There are two things you need to know about Midnight Madness, the Toronto Film Festival’s late-night celebration of pulp, schlock, and carnage:
- It can be one of the most amazing moviegoing experiences of your life;
- It can be terrible.
The Discovery programme is a place for taking chances at the festival. With its spotlight on new directors, you never quite know what to expect. Granted, that can go for anything you see, whether at the festival or elsewhere. With a few exceptions, there are few stars or big names in attendance. There are, however, some damn good films, and some filmmakers who may be a big deal in a few short years.
The best thing I can say about Discovery is if something looks good, go for it. Continue reading →
I’ve been attending the Toronto International Film Festival, to some extent, for the past ten years. I started buying just a couple tickets at a time, then moved up to 10-ticket packages, and have spent the last few years seeing around 40 a week at the festival. If you love movies, there’s absolutely nothing better than this: Watch movies from around the world, see movie stars and directors and writers, spend an entire week getting no sleep or proper nutrition.
The Festival can seem glitzy and intimidating from the outside, but isn’t nearly so terrifying from the inside. Here are a few pointers I’ve learned over the years:
I’m a big fan of Nicole Holofcener’s work. Please Give and Friends With Kids are both enjoyable films, with the latter being the only tolerable Jennifer Aniston role I’ve ever seen. She’s also directed some of my favourite episodes of Parks & Recreation (Smallest Park) and Enlightened (Not Good Enough Mothers). Continue reading →