Toronto and New York film festivals of 2019

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I know those programs are always grim but holy cow.

Simon H., Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:57 (two months ago) link

'Heimat is a Space in Time' was the best film I saw at Berlin

Frederik B, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:05 (two months ago) link

my hypothetical TIFF schedule:

La Llorona
Wavelengths 2
Vitalina Varela
Instinct
Color Out of Space
The Fever
Bacurau
Martin Eden
Heimat is a Space in Time

Simon H., Wednesday, 21 August 2019 04:54 (two months ago) link

So jealous for you getting to see Vitalina Varela and Martin Eden already :(

Frederik B, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 07:37 (two months ago) link

I just noticed that the NYFF has raised main slate tix prices to $25 each (from $20 last year) for Lincoln Center Film members, $30 for nonmembers. And they can seriously go fuck a duck. If I see anything on the main, it will be via the rush line (as long as that's ~$15).

No movie is worth motherfucking $25, certainly not to a poor person.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 14:29 (one month ago) link

That's roughly where TIFF prices have been for years and it fucking sucks.

Simon H., Tuesday, 27 August 2019 15:07 (one month ago) link

well, the one year I went to TIFF I saw about 35 films on a pass so it wasnt so bad.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 15:09 (one month ago) link

lol individual TIFF tickets (advance, not rush) now start at 29 DOLLARS. madness

Simon H., Saturday, 31 August 2019 14:10 (one month ago) link

“throughout the universe, for eternity”...is this optimism? pic.twitter.com/ctDOkSP4Ib

— Vadim Rizov (@vrizov) September 5, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:16 (one month ago) link

I really liked La Llorona (aka The Weeping Woman), which segues from war-crimes drama to, essentially, Guatemalan J-horror very effectively

Simon H., Friday, 6 September 2019 20:54 (one month ago) link

Vitalina Varela was my first Costa; I came out of it feeling like I have a good sense of what both his admirers and detractors see in him.

Simon H., Saturday, 7 September 2019 09:35 (one month ago) link

You NEED to watch the Fontainhas trilogy, Simon. That's leftist filmmaking at it's best.

Frederik B, Saturday, 7 September 2019 10:15 (one month ago) link

It's on my (very long!) list.

I'll only add for now that for a 124-minute movie where almost every shot is slathered in darkness and the ASL hovers around a minute, not a snore was heard in the house.

Simon H., Saturday, 7 September 2019 10:21 (one month ago) link

Have to admit, I fell asleep first time I saw Horse Money... Film Festivals are exhausting! And it was in the morning, and so forth.

Frederik B, Saturday, 7 September 2019 10:33 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I've micronapped at some movies I truly loved.

Simon H., Saturday, 7 September 2019 10:39 (one month ago) link

my friend Kate re: Motherless Brooklyn: "Edward Norton's film has a narcissist for a director and a ham for a leading actor."

Simon H., Sunday, 8 September 2019 17:01 (one month ago) link

also after watching his post-film Q&A I am officially on Team Costa.

Simon H., Sunday, 8 September 2019 17:03 (one month ago) link

Oh yeah, his Q&As are intense. At the one I was at for the screening of Horse Money where I didn't fall asleep, he talked about how much he hated film festivals, and that the only good film he'd seen recently had been Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Frederik B, Sunday, 8 September 2019 17:16 (one month ago) link

Saw The Goldfinch tonight (not in Toronto). Very prestige, Roger Deakins cinematography, slow build but it’s all Dickens, all plot, but satisfying when the strands come together. Five bags of popcorn and a J. Press overcoat.

... (Eazy), Monday, 9 September 2019 02:57 (one month ago) link

The reviews have been....less than kind.

People lined up ~12hrs early to rush Jojo Rabbit, dear lord.

Simon H., Monday, 9 September 2019 03:20 (one month ago) link

I saw "Atlantique"! It was good. It was reminiscent of Haruki Murakami novels, a lot of frayed plot ends going in all directions, jarring magical realist touches being introduced without any preamble or foreshadowing, but the performances and the depiction of Dakar were both A+

Didn't stay for the Q&A because my movie buddy had another film to which he zipped

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 9 September 2019 22:25 (one month ago) link

looking forward to seeing it!

Dan S, Monday, 9 September 2019 22:30 (one month ago) link

I liked the similarly titled Ukranian movie Atlantis, which features a real-time sequence of a guy filling a detached crane bucket with water using a hose, lighting a fire underneath it, stripping down, and taking a bath in it. Cinema!

Simon H., Tuesday, 10 September 2019 04:12 (one month ago) link

And Martin Eden hit me so hard I'm pretty sure I never want to discuss it with anyone.

Simon H., Friday, 13 September 2019 01:30 (one month ago) link

That's one of the films I'm looking forward to the most. 'Lost & Beautiful' was so great.

Frederik B, Friday, 13 September 2019 06:24 (one month ago) link

I think ppl will have mixed reactions - and already have, critically, esp wrt the third act - but I found its take on how social and political forces can corrupt and distort every aspect of life almost unbearably affecting. Not to mention how gorgeous it is.

Simon H., Friday, 13 September 2019 06:40 (one month ago) link

Has it always been $40 a ticket on the NYFF closing night? That’s crazy.

AlanSmithee, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 11:55 (one month ago) link

It has not. (nor has opening night been $85)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 14:52 (one month ago) link

not a snore was heard in the house.

lol I fell asleep during the last quarter (thankfully not a snorer) of Vitalina Varela when I saw it. Woke up to the loud scraping of a metal cart being dragged along by the guy who randomly tells her that his wife died in the most offhand manner. That and seeing Costa mumble and fumble in the post-film talk with claptrap like "the people in my film who you call characters" cemented my disregard for him.

rawr, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 15:07 (one month ago) link


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