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TIFF 2011 – The Films We’re Seeing

So after a year off, we’re heading back to the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Unfortunately we’ve used up all our vacation, so it’ll be a quick weekender, but it’ll be good to be back all the same.

Since we have such a short amount of time there, and we had to wait until tickets went on sale to the public before picking our films, we formulated a pretty simple strategy. We decided we’d get a hotel as close to the Ryerson as we could, and then just get as many films at that theatre as possible.

We figured this would save us running around town from theatre to theatre, plus it simplified our selection process – instead of putting together a big wishlist and then trying to fit as many into our schedule as we could, and then having to make substitutions on the fly on ticket day, this way our selections were pretty much made for us.

The only exception to this strategy was on the Sunday when we were hoping to get some films at the new Bell Lightbox since we haven’t been there yet (it opened last year). But on ticket day, everything that was showing there for for the timeframe was sold out, so I just grabbed a couple random movies that fit our timeline. I made sure we have a couple hours before we have to head home so we can go visit the Bell Lightbox – wish we could have seen a film or two there, but thems the breaks.

So we ended up getting 8 films total – I was hoping for 9. The only gap we ended up with is on Saturday night between 8pm and midnight – the film that was showing at The Ryerson is Drive, a big release that we don’t mind missing at the fest since it’ll be in theatres next week. We didn’t bother trying to cram something else in that gap – the few we were interested in were sold out anyway – we just figure we’ll take a little break and maybe have a sit-down dinner like human beings that night.

Here’s the list of films we’re seeing, and any trailers I could find. Counting down the hours now!

The Hunter

God Bless America




You’re Next

Think of Me

Dark Horse

TIFF09: Day 1 – On our way (almost)!

In a couple of hours we’ll be boarding our flight, and then a short while later we’ll land in Toronto for the opening night of TIFF09!  We’re just in town for a weekend this year but we managed to get tickets for 13 films, the big day being Friday when we’ll be in and out of the theatre all day seeing 6 films starting at 9:30am and ending sometime around 2:00am.

Tonight is the Diablo Cody written horror flick Jennifer’s Body starring Megan Fox.  I have always loved the Midnight Madness series at TIFF, and I’m so glad to be able to catch the opening night flick this year.  Actually, we’ll be catching all the midnight flicks while we’re in town, so I’m really excited about that.

I think we got a decent cross-section of films – some mainstream stuff, some indie, some Canadian, some international… since we were just buying individual tickets, obviously some of the more buzzed-about films were sold out long before we got to them.  We didn’t get a lot of first screenings, so we may not see as many Q&A’s, but that’s ok.  Most of what we got I’m pretty excited about regardless, and really it’s all about the films this week.

As I have in the past, I’m going to try to blog when/if I can, but will tweet throughout so be sure to follow me on Twitter.  Below is the trailer for Jennifer’s Body again – can’t wait to see the Midnight Madness crew out for this one tonight!

TIFF 08 – Tix on sale!

Tickets have gone on sale today for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  I really really really wanted to get my passes secured today but my damn paycheque has been delayed (DAMMIT) and I need to wait until that’s cleared up before blowing any cash.  So I wait with much anticipation…