Being a platonic friend sucks. It just does. No matter how much chemistry you have with a person, the relationship dynamic inevitably pushes you into a Hobson’s choice: take the less-than-ideal relationship you have or lose it entirely. There’s not much middle ground unless the platonic relationship finally becomes romantic, and that tends to be in the realm of wish fulfillment, especially when the one you want to be with is in a healthy relationship with someone else. The F Word takes on this familiar story, and while it does keep the wish fulfillment intact, director Michael Dowse obliterates the selfishness and single-sided nature of these stories to create a rich, full, and painfully funny ensemble piece that offers sweet sentiment with salty comedy.
The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has added a few more films to its already stellar lineup. Here’s a brief look at some of the Canadian productions that have been added:
- Enemy – Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), the thriller features Jake Gyllenhaal pulling double duty as two characters and tells the story of a man who is torn between his mistress and his wife.
- The F Word – A romantic comedy from director Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight) that stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young man who, upon finding out that the girl he just met lives with her long-term boyfriend, resigns himself to being “just friends.” Adam Driver also stars.
- Tom at the Farm – A dark new thriller from director Xavier Dolan that tells the story of a man returning home for a funeral, only to find himself embroiled in a twisted game.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of additions. The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5-15th.
We haven’t talked much about the under-the-radar hockey picture, Goon, since earlier this year, but writer/star Jay Baruchel lit up the Twitterverse today with talk of a sequel. The original starred Sean William Scott (American Pie) as Doug Glatt, the black sheep of his brainy family who works as a bouncer until an opportunity arises for him to be an enforcer on an underdog semi-pro hockey team. There is no word yet as to the plot of the sequel, but Baruchel will return to write the script with Jesse Chabot, director Michael Dowse will also return to direct the sequel; Evan Goldberg, who co-wrote the original, will return as a producer. Hit the jump to hear from Baruchel himself.
Daniel Radcliffe’s current career trajectory is screaming, “I will not be Harry Potter forever!” The actor has been taking on an admirable diversity of roles ever since hanging up his wand last year. Earlier this year, he starred in the gothic horror flick The Woman in Black, he’s playing Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, and several days ago we reported that he would lead the supernatural fantasy-thriller, Horns.
Today, Variety reports that Radcliffe is adding an indie romantic comedy to his slate by signing on to star opposite Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) in The F Word. Michael Dowse (Goon) will direct from a Black List script by Elan Mastai (The Samaritan), which has “Radcliffe venturing to be the first male to have a successfully platonic relationship with a girl he likes (Kazan), only to find out she’s already in a relationship.” I have no idea what this means because I’m not exactly sure how the story is measuring success. Is he trying to escape from the friend zone? Is he trying to be at peace living in the friend zone? Damn you and your vagueness, loglines. Damn you to hell.
The international trailer for the hockey comedy Goon has gone online. The film is currently screening as part of the Toronto Film Festival, and centers on a bouncer with a penchant for fighting who joins a downtrodden hockey team. The trailer is decidedly goofy, with the flick looking a bit like an R-rated version of The Mighty Ducks. The cast of Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill is impressive, with Pill getting the bear’s share of laughs from this trailer. Matt caught the film at TIFF and was a fan, calling it “just the right mix of sweetness, vulgarity, and offbeat humor.”
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Magnolia’s Magnet Pictures recently picked up the film for distribution (via Heat Vision). Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight) directs from a script by Baruchel and Evan Goldberg.
Hockey, as viewed through the eyes of Michael Dowse’s Goon, is 60 minutes of fighting occasionally interrupted by moving a puck around on an icy surface. It shouldn’t bother hockey aficionados or anyone else too much since the film is delightfully crass, painfully funny, and grounded by a cuddly performance from Seann William Scott. The movie has a big place in its heart for George Roy Hill’s Slap Shot but it’s not trying to upstage its predecessor or make itself the heir-apparent. It’s just trying to make you hurt from laughing so hard.
The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival has announced the films playing in their Canadian Features line-up and the seven films from first-time filmmakers in the “Canada First!” line-up. Notable movies in the Canadian Features program include Edwin Boyd (starring Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, and Brian Cox), Goon (starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Liev Schreiber), and Guy Maddin’s new film Keyhole (starring Jason Patric and Isabella Rossellini). Previously announced films A Dangerous Method and Take This Waltz will play as part of the Canadian Galas program.
Hit the jump to check out the full line-up for the Canadian Features and Canada First! programs. Click here for the Galas and Special Presentations and click here for the Documentaries, Midnight Madness, and other TIFF programs. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th.
Do you remember the 80s? Of course you do. Everyone remembers the 80s even if you didn’t live through them. It was pop-art made flesh and then made neon. There were bright colors, exuberant clothes, and if your song didn’t feature at least one synthesizer, then it wasn’t worth listening to it. We’ve been to the 80s and it’s tough to find a reason to go back. Take Me Home Tonight certainly can’t find one and it drowns its affable leads and their charming performances in a sea of nostalgia and iconography.
A behind the scenes featurette for the upcoming comedy Take Me Home Tonight has landed online. Directed by Michael Dowse, the film stars Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, and Chris Pratt. The comedy is set in 1988 and features a recent MIT grad (Grace) who makes a move on his high school crush (Palmer), steals a car, and embarks on numerous other misadventures all in the course of one night. While it very well may have a lot more going for it, I plan on catching the film for no other reason than its nostalgia-ridden 80s soundtrack. Here’s to hoping A-ha’s classic “Take on Me” makes an appearance.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. Take Me Home Tonight hits theaters next week on March 4th.
Here goes my best shot at getting everyone up to speed on the indie hockey comedy Goon via a ton of info that may or may not be news to your ears. For starters, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill have joined the film. While Schreiber’s role is unknown as of now, Pill will play the female lead. Additionally, Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Marc-Andre Grondin have landed roles as well. According to THR, Goon tells the story of “Doug Glatt, a bouncer (Scott) who has been touched by the fist of God. Upon discovering both his right hook and skates, he joins a downtrodden hockey team and inspires them into new heights.” That in mind, Baruchel will play Scott’s best friend whereas Grondin will play a French-Canadian hockey star.
Goon was written by Baruchel and Evan Goldberg with Michael Dowse directing. For more info on the film, including Baruchel’s own description, hit the jump.
Amid such high profile entries as Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, and Ben Affleck’s The Town, the period drama The King’s Speech entered the Toronto International Film Festival relatively low on buzz. Such is no longer the case, as the Tom Hooper-directed film just walked away from the fest with top honors: the “People’s Choice Award,” as voted by festival audiences. The King’s Speech stars Colin Firth as King George VI as he reluctantly assumes the throne despite a nervous stammer.
Other big winners include writer/director Shawn Ku for his work on Beautiful Boy, and the post-apocalyptic vampire flick Stake Land, honored with the “Midnight Madness Award” by audiences. Hit the jump for the official press release with the full list of winners.