Hello Everyone! Thanksgiving weekend was bustling at THE NEON. Many thanks to everyone who came out to support our two award-winning films. Speaking of awards, we were very happy to read about MOONLIGHT cleaning up at the Gotham Awards this week (the first big awards of the season). Over the past two years, the Gotham Awards have predicted the Oscar for "Best Picture" (SPOTLIGHT and BIRDMAN)...thus we think MOONLIGHT will continue to be a major player this year. We will hold both LOVING and MOONLIGHT for another week. In addition, we have one more treat to rotate back into the mix - A … [Read more...] about MAN CALLED OVE Returns and LOVING & MOONLIGHT Stay at THE NEON!
Hello Everyone! We're going completely international this weekend with two exciting, new films - both of which we didn't think we'd be able to accommodate but many of you have been asking about. At last we're able to move forward with a film based on the beloved, international bestseller A MAN CALLED OVE as well as the new film from Park Chan-wook - THE HANDMAIDEN (based on the British novel FINGERSMITH). If you still need to see CHRISTINE, CERTAIN WOMEN or KING COBRA, Thursday will be your last chance to see them at THE NEON. Synopsis for A MAN CALLED OVE: "Stepping from the pages of … [Read more...] about Cleaning House – 2 New Films & MOONLIGHT (aka Oscar Season) News at THE NEON!
Hello Everyone, My first film of my final day of screenings was PLANETARIUM - directed by Rebecca Zlotwoski and starring Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp. This is the story of two sisters who are mediums living in France and their relationship with a film producer. Though the concept is intriguing ("sometimes you have to turn off the lights to see something" was an early quote that had promise) and I liked moments of the film, this was the biggest mess I saw at TIFF. I don't know what happened, but about an hour in, I felt like there were several films happening at once - and not in a … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #9 – Wrapping Up This Year’s Fest
Hello Loyal TIFF Followers, Unfortunately, MostMetro has been experiencing quite a bit of trouble with their website...and that's why you haven't heard from me for a couple days. They're working hard to iron out all the kinks, and I appreciate you coming back for more (some of you with multiple attempts). My first film on Thursday was John Butler's HANDSOME DEVIL. Though a little light, there's certainly an audience for this crowd-pleasing film about an outcast with bright red hair at a boarding school in Ireland. The unlikely friendship he strikes up with his handsome roommate has … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #8
Hello Everyone, Thanks for coming back! Today was my last day during this trip when I have to wake up before 6am! I saw three more films (which takes me to 24 total), and I had a nice dinner. Though there was an invitation to meet up for late drinks, I had to turn it down. I'm simply too tired and getting more than 4 hours of sleep sounds much better. My first film of the day was PATERSON, by Jim Jarmusch - who has a cult-like following. This film stars Adam Driver as "a working-class poet in a small New Jersey town who practices his craft amidst the quiet magic of everyday life." … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #7
Hello! Today's schedule had me down for 5 films...and though I got into the fifth, I just wasn't loving it enough to stick around (thus I won't review it). Instead, I'll go over the four films I screened in their entirety. THEIR FINEST was my first screening at 9:30am, and it was packed in one of Scotiabank's biggest venues. Lone Scherfig (AN EDUCATION) delivers a very solid film about the film industry in England during WWII. The story centers around a female writer who is initially hired to help write and flesh out the female voices just as the industry is also realizing that they … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #6
Hello Everyone. Thanks for coming back to my blog. I had intended to see more films today, but I got turned away from a screening of JACKIE (along with 200+ other people) because the demand was too big and being 25 minutes early wasn't enough. That said, there will be another screening Wednesday, so I will know to be extra early. My first screening of the day was the latest by the prolific (especially for being quite young) Xavier Dolan - IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD. This is essentially a chamber piece about a gay man who comes to visit his family and tell them he's dying...he hasn't … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #5
Hello Everyone, I'm up to my old TIFF tricks now. Long days/nights...minimal sleep. My first film today was The Weinstein Company's big Oscar hopeful for this year - LION, directed by Garth Davis and starring Dev Patel. This is the story of a little Indian boy who gets lost in the streets of Calcutta - hundreds of miles away from home. After eventually being adopted by an Australian family, 20+ years later he begins a trip to find his birth family. Once again, I found myself interested in trimming this film down. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I'm watching dozens of … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #4
Hello Everyone, I got the tickets I needed this morning (for Monday), so the day was off to a great start. I hightailed it to the Scotiabank multiplex for my first screening of the day - a movie I know we won't play (but I felt like I wanted something ridiculous) - Christopher Guest's MASCOTS (which will soon make its debut on Netflix). It's been a long time since we saw Guest and his crew, and I was delighted by the opening scenes. I thought "he's back!" The set-up is an competition for mascots from around the world - and it lends itself to some really fun material. Unfortunately, the … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #3
Hi Everyone, I was in bed by 12:30 last night, so getting up by 6:00am wasn't so rough today (it will get much worse later in the festival). That said, the line was already about 15 deep when I arrived at the industry box office at 6:40 (by 7:30/7:45, it was at about 100). BURN YOUR MAPS, directed by Jordan Roberts, was my first film of the day. This is a film with Jacob Tremblay (the little guy from ROOM) & Vera Farmiga, and they give really wonderful performances...unfortunately, I can't say the same for everyone else. This is a story about how a kid begins to say that he's … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #2