TIFF Day #5

We have been coming to Toronto for 4 years and in the past have only had 1 partial day of rain, however today we woke up to pouring rain, so again Karl drove us to the 9:30 a.m. screening of “Life Itself” at the Elgin Theatre.

Life Itself

Life Itself - The GBY

If you are a fan of This Is Us you will love this movie.  We laughed, we cried, we were shocked and awed.  This is exactly what you would expect from writer/director Dan Fogelman.  Abby ( Olivia Wilde) and Will (Oscar Isaac) are a delightful couple.  Isabel (Laia Costa) and Javier (Sergio Peris-Mencheta ) are an adorable couple.  Mr. Saccione (Antonio Banderas, who looks great with a beard) was just the right balance of charming and immoral.  Will’s dad (the usually morose Mandy Patinkin) was a pleasure to watch.  This is more of a rainy Saturday afternoon streaming movie.

Our Rating for Life Itself

3.5 Cupcakes - The GBY

Life Iteself Q & A at TIFF 2018

Walked over to 8th & Main on Yonge Street to buy a sweater.  I found exactly what I was looking for, so I wore it out of the store.  On to find something to eat.  Stopped at one of our favorites, Sud Forno.  We each had an order of spinach lasagna made with béchamel and bolognese and split a brussel sprout/apple salad.  Delicious!

Because of the rain we decided to venture into the PATH.  The PATH is the world’s largest underground walkway.  There are grocery stores, dry cleaners, tailors, doctors, dentists, tailors, restaurants, gift shops and more.  Everything you would need so that you don’t have to leave the PATH.  While we were in the PATH we came across Prairie Girl Cupcakes.  We have been trying to find one that still had cutie size cupcakes on hand.  Today we were in luck, we purchased a box with 6 different flavors.  I think the coconut was my favorite.  Unfortunately, the PATH is not very well marked.  We had some difficulty getting from Scotia Plaza to Roy Thomson Hall.  Finally, we got a little frustrated, so we left the PATH.  Immediately, we were on King Street and knew exactly where to go.

Vox Lux

Vox Lux - The GBY

Seated on the second row of Roy Thomson Hall, we watched our second screening of the day “Vox Lux”, starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law.  This was a confusing film, using the same actress (Raffey Cassidy) to play both young Celeste and Albertine (Celeste’s daughter) really didn’t help.  It seemed that a big chunk of the story was left out and without the backstory we really didn’t develop any empathy for these characters.  I would like to read the original script that brought these actors to the project.  We can’t recommend this film even if you’re a fan of the stars, not their best work.

Our Rating for Vox Lux

2 Cupcakes - The GBY

Vox Lux Q & A at TIFF 2018


We had a couple of free hours, so we decided to take it easy today and went back to the apartment to catch up on a little work.  Walking in the rain to Scotiabank Theatre was pleasant.

Giant Little Ones

Giant Little Ones - The GBY

“Giant Little Ones” was our last movie for the day.  It is a well-done movie dealing with teens, their sexuality and their families.  Josh Wiggins gives a standout performance as Franky, Taylor Hickson (Natasha), Darren Mann (Ballas) and Niamh Wilson (Mouse) are the best of the teen cast.  Maria Bello, Kyle MacLachlan, Peter Outerbridge give balance as the well meaning adults.  This may be difficult subject matter for some, but try to see it.

Our Rating for Giant Little Ones

4 Cupcakes - The GBY

Giant Little Ones Q & A at TIFF 2018

The evening ended meeting by Karl for dinner at Gusto 101 on Portland Street.  We can’t eat here enough.  Ordering our usual Manhattan’s, we sat down to enjoy their amazing bread and three different pasta dishes – Mafalde ai Funghi, Ravioli alla Norma and Bucatini Amatriciana. The perfect end to a lovely, rainy day.


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