning actors from his many TV shows and films) including Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof.
Also on our lists are: Argo (directed by and starring Ben Affleck), No (starring Gael Garcia Bernal), Frances Ha (directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Gerta Gerwig), Ginger & Rosa (directed by Sally Potter, starring Christina Hendricks, Elle Fanning, and Annette Bening), Imogene (Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini who directed American Splendor, starring Kristin Wiig, Matt Dillon and Darren Criss), Quartet (directed by Dustin Hoffman), Amour (directed by Michael Haneke), Jayne Mansfield’s Car (directed by Billy Bob Thornton), and The Hunt (directed by Thomas Vinterberg, starring Mads Mikkelsen), Rust & Bone (starring Marion Cotillard), and on and on.