Eastwood’s latest is the anti-‘Moneyball’
Directed by Robert Lorenz; rated PG-13
Prime TIFF Quotes
With some of the films I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival coming out, here are a few interesting quotes from the actors and filmmakers at various press conferences at the festival.
• Director Paul Thomas Anderson on the post-war setting of his film The Master. The story, after a war, is an opportunity. There is a mix of tremendous optimism but an incredibly large body count behind you. How can you feel really great about being victorious with so much death around? It gets you to a spot where you want to talk about past lives; you want to talk about what happens after you die. The Master is putting forth those ideas — time travel is possible, accessing things that happened to you in past lives is possible. Those are great ideas, those are hopeful ideas. Those were the ideas that were fascinating to me to write a story around.
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt (about Looper) on doing a sci-fi movie that has something to say: I want a fun time going to the movies, but I also want something to talk about after it’s over, not walking out of the cinema saying, ‘Cool. Where are we going to eat?’ I want something to think about. Maybe something I’ll keep thinking about, and Looper really has both of those sides.
( Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
• Bruce Willis on his Looper experience: It seems like an impossible task, to act with someone who is supposed to be you, the younger you. At some point you have to let go and just believe that you’re in the story. Science fiction films are especially like magic tricks. They [are designed to] fool you. When I saw the film I was so surprised that the magic trick we were trying to do worked.
The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in game-changing performances as two broken people with mental issues who find each other, and while that might sound like a drama, it is so funny it resists being so easily labeled.
I wanted Flight to soar and instead it crashed after the tremendous opening section of the film that showed the events leading up to the crash of a commercial airline.
Cloud Atlas, a nearly three hour sci-fi epic based on the book of the same title, has an an amazing, trippy science-fiction epic vibe, and stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant. The actors play multiple characters in elaborate makeup in six different story lines that travel back and forth in time.