Gush: ‘Wild’ by Jean-Marc Vallé & Reese Witherspoon

Wild by Jean-Marc Vallée starring Reese Witherspoon and Giovanni Ribisi

I picked up Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild earlier this year and found myself absolutely glued to it. As a person that owns more books than ever read, I blazed through this book pretty quick. Beyond being based on an amazing book, the film’s director is Canadian powerhouse Jean-Marc Vallé (Dallas Buyer’s Club, C.R.A.Z.Y) and the trailer uses Beck’s wonderful tune “Turn Away.” And the final wrinkle? The film was written by Nick Hornby!!!!!


Also, another Reese Witherspoon gem film for Festival 2014:

Gush: Jenny Lewis, ‘Very Good Girls’

Jenny Lewis’ new album Voyageur dropped yesterday and I have gone Jenny Lewis ga-ga this morning. This nicely timed article written by the cutest boy in the world is also an amazing supplemental piece to boot!

Here are a few tunes making my morning followed by a trailer for the film Very Good Girls featuring a ditty written by Jenny Lewis for the film. The film’s Director is Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mom, Naomi Foner, a friend of Lewis’ and stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen. The love interest in the film is portrayed by Boyd Holbrook, who you may recognize from the TV show The Big C, is actually engaged to Elizabeth Olsen!

Gush: ‘Teenage’ Directed by Matt Wolf

Even after seeing 12 docs at Hot Docs 2014, I’m super excited to see the film Teenage this weekend at the Bloor.

Just a rundown, because it’s an unconventional film, Teenage talks about the phenomenon that is youth and being a teenager. It’s a historical take on what was, what probably still is, and what can be. Jason Schwartzman provided the funds for the film and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox provided the sweet tunes. Jena Malone, who starred in most of the teen films I loved in high school, provides narrations for the film – very fitting!

I’m completely smitten already!


Michael Dowse’s ‘The F Word’ get retitled to ‘What If’

Daniel Radcliffe had three films at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. I only made it out to one, but had my socks blown off by the very lovely The F Word, which was recently retitled What If.

Horrible horrible name.

I’ve gushed before, but I’ll gush again – this is one of the most charming rom-com’s I’ve seen – both filmed and set in Toronto.


Gush: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ by Wes Anderson

Meet my favourite Wes Anderson film:

budThe Grand Budapest Hotel features all of the usual shenanigans that every other Wes Anderson film never forgets to include, but for this film, I particularly enjoyed the cast. It featured a number of people in films that I have enjoyed for the last year. Only the most observant eye would have seen, including Blue is the Warmest Colour’s Lea Seydoux and Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac, who I swear had a split second moment in the film. Sadly, I can’t find a screen shot of it.

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Wes Anderson even created a instructional video on how to make the wonky Dr Seuss-like treats featured in the film:

Stream: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Sountrack

Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel looks as wacky as any other film he’s dropped. I’m really looking forward to it, as well as it’s sweet soundtrack. I’m just digging into my first listen, but I already know it’s gonna be good!

The soundtrack is to be released on March 4.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Soundtrack
01. s’Rothe-Zäuerli – Öse Schuppel
02. The Alpine Sudetenwaltz- Alexandre Desplat
03. Mr. Moustafa- Alexandre Desplat
04. Overture: M. Gustave H- Alexandre Desplat
05. A Prayer for Madame D- Alexandre Desplat
06. The New Lobby Boy- Alexandre Desplat
07. Concerto for Lute and Plucked Strings I. Moderato Siegfried Behrend & DZO Chamber Orchestra
08. Daylight Express to Lutz- Alexandre Desplat
09. Schloss Lutz Overture- Alexandre Desplat
10. The Family Desgoffe und Taxis- Alexandre Desplat
11. Last Will and Testament- Alexandre Desplat
12. Up the Stairs/Down the Hall- Alexandre Desplat
13. Night Train to Nebelsbad- Alexandre Desplat
14. The Lutz Police Militia- Alexandre Desplat
15. Check Point 19 Criminal Internment Camp Overture- Alexandre Desplat
16. The Linden Tree Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
17. J.G. Jopling, Private Inquiry Agent- Alexandre Desplat
18. A Dash of Salt (Ludwig’s Theme) – Alexandre Desplat
19. The Cold-Blooded Murder of Deputy Vilmos Kovacs- Alexandre Desplat
20. Escape Concerto- Alexandre Desplat
21. The War (Zero’s Theme) – Alexandre Desplat
22. No Safe-House- Alexandre Desplat
23. The Society of the Crossed Keys- Alexandre Desplat
24. M. Ivan- Alexandre Desplat
25. Lot 117- Alexandre Desplat
26. Third Class Carriage- Alexandre Desplat
27. Canto at Gabelmeister’s Peak- Alexandre Desplat
28. A Troops Barracks (Requiem for the Grand Budapest)- Alexandre Desplat
29. Cleared of All Charges- Alexandre Desplat
30. The Mystical Union- Alexandre Desplat
31. Kamarinskaya Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
32. Traditional Arrangement: Moonshine- Alexandre Desplat