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. With the pass that I have, I can screen as many "press/industry screenings" that I'd like during the festival. That said, those screenings are just screenings. It's awesome to have the opportunity to see so many films with an audience, but part of the reason I come to a festival (people come for a variety of reasons) is to hear filmmakers talk about their craft. Thus I have the opportunity to obtain two "public screening" tickets per day. Public screenings are the fun, glamorous screenings where they roll out the red carpet and hold Q&A's with directors, producers, … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #1
Hello Everyone. I made it to Toronto with minimal delays...and made my way to the Industry offices to pick up my credentials and begin the madness. This is just an intro! Watching movies actually starts tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 8). I always give myself a buffer day when traveling to Toronto for TIFF. It can come in handy if you have flight delays, ridiculous lines in customs or you're carrying an expired passport (that was a nightmare 2 years ago)...that extra day can make certain that you don't miss any of the good stuff. If all goes as planned, tomorrow will be a busy day with 4 … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Arrival & Prep
Hello Everyone, Today was my last day of screenings, and even though I feel like I've been away for months, I'm actually a little sad to be packing my bags. There are several films I didn't get a chance to see, and every year I think I'm going to take part more in the industry activities (indiewire talks, a variety of lectures, etc.) - but I don't. I just end up cramming in movies. First off today, I saw STONEWALL, directed by Roland Emmerich. This film was lambasted before anyone saw it. Criticism soared across the web based only on the trailer, and I must admit that I went into … [Read more...] about TIFF 2015 Day #9 – My Final Day!
Hello Readers. Thanks for checking out the blog where I'll cover my adventures during the Toronto International Film Festival! After almost 12 hours of travel (a cancelled flight, a delayed flight, an extra flight, etc.), I finally made it to Toronto. Luckily, I never really let it get me down. And upon arriving at the apartment I rented, any possible negative vibes were wiped clean. The view is amazing, the apartment is adorable, and I'm less than 1/2 block from where I need to go every morning (instead of several blocks and 7 subway stops). Films don't start until tomorrow. … [Read more...] about Toronto 2015 – Day 0.5 (Pre-Festival)
Hello Everyone, If you still need to see our biggest hit of 2015, you'll need to hurry. MR. HOLMES will play for the last time today (Thursday, Sept. 3). Tomorrow, we will begin the new comedy by Noah Baumbach which premiered at Sundance in January - MISTRESS AMERICA. We will also hold both DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL and THE END OF THE TOUR for one more week. For this week's remaining showtimes (which are different from the upcoming times listed below), please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com. Synopsis for MISTRESS AMERICA: "Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New … [Read more...] about Noah Baumbach’s MISTRESS AMERICA at THE NEON!
Thursday, September 11, 2014 Welcome back! Thanks for checking out my Day #8 blog of my TIFF adventures. This morning was so different than the others. I slept in! Because I didn't need to be in line by 7:00, I woke up at 9:15 instead of 6am. It was glorious! My first film of the day was LOVE IN THE TIME OF CIVIL WAR - a French-Canadian film about a 20-something guy with a crack problem. An alternate title for this film could be DON'T DO CRACK. I've never seen such a gruelingly monotonous film about drug use. The lead character smokes to get high, has some sex (in what is … [Read more...] about TIFF 2014 – Day #8
Wednesday, September 10.2014 Hi Again! I only saw three films today, but I also attended a pretty great, intimate party. First off, I saw OUT OF NATURE - a Norwegian film about a man who decides to spend the weekend hiking in the mountains…away from his job, his wife, his son. In film school, you're taught to - "Show. Don't Tell." This simply means that an audience should be able to figure out what someone is thinking by their strong performance…not by what a narrator or bad dialog is telling us. This film is a rule-breaker - but it's also the point. As the protagonist is getting … [Read more...] about TIFF 2014 – Day #7
Hello Everyone, I got back on track rather quickly this morning. After a couple hours of waiting in lines, I still managed to get the tickets I wanted for the next couple days. (Each day, my pass allows me to get 2 tickets for public screenings that occur 2 days later (i.e. on Friday morning, I'll get 2 tickets for public screenings on Sunday). My pass also allows me to see an unlimited number of screenings that are designated for press & industry.)) After I got my tickets, I went to see a press/industry screening of MOMMY - the Cannes-Award-Winning film from Xavier Dolan. MOMMY is a … [Read more...] about TIFF 2014 – Day #1
Hello Everyone. Jonathan from THE NEON here. After a rather hideous day of travel (including an unexpected, long stop in Chicago due to passport issues (my own fault)), I finally made it to Toronto. As of right now, I'm about a 1/2 day behind. It's 7:30am, and I'm usually in line for tickets. That said, I don't yet have my credentials (which is why I wanted to arrive yesterday afternoon)…so I have to wait for a different office to open at 9am (I'm first in line - as I'm determined to get back on track as soon as possible). Having only briefly looked at the catalog on-line, I still … [Read more...] about TIFF (The Toronto International Film Festival) Starts Today!