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Hot Docs 2018

Though the festival still runs for one more day, I have to get back to real life and to work, which means missing Sunday screenings for the sake of laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping and all the othe…
The weather forecast for Friday was not promising: rain and extreme winds. Not the kind of weather you want to find yourself in when you’re standing in line outside, which was the case for my first tw…
The weather forecast for Thursday was grim: rain. I was seriously considering skipping my first film of the day because it was at Hart House, meaning an outdoor lineup. Thankfully, I decided to take m…
It’s usually around this time during the festival – i.e., just after the halfway point – that I start to hit the wall. Days of lineups and donuts for dinner and hotfooting it from theater to theater a…
Okay, now that my anti-smartphone rant is done, I can get back to the business at hand: recapping my festivalgoing and sharing more new reviews. I’ll admit that I really wasn’t familiar with the work…
May I take a moment to rant about smartphones in theaters, please? They a bane on every single Hot Docs screening where, more and more, people are “discreetly” (read: YOU ARE NOT DISCREET – EVERYONE C…
One of the “problems” of loving documentaries and attending Hot Docs is trying to figure out what you’re going to see. With so many great options in a given day, it takes a while to craft a schedule a…
As the fest goes on and I rack up more screenings, I’m noting that many of the films I’ve selected at this year’s Hot Docs are winding up thematically linked on any given day... which wasn’t always in…
I’ve been film festival-ing for many years, but as I get older I’m finding it less and less appealing to schedule myself for four- or five-screening days – I like my sleep, and I like eating proper me…
Day one of official filmgoing started off a little bumpy thanks to the TTC – my bus never arrived, so I had to change routes and hustle a bit to pick up my media pass (thanks for the bookbag, Hot Docs…
Every Hot Docs filmgoer has at least one “OMG, I can wait to see this!” screening on their schedule, and these six wildly diverse docs caught our attention right away. We can’t wait to check them out!…
As much as I lurrrrrve documentaries, not every film I saw before the fest started was amazing. Some were not bad, others were just okay and a couple were disappointing. Here's a look at the other fiv…
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