TIFF 2013 :: Day 4 :: What To See at TIFF Today

by Shannonn Kelly
02:42AM, EST, September 08, 2013

There’s nothing more I hate than the combination of TIFF+Rain. What an ugly day to be running around between cinemas and screenings. When it rains it shaves even more time off your schedule and consequently you forget to do things like eat. My first meal was at 10:50PM since starting out at 7:30AM…

The 3 Stars of "Bad Words" the Jason Bateman directorial debut with Kathyrn Hahn and Rohan Chand at TIFF 2013
The 3 Stars of “Bad Words” the Jason Bateman directorial debut with Kathyrn Hahn and Rohan Chand at TIFF 2013

The good news is I got to see not once but twice! (Yes, still a hopeless HP fan) Radcliffe has grown into such a fabulous actor, taking all sorts of roles from the risky to the mainstream to shed the 10 years of making Harry Potter.

I also saw “Lucky Them” by director Megan Griffith, but missed the Q&A with Toni Collette to rush to another screening. Collette plays a rock journalist who’s getting a little long in the tooth (but still with a rockin’ bod)  who’s is given an assignment to hunt down a highly regarded musician who was once her lover but mysteriously appeared to have dropped off the face of the earth until she learns people all over the world have posted sightings of him. She’s joined in the hunt by IPO Multi-millionaire Thomas Haden Church who hates music, but has recently taken a course in ‘documentary filmmaking‘. Thomas Haden Church never disappoints and he was in full form in that ‘Sideways’ way in this film. 🙂

My favorite film of the day however was “Bad Words“, the feature film directorial debut by Jason Bateman.

Today for Day 4, here are my picks for what to see. Happy TIFF-ing 🙂

“EMPIRE OF DIRT” (2013 feature film directed by Peter Stebbings)

Empire of Dirt  dir. Peter Stebbings
Focus on Native family dynamic.
“ENOUGH SAID” (2013 feature film directed by Nicole Holofcener)
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Enough Said dir. Nicole Holofcener
A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband. James Gandolfini’s last movie…
“LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON” (2013 feature film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda)
Like Father, Like Son  Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda
Two families are forced to choose between nature and nurture — between their natural sons and the sons they have raised.
“DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (2013 feature film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée)

Dallas Buyers Club  dir. Jean-Marc Vallée
Matthew McConaughey has had an amzing streak of good roles in the last year, Magic Mike, his incredible performance in Killer Joe and now in this fact-based drama, Matthew McConaughey portrays real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, who started selling illegal HIV medicine. Watch for Jared Leto playing a HIV-positive transgender woman. This is a **Must See**
“THE F WORD” (2012 feature film directed by Michael Dowse)

The F Word [2012] dir. Michael Dowse
“CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE?” (2013 feature film directed by John Carney)

Can a Song Save Your Life?  dir. John Carney
A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan. Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo,
“IDA” (2013 feature film directed by Pawel Pawlikowski)
Ida  dir. Pawel Pawlikowski
Poland, 1962. Anna is a novice, an orphan brought up by nuns in a convent. Before she takes her vows, she earns a family secret.
“PARKLAND” (2013 feature film directed by Peter Landesman)

Parkland  dir. Peter Landesman
A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
“WORDS AND PICTURES” (2013 feature film directed by Fred Schepisi)

Words and Pictures  dir. Fred Schepisi
An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school. Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche.
“HORNS” (2013 feature film directed by Alexandre Aja)

Horns  dir. Alexandre Aja
Blamed for the brutal murder of his longtime girlfriend (Juno Temple), a small-town guy (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find a pair of horns growing from his head.
“THE LUNCHBOX” (2013 feature film directed by Ritesh Batra)
The Lunchbox  dir. Ritesh Batra
Middle class housewife Ila accidentally sends a racy lunchbox to the wrong man.
Mike Myers makes his directorial debut with this star-packed documentary about the fast-lane life of entertainment-industry legend Shep Gordon.
“ALL IS BY MY SIDE” (2013 feature film directed by John Ridley)
All Is By My Side  dir. John Ridley
Look for a stunning performance by OutKast’s André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic of the rock legend.
Actor, director, music video maker Spike Jonze known for Daft Punk, Björk and the Beastie Boys videos to name a few. **Must See**
“THE STATION” (2013 feature film directed by Marvin Kren)

The Station  dir. Marvin Kren
At a climate research station in the Alps, scientists are stunned as the nearby melting glacier is leaking a red liquid which has a toxic effect on the townsfolk.

SUN.08.SEP at 3:30pm

“PHILOMENA” (2013 feature film directed by Stephen Frears)

Philomena  dir. Stephen Frears
A woman searches for her adult son, who taken away from her decades ago when she was forced to live in a convent. Judy Dench, Steve Coogan

SUN.08.SEP at 3:45pm

“BURT'S BUZZ” (2013 feature documentary film directed by Jody Shapiro)

Burt’s Buzz  Jody Shapiro
Director Jody Shapiro (How to Start Your Own Country) ventures into the backwoods of Maine to find the reclusive Burt Shavitz, founder and brand face of Burt’s Bees products.
“FADING GIGOLO” (2013 feature film directed by John Turturro)

Fading Gigolo  dir. John Turturro
Woody Allen plays John Turturro’s pimp. A **Must See*
“PARADISE” (2013 feature film directed by Mariana Chenillo)

Paradise  dir. Mariana Chenillo
Explores our obsession with material things and body image
“BASTARDO” (2013 feature film directed by Nejib Belkadhi)

Bastardo  dir. Nejib Belkadhi
Larger-than-life characters populate director Nejib Belkadhi’s spellbinding combination of film noir and magic realism.
“THE GRAND SEDUCTION” (2013 feature film directed by Don McKellar)
The Grand Seduction  dir. Don McKellar
A English-speaking remake of the fabulous Seducing Dr. Lewis directed by  and written by Ken Scott who co-writes the English script with Michael Dowse. The tiny Newfoundland outport of Tickle Head is set for financial salvation if they can secure a petrochemical plant. Their odds are slim, as they need to ‘seduce’ a doctor to live on their island before the company will sign on the bottom line. Stars Brendan Gleeson, Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Gordon Pinsent, Liane Balaban, Mark Critch, Mary Walsh.
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
“GRAVITY” (2013 3-D feature film directed by Alfonso Cuarón)

Gravity  dir. Alfonso Cuarón
Astronauts attempt to return to Earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in orbit. Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Eric Michels
“ALL THE WRONG REASONS” (2013 feature film directed by Gia Milani)

All the Wrong Reasons  dir. Gia Milani
An ensemble film about four everyday people: a store manager, a security guard, a fire fighter and a clerk who struggle in the aftermath of trauma.  If you miss Cory Monteith, this would be the film to see him in at TIFF.
“THE UNKNOWN KNOWN” (2013 feature documentary film directed by Errol Morris)

The Unknown Known  dir. Errol Morris
Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C.
“12.12.12.” (2013 feature documentary film directed by Michael Dempsey)

12.12.12.  dir. Michael Dempsey
Doc about the post-Hurricane Sandy concert arranged by Harvey Weinstein to aid the victims. Concert lineup included Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder trading verses on “Comfortably Numb”; R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe performing with Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Harvey Weinstein will be present for  a lengthy Q&A aftre the screening.. for a live discussion.

“RUSH” (2013 feature film directed by Ron Howard)

Rush  dir. Ron Howard
Ron Howard directs this pulse-pounding true story about hard-driving Formula 1 rivals James Hunt (Daniel Brühl) and Chris Hemsworth as Niki Lauda
“CHILD OF GOD” (2013 feature film directed by James Franco)

Child of God  dir. James Franco
The latest from actor-turned-filmmaker James Franco is adapted from characteristically tough and violent Cormac McCarthy novel.
“DOM HEMINGWAY” (2013 feature film directed by Richard Shepard)

Dom Hemingway  dir. Richard Shepard
Black comedy crime caper starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir.
“THE SEA” (2013 feature film directed by Stephen Brown)

The Sea  dir. Stephen Brown
The story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife. Stars Ciarán Hinds, Charlotte Rampling
“FAT” (2013 feature film directed by Mark Phinney)
Fat  dir. Mark Phinney
Comedian Mark Phinney makes his feature debut with this unflinchingly personal portrait of a life consumed by obesity. Stars TV character staple Mel Rodriguez

 

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