On a particularly frustrating day in my life, I applied to a workshop for young film critics in Ghent, Belgium. I hadn’t been to Belgium. I wasn’t even sure if I qualified as a “young film critic.” But I wasn’t doing anything and I wasn’t going anywhere, so I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Midway through the festival, our intrepid correspondent offers his thoughts and recommendations
Our intrepid TIFF correspondent wraps up his festival coverage with a look at new films from Guillermo del Toro, James Franco, Agnes Varda, Armando Iannucci, Martin McDonagh, and Louis C.K.
Your loyal critic-on-the-scene returns this year older and wiser, having finally gotten the hang of this 10-day endurance test in his fourth go-round.
"While this critic’s average number of films taken in at the TIFF usually hovers around 30, the 2018 festival delivered the highest percentage yet of selections I could recommend in good faith."
I told the almost comically friendly customs agent that I’m in Canada for business and not pleasure, so in the interest of not getting apprehended by the mounties, my top priority remains the almighty cinema.
Our humble festival correspondent on Uncut Gems, Honey Boy, The Laundromat, Waves, The Report, No. 7 Cherry Lane, and the second half of TIFF 2019.
There’s a question that has long been my personal riddle of the sphinx: what is “a Sundance movie”?