TIFF2015 :: 28 Hand Picked Films From A Toronto Film Festival Director

by Shannonn Kelly
September 10, 2015 03:25AM EST

 Colin Farrell,  John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw in "The Lobster" by Greek director  Yorgos Lanthimos
Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw in “The Lobster” by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos

360 days ago, I took a break from blogging, to focus on writing and editing my Screenplays and also work on a few documentary projects.

But alas, the big Monster is back that is the Toronto International Film Festival and it’s the 40th Anniversary. So It’s a little hard to ignore. And since last season I saw Justin Long turned into a Walrus, this year I want to see Colin Farrell turned into a *Lobster* (winky face)…

 

 

Here are my Picks for #TIFF15
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TIFF 2012 :: Review :: Seven Psychopaths – Cruel and Crazy Makes for Good Fun

by Shannonn Kelly
06:03AM, EST, October 12, 2012

The much anticipated “Seven Psychopaths” opens today in ‘nationwide release’ in the USA, as well as Iceland, Taiwan and part of the 41st Annual Sitges Film Festival in Sitges, Spain, a coastal town 21 miles south of Barcelona.

Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits and Woody Harrelson are the “Seven Psychopaths”

Seven Psychopaths” by “In Bruges” screenwriter, director Martin McDonagh won the BlackBerry® People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award at the 37th Annual Toronto International Film Festival.

I saw the premiere and it was an absolute madhouse with one of the biggest star-studded casts ever to grace the Midnight Madness red carpet. I counted 67 media outlets at the September 7th premiere, which was 1 ½  hours late.

First to arrive was screenwriter Martin McDonagh, then Olga Kurylenko looking stunning in her back and front oh no you didn’t plunge to there chocker dress. Next a discombobulated looking Christopher Walken. Behind him was Colin Farrell who gladly autographed his way through the rapid fans.

Review :: “Seven Psychopaths” ::  3 ½  out of 5

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TIFF 2012 : : BlackBerry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Winner – Seven Psychopaths

by Shannonn Kelly
05:15AM, EST, September 17, 2012

Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits and Woody Harrelson are the “Seven Psychopaths”

Seven Psychopaths” by “In Bruges” screenwriter, director Martin McDonagh wins the BlackBerry® People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award at the 37th Annual International Toronto International Film Festival.

I saw all of the following films below for the 24th installment of TIFF Midnight Madness:

  1. DREDD 3D (Click for Review)
  2. SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (Review to Follow)
  3. NO ONE LIVES (Mini Review to Follow)
  4. HELLBENDERS (Mini Review to Follow)
  5. THE LORDS OF SALEM (Mini Review to Follow)
  6. AFTERSHOCK (Review to Follow)
  7. THE BAY (Review to Follow)
  8. COME OUT AND PLAY (Mini Review to Follow)
  9. THE ABCs OF DEATH (Review to Follow)
  10. JOHN DIES AT THE END (Review to Follow)

First Runner up winner was “The Bay” by Barry Levinson with “John Dies at the End” by Don Coscarelli as the Second Runner-Up.

Veteran writer, director Barry Levinson makes you fear “The Bay”…

My Tweet:

Director Barry Levinson NAILS IT! With stealthy lo-fi “eco-thriller’ of summer tourist town THE BAY at #MMadnessTIFF #TIFF12 #TIFF_Talk

TIFF 2012 : : Day 3 – Films You Should See

by Shannonn Kelly
03:21AM, EST, September 08, 2012

The Toronto International Film Festival was in full throttle today with screenings of “Rust and Bone”, “Imogene” and “Springbreakers” leading the pack of high voltage celebrities such as: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening and GLEE’s Darren Criss on hand to promote their films, as powerhouses Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Jude Law and Ben Affleck. in town to support “The Place Beyond the Pines,”, “Argo” and “Anna Karenina” respectively. Continue reading “TIFF 2012 : : Day 3 – Films You Should See”

TIFF – Day 5

by Shannonn Kelly
2:05 AM, EST, Monday September 14, 2009

Colin Farrell in 'Triage'

One more week remains, and with many opportunities to catch up on films, here are Shannonn Kelly’s picks for TIFF Day 5:

  • Most Mondays start with a coffee and a commute to work. I suggest you kick start your TIFF Monday by checking into the 9:15AM screening of Triage by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic. Triage stars Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Lee in this dark tale of a photojournalist who returns home following a dangerous assignment without his colleague and best friend.  Continue reading “TIFF – Day 5”
  • Critics Favorite Film Slum Dog Millionaire Is GOLDEN!

    by Shannonn Kelly

    Winning 4 Golden Globes for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Film, critic’s favorite "Slum Dog Millionaire" came out howling at the top of the heap at the 66th Annual Golden Globes.

    "Slum Dog Millionaire" features a relatively unknown cast about the story of an orphan boy who rises from the horrible Mumbai slums to become a champion on India’s version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," all the while trying to reunite with a lost love from his childhood. Continue reading “Critics Favorite Film Slum Dog Millionaire Is GOLDEN!”