Thanks for Sharing

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Act of Killing Indonesia, like many countries, has a dark and bloody past filled with brutal death squads and mass killings. The difference is that unlike those others the people of Indonesia continue to celebrate the murderers, and many of those killers still walk the streets as heroes of a cruel and sadistic history. This documentary puts us in the killers’ midst as they tell their story using the medium they love so much, film. Joshua Oppenheimer‘s film is an absolute marvel both in what it sets out to do and in what it accomplishes. The “characters” here are madmen in charge of their own fates and world, and the view they have of their shared history is more disturbing than any horror film. The only thing more terrifying than hearing them talk about what they’ve done and how they feel about it now is watching their efforts to recreate it all in front of the camera. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Theatrical and director's cuts, interview, commentary with Oppenheimer and Werner Herzog, featurette, deleted scenes, trailers, booklet]

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Thanks For Sharing

Telling the story of a sex addict is no easy task, especially when it involves his first real relationship since becoming sober. The music for such a story has to hit the various notes of a person going through the transition of recovering addict to stable boyfriend – and do so while dancing around the question of whether or not this transition is even possible. Mark Ruffalo takes on the role as Adam, a five years sober sex addict, by making him a mix of confidence and humility. Christopher Lennertz’ score follows suit sounding confident at times, but also ebbing into a more reserved tone when the theme calls for it. Adam is a Type-A personality who lives in a beautiful apartment in Manhattan and seems to have his entire life together. The classical music that plays as the film begins certainly reflects this, but as the music gets more staccato, it becomes clear that there is more to Adam then first meets the eye as the true depth of his disease is revealed. Thanks for Sharing tackles some serious issues, but it’s not all doom and gloom.

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Thanks for Sharing

Mark Ruffalo has a bit of a dilemma. Five years sober from sex addiction, his character has finally decided to test the waters of dating again, only to be thrown into a relationship where Gwyneth Paltrow prances around his apartment in black lingerie. But it’s not just Paltrow; as the new international trailer for Stuart Blumberg‘s Thanks for Sharing shows as Ruffalo makes his way down the crowded streets of New York City, sex is everywhere. For a sex addict, the simple act of watching television or taking the subway to work can be enough to unravel an entire day. The film explores these trials through all of the meetings the addicts have to attend, much like an alcoholic, and the rituals they have to go through to keep on the straight and narrow; Josh Gad, as a newly recovering addict, rides his bike to work every day to avoid groping women on the subway. It seems a little heavy-handed to constantly show sexy adverstising on the NYC streets to prove the “sexy sex is everywhere/look at our society” point, but I think we’ll have to forgive it for now, considering our subjects. But somehow, the film is taking this unpleasant subject matter and spinning it into an almost lighthearted package, proving you don’t always having to talk about serious things seriously. As our own Kate Erbland described it while writing about the first trailer, it’s for people who thought Shame was too sad. Check out the trailer for yourself here:

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Thanks for Sharing

Remember that light-hearted sex addiction film by the guy who co-wrote The Kids Are All Right, starring The Hulk, Pepper Potts, and Broadway’s own Josh Gad that sounded so cool when it was first announced? Nope, we didn’t either – until the first trailer for Thanks for Sharing popped up on the ol’ Internet machine today. Turns out, sex addiction can be totally funny! Sort of! Okay, maybe! But it can definitely star Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow in decidedly non-Avengers roles and in a way that looks at least somewhat amusing. In short, if you wanted to see Shame and worried that it was too sad or too intense (and, as someone who saw a woman go into a seizure in the middle of the film that I’m still convinced had something to do with Michael Fassbender’s, um, performance, I don’t blame you), Stuart Blumberg‘s Thanks for Sharing just might be for you. Oh, also, Pink stars in it, too. Maybe it will be a Mark Wahlberg type thing! Don’t go on the subway and watch the first trailer for Thanks for Sharing instead, just after the break.

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Editor’s Note: We’ve asked a Jamaican to go to Canada to cover the movies of TIFF 2012. Andrew Robinson, whose work you can check out over at his blog, has obliged and will be filling us all in on the antics in the Great White North. Here’s his first missive. Any day now I’ll be on a plane heading to Toronto for the very first time in order to attend a film festival for the very first time. I’ve been excited to attend the Toronto International Film Festival (affectionately known as TIFF) for the past three years, and now it’s finally happening. Before we dive into this list, which honestly cannot do the festival’s amazing looking lineup any justice, I will give a couple caveats. It’s based on my confirmed schedule, and therefore two films which I’m genuinely excited for but will not be able to see (Rian Johnson’s Looper and Michael Haneke’s Amour) are not on it; it’s also in no sort of ordered preference. So with that out of the way and with all the excitement being thrown around, let’s take a quick look at the films that I’m most excited for:

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