There are literally dozens of blogs covering the Festival this year, and while most of them are personal sites listing what movies they could or couldn’t get into, a few stand out. Torontoist will do his best to roundup the blogosphere’s TIFF coverage.
Everyone, and we mean everyone is talking about Borat but there are other films playing at this festival don’t you know?
Kenneth Branagh and Stephen Fry’s adaptation of Mozart’s the Magic Flute is getting a lot of attention. Through the Mask sums it up:
“The Magic Flute, The Movie, is accessible and has something to say without being mushy. It respects Mozart without being at all reverential. It does not strike a powerful new note in the cinematic presentation of opera, but its appeal to a general public through beautiful sights and sounds is not something to be sniffed at.”
While The Cutting Room blog gives it a “B” for doing a decent job of updating Mozart’s 18th century opera but notices that Branagh lifts liberally from other films like Moulin Rouge and even Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Moviepiemusings was not so kind about Branagh’s film.
“I started thinking about all the other things I could be doing, and better ways in which my time could be spent. I thought about snacks, or watching TV or writing this blog entry.”
Irish cutie Cillian Murphy turned some heads by showing up to Ken Loach’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Who needs to be at the film or the Q and A when his rabid fans have all of that juicy stuff right here.
Finally, we had to mention Borat. One Midnight Madness volunteer thinks that last night’s red carpet madness is going to be hard to top.
“I didn’t think I’d see a red carpet to beat the insanity that was Lassie plus 800 children, but I do believe that Borat has done it.”
And all it took was a donkey and half-a-dozen peasant women.