'Black Swan,' 'Cool It' stir up buzz in Toronto
September 14th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

'Black Swan,' 'Cool It' stir up buzz in Toronto

As the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival continues to roll along, buzz around certain films continues to mount.

I can't tell you how many times someone has asked me whether I've seen Danny Boyle's survival tale, "127 Hours." While a screening of the film has not yet worked it's way into my packed schedule, I can tell you when several journalists in separate groups are all chatting about the same movie, it means something.

Likewise, Darren Aronofksy's dark drama about rival ballet dancers, "Black Swan," has picked up some momentum, especially for the performance of its star, Natalie Portman.

On the documentary side, I attended the premiere of Ondi Timoner's global warming expose, "Cool It." The film follows the work of Bjorn Lomborg, the controversial author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist," and offers an alternative understanding of the global warming debate.

"Cool It," like the Davis Guggenheim film "An Inconvenient Truth," acknowledges that global warming is happening and is a concern, but that is the only thing the two films agree on.

Timoner's documentary takes issue with what it considers to be the fear-based message in "An Inconvenient Truth" and does its part to discredit many of that movie's claims, including the amounts oceans will rise due to global warming, the loss of the polar bear population and the connection between Hurricane Katrina and global warming.

But, perhaps most importantly, the new film completely disagrees with the Al Gore approach of how to work on the issue. The film looks at the hot topic from a position of economics and opportunity cost. It suggests that the $250 billion dollars a year some environmental activists want to spend on global warming would not have a significant enough impact on climate change to warrant the expense. Instead, the film proposes that if these monies were spent on other issues like poverty, hunger and disease, the world would be able to do more good.

You can be the judge. The film already has distribution by Roadside Attractions with a proposed release date sometime this November.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. edgy

    watch it i will

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    October 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. murlidhargarg


    September 20, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. suzi stars n peace

    And no offense but stop worrying about spelling when we are trying to look at the big picture !!!!!! We need smart ideas not perfect grammar !!!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. suzi stars n peace

    why dont we work on hunger and poverty and healthy well being and also work on protecting the environment at the same time. Hire some people to figure out a balanced budget on those issues and we can create some jobs in the process. Peace and love to all 🙂

    September 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Aaron Huertas

    Lomborg claims to have changed his views since this film came out FWIW: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/08/31/2010-08-31_bjorn_lomborg_climate_change_skeptic_now_believes_global_warming_is_an_internati.html

    Aaron Huertas
    Union of Concerned Scientists

    September 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. real man

    I'm perplex'd we live n a world were $$$ is king everything else is a far 2nd. Weather Al Gore's totally rt or wrong he sheds light on jus how waistful, greedy,and selfish we as a people are. Instead of acknowledging this, people fight for the rt. 2b selfish I agree we need 2 tackle poverty among other things but people havn much more than they'll ever need, n a world were ball players mak millions, teachers mak nothin, we can do both. for once it'll b nice2 hav good nature win out over the status quo....

    September 14, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Boof

    Natalie Portman..........yummy!

    September 14, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. John Schow

    I saw "127 Hours" and "Black Swan" at the Telluride Film Festival over the Labor Day Weekend. Black Swan was at best a mediocre horror film and should be released and advertised as such. 127 Hours was intense and moving if one is able to get by the fact that an experienced hiker was dumb enough to put himself in such a vulnerable position.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |

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