- Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next had its world premiere at TIFF.
"We told ourselves 'Let's just make the best movie we could make, avoid the hype, avoid the Internet, and not even take a dime from the [movie] studios. And this is what we came up with," Moore told Boise Weekly minutes before his film's premiere. "Honestly, we did this film rather quietly."
Where to Invade Next is a fine film, though it's about 15 minutes too long. Still, it is head-and-shoulders better (and funnier) than Moore's previous documentaries, which made him something of a folk hero—except, possibly, among members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Helen Mirren stars in Eye In the Sky.
Eye in the Sky is a will-they-or-won't-they wartime thriller that takes its audience inside the control rooms where soldiers, analysts and politicians decide whether to bomb (via drone) known terrorists inside nations that are not at war with the United States, all the while debating probable civilian casualties.
The film's superb cast includes Alan Rickman, Idaho-native Aaron Paul and stars Oscar-winner Helen Mirren as the British Army colonel who wants the go-ahead to take out the terrorist targets. The real star of Eye in the Sky is the script from screenwriter Guy Hibbert. It's Oscar worthy.
"It was 10 years ago when they first started putting this script together, and that was when drones were just being developed," Mirren told BW before the screening of Eye In the Sky. "Now, this is all incredibly relevant."
The world premiere audience at TIFF loved Eye in the Sky, with plenty of gasps throughout. When the lights came up, Mirren was greeted with a roaring ovation. It's bound to be as popular as it will be controversial.