If you’re like me, then you probably don’t pay much attention to what goes on in towns outside your own. As far as I knew, the only thing Toronto had going on was gripes about Maple Leaf hockey and reminiscing about when The Kids in the Hall used to play that tiny theater down the street. But what do I know? I haven’t been there since The Ultimate Warrior pinned Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 6.
Turns out they have a really awesome film festival every year. This year the events go down between September eighth and the eighteenth, and the first fifty or so films announced for the lineup have me wanting to take a trip.
There are too many to discuss, but just to give you an idea of what we’re working with, let’s look at a few. TIFF is having galas for a number of films from around the world, and George Clooney’s political thriller The Ides of March being one of them. This thing has Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in it. That’s ridiculous. Clooney’s Oceans buddy Brad Pitt has a new movie getting a gala as well. His baseball drama Moneyball, which was directed by Bennett Miller and also stars Jonah Hill, will be one of the bigger features present. Also, there’s that one movie Peace, Love, & Understanding that everybody has been talking about. It features Jane Fonda’s return to acting and also has that third Olson sister Elizabeth that nobody knew existed until recently. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Many more galas will be had, and many more films will be shown in a less fancy manner. Clooney’s other big project this year will be starring in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants. I love me some Election and Sideways, so I’ll definitely be checking that one out. Roland Emmerich’s new movie in which the planet actually doesn’t get destroyed, Anonymous, is also on the list. I’ll be interested to see how he manages with Shakespeare and not natural disaster.
Indie darlings Jay and Mark Duplass have a film in the lineup. It’s called Jeff, Who Lives at Home and it’s starring Jason Segel. All of those things sound amazing to me. Oh, also there’s more Ryan Gosling goodness going on. That Nicolas Winding Refn movie Drive where Gosling plays a stuntman turned wheelman will be playing. That’s got some great buzz and Gosling is definitely my current man-crush. There are also tons of films present from directors who don’t work in Hollywood, that’s what puts the I in IFF. I highly recommend going over to the TIFF site and reading through the whole list. It’s inspired me to start looking at tickets to Toronto, even if Hogan and The Warrior aren’t fighting again.