Day 10 started early with a 9 a.m. screening of “Shoplifters”. Tony came with us and we met up with Michael at the TIFF Bell Lightbox This Japanese film won the Palme d’ Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The movie depicts a “family” lead by a small time criminal. They shoplift items they need, including family members. This is a very good movie that we all really enjoyed. Hopefully it will be released, so stick with us for further information.
Our Rating for Shoplifters
Michael wanted some coffee so he stopped at Canteen in the Lightbox. Denise and I walked across the street to Mike’s Food Cart for hot dogs, then on to Roy Thomson Hall for our thirtieth screening!
“Boy Erased” is a based on Garrard Conley’s “Boy Erased – A Memoir”. It is a poignant story of a family and their adjustments to a life they didn’t expect. It feels repetitious to say that Lucas Hedges is amazing. I know the critics are touting Nicole Kidman‘s performance in “Destroyer” but we thought she was better in this movie, and she didn’t have to be ugly. Russell Crowe and writer/director Joel Edgerton rounded out the cast. No talent was in attendance. This is a very good movie that you should see.
Our Rating for Boy Erased
Boy Erased Q & A at TIFF 2018
We split up so that Michael could go see “Green Book” with Karl and Tony at the Princess of Wales Theater. Walked up to ScotiaBank (the actual bank) to get some money, then to the Scotiabank Theatre so see “Styx”. A survivalist type of movie with political overtones. The ending left us wanting answers. Definitely a streaming film.
Our Rating for Styx
Styx Q & A at TIFF 2018
While we were walking to ScotiaBank we noticed Grace O’Malley’s $4 Bulliett after 4 p.m. We stopped by for a drink and met a couple of gentlemen in from London, Ontario. They gave rave reviews for the play Come From Away, playing at the Royal Alexandra Theater on King Street. Realized time was a little short for our next film so we started walking to the Ryerson Theatre Michael Uber’d over to meet us.
“The Front Runner” starring Hugh Jackman and Vera FarmigaVera Farmiga is an okay movie with fine performances. Nothing too interesting or revelatory. Always nice to see J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina and Kevin Pollack but sorry their roles weren’t more demanding. If you enjoy political movies you will like this.
Our Rating for The Front Runner
The Front Runner Q & A at TIFF 2018
We ended the evening with dinner at Montecito on Adelaide Street. Karl and Tony joined us. The food was very good. The kale salad should not be missed, no that is not a typo. Only one more festival day.
I apologize for misspellings and grammatical errors, we are trying to get everything out in a timely manner, so proofing sometimes fall through the crack.