The Toronto International Film Festival, the world's second largest film festival, starts this week. This is a festival with a long history of introducing films that go on to be major critical and box-office hits.
Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.
As we glance at the independent cinema that broke out this year, we notice a disturbing trend. Pretty much every major arthouse hit this summer is something that would have been a mainstream release ten or even five years ago.