GONZO GIRL (TIFF 2023) – Review by Leslie Combemale

As a directorial debut, Patricia Arquette could have done a lot worse than Gonzo Girl. Based on the book about the experiences of Cheryl Della Pietra’s as Hunter S. Thompson’s assistant in the mid-nineties, Arquette was the perfect age to understand the challenges of a women in the business world of the time. Arquette shows a facility with interesting shots and choosing below-the-line artists who will give life to a film’s vision, and choosing performers who will click, and make the best of their lines. She’ll do well in the future with a better script. She already knows how to bring out the best out of good actors working together.

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TIFF 2023 Preview: Films Directed By Women

The 48th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is once again ready to kick off in Toronto. While this year may not have the star power of previous years due to the ongoing SAG and WGA strikes, there are still plenty of films to see – especially ones with women filmmakers at the helm. While not reaching gender parity in their programming this year, TIFF is still showcasing films by women from around the world. Both well-established directors and first-time directors helm everything from star-studded ensembles, documentaries, indie dramas, comedies, and more. With more than 70 films, series, and shorts directed by women, there are many opportunities to take in female-helmed films this festival, which runs September 7 through 17th. See the full list of feature-length films and series directed or co-directed by women.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Patricia Arquette’s GONZO GIRL opens TIFF’s Discovery program – Brandy McDonnell reports

Gonzo Girl, Oscar-winning actor Patricia Arquette’s directorial debut, will be the opening film of the Discovery program of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Four-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe and Camila Morrone star in Arquette’s Gonzo Girl, which is based on Cheryl Della Pietra’s semi-autobiographical novel chronicling her time as Hunter S. Thompson’s personal assistant.

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ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA – Commentary by Martha P. Nochimson

Ultimately, this show about brief, ambiguous escapes is reminiscent of the fatalism of the early 20th century American naturalist novels in which the plight of trapped characters becomes a microcosm of the American macrocosm, a culture depicted gloomily as the habitation of beings with no real place either in nature or culture, no core identity, no coherence outside of the deadening rules and conventions society has invented. This is a vision that is too bleak for my taste, but I respect it because it goes well beyond being the same old familiar jailbreak story. It has a perspective.

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Hollywood Insider Katherine Kramer on Trending Feminism and the 2016 Oscars – Quendrith Johnson reports

Hollywood insider Katherine Kramer (Stanley’s daughter) discusses the feminist movie trend and its possible 2016 Oscars impact. Making women’s issue

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Does Oscar Gold Translate into Bank or Fleece?

This year’s Oscar wins have now turned into ad campaigns, as the studios scurry to make bank on their films’ golden statuettes. But there’s more to the story, and it involves selling strategies. For example, because Boyhood did’t sweep the Oscars, IFC Films will underplay Patricia Arquette’s Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress, and sell the movie’s three Golden Globe Awards. Even though Arquette’s Oscar moment was massively popular with audiences. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 7-13: BOYHOOD

Opening July 11, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Boyhood, writer-director Richard Linklater’s audacious, groundbreaking feature. Filmed over a 12 year span with the same cast, the movie presents snapshots of family life—birthdays, vacations and family dinners—backed by a soundtrack that captures the recent cultural milieu with tunes from Coldplay to Arcade Fire. This film’s unique portrait of growing up opens a door for personal introspection unlike any film before. Read on….

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