Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Links (11/09)

Well, TIFF 2011 has commenced with a number of bloggers beginning their much-anticipated coverage. Some are listed below. The 68th Venice International Film Festival is now over, with Alexander Sukurov's Faust claiming the Golden Lion. I have listed the award winners here. While he responses to The Ides of March, Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, A Dangerous Method and Shame were all modest to excellent, with the exception of Michael Fassbender for Shame, they were all overlooked.

This week has been an odd one. A few personal crises haven't overwhelmed the excellent news I also received. I have been added to the media invite lists of a few distribution companies, meaning I will on occasion have privileged access to advanced screenings. I have had limited time to make it to the cinema this week, instead continuing my coverage of the upcoming Italian Film Festival with a review of Lost Kisses. I also re-visited some others (A History of Violence and Minority Report), and shared my thoughts on The Help and Super

So, getting in a day early (so I can devote tomorrow to watching films), here are some links:

Steve @ 1001 Plus takes a look at No Country for Old Men and Eyes Wide Shut.

Alex @ And So It Begins gives his readers his 2011 Pre-Oscar Season Summation.

Nikhat @ Being Norma Jean compares two Holocaust Horrors: Schindler's List vs. The Pianist.

CS has started his TIFF coverage @ Big Thoughts from a Small Mind. Check out his TIFF Picks there, and his review of Restless.

You can also check out TIFF coverage @ Black Sheep Reviews. Joseph certainly loved Shame. Also, be sure to check out Ryan McNeil's The Matinee. So far he has reviewed From Up on Poppy Hill from the son of the great Hayao Miyazaki.

Toby @ Blah Blah Blah Gay shares his thoughts on Everything Must Go.

Bonjour Tristesse reviews a pair of Hungarian films from director Bela Tarr: Satantango and Werckmeister Harmonies.

James @ Cinema Sights has updated his Top 100 Films. It is one of the most unique and interesting lists out there.

Anders @ Cut Print Review gives a nice review of Submarine, a film I intend to see this week.

Sam @ Duke and the Movies shares his unique thoughts on Contagion, the new Soderbergh flick. 

Cherokee @ Feminising Film also unveils her Top 100 Films. Be sure to check this out. She has put a lot of work into this list.

Tom Clift @ Movie Reviews By Tom Clift has written a great article about Melbourne's Cult Cinema Scene

Colin @ Pick 'N' Mix Flix shares his thoughts on Shane Meadows' This is England and Dead Man's Shoes.

Tyler @ Southern Vision lists some Paul Thomas Anderson Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie!

Steven @ Surrender to the Void reviews a film I have wanted to see for some time, Taste of Cherry.

Finally, Jessica @ The Velvet Cafe writes about her experience watching Exit Through the Gift Shop. What an experience it is!

Have a great week!


  1. Thanks for the link. I do recommend that film for anyone that is interested in the work of Kiarostami or any kind of minimalist cinema.

  2. Thanks for the links Andy. Congrats on the new perks.

  3. Thanks for the link mate.

    I am looking forward to seeing the new Sokurov movie FAUST as I am a huge fan of his famous RUSSIAN ARK.

  4. Thanks for the link, Andy! Glad to know that you can tell I have put a lot of work into it, too. Was a struggle, but I managed to do it in the end! (And have plenty more new additions I am going to consider adding at the end of the year.)

    Definitely going to have a look at Cinema Sights list!

  5. Thanks for the linkage, Andy! Also, congrats on making the media invite list! That is awesome news.

  6. @ Steven - No worries, mate. I intend to seek it out.

    @ Nikhat - You're very welcome. I have been meaning to re-watch The Pianist. You have reminded me about it.

    @ Bonjour - Thanks buddy.

    @ Tyler - Yeah, I would like to re-watch Russian Ark and seek out his other work before I watch Faust.

    @ Cherokee - The list is ever-changing. I like your list a lot. I'm sure you will find James' interesting too.

    @ CS - Thank you! It's pretty exciting. Looking forward to your TIFF coverage!

  7. Congratulations to making it into that list! And thank you very much for the link love. I feel very honored to be in such an accomplished company.

  8. Thankyou very much! You're writing is stellar, Jessica. I'm happy to share it around :-)

  9. I am loving this blog more and more as I read your posts! Love the links- I am discovering all kinds of new film blogs! It help me on my writing, hopefully!

    Thank you for all the hard work!