Thought I'd drop a few quick thoughts while I have a minute between film screenings:
* Toronto is the cleanest big city I've ever been to. It's also one of the most multicultural.
• The Coen brothers’ new one, Burn After Reading, which I saw this morning, reverts back to the screwball leanings of their post-Fargo/pre-No Country for Old Men period. That’s not a good thing.
• There seems to be far fewer high-profile American offerings than usual. Burn After Reading is one of the exceptions. Even the customs dude at the Toronto International Airport asked me about it: “Hey, you gonna see the Clooney film?”
• Sarah Palin’s name has come up in nearly every extended conversation, including this tidbit from a French friend: “Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon’s character in Election) has come a long way.”
• Caught Waltz with Bashir, Ari Folman’s animated documentary about his own journey to recover lost memories as a soldier in the early-’80s war between Israeli and Lebanon. Powerful, fully realized stuff. Sony Classics, which picked it up after Cannes, could have it out in American art houses by year’s end.
• Tim Robbins is one tall dude.
• Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes of Time Redux is just as elusive his original version. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing: Yo-Yo Ma’s new score, lush and melancholy, adds emotional depth. FYI: I interview Wong on Sunday; anyone got a question they want asked?
Well, gotta go — a screening of Kelly Reichert’s follow-up to Old Joy is calling, as is my sixth cup of coffee.
— Jason Gargano