Sunday, September 11, 2011

This is why Michael ain't in Toronto!

Reporting in from TIFF at midnight EST 9/11. Michael is in Venice collecting his Best Actor award!

 Man of the hour.

Michael has won Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, what a surprise! Not!

So now that I know that Michael did not break a leg, was kidnapped, contacted the flu, or suffered a concussion, I'm even more relaxed and understanding of why he had to pull out of TIFF! Fassinating Fassbender is very happy for Michael! I will screen Shame tomorrow and I'm most excited about it.

Meanwhile, tonight, I did see 'A Dangerous Method', and I'm sorry to report that besides Michael doing his usual great job, I'm so-so on the film. I was left feeling underwhelmed about it, I didn't like any of the characters, they were all pitiful, mad, selfish, arrogant, controlling, or controlled. I went into to festival season having a higher interest in Shame and it looks like that will be the case. Some people will enjoy 'Method', but, it left me feeling indifferent.

ps. It was great watching 'Method' with tumblr fassinator Jaclyn. We did some red carpet star gazing, and we went to dinner afterwards at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. A fun night even with messy Sauteed Bok Choy!


Anonymous said...

I am so happy for him. It makes me so excited, as if I have won!lol. Wish him the best with his future career- Lily

mike said...

congratulations michael fassbender.may u win the oscar next.simone,how was viggo and keira in dangerous it oscar worthy performance? and cant wait for your review on lots to ask u about the film

Simone said...

Yes, Michael's win does feel very personal. :-)

Mike, I thought everyone of the principal actors did a fine job, I just had more issues with the pace of the story and the character flaws. I'm biased towards Michael's performance, he was lead and showed a wide range of emotions as Jung.

I will see Shame at 7pm tonight, and then I have a 10pm film,... it's going to be a loooooooong day. A review will come hopefully very early MOnday morning.

Anonymous said...

Looks like he WILL be in Toronto after all!!! USA Today reporting he will make it for Shame today.

Dionne said...

I so hope he makes it, I'm so proud of him! Please keep the updates coming Simone!

Naz said...

Congrats Mikey! I can't wait to see Shame tonight. I hope he gets a well deserved Oscar (or Nomination) this year.

I had the pleasure of catching "A Dangerous Method" yesterday at TIFF and I thought the performances were strong all around. I do agree with you, Simone. It was hard to find a likable character out of the bunch, but that's what I loved about it. It was much more realistic to me. You sympathized in certain areas for each characters, but each had their flaws. Nothing was entirely black and white and I found myself trying to constantly justify liking Jung, regardless of his selfish actions.

MLM said...

I'm looking forward to your critical review of Dangerous, and to learn more about the "character flaws". I"m not sure if you dislike the film because of the character development or that you just didn't like the characters because of their actions. I think a strong character regardless of his/her moral character or actions is someone who will hold you attention and sympathies regardless. A good script, actor, and director all play a role in creating strong characters. My take on Cronenberg is that he's not known for going deep with characters. He's too intellectual in that sense.

Jordan said...

Congratulations!! He so deserves it!