Oliver Sherman

Updates: Oliver Sherman, Winter’s Bone, Raising Hope

Oliver Sherman was screened in North Bay last weekend. CottageCountryNow.ca has a nice, long article about the film. And Ryan Redford won another prize for it (Grand Prix Focus for best Canadian feature) at the Festival du nouveau cinéma, which ended a couple of days ago.

Winter’s Bone is out on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. It will also be available via Movies on Demand.

Here is another recent interview with Garret:

And he was on Fox All Access this weekend. I haven’t seen any longer clips yet, but this preview showed up on Fox.com:

garret dillahunt,lucas neff,martha plimpton,raising hopeAnd some Raising Hope updates. Pictures are from episode 1×10, “Meet the Grandparents,” which airs in late November. Don’t forget that two episodes air tomorrow at 9 and 9:30 pm, after Glee’s Rocky Horror fest.

Here is the list of all the episodes that will air this month and next (no new ep on Nov. 2):

Tuesday, October 26 – “Happy Halloween/Family Secrets” (One-Hour Episode)

When Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward) boyfriend can’t make it to the deli guy’s Halloween party, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) offers to put on his costume and go in his place. Virginia (Martha Plimpton) takes Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), who is dressed as a cat, trick-or-treating while Burt (Garret Dillahunt) plots ways to play tricks on Jimmy. Meanwhile, when a box containing videos of Hope’s mother arrives from prison, Jimmy must decide whether or not to let Hope see them. Virginia explains that children need to be protected from the truth, leading Jimmy to question what exactly his parents have been keeping from him.

raising hope 1x10,garret dillahuntSaturday, October 30 (9:30 pm) – “Happy Halloween”

When Sabrina’s boyfriend can’t make it to the deli guy’s Halloween party, Jimmy offers to put on his costume and go in his place. Virginia takes Maw Maw, who is dressed as a cat, trick-or-treating, while Burt plots ways to play tricks on Jimmy in an encore episode.

Tuesday, November 9 – “The Sniffles”

When Hope catches a cold, Virginia (Martha Plimpton) goes into panic mode because the family doesn’t have health insurance, so she locks Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) in her bedroom to avoid getting sick. However, when Jimmy (Lucas Neff) realizes that he can’t afford to take Hope to a doctor without insurance, he figures out a way to secure a second job at the grocery store where Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) works.

November 16 – “Blue Dots”

raising hope,garret dillahunt,lucas neff,greg germannWhen Hope starts imitating the dogs at her day care, Jimmy decides to enroll her in an expensive, high-end center. But the blemish on Burt’s (Garret Dillahunt) record needs to be expunged before Hope has any chance of getting accepted. However, when trying to turn Burt’s past around the rest of the family ends up in a bind of their own and must pull together to straighten things out with the law.

November 23 – “Meet the Grandparents”

Instead of sleeping in and ordering pizza, per his normal Thanksgiving custom, Jimmy invites Hope’s other grandparents, Dale (guest star Greg Germann) and Margine (guest star Valerie Mahaffey), to join the Chances for a more traditional holiday dinner. The Chances soon realize that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when Dale and Margine kidnap Hope, and it’s up to them to get her back. [Fox November sweeps]

Oliver Sherman wins prize at Cinéfest

This just in: Oliver Sherman,Garret Dillahunt,Donal LogueOliver Sherman nabbed a prize at the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, which ended a couple of days ago.

With the 22nd edition of Cinéfest wrapped up, winners of various film awards have been announced.

Oliver Sherman, written and directed by Ryan Redford, was awarded the Carolyn Fouriezos Best Canadian First Feature Award from the National Film Board of Canada, and Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, won the Cinéfest Sudbury Kinodoc Award. [Northern Life]

TIFF interviews: Oliver Sherman, Amigo

Getty Images has a few pics from the premiere of Oliver Sherman at the Toronto Film Festival yesterday. You can find them here.

Garret dillahunt,TIFF,Olvier Sherman,Amigo,interview,Toronto Film festivalAlso, a couple of new interviews showed up yesterday and today. Tribute.ca has a video interview with Garret in which he talks about Amigo and Oliver Sherman. You can check it out at this link.

And there is a short article about Oliver Sherman at The Globe and Mail.

Dillahunt’s character is a man who’s stuck in his past, awkwardly watching the world move forward without him. He’s angry and awkward, with violent instincts, though perhaps not entirely to blame for his worst qualities. But what attracted Dillahunt was that he’s a man no one can quite figure out.

“I believe, inherently, the audience is intelligent. It’s like going to a museum: You look at a great painting, and some people like to come up close, some people stand far away, some people like it, some people are disturbed by it — it’s open to interpretation,” he says.

Last but not least, another positive review for the film:

Adapted by Redford from the Rachel Ingalls short story “Veterans”, the real marvel of the film is its ability to steadily increase the tension for pretty much the entire length of the film, offering only enough relief for a quick breath now and again before stoking the fires. It does so on the basis of exemplary discipline: a script that delicately balances competing yet legitimate viewpoints; meticulous acting that never tips its hand too far; gracefully effective shooting; and an edit that steadfastly refuses every gratuitous impulse. This is independent filmmaking that punches way above its weight, and it earns every ounce of its very considerable suspense. Though we know that the troubled drifter with the scarred head can only bring discord, Redford constructs the film’s exceptional tension with surgical precision. We cannot help but feel compassion for Sherman, but Redford’s ability to counterbalance this with the particulars of how and when things go wrong, and from Sherman’s very peculiar logic, is delightful. If you’re looking for a festival taste of splatter-spiced adrenaline, 13 Assassins offers a feast of samurai bloodletting that will soak your popcorn bright red, but for tender, juicy, slow-cooked adrenaline, Oliver Sherman is a high point of TIFF’s 2010 menu. [TwitchFilm]

Oliver Sherman – first reviews

Garret Dillahunt,Oliver ShermanOliver Sherman premieres tonight at the Toronto Film Festival. The first couple of reviews – both pretty positive – are already online.

“There’s little doubt, however, that the film boasts an impressive undercurrent of suspense, as one is never entirely sure if the whole thing is meant to come off as a subtle character study or as something just a little more sinister (ie what is Sherman up to, exactly?)

Dillahunt’s remarkably subtle performance certainly goes a long way towards holding the viewer’s interest, yet it’s worth nothing that the narrative is occasionally just a little bit more predictable than one might’ve liked (ie when Sherman offers to carry two plates of hot dogs, you just know something is going to go horribly wrong).

And while this does ensure that the movie is often more effective as an actor’s showcase than as a fully realized cinematic experience, Oliver Sherman is certainly never dull and it’s also worth noting that the expectedly low-key finale does pack far more of an emotional punch than one might’ve anticipated.” [Reelfilm]

Molly Parker,Oliver Sherman“These sorts of domestic thrillers were quite popular in American cinema back in the early ’90s, with movies like Unlawful Entry and Pacific Heights ushering in Christian anxieties about cultural change negatively affecting the traditional family unit. But this particular film is Canadian, and first-time feature writer/director Ryan Redford isn’t interested in employing cheap thrills to sell his narrative. He takes his time with the characters, building conflict organically and allowing the tension to come from quiet, passive-aggressive remarks and escalating pseudo-threats.

Resultantly, while occasionally awkward in editing and scene composition, this xenophobic parable shows a maturity and acuity beyond most character-based psychological thrillers, taking a highbrow approach to the subject. What’s more, it shows a new talent in the Canadian filmmaking scene, being one of the more assured debuts to come from English-speaking Canada in quite some time.” [Exclaim]

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Oliver Sherman poster

The poster for Oliver Sherman has finally showed up at the Movie Poster database. If it looks a bit like the thumbnail in the sidebar, it’s because I nabbed that one from the future.

The Cinéfest site says that the film will be screened there on Sept. 25. They have a nice new pic from the film too.

Here is the poster (click twice for full size):

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