Black films and artists were an integral part of the lineup at this year's Toronto International Film Festival along with other world premieres. Dramas, genre movies, comedies, romantic films and documentaries positioned themselves early for this year's annual Oscar race.
I knew this day would come: the end of TIFF'14. It's so bittersweet. But it's been another successful fest with great films, dazzling stars and an excellent street party for the first time. But before we roll up the red carpet and put away the barricades, let's have one more quick chat about some of the films I've seen over these last couple of days and about the closing night gala.
Raise your hand if you feel like a zombie too. The effects of hours sitting in over-air-conditioned theatres, not eating or hydrating regularly, imbib...
Get used to hearing the title The Imitation Game because, between the filmmaking of Morten Tyldum and the acting of Benedict Cumberbatch, this is the film they'll be talking about at the end of the year.
Now that it's Day 7 of TIFF'14, the predictions have already started buzzing around. In fact, they started Monday, at least among my immediate TIFF circle. And unlike previous years, the Best Actress noms have been far more difficult to assemble than the Best Actors.
Entitlement is also an issue in Noah Baumbach's wonderfully acidic While We're Young, which captures a pair of Gen-Xers, Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts), at a crisis point.
Which is what I value most about the film festival experience in general: the chance it offers to discover a film, a filmmaker, an actor -- the operative word being discover. That's less and less of a factor at this particular festival these days. Instead, it seems stacked with pre-sold titles.
If I were going to generalize about this year's Toronto International Film Festival based on the films I saw Monday, I'd tell you that it's a great year for dramatic films based on true stories.
The opening weekend of TIFF is always a kind of hot mess. The show's full on now, with tons of stars streaming in, crazy fans being crazy and ticket...
Theeb is a jewel, deserving of its Orizzonti Award for Best Director prized to Naji Abu Nowar in Venice and more. But Theeb is also the kind of film that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go.
I admire Smith's impulse to expand his film-making palette and was a fan of his Red State. Tusk, however, may only be for Smith completists. It was so disheartening that I bailed a little early in order to make a screening of The Reach.
The common theme of the day was: About a boy. My first screening was Boychoir with Dustin Hoffman, Izzy Izzard and Cathy Bates. Afterwards, I cross...
For those of us who are obsessed with movies, fall means a slew of new films to drool over and is typically seen as the start of Oscar season. The T...
This was my first Opening Night Gala as a TIFF Patron member and it truly was a magical night. The Judge is a poignant story with the right amount of levity to keep it balanced. As we left to head over to Roy Thomson Hall, we were offered an array of gourmet popcorn. Outside, we could hear the fans screaming for RDJ.
It's true, eating comes down to a fine art during the fest, especially for those hardcore fanatics who see over 30+ films during these 10 days -- we're talking about 12 plus hours a day in theatres. These guys carry around back-packs full of lunches and snacks.
I get the feeling that celebs feel more safe and anonymous during the daytime at TIFF. It's like they suddenly just blend in, such that they almost want to be recognized. Take for example my mid-day run-in -- again in Yorkville -- with Mads Mikkelsen, well known for his Le Chiffre in Casino Royale.