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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!

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My Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War

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With a running time of almost 3 hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes) Infinity War is the longest movie in the MCU and I didn’t feel like it dragged at any point. I was hooked from the very first scene and onto the last. I was shook after watching it and just devastated.
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Josh Brolin kills it as Thanos which I thoroughly believe is the best villain in the MCU right now.  He’s a compelling character despite being seen as a monster. He had lots of depth to his character. Throughout the film, when Thanos is on screen, I felt his presence and when he fought our heroes, I was legitimately afraid. This was essentially a “Thanos” film more so than the Avengers.
nullAll the performances were great overall, with the standouts in my opinion being Thanos, Spiderman, Wanda, and Gamora. The comedy was fantastic too. All the jokes land especially from the GOTG squad. The action sequences are phenomenal. Seeing the combination of all the heroes you love fight together with all the different combinations of unique fighting skills/powers they each have is just such a joy and so much fun to watch. Visuals were stellar.
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In terms of the negatives, some characters won’t have much screen time in comparison to others but that’s a given with how many characters there are in the movie. There’s also so much that happens in this movie that there really isn’t any breathing room. This movie goes 1000000000 m/ph. Trust me. Use the washroom beforehand.
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Final thoughts – Infinity War is truly a spectacle that deserves to be seen on the big screen multiple times and its insanely entertaining/rewarding. I can’t stop thinking about it and I can’t wait to see it again…and again…and again…….

Rating –  ★★★★

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.
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#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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#8) Molly’s Game – AARON SORKIN. JESSICA CHASTAIN. AARON SORKIN.
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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
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#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……
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#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
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#3) Columbus – Beautiful. Wonderful score. Quiet yet moving.
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#2) Trainspotting 2 – A wonderful sequel. Really entertaining. Felt lots of emotions.
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#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. It’s Guillermo Del Toro’s best film. Review
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Well that’s my list! Check out my Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2018

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2018

Honorable Mentions -> Solo: A Star Wars Story, Black Panther, Venom, Wildlife, The Sisters Brothers,  A Rainy Day in New York, The Jungle Book, First Man, Lizzie, Thoroughbreds, and Backseat



#10) Ready Player One
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance and more


#9) Isle of Dogs
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, and more


#8) Incredibles 2
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson,  Holly Hunter, Bob Odenkirk, Craig T. Nelson and more


#7) Avengers: Infinity War
Director: Anthony & Joe Russo
Stars: YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE


#6) You Were Never Really Here
Director: Lynne Ramsay

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola and more


#5) Deadpool 2/Untitled Deadpool Sequel
Director: David Leitch
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, TJ Miller, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin and more


#4) Serenity
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The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain living in the Caribbean comes back to haunt him, ensnaring his life in a new reality that may not be what it all seems
Director: Steven Knight
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diana Lane, Jason Clarke and more

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#3) Annihilation
Director: Alex Garland
Stars: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and more


#2) Widows
 Four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Director: Steve McQueen
Stars: Jon Bernthal, Elizabeth Debicki, Viola Davis, Carrie Coon, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya and more
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#1) The Irishman
 A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Ray Romano and more
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My thoughts on Lady Bird

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“Beautiful”


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 Florida Project

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“Powerful”


The film follows a young girl living in the outskirts of Orlando, Florida living in a motel called “The Magic Castle.” The film is directed by Sean Baker who gained lots of attention with his film Tangerine in 2015. The film is lovely as it expresses the wonders of childhood through the eyes of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her antics with her friends. Halley (Bria Vinaite) is the mother of Moonee who desperately tries to match each week’s rent and taking care of her daughter by doing numerous things, but the lengths she travels to do so become more and more troubling. Bobby (Willem Dafoe) is the owner of the motel and he tries his best to make sure the motel is the best despite being a crappy motel in the shadow of Disney World. The performances from everyone is solid with the standouts being Moonee, and Halley.
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With rich vibrate colours, the setting and atmosphere make you feel warm. The beauty of the film’s cinematography along with the captivating performances are just the tip of the iceberg of what makes the film great. The main captivating factor that makes The Florida Project great is the way Baker engrosses you into these character’s lives. It’s a film that thoroughly shows us the beauty of humanity, love, and friendship through the eyes of a community that rarely get shown on the big screen. It’s funny, genuine, and wonderful.

Rating – ★★★★½

My thoughts on The Shape Of Water

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“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.