TIFF Watch: Nick and Norah, Me and Orson Wells, The Coen Brothers, The Brothers Bloom and JCVD

2008 Toronto International Film Festival

The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival got underway this weekend, and as we stated earlier, we… are not there. Yet, despite the absence of the FSR crew, it appears that TIFF has gotten up and running without a hitch. As well, even though we weren’t allowed to make the trip across the border — which had something to do with some off-handed comments about Canadian prostitutes — we would still like to bring you some of the updates from our friends and neighbors around the web. With that, we are pleased to bring you a gaggle of linkage that we like to call “TIFF Watch.”

Entertainment Weekly: Nick and Norah Could be a Juno Redux
EW’s Dave Karger and Missy Schwartz discuss some of the “other” films that have shown at Toronto in past years, including Saw. They also talk about the “Facebook generation” targeted Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings.

Christian McKary in Me and Orson WellsCinema Blend: Me and Orson Wells Review
J.D. McNamara over at Cinema Blend writes a glowing review of Richard Linklater’s latest film Me and Orson Wells, which stars Christian McKay, Claire Danes and Zac Efron. He raves about the performance of newcomer McKay, who plays Orson as he was in 1937, as well as the performance of the supporting cast, calling it “an acting clinic, and a must see.”

Slashfilm: Brothers Bloom, JCVD Video Blog
My good friend Peter Sciretta over at Slashfilm has become an addicted video blogger up in the great white north, catching up with Cinematical’s James Rocchi and Eric D. Snider to talk about Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom and JCVD. You can also check out Pete’s review of The Brothers Bloom here, in which he gives the film 8 out of 10 stars.

First Showing: School of Rock 2 Not Happening?
Our good friend Alex Billington had a chance to catch up with Me and Orson Wells director Richard Linklater at the film’s post-premiere party, where he promptly grilled him for news about the recently announced School of Rock sequel. To the surprise of many, Linklater denied the fact that the film is in development, saying that he had only spoken about it with the studio once, and that his involvement was “never officially confirmed.”

Bill Maher in ReligulousSpout: Review of Bill Maher’s Religulous
The lovely Karina Longworth states quickly in her review of Religulous that she is “aggressively, even evangelically, skeptical” about Bill Maher’s professional schtick. In reviewing the film, she points out that Maher is caught “using serious questioning not as an end, but a means to immature, unenlightening mockery.” As well, she rails on, saying that Religulous “doesn’t even produce footage controversial or incendiary enough to justify the methods by which it was obtained.” Sad times for those of us who were holding out hope for this film.

Nights and Weekends: Blogging the Toronto Experience
My good friend Kristin Dreyer Kramer, Editor-in-Chief over at, is going to be blogging about her TIFF experience as she attends alongside WCBE’s John DeSando and Clay Lowe. As a fellow Columbus critic, I will be keeping an eye on her experiences with the always entertaining John and Clay, as well as her stories of grandeur from behind the scenes at TIFF.

Spout: Review of Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla
Our dear friend and FSR contributor Kevin Kelly is up in Toronto on behalf of Spout, where he caught Guy Ritchie’s latest film RocknRolla. Calling it a return to form for Ritchie, Kevin also pointed out that “it’s a whole lot of flash and not much substance.” But despite the lack of substance, he does reassure us that RocknRolla is of the same ilk as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, which should be enough to satisfy most fans.

Keep an eye out throughout the week as we will continue to keep tabs on all the TIFF-related happenings from around the web.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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