News: Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up TIFF Films

Source: FirstShowing The festival may be over, but there are still announcements to be made about films receiving distribution deals. It is being reported that Sony Pictures Classics have picked up Get Low and Lebanon for distribution. After seeing Get Low at the festival, I have to say that I believe it has a chance […]

TIFF09: Wrap-Up

My seventh experience at the Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close. I had a pretty good experience numbers-wise, matching my 2007 numbers. However, I do have to say last year had more enjoyable films for me. Here is my wrap up: Top Three Favourite Films Suck The Disappearance of Alice Creed The […]

TIFF09: Finishing Up

It’s always weird putting on the volunteer t-shirt for one final shift after I spent most of the week as a festival attendee. This was actually the most low-key of my final festival shifts. I started off tearing tickets for a public screening of Partir before I was positioned at the final P&I screening of […]

TIFF09: My Thoughts on Jennifer’s Body

This film opens tomorrow, so this can also be considered a normal review. The big thing that is apparent about this film is that it is more dark comedy than horror. There were a lot of parts in the film that caused people to laugh, but I considered them more bad puns than anything. The […]

TIFF09: My (Almost) Final Film List

With the exception of some last minute tickets on Saturday, the entire remainder of my film festival experience is now planned. Tomorrow will be a busy day as I see a whopping four films. I will begin with the Manson-family comedy (that description sounds weird), Leslie, My Name is Evil. I will then proceed to […]

TIFF09: My Thoughts on Survival of the Dead and Origins of Factum

For my first day of film viewing I checked out George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead, as well as a presentation called Origins of Factum. Survival of the Dead is, of course, the latest zombie film my Romero and loose follow-up to Diary of the Dead. The film centers around two feuding families on […]

TIFF09: Desperate Publicists and Disapointed Critics

My shift started off with my first position inside the theatre. The screening was for the Canadian film A Gun to the Head, which I thought was decent enough that I didn’t mind standing through it. However, my busiest position today was manning the P&I screening for the film Lebanon, fresh from winning the Golden […]

TIFF09: A Change of Scenery

In what ended up being my longest shift in the history of my time volunteering for the festival, today I ended up changing locations halfway through my shift, from Varsity to Ryerson, to help out with the craziness happening at the screening for Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air. The screening had a big red […]