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TIFF 2018: What to keep on your radar.

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the first slate of films for TIFF18. A total of 47 tittles. 17 for Gala Presentations and 30 for Special Presentations.

This year’s line-up is no short of incredible, featuring new films from Steve McQueen, Damien Chazelle, Asghar Farhadi, Jacques Audiard, Jason Reitman, Claire DenisAlfonso Cuarón, Barry Jenkins and more!  Check the whole list here

More tittles will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Below are films that you should keep in check this TIFF and films you should be excited for. This will be the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival.

A Star is Born – about an established artist (Bradley Cooper) who helps a young artist (Lady Gaga) grow and become a successful musician while struggling to deal with his own demons. A Star is Born is also the directorial debut for Bradley Cooper.

Wildlife – about a boy who witnesses his parents (Jake Gyllenhaal & Carey Mulligan) marriage fall apart. Wildlife is also the directorial  debut for Paul Dano and the screenplay is also written by him and Zoe Kazan.

Widows – a crime drama thriller about a group of widows, lead by Viola Davis who come together to take fate into their own hands. The screenplay is written by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger) and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects) and is directed by McQueen. The film stars Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth DebickiBrian Tyree Henry, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Jacki Weaver, and Carrie Coon.

If Beale Street Could Talk – a woman fights to free her falsely accused husband from prison while carrying their first child. The film is written and directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and stars Ed Skrein, Pedro Pascal, Dave Franco, and Diego Luna.

Burning – a young man grows suspicous about the motives of a deceptive interloper who is hanging around with his childhood friend–turned–burgeoning love interest. The film is directed by Chang-dong Lee.

Roma –  Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien) comes to TIFF this year with a story that chronicles one year in the life of a middle class family in early 1970s Mexico City. The screenplay is also written by Alfonso Cuarón.

Sunset –  about a young girl who grows up to become a strong woman in Budapest before World War 1. The film is directed by László Nemes (Son of Saul).

Beautiful Boy – a story that chronicles the meth addiction and recovery of a young man (Timothée Chalamet) through the eyes of his father played by Steve Carell. The film is directed by Felix Van Groeningen.

High Life
– a sci-fi drama about a group of criminals sent into deep space. The film is directed by Claire Denis and stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, and Mia Goth.

Non – Fiction
– a comedy about a publisher (Guillaume Canet) and his sucessful wife (Juliette Binoche) adapting to the new media landscape. The films is directed by Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria)

First ManDamien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) and Ryan Gosling reunite in this biopic about the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. The  film also stars Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, and Kyle Chandler.

Lots of films will still be announced and a few more tittles will be added to both the Gala Presentations and Special Presentations programme. One film I hope comes to TIFF is Suspiria, fingers cross for Midnight Madness!


Top 10 Best Films of 2017

Here’s my list short & sweet……

Honorable Mentions: Dunkirk, Split, Coco, Okja, Logan, The Florida Project, Wonder Woman, Logan, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, mother!, The Big Sick, Thelma,  & The Disaster Artist

Films I haven’t seen yet at the creation of this list: Call Me by Your Name, The Post, Phantom Thread and a few others 

#10) Get Out – Great Original Thriller/Horror from first time director Jordan Peele.

#9) Wind River – Riveting murder mystery. Fantastic debut from the very talented Taylor Sheridan. If you enjoy films like Sicario or Hell or High Water, highly recommend.
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#7) Lady Bird – Thoroughly well done coming of age movie from the lovely Greta Gerwig. Saoirse Ronan gives one of the best performances of her career. Review
Golden Globes Nominations Actress Film Comedy

#6) Good Time – Fucking awesome.GoodTime_Still02.jpg

#5) Blade Runner 2049 – Cinematography is eyegasmic. Just beautiful in every single way from the acting, story, direction…..Villeneuve killed it and he’s on a roll……

#4) The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Great horror. Very well shot. Fantastic acting/score. If you’re a fan of a Lanthimos, def a must watch or if you love horror films.  Review

#3) Columbus – Beautiful. Wonderful score. Quiet yet moving.

#2) Trainspotting 2 – A wonderful sequel. Really entertaining. Felt lots of emotions.

#1) The Shape of Water – A beautiful romantic fairy tale. Sally Hawkins deserves the Oscar for best actress. Great performances all around from the whole cast. Beautiful score from Alexandre Desplat. Del Toro nails it.  Review


My thoughts on Lady Bird


Greta Gerwig knocks it out of the park with her directorial debut. I was absolutely floored with the film. Its a fantastic coming of age story with phenomenal performances and a wonderful story.  Lots of vibes from Wes Anderson and Baumbach in the film as well which is cool. Saoirse is perfect. The whole cast did a tremendous job. The acting and writing is just superb. Now I didn’t really relate to the film in terms of the high school experience or living situation that Lady Bird was in (I was born in Toronto, def not a small town) but in other ways. Anyways, did the film bring anything new to the coming-of-age genre? No, but the reason its getting so much praise and deservedly so was how wonderfully everything was executed. All the familiar tropes are in Lady Bird but Greta makes them fresh and genuine.
giphy (2)In terms of the flaws, I don’t really have any complaints. It’s charming, funny, and heartwarming with very authentic characters. Its one of my favorites of the year and I can’t wait to see what Greta does in the future.

Rating – ★★★★½

PS – Saoirse Ronan is soooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooooooood.

My thoughts on The Shape Of Water


“A Masterpiece”

Set in the backdrop of cold war era America during the 60s, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a mute woman who works as a cleaner in a high-security government laboratory where she discovers a secret classified experiment. Del Toro’s attention to detail is impeccable. From the beautiful soundtrack, to the gorgeous cinematography/colour palette/set design, and to the phenomenal performances, Guillermo del Toro gives us one of the best films of his career, and of the year. Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones deliver immaculate performances despite not speaking a single word to each other. Every character is great. Alexander Desplat’s score is lovely too. Guillermo del Toro shows us why he’s one of the best film-makers working today and the film speaks for itself. It’s a work of art.

In conclusion, it’s truly a magical film that’s perfect all across the board. Del Toro completely engrosses you into the world and into this beautiful, sincere, romantic fairy tale from the very start until the very end. If you love cinema, watch it.

 Rating –  ★★★★★

Side-note > I’ve seen this film at the Elgin theatre during TIFF which was used as a set for the film so it was one of the coolest screenings I’ve ever attended.