Quantum Coffee was our first stop of the day as we walked to the Elgin Theatre for our 19th screening. “Green Book”. This movie has a nebulous title and plot summary we have heard before so when we found out that Peter Farrelly (Dumb & Dumber) was the director, we were already regretting getting up early. We were so wrong. While the plot is familiar, this biopic about a relatively unknown musician and his concert tour through the Deep South. The dialogue is fresh and funny. The chemistry between Dr. Don Shirley (Marhershala Ali) and Tony Vallelongia (Viggo Mortensen) is perfect. Watching these two men overcome their prejudices by getting to know each other is heartwarming. Linda Cardellini is adorable as Dolores Vallelonga. Music plays a big part in this film. Peter Farrelly, Marhershala Ali, Viggo Mortenson, Linda Cardelini, Nick Vallelonga (Tony’s son), writer, composer were present for an excellent Q & A after the film. In the large Italian group scenes, they used actual Vallelongia family members. This is the best movie we have seen in a long time. This movie will be released November 21st. We like to go to the theater after Thanksgiving, also a great alternative to Black Friday shopping. This is our first 5.
Our Rating for Green Book
Green Book Q & A at TIFF 2018
Last year we discovered two things at the very thing at the end of the festival. 1) There is a Pusateri’s under the Saks Fifth Avenue in Eaton Centre (across from the Elgin and Wintergarten Theaters) 2)They serve one of Denise’s favorite desserts, the caramel apple granny pie from Sweet Street in Reading, PA where she used to live. So we went over and purchased two pieces of the Caramel Apple Granny and more nuts for the mix we have been carrying in our backpacks.
“Destroyer” was our next film, also at the Elgin Theatre. Nicole Kidman, stars as Erin Bell, a damaged cop who can’t escape the crimes of her past. The story line is not in chronological order. Since there is a time shift, it is hard to believe that young Erin turned into older Erin, no matter messed up she was. I was totally distracted by the awful wig. Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy & Bradley Whitford round out the cast. Some critics claim the Kidman is on the Oscar track, but we did not like this movie.
Our Rating for Destroyer
Destroyer Q & A at TIFF 2018
Karl texted us to meet him at the BnB bar in the Sheraton Hotel. After Destroyer, we needed a drink. We each had a Manhattan and split a cheeseburger and fries. The waffle chips the bartender gave us were delicious.
Off to TIFF to see “The River”. An evocative film about five brothers without much supervision living in the desert of Khazatstan. Not much dialog, a lot of boys playing, boys working, boys being boys. There is a brief interruption of modernity but when it passes they go back to their old ways as if nothing happened. We can’t really recommend this but if you see it on streaming you might like it.
Our Rating for The River
The River Q & A at TIFF 2018
Stopped by Fox & Fiddle for a Manhattan at the American Friends of TIFF. Met some interesting staff members.
On to the Princess of Wales Theater for our final screening of Day 7, “Everybody Knows”. A Spanish film starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman), this is a slow story with no real surprises. The scenery is beautiful. It was nice to see Cruz/Bardem together. Not terrible, but not “You need to see this!”. Maybe a rainy Saturday afternoon streaming movie.
Our Rating for Everybody Knows