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24 August 2012 No Comment

Here we go again.

A lot has happened in the last year. I got engaged, and I got married. I finally moved to The Big City (no more Horrible TIFF Commutes), but as much as things change, some things remain the same. It’s Late-August, which means its time for me to obsess over my Google Calendar, cross reference, double check, dot t’s and cross i’s – and somehow form a reasonable schedule for my favorite annual cultural event – The Toronto International Film Festival.

Last year, as with most years, I over extended myself. I got some decent articles posted as a Citizen Contributor for CBC.ca, but at the expensive of ChantelleJoy.com. Not this year, kiddos. I’m trying to ease back on my professional obligations during the festival and focus more on what matters, watching the movies, enjoying the movies, and sharing with anyone who will listen, my own personal take on the entire experience.

This years scheduling process was slightly more difficult on account of having TheRoamingLife.com‘s @Anzi coming along full-time, and my regular TIFFBFF, @AhliCake.

Juggling three people’s movie wish list, and avialblity was a bit tricky, but these girls are the best, and let me go whole-hog and book them up at my fancy. I’ve come up with a pretty decent Schedule Draft that fits all our top priority films in, and doesn’t look too exhausting.

Here are a few of the films I’m most looking forward to seeing, and why.

Everybody Has A Plan

Director: Ana Piterbarg. Starring: Viggo Mortensen

It’s Viggo, need I say more? TIFF simply wouldn’t be complete without at least one film from the prolific Mr. Mortensen, and between the two options showing this year I’m much more interested in seeing this one. (Let’s not mention that the other one includes My Least Favorite Actress of All Time). For more on TIFF’s Love Affair with Viggo (or perhaps the other way around?) read my 2011 article “Toronto Loves Viggo, and the feeling seems mutual!” on CBC.ca

Love is All You Need

Director: Susanne Beir Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen Starring: Paprika Steen.

There are about four legitimate film makers in Denmark. Susanne Beir, Anders Thomas Jensen and Pakprika Steen are three of them (Lars Von Trier being the fourth, of course). Having had the pleasure of being a part of one of the first audiences in the world to see Von Trier & Beir’s last colloaboration; Best Foreign Film Oscar-Winning ‘In A Better World‘ at the 2010 festival, I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ll do with this much lighter subject matter. I have unashamedly been turned into a Danish Film Nut, which you can read all about in another article on CBC.ca from last year: “Learning, then Loving, Danish Film“.

The Hunt

Director: Thomas Vinterberg Starring: Mads Mikkelsen

Has it really been three whole years since Mads has has a film at TIFF (with COCO & IGOR). Time Flies. And clearly my memory of Mr. Mikkelsen’s ethnicity do as well, as I completly forgot he was Danish, and therefore should have been included in the above-listed film-makers of Denmark. However, he does have the uncanny ablity fo enjoy boysterous success in Hollywood, while remaining a indie darling. Someone should get him and Viggo in a room together! Also, he won Best Actor for this role at Cannes, so it’s gunna be good.

Great Expectations

Director: Mike Newell Starring: Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes

It’s going to become a cliche if Harry Potter alumni keep working together! (Although, Bonham Carter did not appear in Director Mike Newell’s instalment of the franchise). Even still, I always look forward to an emotional and deep performance by Ralph Finnes, and this Charles Dickens classic is just the right material for him. Similar to 2010’s The King’s Speech, I simply have a gut feeling that this may soar to the rafters, especially come Oscar Season. A least it’ll be better than the 1998 version, right?

Much Ado About Nothing

Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz & Clark Gregg.

Wheadonverse Superfriends join forces to reinterpret this Shakespeare classic. I mean, it just looks awesome, and I’m super excited to see it!


Director: Neil Jordon Starring: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan.

This is quite a combo, Gemma Arterton (of 2010’s Tamara Drewe), Saoirse Ronan (of 2011’s Voilet & Daisy) play vampire sisters. Master storyteller Neil Jordon directs this moody tale, and I’m excited to see if his opinion of vampires has changed since he made Interview nearly two decades ago. This is the one film that all three of us had on our top “MUST SEE” List.

The Deep

Director: Baltasar Kormákur

Similar to Danish Film, I have a soft spot for anything Icelandic. Although I will admit that I have been way out of the loop in the last few years (and the TIFF selections have been pretty weak). However, I did see Baltasar Korm├íkur’s 2006 film Jar City, and enjoyed it, so happy to patron this newest offering. The Bad Luck part of this screening is that it’s at the very end of the film festival, and I havn’t actually attended my Last Film Screening in the last two years. Hopefully this year will fare better.

There are several other films I’m going to see that I’m sure are going to be super-good. View the rest of my planned schedule on TIFFR.

See you at the movies!

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