15 items from 2012
We've bid farewell to the Great White North for another year — yup, the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival is officially over. In years past, Oscar winners like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech" made their international debuts at Tiff. With that in mind, we took in every screening our schedules allowed, looking for the Next Big Thing of this year.
We narrowed the Best of Fest list to 15; They may not be the Oscar nominees of 2013 — though we'd bet cash money some of them are — but they'll be among the best movies you'll see for yourself this year.
Brandon Cronenberg's name looks familiar for a reason; he's the son of "Cosmopolis" director David Cronenberg. And while the imagery in his first feature-length film evokes memories of his dad's work — there are echoes of "Videodrome" and "Naked Lunch" in "Antiviral" — the younger Cronenberg has created something unarguably unique. »
- NextMovie Staff
Henry-Alex Rubin’s the-Internet-can-be-a-dangerous-place-drama “Disconnect” is not only already dated but also about as subtle as a sledgehammer, despite some strong performances. The weakness of this fiction feature debut of documentary filmmaker Rubin ("Murderball") is the screenplay by relative newcomer Andrew Stern, which cuts between different stories that are all, for a lack of a better word, connected, "Crash"-style, and which treats being subtle as some kind of infectious disease that needs to be stamped out violently. As a director of actors, Rubin fares much better, eliciting solid and even a couple of great performances from a high-profile cast that includes Paula Patton, Jason Bateman (best in show), Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo, Alexander Skarsgard and even fashion designer-turned-cinematic-baddie Marc Jacobs. Criticwire grade: D+ [Boyd van Hoeij] »
- Boyd van Hoeij
Last night, Jason Bateman came to the Toronto Film Festival to promote his new ensemble drama, Disconnect, about people searching for human connection in a tech-obsessed world. Also starring Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgard, it's the first fiction film from Henry Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominated wheelchair rugby documentary Murderball. But of course, all we wanted to know about was Arrested Development. Bateman very nicely indulged Vulture's grilling for a few minutes amidst much schmoozing at a prescreening cocktail hour.They’re having this party before the movie, so I haven’t seen it.I haven’t seen it! I get to see a movie for free. That’s all I know. But you’re in it, right?Yeah. I am part of this dramatic ensemble, you know. I don’t get to do a lot of drama, so it was nice that I’m sure the first 25 people »
- Jada Yuan
Aurelio and Luigi De Laurentiis. Italian distribution company, Filmauro, acquired Italian rights from Exclusive Media to Henry-Alex Rubin.s ensemble drama Disconnect, prior to its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival where it received a 12 minute standing ovation, it was announced today by Alex Walton, Exclusive Media.s President of International Sales and Distribution.
The film features an all-star cast including Jason Bateman (The Change Up, Up In The Air), Hope Davis (Real Steel, HBO.s .Mildred Pierce.), Frank Grillo (Gangster Squad, The Grey), Paula Patton (Precious, Mission: Impossible . Ghost Protocol), Michael Nyqvist (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock, W.E.), Alexander Skarsgård (HBO.s .True Blood,. Melancholia) and Max Thieriot (Jumper), as well as Jonah Bobo (Crazy Stupid Love), Colin Ford (We Bought A Zoo) and Haley Ramm (X-men).
Set for its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th, »
- Michelle McCue
★★★☆☆ Henry Alex Rubin follows up the Oscar-nominated Murderball (2005) with Disconnect (2012), a multi-strand narrative film dealing with the impact of social media on a diverse cast of interrelated characters. Two high school students fool a lonely classmate into believing that he has a female admirer; a grieving couple, (Alexander Skarsgård and Paula Patton) are the victims of identity theft; and Kyle (Max Thieriot) sells himself via chat room until his story is told by a crusading journalist (Hope Davis).
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- CineVue UK
Many writers say they prefer not start the writing process with a theme in mind – they simply let it emerge organically from their plot or characters. But then, plenty of films have gone the other way. The multi-stranded, interconnected drama revolving around a particular subject or theme, like Steven Soderbergh’s take on the war on drugs in “Traffic,” or Paul Thomas Anderson’s examination of coincidence and happenstance in “Magnolia,” have proved particularly popular in recent years. And given that they garlanded financial and critical success, it makes sense that others have set out to follow in their footsteps. The latest is “Disconnect,” which marks the fiction feature debut not only of screenwriter Andrew Stern, but also director Henry Alex Rubin, who won acclaim seven years ago for his Oscar-winning documentary “Murderball.” Telling the story of a group of interlinked people who all find their lives upended »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Jason Bateman, the star of Teen Wolf Too (1987) has a new film set for release next year. It’s a film called Disconnect and we have the first stills here. It is the first directorial feature film from Henry Alex Rubin, the director of the fantastic documentary Murderball (2005). The film will look at the human connections we make in a world that is dominated by the internet.
The examination of our lives with the internet sounds like an interesting topic for a documentary filmmaker, but will he be able to spin it into an interesting narrative? Let’s hope so.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
Jason Bateman may be currently filming the long-awaited and highly-anticipated new season of Arrested Development (the brilliant first set photos from which we saw earlier this week), but we can’t forget that he’s got a number of brilliant films lined up alongside his return to the small screen, and one of them, Disconnect, has just been added to this year’s Tiff line-up.
Starring alongside Bateman will be an impressive cast, headed up by Alexander Skarsgård, Paula Patton, Hope Davis, Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, and younger stars Haley Ramm and Max Thieriot, and following this afternoon’s Tiff announcement, we’ve got our first look at two images from the film.
“With the aid of a first-rate cast — including Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Alexander Skarsgård (Melancholia) — director Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball) explores the impact of the internet on our »
- Kenji Lloyd
Hey guys, the internet can be totally fun times with stuff like Tumblr, porn, Facebook, memes, YouTube and whatnot. However, very bad stuff can happen on it too, and it could probably ruin your life or something. That seems to be the message of "Disconnect," the first narrative feature from "Murderball" director Henry Alex Rubin, and his first movie since 2005. While we're wary of the premise, he has aligned some solid talent with Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård, and Max Theriot among the ensemble. Even more, Max Richter ("Waltz With Bashir," "Shutter Island") is scoring the film. Not bad. Here's the official synopsis: Disconnect interweaves multiple storylines about people searching for human connection in today’s wired world. Through poignant turns that are both harrowing and touching, the stories intersect with surprising twists »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tiff announced their last batch of titles for their primo Gala and Special Presentation events and it comes as no surprise that we’ve got ourselves several future Venice (Bad 25, Love is All You Need, Spring Breakers, Passion and The Master) and left over Cannes titles (White Elephant, On The Road, The Paperboy) set for some Special Presentation spots, but it’s the World Premieres that Tonrot have managed to lasso that have got out attention. First up in the trio of Gala screenings announced, it’s their Closing Night Film in Song for Marion which may do wonders for both the fest and the title itself — as it may be this year’s The King’s Speech type. What Maisie Knew, Arthur Newman, Greetings from Tim Buckley and after a long post-production phase Nick Cassavetes’ Yellow (see pic above) are all repping the new wave of U.S »
- Eric Lavallee
With a final reveal of titles for Toronto International Film Festival 2012, comes another batch of new looks. First up we’ve got our first peek at Penn Badgley donning the shoes (and guitar) of the late Jeff Buckley. Directed by Dan Algrant, Greetings from Tim Buckley follows the young singer and “his struggle to make peace with his late father Tim’s legacy while preparing to perform at a tribute concert to the late singer-songwriter, in this stirring drama about the prelude to the tragically short-lived singer’s creation of his monumental album Grace.” Also starring Imogen Poots, you can check out the stills above and below.
We’ve also got the first two looks at Henry Alex Rubin‘s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Murderball, as he heads into the narrative dramatic field with Disconnect. One can see stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Paula Patton and Alexander Skårsgard below in »
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As if the line-up couldn’t get any better, Toronto International Film Festival have went ahead with what looks to be their final announcement of premieres. Added to the slate is the oft-rumored The Master, showing in 70mm, as well as Brian De Palma‘s Passion, Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, Peter Webber‘s WWII romantic drama Emperor, a Jeff Buckley biopic, as well as Cannes premieres such as Lee Daniels‘ The Paperboy (review here) and Walter Salles’ On the Road (review here). Check out the new additions below.
Song for Marion Paul Andrew Williams, UK Closing Night Film
A feel-good, heart-warming story about how music can inspire you. Song for Marion stars Terence Stamp as Arthur, a grumpy pensioner who can’t understand why his wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) would want to embarrass herself singing silly songs with her unconventional local choir. But choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton »
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Alexander Skarsgård, the young offspring of the well-respected acting talent Stellan Skarsgård, hasn’t quite carved his niche out for himself just yet in the film world. Outside of women everywhere with HBO subscriptions who DVR every episode of horror soap “True Blood” to watch his ripped physique, his excellent spots in Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia,” the HBO mini-series “Generation Kill,” and even his performance in the unnecessary Rod Lurie remake of Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs” have seemed to go unnoticed despite being praiseworthy. That should all change as he’s been lining up an impressive slate of films, including his first big blockbuster in the sci-fi board game remake “Battleship,” an epic Viking picture he’s producing and starring in, and a plum role opposite current indie darling Brit Marling in “Sound of My Voice” helmer Zal Batmanglij’s “The East.” Now he has another potentially mainstream-ready »
- Benjamin Wright
Alex Polizzi: The Fixer
In the last of this series of brisk correctives by former Hotel Inspector host Alex Polizzi, she visits a family-owned business in Norfolk. The family inhabit a windmill complex – in which, it turns out, there is at least as much grinding of teeth as flour. The family are trying to run a tea shop, gift shop, function room and rental cottages, and are having difficulty chewing the amount they have bitten off. Identifying a lack of focus is not the greatest of challenges for Polizzi. Andrew Mueller
An exhilarating conclusion to the superb, slow-burn series. As if she hadn't been magnificent enough, tonight Emma Rigby's visceral emoting may actually burst your television. Her character Gemma »
- Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Martin Skegg, Ali Catterall
SnagFilms has acquired worldwide theatrical, digital and television rights to Vivian Ducat's “All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert.” Distribution of the documentary will kick off with a special online sneak peek on Martin Luther King Day January 16, followed by a online and cable VOD release throughout Black History Month. Through the art of Winfred Rembert, the film tells a personal story of injustice and bigotry against African Americans. Producers Ducat and Mark Urman ("Murderball," "War Dance," "Born Into Brothels," "Taxi to the Darkside") say SnagFilms "share our passion and vision for the film, and their extraordinary commitment and innovative approach to the distribution of high-quality documentaries, makes them the perfect home for this project.” "All Me" premiered at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festial and later won the Silver Plaque »
15 items from 2012
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