It wasn't so long ago that I was whining about how after such a big deal was made about Kathryn Bigelow being the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar, the number of women making movies actually declined. Now it looks like things might be changing.
For example, Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" opens this Friday, Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz" opens July 6, and Julie Delpy's "2 Days in New York" opens August 17.
The Academy just announced its short list of nine candidates
for Best Foreign Language Film Oscars.
Belgium, "Bullhead," Michael R. Roskam, director;
Canada, "Monsieur Lazhar," Philippe Falardeau, director;
Denmark, "Superclásico," Ole Christian Madsen, director;
Germany, "Pina," Wim Wenders, director;
Like I said the other day, the innerworkings of the things that rule our lives are a dominant theme in the films at the Toronto Film Festival.
Not just the obvious powers that be like politics, as in "The Ides of March," or baseball, as in "Moneyball." But other endeavors whose impact is more subtle. Like the arts.
Every age gets the gumshoe it deserves, and for some reason we were fortunate to have one-eyed Peter Falk's Lt. Frank Columbo, disheveled, negligible, passive aggressive, and inescapable in the eponymous TV series that broadcast, after a pilot episode directed by Steven Spielberg, in one form or another for 32 years (1971-2003).