Young People Fucking is the first feature film from two young filmmakers from Canada – director Martin Gero and writer Aaron Abrams. It's a delightful (undoubtedly) exploration into the comedy of sex through five different relationships: the couple, the exes, the roommates, the friends, and the first date. It goes through the progression prior, during, and after sex in each, with occurrences that wouldn't be funny in-person but certainly are on-screen. The result is a genuinely laugh-out-loud funny film that hits perfectly on so many notes, whether you've personally experienced one of the situations or not. Each one is as quirky and odd as the last, with two characters (or in one case a third) delivering spot-on performances.
Ang Lee's latest directorial outing, Lust, Caution, is an intricate WWII-based story following one girl's adventure into the risky world of espionage and assassination. Her and a group of school friends discover a man in the city of Hong Kong who is assisting the Japanese in infiltrating their country and government. Therefore in an act of nationalism they attempt to use their acting skills to infiltrate his "crew" themselves and assassinate him. Not according to plan, Wong Chia Chi (Wei Tang) becomes the sexual interest of their target, named Mr. Yee (Tony Leung), and suddenly becomes the essential keystone of their entire operation. When their initial attempt fails, they regroup three years later in Shanghai and try to finally finish their deadly mission.
I finally started getting into the groove of things up here in Toronto - and that's a very good thing. After a rough Day 1 seeing just one movie (titled Young People Fucking), I ended up partying quite hard and not returning until very late Saturday night. Following that up today I hit the streets for some quality coverage and an attempt to catch up on my list of movies to see. Is it getting better? It is, slightly, and I'm starting to like it more while still dealing with my continued frustration over the press pass issue.
After a long day of grueling flights and traveling through customs, I've finally made it to Toronto! I know everyone is excited to hear about my adventures in the airport - so I'm going to skip right to the good stuff, the movies! I barely made it in time to see Gavin Hood's Rendition and after that made it over to a late night screening of Jason Reitman's Juno (reviews are pending for both). It's the first day and I'm trying to get in the groove (and get caught up) before diving headfirst into a full 7 more days of endless movies live from TIFF.
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today for a full 9 days, lasting until September 15th. FirstShowing.net will be attending and providing as much coverage and reviews as you'd ever want. It's different kind of film fest - TIFF is no Sundance, it's a whole different animal and I can't wait to experience my first TIFF! I've got a full schedule of screenings, including Jason Reitman's Juno, the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men, Sean Penn's Into the Wild, Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park and much more. And don't fear: we'll be bringing you your daily dose of non-fest movie news, trailers, and more as regularly scheduled.
The Toronto International Film Fest kicks off on September 6th, just about 7 days from now, and I'm supposed to be covering it from start to finish. That is until the folks who run the press accreditation have insisted upon denying my press application no matter how much I try.
It took some work but I got my full festival press pass at Sundance last January - I saw total of 31 great films and I had the time of my life. Now I live for every day that brings us closer to January and Park City, Utah once again. When the possibility of Toronto popped up I was thinking about what a great opportunity it will be to head to another film fest in a new location, enjoy some great movies, and have another amazing experience. But that's just not the case, Toronto doesn't believe in that, they're all about the old, "mainstream" forms of media, not the internet.
I'm nearly set and ready to go to the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival starting in just a few weeks, and after today's lineup announcement, I'm fully excited. The TIFF is no Sundance, but it's the next best on-continent film festival around. It kicks off on September 6th and runs through the 15th with screenings taking place at a multitude of theaters in downtown Toronto and around the University of Toronto. The full lineup of around 261 films was announced yesterday and it's full of plenty of exciting world premieres and foreign films galore.