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TIFF 2009

If Friday’s theme was “girls behaving badly,” Saturday’s was most certainly “adoption.” I began with Mother and Child (7/8), the latest from writer-director Rodrigo García (Nine Lives, Things You Can…
Sometimes, when I select my TIFF films, I try to create some kind of theme, whether it be for the overall collection of screenings or just the movies I see on a given day. On Friday, I selected two fi…
Only one film on the docket yesterday – the documentary Cleanflix (7/8), which examines Utah-based companies that “sanitize” Hollywood films by editing out sex, nudity, profanity and violence. Co-dire…
Yesterday, I found myself living my TIFF life of years gone by. That is to say: I saw three films in one day (still, not much compared to the four-a-day schedule I sometimes kept) and realized, by the…
If I haven’t said it before, allow me to say it now: seeing one film a day is terribly relaxing. There’s no wild sprinting from one theater to another, no skipping meals, no end-of-day exhaustion. It’…
The festival’s been going for a few days, but my attendance has been somewhat thin. I tried to go to the Whip It! derby event at Yonge/Dundas Square on Sunday evening, which would have been my sole TI…
Today was the official start of my TIFF ’09 moviegoing and, to mark the occasion, I decided to walk to my inaugural screening. I chose a route right through the heart of festival central – Yorkville –…
TIFF officially kicks off tomorrow with the opening-night film, Creation, which is getting mixed buzz. I’ve picked up my tickets, and still have a few left to redeem. I remain undecided as to what I s…
For those of you who have been Moviepie readers for a while, you’ll know that, for the past seven years, I’ve covered the Toronto International Film Festival extensively with an annual day-by-day diar…