The presence of Emma Watson (better known as Hermione Granger) ensures that The Perks of Being a Wallflower will appeal to the Harry Potter set, but will the film also appease the now-adult outsiders who embraced Stephen Chbosky’s YA novel back in 1999? The fact that Chbosky both wrote and directed the adaptation bodes well. Sure, the trailer contains a few stale teen movie tropes (the kind English teacher, the outcast sitting alone at a cafeteria table), but if Chbosky can replicate the insight, emotional depth and humour of the book, all will be forgiven. If not, the ’90s-era soundtrack should still make for a pleasant bout of nostalgia.
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After we narrowed down the 372 films screening at TIFF to the buzziest 50, we started wondering which movie sits at the top of the heap. Cloud Atlas has a stacked ensemble cast, a rousing five-minute-long trailer and some highly regarded literary source material to live up to, but On the Road has an even more beloved literary antecedent (and, in Kristen Stewart, a star with very devoted fans). Then there’s Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which has netted the (free) hype that stems from opening the festival. Of course, The Master has many expecting standout performances from Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman—not to mention its Church of Scientology-tinged subject matter.
Sure, Yann Martel may have won the Booker Prize for Life of Pi, but these early peeks at Ang Lee’s cinematic translation are making us wonder whether it shouldn’t have just been a movie in the first place. In this trailer alone, there’s an epic storm (reminiscent of one scary sea witch), stunning shots of an island and a very large hologram whale that’s probably best appreciated on screens tailored for such multi-million-dollar epics instead of YouTube. Yes, it’s a gorgeous piece of Oscar bait, but here’s hoping that Life of Pi has more soul than the last big 3D epic.
The trailer for Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz has arrived, complete with Michelle Williams taking an aquafit class with Sarah Silverman, hanging out on a ferry boat (which island is she going to? Ward’s?), fraternizing with three gentlemen (Seth Rogen, Aaron Abrams and Luke Kirby), running by Clafouti and then taking a rickshaw down Queen Street West. We can tell we’re in for a pretty wild journey.
A follow-up trailer has come out for The Vow, a movie coming out in February featuring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. This isn’t groundbreaking cinema: a married couple gets into a car accident, and the wife (played by McAdams) gets amnesia. Will he ever get his wife back? Probably.
The last place to get a nice-sized home on a quiet, leafy street for less than $150,000 in the GTA—Twin Pines trailer park
On a bright morning in August, Judi Lloyd drove through Twin Pines with the air of a visiting dignitary. The preternaturally cheerful 57-year-old real estate broker was on her way to list a home. The Mississauga trailer park is located just off Dundas, one of the city’s main arteries. Like all of Lloyd’s visits to the park, the trip quickly turned into a mixture of socializing and networking as she waved to and chatted with residents from the driver’s seat of her black Ford Escape. She gestured at the mobiles we passed, noting the histories and special features of each. “You wouldn’t even know that’s a trailer,” she said, pointing at a 48-by-24-foot mobile on a spacious, pie-shaped lot. “If someone dropped you in there and you didn’t see the outside, I swear you’d think it was a little bungalow.”
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Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty is impressively shot, with long takes and even longer silences that, we assume, will make audiences feel anxious and uncomfortable. After all, viewers are witnessing Lucy’s (played by Emily Browning) very slow transformation from college student to waitress who works in lingerie to full-on high-end prostitute. Rachael Blake plays the madam, Clara, who says Lucy is beautiful, but could be “even more beautiful” and is responsible for arranging her staff as naked art pieces in rooms with well-to-do men. We don’t want to make big claims, but we’re almost certain it will be better than Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (there will at least be more dialogue).