At first glance, the slums of Philadelphia don’t look any more conducive to a proper upbringing than home did. Perhaps less so, for smack dab in the middle of Dad’s junk-strewn apartment is a big live horse. But dealing with the horse seems easier than contending with Dad (Idris Elba), a tough nut who’s so unwelcoming that Cole ends up sleeping in the stable. … [Read more...] about Film Review: Ricky Staub’s ‘Concrete Cowboy’ Starring Idris Elba & Caleb McLaughlin
“Do we have another option?,” asked EC’s Deb McIntosh, as she and colleague Christopher Slager explained the drive-in gambit. “We hope the market will be brisk. We’ve had a lot of success setting up projects during lockdown, working from home. The more time marches on and production doesn’t happen, the most valuable these finished films become. We have star-driven packages, with life affirming and uplifting themes, and we are very optimistic they are going to sell well. The market looks different for sure, but the timeline for sales at Toronto hasn’t been the overnight bidding battles. We haven’t seen that for awhile.” … [Read more...] about Endeavor Content To Premiere Toronto Titles ‘Concrete Cowboy’, ‘Penguin Bloom’ & ‘Shadow In The Cloud’ At Downtown L.A. Drive-In Screenings
There are a bunch of good movies with stars and commercial concepts that will premiere, but buyers and sellers I spoke with predict this won’t be the same as the recent Virtual Cannes Market, where several massive deals were brokered for star-driven packages, many of them to the streamers that have thrived while theaters remained dark during the pandemic lockdown. Toronto fare often appeals to independent distributors. Will they be bold, when their revenue has been dry since March, when they are paying salaries and rent for offices they haven’t been in for six months? Will they bid on greenlight-ready packages when insurers are not writing policies that will cover the debilitating hardship that would happen if a star tests positive for COVID-19 – as Tom Hanks did on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley film and Robert Pattinson did on Matt Reeves’ The Batman? The financial exposure on a film that gets shut down for weeks could be catastrophic. … [Read more...] about Toronto 2020: Who The Hell Knows How Pandemic-Challenged Acquisitions Market Will Unfold
I know at least one major buyer who is chomping at the bit to lock in the impressive, if very dark, drama Pieces of a Woman, which stars Shia LaBeouf, Vanessa Kirby, and Ellen Burstyn. It is the stark story of a pregnancy turned tragic, with the resulting trial of a midwife (Molly Parker) at the center of a devastating English language debut from Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo and a script from Kata Weber. The pair have made a deeply personal movie, set in Boston, that will knock you out. Mundruczo won the top prize at Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for his stunning White God, another remarkable movie centered on the revenge of a pack of dogs that simply blew me away when it saw it at the Fest that year. This one did the same thing, and any buyer who wins the bidding war will have certain Oscar nominations for Kirby and 88-year-old Burstyn, as good as both have ever been on screen. Kirby is a genuine contender for a prize at Venice. It plays TIFF … [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