Many potential award-winning, must see films premiered at the recently wrapped up TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival): Argo, The Master, Looper, The Impossible, etc. More than one received outstanding reviews across the board, so it appeared the Peoples Choice Award would result in a tough decision. The winner is a surprise to anyone who didn't attend TIFF.
Another heavily discussed film brought home the hardware, David O. Russell's the Silver Linings Playbook. Russell's follow up to The Fighter, stars Bradley Cooper and rising mega star Jennifer Lawrence.
Cooper plays Pat Solitano, a former teacher recently released from the nut house who returns to live with his parents (Robert De Niro) and try to patch things up with his ex-wife. It's while trying to reconstruct his past life that he meets Tiffany (Lawrence) an equally troubled young woman, and the two quickly bond. Probably due to them both being very easy on the eyes.
However, it was Martin McDonagh who issued a statement after his new film Seven Psychopaths won the audience award in the Midnight Madness section. Go figure. Granted, both films look really good and were fan favorites of the event.
Here's what McDonagh had to say.
"We were so thrilled to be a part of the Toronto Film Festival, to take part in the crazy fun of a Midnight Madness screening, and now so honored to be given the People's Choice Award. On behalf of the cast I'd like to thank everyone who voted, and everyone involved in the festival, from the programmers to the volunteers. It felt like most democratic film festival I've ever been to, and we had such a blast being there."
GTBP was unable to get boots on the ground for TIFF, so take a look at the trailers for Silver Linings Playbook (November 21) and Seven Psychopaths (October 12) one more time on us...
Do these look great or what? Maybe Silver Linings Playbook will help me enjoy a Bradley Cooper performance for a change. Having one of my favorite directors at the helm and cutie Jennifer Lawrence by his side should help big time.