It almost goes without saying that entry-level work at this operation consists of shoveling the you-know-what, which is exactly what the skinny New York kid does until winning his first stripes. A man in a wheelchair shows Cole the ropes and warns him about local gangstas, and soon the newcomer begins to develop a regard for the big animals and feel a sense of accomplishment about what he’s learned over a short period of time. … [Read more...] about Film Review: Ricky Staub’s ‘Concrete Cowboy’ Starring Idris Elba & Caleb McLaughlin
Penguin Bloom stars Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln and Jacki Weaver in a Glendyn Ivin-directed drama based on the true story of Sam Bloom, a mom who was left severely injured after a car crash. She and her family are given hope by an injured baby Magpie who becomes a mascot they name Penguin. The winged critter brings them hope from all the despair. … [Read more...] about Endeavor Content To Premiere Toronto Titles ‘Concrete Cowboy’, ‘Penguin Bloom’ & ‘Shadow In The Cloud’ At Downtown L.A. Drive-In Screenings
One film braving all of this is I Care a Lot. A deliciously cynical satire directed by J Blakeson, it is the kind of movie that would play great to a Toronto audience. Rosamund Pike stars as a steely con woman who targets the elderly by using legal machinations to become their legal guardian. She throws them into care facilities and siphons off their assets. But an ideal mark turns out to be less than that when it turns out the senior has someone in her life (Peter Dinklage) who is as lawless and as ruthless as the guardian. These bad people go mano a mano in a series of lethal twists and turns in a film as dark and uncompromising as The Grifters. … [Read more...] about Toronto 2020: Who The Hell Knows How Pandemic-Challenged Acquisitions Market Will Unfold
In terms of the key films with distribution already that are using exposure on the fall fest circuit to jump into the Oscar race, beware. September is the new July as far as this Oscar season is concerned, and you have a very long road to travel if you want to be front of mind come the new year, when the season will really kick into gear. Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Frances McDormand, Regina King, Anthony Hopkins and maybe a few others are clearly on the trail. You can tell that already by the arranged awards already planned, or announced. In fact, Ammonite star Winslet, The Father star Hopkins, and Nomadland director Chloe Zhao were all tapped to receive Telluride’s Silver Medallion awards before that fest was canceled, and the trio are also the main honorees of the Toronto Film Festival Tribute Awards being presented on Tuesday. Their films are undoubtedly the most Oscar-baity on view in a thin fall fest year. I am embargoed from saying much about Ammonite until … [Read more...] about Oscars: Fall Film Fest Circuit Aims To Promote Early Contenders McDormand, Winslet, Hopkins, King, And More – But Is It Just Too Damn Early?
What really keeps the film on track, however, is the emotionally involving grasp of character in both the script and the performances of a terrific ensemble. McLaughlin greatly expands his range from Stranger Things here, balancing punkish swagger with vulnerability, while Elba, with a salt-and-pepper beard and a cigarillo forever planted in the corner of his mouth, is entirely convincing as a tough-loving man still figuring out how he fits into the traditional family model. "The only home I've ever known was on the back of a horse," he says, in one of several lines that might prompt an eye-roll in a movie less disarmingly grounded in its milieu. … [Read more...] about ‘Concrete Cowboy’: Film Review | TIFF 2020