Review: Green Book

A well intentioned and certainly entertaining crowd pleaser, Green Book belongs to the same cinematic pedigree as films like Driving Miss Daisy, The Help, and The Blind Side; movies where a white person and a black person will reach a common form of human understanding during times of racial segregation or hardship.

Director Morgan Spurlock with two costumed fans

TIFF ’11 Blog: Saturday stars, music, and heroes

Saturday was one of the better days for me at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and that’s really the way it usually goes because, for whatever reason, things tend to be front-loaded at TIFF. The first three or maybe even four days pack in more activity than most of the other days combined. While that means I often had to choose between a number of stars in different places, thanks to a decently organized schedule I ended up doing interviews, red carpets, and the chance to be in the presence of the great Stan Lee.

Film Friday: ‘The Duchess’ & ‘Lakeview Terrace’

Hot off the Toronto International Film Festival, and there are three more films coming to theatres from the annual event. In Toronto only, and select cities in the United States, the western Appaloosa moseys into town with Ed Harris directing and starring alongside Viggo Mortensen. The Duchess also debuts with Keira Knightly in another period drama, while Ricky Gervais stars in the comedy, Ghost Town.

Also opening this week, Samuel L. Jackson stars in the thriller Lakeview Terrace, the animated film Igor gets the young ones ready for Halloween, and for a dose of juvenile comedy, My Best Friend’s Girl also debuts.