Festivals

TIFF 2012 – Day 2

Barbara (Petzold), Mekong Hotel (Apitchatpong), Big in Vietnam (Diop), Sightseers (Wheatley), Student (Omirbayev), and Wavelengths 1.

Sep 7, 2012
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

TIFF 2012 – Day 1

In Another Country (Hong), Laurence Anyways (Dolan), Argo (Affleck), and, Tabu (Gomes).

Sep 6, 2012
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

Anticipating TIFF 2012

My goal in Toronto each year is pretty simple. I typically see about 30 films at the fest, and if I choose the right 30 then for the next twelve months I get to participate in the larger critical conversation about contemporary world cinema, despite living in a midsized city in East Tennessee.

Aug 22, 2012
Category: Debris, Festivals

Nostalgia, Chaos, and Moments of Ecstasy: The 36th Toronto International Film Festival

This essay was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Dec 18, 2011
Category: Essays, Festivals, Film

Chantal Akerman: Madwomen (and Men) in the Jungle

This interview was originally published at Mubi.

Oct 23, 2011
Category: Festivals, Film, Interviews

James Benning: Naked Repose

This interview was originally published at Mubi.

Oct 7, 2011
Category: Festivals, Film, Interviews

Jose Luis Guerin: Rediscovering the Quotidian

This interview was originally published at Mubi.

Dec 15, 2010
Category: Festivals, Film, Interviews

2010 TIFF Schedule

Because seeing 30+ films in a week is a perfectly sensible thing to do. List includes highly-anticipated new films by Apichatpong, Gallo, Breillat, Reichardt, Hong, Wiseman, and Godard.

Aug 30, 2010
Category: Festivals, Film

2009 TIFF Wrap-Up

To carry on the tradition from past years (2006, 2007, 2008), here’s a breakdown of the feature-length films I saw at TIFF, more or less in order of preference. Masterpieces Will likely end up on my short list of favorite films of the decade: none Stand Outs Will be among my favorite films of the […]

Sep 28, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film

2009 TIFF Day 3

Antichrist (Tars von Trier) When asked at TIFF what I thought of Antichrist, I got in the habit of saying, “Well, it’s a testament to von Trier’s talent that he can make such an unremarkable film of such remarkable imagination and control.” It’s a genre film, right? A psychological horror movie with a few unexpected […]

Sep 25, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film