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Toronto Film Festival 2008

TIFF Today: September 12, 2008

Posted by Sameer / September 12, 2008

UniversaloveTowards the end of the Toronto International Film Festival, festival-goers have a tendency to get tired, hungry, depressing, and extremely cranky. Something to do with staring at a screen for 16 hours a day for ten days straight, I guess.

That's why I can understand — not excuse, mind you, just understand — Lou Lumenick's mindset when he allegedly thwacked Roger Ebert with a binder. When your nerves are on edge and someone starts poking you, it's hard to keep your composure. (Of course, after this incident, I've lost whatever little respect I ever had for Lumenick. Tired as you are, you have to keep your cool.)

Today is the second-to-last day of the festival, so things are winding down slowly. For those of you that still have some energy and want to watch more movies, I've heard that you might still be able to get a seat for Soderbergh's 4.5-hour epic, Che. For those of you that are a bit tired of festivaling, get some rest and eat some homemade food — you need to be fresh for the last bit of TIFF fun tonight and tomorrow.

Looking for some more information about the festival today? Here are a few other TIFF headlines from around the web:

Most of the big name celebs are making their way out of town now, but if you're deciding to skip the films and check out the celebs, here's a list of who's expecting to be arriving in town today:

  • Billy Boyd
  • Kate Mara
  • Charlie Cox
  • Mark Rudd

Finally, if you're looking to catch a screening some time today, here are three films that have been getting some good buzz but might have slipped under your radar. If you do decide to check any of them out, let us know what you think of them!

  • Universalove: Exploring manifestations of love through poetic visuals and music.
  • Pontypool: Bruce McDonald once again pushes the boundaries of contemporary cinema.
  • El Greco: A look at the life of famed 16th century Greek artist Domenikos Theotokopoulos.

Happy festivaling! Keep checking blogTO over the next few days for final coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival.

(Photo: Still from Universalove.)



Munzz / September 12, 2008 at 10:40 am
Saw universalove's previous screening. wasn't anything special. The concept has been over used, and the acting wasn't all that great. It had a few scenes that was very well done considering their budget but that's it.

I saw Me and Orson Welles last night. I really enjoyed it, Linklater has a way with making you care about his characters in the first 10 min of his films. He's an amazing story teller. I got to talk to him a few days ago, hes so down to earth and nice. I expressed my love for his "waking life" film and he said that film is so dear to him.
Sameer Vasta / September 12, 2008 at 10:55 am
I too am a big fan of Waking Life. Glad to know MaOW was pretty good too.
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