Film Festivals

TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Bob Dylan(s), Rambow, and a second wind.

TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Bob Dylan(s), Rambow, and a second wind.

9-14-2007 Know what’s SUPER-fun? Know what makes for an excellent movie-watching experience? Standing in line outside during a sudden rainstorm and getting soaked from the knees down (God bless my umbrella for what flimsy protection it provided during the windy downpour) and THEN sitting through a movie inside the Ryerson..

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TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Vickie hits a wall.

TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Vickie hits a wall.

9-13-2007 The Wailing Wall. The Great Wall of China. All impressive walls. But the most formidable wall of all is the one into which I ran face-first today: the “Okay, I cannot TIFF for one more minute” wall. It’s big, it’s sturdy, it’s unforgiving and it rendered me helpless. I..

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TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Losing momentum and experiencing Woody Allen déjà vu.

TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Losing momentum and experiencing Woody Allen déjà vu.

9-12-2007 I’m having a very hard time maintaining momentum as TIFF 2007 winds down. I find myself increasingly disinterested in my selections this year, and skipping movies rather frequently without even trying to sell my tickets in a rush line. I just can’t be bothered. Maybe it’s exhaustion, maybe it’s..

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TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Are the audiences dwindling? (and OW! my neck!)

TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Are the audiences dwindling? (and OW! my neck!)

9-11-2007 Okay, so, somehow and somewhere I must have turned my head in the wrong way and secretly wrenched my neck, because I woke up this morning mostly unable to turn my head to the left. Like, at all, without pain. Ask me how much fun this made watching movies..

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TIFF 2007 (Eric’s diary): A little something extra

TIFF 2007 (Eric’s diary): A little something extra

This was a very eventful day, in part because it began at a reasonable hour. Dan and I woke up at the crack of 10 AM for a 1 PM screening of Religulous, which was actually less than a screening and something extra instead: Bill Maher and Larry Charles hosted..

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TIFF 2007 (Eric’s diary): Lows and highs

TIFF 2007 (Eric’s diary): Lows and highs

Y’all, it finally happened, and you knew it would. Dan and I caught a major dud at the festival today: Nothing is Private (1/8), the new film written and directed by Alan Ball. I know you loved American Beauty and Six Feet Under, but in his directorial debut, Alan really..

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TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Already, the most wretched of the fest.

TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Already, the most wretched of the fest.

9-10-2007 Today was Eric and Dan’s last full day in Toronto. They leave tomorrow and I’m fairly certain the marquee lights at the fest will not shine as brightly once they’re gone. I’m sad. I began this dark (literally and figuratively) day with The Jane Austen Book Club (6/8), a..

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TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Vickie has insomnia, but still catches some flicks.

TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Vickie has insomnia, but still catches some flicks.

9-9-2007 I have insomnia. Or, perhaps, not insomnia but some kind of freaky sleep situation where I can’t fall asleep at night and I can’t stay asleep in the morning. For the past few days, my body’s decided to wake me around 6:30am, regardless of when I hit the hay..

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TIFF 2007 (Eric’s diary): Riots and rebirth

TIFF 2007 (Eric’s diary): Riots and rebirth

It’s not every day that you can say your first order of business is going to the movies with Charlize Theron, but that’s exactly what we did at 3:00 PM today. Joining the ‘Lize in support of their new film Battle in Seattle (6/8) were Michelle Rodriguez, Andre Benjamin, Martin..

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TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Finally! A Roger Ebert sighting may trump everything else at the fest!

TIFF 2007 (Vickie’s diary): Finally! A Roger Ebert sighting may trump everything else at the fest!

9-8-2007 That’s right. You read correctly: Roger Ebert. After several Ebert-free years in a row, and my fears that our paths would never again cross at a film fest of otherwise, it happened. Roger and me. Same theater. Across-the-aisle buddies. But I’m getting ahead of myself… I began the day..

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