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BYOB: Back to LA

Apologies for the disappearing act. It was a brutal week of production for me and a hard-to-hype festival this year. More to come on that…


5 Responses to “BYOB: Back to LA”

  1. Stella's Boy says:

    Had a fantastic time at TIFF. So nice to be back in Toronto. Love that place. Saw The Judge, Nightcrawler, The Drop, Welcome to Me, and Miss Julie. Ate some great meals. Weather was mostly beautiful. Saw some celebs. Fest has changed some since I was last there, but I still love it.

  2. EtGuild2 says:

    Finally caught up with “The Congress.” I know studios wouldn’t touch it, for good reason (animated Jesus, animated Hitler)…but what a trip. Robin Wright showed true bravery, Harvey Keitel, in a single monologue, reminded moviegoers why he’s a legend, and Ari Folman became one of the few filmmakers of the last decade to get his batshit passion project made and delivered.

    Good for him. Yes, there are sections of the movie that don’t quite fit. It’s minor quibbling.

    On the same note: “The Double” is quite an achievement. Ayoade has made two memorable films with distinct stylistic impulses. I don’t know that he’s taken seriously enough given his (till recently) primary career.

  3. cadavra says:

    Agreed on CONGRESS. A bit unwieldy, but wow, so much to chew on, and Wright is indeed fearless.

    Also was impressed by FRONTERA, which is ostensibly about illegal immigrants (one of whom is falsely accused of murder), but is really about the American experience and our capacity to change our ways of thinking. Really striking, with a remarkable performance by Ed Harris as an embittered rancher around whom the various plot threads slowly coalesce.

    Too bad neither of these films got much of a chance to be seen in theatres. But hey, those fucking turtles are more important.

  4. leahnz says:

    in honour of McT getting out of prison

  5. Greg says:

    My TIFF this year:

    Shrew’s Nest
    Big Game
    It Follows
    99 Homes
    1001 Grams
    Adult Beginners
    Rec 4:Apocolypse
    Over Your Dead Body
    The Editor
    Escobar: Paradise Lost
    What we Do In The Shadows
    Men, Women and Children
    The Tribe
    The Guest
    The Grump

    Hit me stride yesterday with 6 good to great movies.

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