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Announced in The Hollywood Reporter today is news that both the Coen brothersA Serious Man and Drew Barrymore’s feature film directorial-debut Whip It will be premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this September, both at the “Special Presentations” sidebar.  Also of note premiering is Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans starring Nicolas Cage (YES!!!) and Michael Moore’s new documentary and newly titled Capitalism: A Love Story, detailing the worldwide financial meltdown.  The festival this year runs from September 10-19, which is later than the festival usually seems to start.

A Serious Man is described by IMDb as “A black comedy set in 1967 and centered on on Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won’t move out of the house.”  It features what is arguably their smallest profile cast yet, and is an original story.  Whip It is summed up by IMDb as “In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.”.  The movie stars director Barrymore and also stars Ellen Page, Jimmy Fallon, and Marcia Gay Harden.

In terms of excitement, it’s a close tie between the Coen’s A Serious Man and Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant.  The former is because I am a big fan of the Coen brothers and I’m always up for seeing what they have for us next, and the latter is because of the film’s trailer, which has me going “what the fuck am I watching?” and seems like it’s either going to be a masterpiece or an absolute train wreck of epic proportions.  Whip It might be interesting but the plot doesn’t catch my attention much, and I also don’t know how Barrymore will fare as a director in her feature film debut.  As stated above, the festival starts on September 10.

What do you think of the movies announced here, and how excited are you for them?

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