Toronto Insanity Film Festival!!!
Hi guys, just checking on you. The past two months have been this crazy ride in preparation for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. I exchanged one word in that acronym for another but it’s not because of them it’s because of me. I already am going to a handful of regular screenings but because I love you guys so, I’m going to go back to the box office and get some more. I do have to write about these movies in one shape or another so more than twenty is good enough for me.
So let’s talk about the movies, shall we? I’ve already seen Moneyball, a TIFF Gala film about the locker and board room troubles of the talented yet under funded baseball team of the Oakland Athletics. You fashionistas like sports, right? Speaking of which, this isn’t the most sartorial movie, since we’re seeing middle class men in an industrial, working class city wearing pleated khakis and linted golf shirts. Nonetheless, Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin compensate by writing their versions of Abbott and Costello-esque routines as the A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) talk to other GM’s about trading players (Peter Brand, is a fictionalized version of survivalist baseball GM Paul de Podesta). The film grows to become a very ‘macho’ yet romantic look on the sport.
This year’s movies at TIFF had a variety of genres – there are urban documentaries, hockey dramedies and neo-noirs. There are also dramas of every kind where characters deal with their families. Stay tune next time where I talk about an exciting biopic that I saw at this year’s festival!