TIFF09: The Calm Before the Storm

Tomorrow is the day single tickets go on sale for TIFF. Unlike previous years when they went on sale the day before the start of the festival, they are now on sale nearly a week before the festival. This may pose a problem later in the festival, since films will now go offsale sooner. However, […]

TIFF09: Schedule Launched

The schedule for TIFF was posted yesterday and now I have the daunting task of seeing what films I can fit into my busy week. I already had to eliminate a few of my top film picks, since the screenings conflicted with either my volunteer shifts or my school schedule. However, I’m sure that after […]

My Thoughts on Trick ‘r Treat

I remember reading about Trick ‘r Treat on Ain’t it Cool News way back in 2007 and I was disappointed when the film, which looked very intriguing, was pushed back before it’s October 2007 release. Now, nearly two years later, I finally saw the film as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival and […]

TIFF09: Special Presentations Thoughts

If I’m hard-pressed to find a film to see at TIFF, I always look towards the Special Presentations, since these films are already set for release and they are usually only at TIFF for their premiere. There have been many great special presentations announced over the last few weeks and I thought I would mention […]

TIFF09: Recruitment Becomes Orientation

Today was my returning volunteer orientation session. Up until this year, they were known as recruitment sessions, however now they have an online volunteer hub set-up, where I RSVPed for the session I wanted to attend. Being a returning volunteer, I had automatic access to the session, while new volunteers have to be invited to […]

TIFF09: Early Thoughts

Well my favourite and most busy time of the year is upon us again with buzz beginning for the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. For the fourth year, I will be making my rounds as a volunteer. This year, I hope to become a captain, however I would be content with remaining a normal theatre […]

TIFF08: Wrap-Up

Another edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close and not without a little controversy. I had come across an article yesterday asking whether the film festival has become too elitist. The article features quotes such as “if you’re not a donor or in media or someone important, it’s pretty much […]

TIFF08: My Thoughts on The Wrestler, Adam Ressurected, and Eden Log

The final day of the film festival was entirely spent by me going to films and today definitely featured an interesting selection. First up is The Wrestler. I am a big of professional wrestling and I was looking forward to seeing this film. Before seeing the film I thought this film seemed like “Rocky with […]

TIFF08: 2008 Volunteering Ends with a Bang (and Pontypool)

When you volunteer at the Toronto Film Festival, how your day turns out depends on where you assigned by the volunteer captain. I already spoke about how I thought Sunday was an off day for me. In contrast, I am considering today to be my most rewarding volunteer shift in the three years I have […]

TIFF08: My Thoughts on Good and Fifty Dead Men Walking

Most of the films I’ve seen at the festival were pretty light-hearted affairs. However, the films I saw last night and this morning were, in contrast, quite serious. Good is a story about a German university professor (Viggo Mortensen), who joins the Nazi party and slowly moves from being a “good” guy to being totally […]