Nov. 7th, 2010

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Of all the many very good films that I saw at TIFF this past September, there has been one film that stayed with me, the new Danny Boyle film, 127 Hours. And now that it is in limited release, I cannot recommend it enough. Do not let any of the squeamish talk about it prevent you from going. It is intense, but it is a riveting film, very well done, and James Franco scores big points with the job he turns in. I'll be very curious to hear what you have to say once you go. Because it is based on a known true story that was a news item, I don't think there will be any spoilers in what you might have to say.
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Last night, I watched Hunger, the story of Bobby Sands hunger strike during the IRA prisoner protest of 1981. Michael Fassbender, who is rumored to play in The Hobbit and who plays Carl Jung to Viggo's Sigmund Freud in the upcoming A Dangerous Method, played Sands. It's a provocative, disturbing film, rather art-house in some ways. But during the film's coda, which is Sands hunger strike itself, Fassbender lost 32 pounds (14 kilos) so that he was nothing but a wasted skeleton by the final scenes. That an actor of this commitment is teamed with Viggo-I'll-live-with-my-sword in the new Cronenberg film should make for an interesting dynamic.

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