Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2015 TOfilmfest: Our top 10

The 40th Toronto International Film Festival has now wrapped up, and it's time to take a look back, for our annual top 10 list.
We use a simple criteria:  which films would we be interested to watch again?
“VICTORIA” (2015 feature film directed by Sebastian Schipper)“BANG GANG (A MODERN LOVE STORY)” (2015 feature film directed by Eva Husson)“THE ENDLESS RIVER” (2015 feature film directed by Oliver Hermanus)“BLACK” (2015 feature film directed by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah)

“GREEN ROOM PRECEDED BY THE CHICKENING” (2015 feature film directed by Jeremy Saulnier) “GIRLS LOST” (2015 feature film directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining)
  1. Victoria, Sebastian Schipper
  2. Bang Gang, Eva Husson
  3. The Endless River, Oliver Hermanus
  4. Black, Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah
  5. Green Room, Jeremy Saulnier
  6. Girls Lost, Alexandra-Therese Keining
  7. Homesick, Anne Sewitsky
  8. Mustang, Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  9. Much Loved, Nabil Ayouch
  10. Love, Gaspar Noé

“HOMESICK” (2015 feature film directed by Anne Sewitsky)“MUSTANG” (2015 feature film directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven)“MUCH LOVED” (2015 feature film directed by Nabil Ayouch)“LOVE” (2015 3-D feature film directed by Gaspar Noé)

Also check out Toronto Screen Shots for the upcoming 2015 TIFF CAST Awards — with more top 10 lists from this year's film-fest!

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

2015 TOfilmfest: How to get tickets!

 Download official film schedule PDF
Next week the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival begins!
In previous posts we've covered:
Now, here's how to get tickets:
     TIFF 2015: 40 facts for the fest's 40th year
    Sunday, September 6th – Wednesday, September 9th
    9AM – 7PM daily before the festival starts
  2. The top 50 summer festivals in Toronto
    Thursday, September 10th – Sunday, September 20th
    7AM+ daily during the festival
    • additional tickets released for purchase at 7AM daily
      (reserved-seats, and returned-tickets, available)
    • buy online, by phone, or at box-office
     How to get last-minute tickets for TIFF
    Line-up hours in advance of any screening
    • If a screening is still off-sale, a rush-line will be created for non–ticket holders.
      Arrive as soon as possible; admittance based on availability; first-come, first-served.
    • CASH ONLY (regular $20; premium $40)
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2015 TOfilmfest: Chasing the Buzz

Today Peter Howell, movie-critic for the Toronto Star, published his annual Chasing the Buzz feature — a panel of critics/programmers/film-buffs name the one film they are most looking forward to at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.  We're very happy to be part of the buzz panel once again this year — our 8th! :-)
Here's our top pick:
    “VICTORIA” (2015 feature film directed by Sebastian Schipper)
  • 2015: The hottest TIFF tickets in town
    • Victoria: “With more than 150 extras across 22 locations, this 12-page script required six assistant directors to capture the story in one genuine uninterrupted shot for 134 minutes. An astonishing cinematic feat.”
Here's a look back at the buzz, along with some of our picks from past years:
    “THE TRIBE” (2014 feature film directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)
  • 2014: The buzz is for Bill Murray
    • The Tribe: “Miroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s feature debut uses only sign language (no subtitles or voice-over) to immerse us into the violently tribal underworld of a deaf boarding school.”
    “OF GOOD REPORT” (2013 feature film directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka)
  • 2013: 12 Years a Slave tops our annual buzz poll
    • Of Good Report: “Initially banned in South Africa, Jahmil Qubeka’s controversial feature stirred worldwide debate until it finally won approval for release, plus ‘Artistic Bravery’ prize from the Durban Film Fest.”
    “SUBMARINE” (2010 feature film directed by Richard Ayoade)
  • 2010: Ten bee-utiful years of great buzz
    • Submarine: “Richard Ayoade, music video director, talented comedy-writer and very funny actor (‘Moss’ from the U.K.’s Channel 4 The IT Crowd) helms his first feature film.”
    “ANTICHRIST” (2009 feature film directed by Lars von Trier)
  • 2009: Serious buzz
    • Antichrist: “See the film that won the first anti-award from Cannes' ecumenical jury.”
  • 2008: Must-see films
    • Medicine for Melancholy (Barry Jenkins): "Being a fan of Cameron Bailey's Planet Africa program in years past, I'd pick this feature debut, which was well received at SXSW."
“MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY” (2008 feature film directed by Barry Jenkins)
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Friday, September 4, 2015

2015 TOfilmfest: Our top 20 picks

After weeks of adding film titles, searching the internet for reviews/videos/articles, and finally selecting our tickets, it's time to take a look at our top picks for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.  So fwiw, here are our top 20 picks…
    “AMAZING GRACE” (2015 feature documentary film directed by Sydney Pollack)
  1. Amazing Grace, Sydney Pollack
  2. Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), Eva Husson
  3. Black, Adil El Arbi / Bilall Fallah
  4. Cuckold, Charlie Vundla
  5. “GREEN ROOM PRECEDED BY THE CHICKENING” (2015 feature film directed by Jeremy Saulnier)
  6. The Endless River, Oliver Hermanus
  7. Girls Lost, Alexandra-Therese Keining
  8. Green Room, Jeremy Saulnier
  9. Hardcore, Ilya Naishuller
  10. Homesick, Anne Sewitsky
  11. “MUCH LOVED” (2015 feature film directed by Nabil Ayouch)The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos
  12. Love, Gaspar Noé
  13. Much Loved, Nabil Ayouch
  14. Mustang, Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  15. The Paradise Suite, Joost van Ginkel
  16. “THE PARADISE SUITE” (2015 feature film directed by Joost van Ginkel)Parched, Leena Yadav
  17. Room, Lenny Abrahamson
  18. Summertime, Catherine Corsini
  19. Victoria, Sebastian Schipper
  20. “ROOM” (2015 feature film directed by Lenny Abrahamson)We Monsters, Sebastian Ko
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2015 TOfilmfest: Choosing your films

Toronto’s Bell Lightbox (TIFF) on King St. West
Recently a friend, and fellow film-fest fan, mentioned she was choosing at least one movie from each of the festival's official programs — a good way to see a variety of cinema.

Last year @ParticPelic spent several hours watching videos trying to trim down her choices (btw, local cinema writer @TerrorInToronto has put a list of videos together into a convenient single playlist for 2015).

As for us, since we add films to our website with each weekly announcement, we tend to look back at all the film titles by date of announcement.

search by titlesearch by programsearch by Announcment

Everyone has their own method to choose their movies but fwiw, here are some other ways to #PicktheBestoftheFest at TOfilmfest:
  • search by directorsearch by cast member — enjoyed the work of a particular director or actor/actress? …you'll likely want to see their latest film
  • search by countrysearch by language — want to visit another place in the world and be immersed into another language & culture? …cinema makes it easy to travel the world!
  • search by classification —  in Ontario any film without an official OFRB rating will be restricted to adults 18+…
  • search by ticket — although regular tickets cost $25 (and premium screenings $48), there are plenty of free screenings for 2015
  • search by theatre — tired of trekking from the Lightbox cinema to the Ryerson theatre? …pick screenings closer together!  ;-)
  • search by date — not on vacation? …see everything that's playing when you're available
  • search by star rating — many films have screened previously, and been reviewed by movie critics… why not check?
  • BONUS:  Release dates — many films have a theatrical release already set for the fall …so you can see them later!
Btw, if you're on-the-go, without access to the internet, download a PDF file of the 2015 Official Film Schedule (note there are some changes to the schedule for 2015).

And, if you only have your smartphone, try TIFFwidget — a mobile-friendly website that uses data from TOfilmfest.
Toronto’s Bell Lightbox (TIFF) on King St. West

So, what's on our list?
Our next post will highlight our picks for the 2015 film festival...  :-)

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