Day 3 at 2019 TIFF brought us our first Oscar contender. Just Mercy is a powerful film with excellent performances from Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) and Tim Blake Nelson (The Hustle). The movie is based on Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
Our Rating for “Just Mercy”
TIFF Q&A for “Just Mercy”
We stopped at Gabby’s on King Street for a salad and a sandwich. We remarked to the table next to us how disappointed we were that they TIFF magazine was only printed for Press & Industry. The gentleman in the group came back a few minutes later with a copy. We were thrilled.
Back to the Princess of Wales Theater to see The Friend. A sweet tearjerker based on the award winning Esquire essay, “The Friend: Love is Not a Big Enough Word,” by Matthew Teague. Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson and Jason Segal do a great job portraying a sweet couple and their best friend. It’s an interesting look at how crisis affects people very differently.
Our Rating for “The Friend”
TIFF 2019 Q&A for “The Friend”
Coming Home Again
After stopping at our apartment, we were back out to the TIFF LightBox to see Coming Home Again. This Korean American movie has a surreal storyline and was not quite as we had anticipated.
Our Rating for “Coming Home Again”
TIFF 2019 Q&A for “Coming Home Again”
The movie had a late start, so we hoofed it over to Osteria de Gepetto for a memorable dinner. Our last screening of the day was at the Winter Garden Theater (it sits on top of the Elgin Theater). Saturday Fiction is a black & white film with a nonlinear narrative that was a little confusing. A thriller, but due to the two storylines and politics (Second Sino-Japanese War) we were a little puzzled by the action.
Our Rating for “Saturday Fiction”