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 2011 – Spending My Last Day with Violet, Daisy, Pina and Michael

by Shannonn Kelly
04:03AM, EST, September 18, 2011

The best part of the last Midnight Madness was seeing the Shark Tank and it’s Canadian version “Dragon’s Den” very own bad boy Kevin O’Leary waiting to get into his seat. I have to say, he gave off a rather sexy vibe. It’s not the millionaire part that’s sexy, although I’d “pet the money” with him any time; he’s sexy smart and seems to have a killer sense of humor. I love that in men and women (insert Laren Bacall).

It’s a shame today’s film line up ended on such a lack luster note. “Kill List” by UK director fell very, very short as an occult film or any other thriller.

I won’t dwell on the negative but I’ll accentuate the positive. “TYRANNOSAUR“! Written and directed by another UK director Paddy Considine. Tyrannosaur was his feature film debut and it kicked me in the gut. I can’t stop thinking about it and almost wept in the middle of public transit ride back home. My review to follow.

On this, the last day of the 36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival, I’ll be seeing all films with names of people in the title:

A Scene from Groundbreaking Dance Film "Pina" by Wim Wenders

Violet and Daisy is the feature film directorial debut of Geoffrey S. Fletcher. Its about two teenage assassins who accept what they think will be a quick and easy job, until an unexpected target throws them off plan. It stars Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, Alexis Bledel as Violet, Danny, James Gandolfini and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Pina is a 2011 German 3D dance film directed by Wim Wendersthat features the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal and Pina Bausch, the famed German choreographer. The film premiered Out of Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. It stars, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante and Pina Bausch who died in 2009.

Michael, from Austrian director Markus Schleinzer is my last of the day before I go and watch the Emmy’s. According to Wikipedia

The film was met with mixed critic ratings at Cannes.While Indiewire’s Eric Kohn wrote about “a triumph of uneasy cinema: Not since Todd Solondz’s Happiness has a movie portrayed pedophilia in such uncomfortable detail”,[3] veteran Mike D’Angelo twittered “WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH EVERYONE IN AUSTRIA. SERIOUSLY. Once again, very well made in the approved festival style, but I understand now exactly how detractors of Funny Games felt. Michael (Schleinzer): 32 (out of 100). Evil is banal. The end. No, wait, let me sadistically fuck with you for a few minutes. Okay, *now* the end”