Something I always have thought about doing is programming for a theatre. What sort of films would I show, but also what films could be paired with each other? To program fun double features. I’m positive if I could, I would pair Queering The Script with Scream, Queen! and all would make sense in the world.
Web series can sometimes be tricky because not only is everything done in a much shorter length but they often have such a low budget that not everything can be great. This is maybe why often I tend to not judge web series and just try and enjoy them. But sometimes web series can do more because of the constraint that is put on them. And Anne+ is able to rise above all the constraints and creates a fully fleshed show with just six very short episodes.
Unlike most people I know who are into genre films, I got into them fairly late in comparison. It wasn’t until I was about 15 that I was able to handle them. Seeing The Shining at the age of 10 traumatized me for nearly a month. I remember being in the room at one point as my family watched Freddy Vs. Jason and I realized, maybe it’s not so bad. It was also middle of the day on the weekend with all the lights on, so I got by just fine. It wasn’t until after the film was after that my family members told me that this film wasn’t necessarily scary anyway. “Not like the older Freddy or Jason films.” They were right, but I wasn’t sure how right.
When I sat down for Good Kisser I expected one film and halfway through I realize I was getting something else. And honestly, I am glad. I don’t exactly know what I expected but I think that from the premise I didn’t expect to find a film that is all about empowering yourself and finding your voice.
Picking what to watch at a festival is tough. Sometimes half the battle isn’t just picking the films, it’s also the flow of it all. Which includes how to start and end it. The first and obvious choice was the one they chose to open the festival with, but the scheduling didn’t work out for me. Thankfully Arianne got to catch it. But then I read the premise for Bit, and I was hooked. Bit is a female-centric vampire flick that was geared to tackle gender norms. The poster is a beaut (as you can see below) and comes with a killer tagline. I was very excited and amped, and very quickly it turned into a bit of a disappointment.
Don’t get me wrong, although I was never a loud doubting voice, I did have my doubts about this adaptation. Such as why? I’ve enjoyed some of the other remakes (Pete’s Dragon and Cinderella are stand-outs for me) but the question needs to be asked, do we need it? The answer is a fairly obvious “of course not”, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it.
In 2013, Dexter Fletcher was announced as the director of Bohemian Rhapsody. He would go on to leave the project for creative differences in the same year. But then when the director of the film was fired following a series of events, Fletcher came back to finish the product and deliver the best product he could with what he was working with. I truly believe that the experience of Bohemian influenced greatly what Rocketman is. Because Rocketman is everything that Bohemian wanted to be.
Movies are an escape. They are a way for us to spend a few hours to forget our lives. It can make us happy, sad and even, sometimes, angry. But to me, the best movies are also the one that when you walk out you can relate to them on another level. Those times that when you leave the theatre you can’t help but self reflect and find out why you connected to it so much.
It was almost the end of TIFF and it was definitely getting to me. I wasn’t sleeping that much, and I was still trying to work at the same time. I made it to the last two days of the festival, and I had at least 4 films left. It ended up being 5 because I grabbed a ticket to the People’s Choice Award winner. On Saturday, I had 3 movies to see and this was the last one of the day, and it started at 9:45. I was a bit amped due to Arianne’s glowing review as she caught it the week prior, but it was also a semi-late film and I was just hoping for something to keep me awake. If it were up to me, I would have walked back in to see it again after the film ended.
Some of us saw this coming, the review is finally here.
I try to see as many films by A24 as possible for many reasons. One, being they have a great track record of putting out some of my favourite films for the last three years, First Reformed, Good Time, and Moonlight. But also similarly to Blumhouse, something A24 seemingly does is that they try and push the director’s vision. They allow for that opportunity, and they lean into the bizarre. Some of the films that were released in their first year were James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, but also released Harmony Korine’s epic Spring Breakers.