After three years of trying, I can very happily say that I am bringing Black Sheep Reviews to the Toronto International Film Festival ... officially! I've been before but only with limited access, my not being an actual member of the accredited press. Each year, my coverage has gotten wider and this year, with a little help from the great people at Movie Entertainment magazine, Black Sheep will be covering TIFF like never before! That is to say, I am fully accredited and will be floating in and out of movies from all over the world and interviews with some of the most celebrated filmmakers of my time. I said a little help before but I wouldn't have this opportunity without Movie Entertainment magazine and I intend to do right by them by covering as much as possible and likely sleeping very little.
Each day of TIFF, I will post two features on Black Sheep Reviews, or at least I'll try to. First thing in the morning, you can have some TIFF BITS with your morning coffee. I will let you know what major films are premiering that day, my personal screening suggestions for the day and there will be one full review daily as well. And if there's anything else exciting happening that day, I will let you know that too. Then, at the end of the day, assuming I'm still standing, I will post a video diary of what my day was like - what I saw, who I saw, maybe what I ate for lunch. It won't be fancy and hopefully it will not be a full on disaster. That feature will be called TIFF'd, inspired by my brother who says nerds add the "'d" to the end of nouns often. I thought it was cute so I'm rolling with it. Aren't nerds adorable? Nerd'd.
That said, I am going to do my best. If I miss a post here and there, hopefully you will forgive. I am but one man here. Speaking of which, check this photo out ...
Here are the Top 10 films I am most excited to catch and cover this year at TIFF:
Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring James Franco
Directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu
Starring Javier Bardem
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel
Directed by Derek Cianfrance
Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
Directed by Rodrigo Cortes
Starring Ryan Reynolds and a Zippo
HEARTBEATS (LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES)
Directed by Xavier Dolan
Starring Xavier Dolan, Niels Schneider and Monia Chokri
IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY
Directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden
Starring Zach Galifianakis
THE KING'S SPEECH
Directed by Tom Hooper
Starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush
NEVER LET ME GO
Directed by Mark Romanek
Starring Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
Starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhardt
YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER
Directed by Woody Allen
Starring Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Freida Pinto
Did I say 10? Is that 11? There are just too many! I can't limit myself to such small numbers. I will be screening somewhere between 30 and 40 films in the next 11 days and I've already banked nine or ten before the whole thing even started. I'm telling you .. I'm going to need to stare at a wall after this is all done for a little while, just to refocus my vision.
I will be tweeting throughout the festival too about anything of interest I overhear or see. Be sure to follow Black Sheep on Twitter if you aren't already. Click here to follow. If you're in the city and enjoyed something you saw, let me know. Or maybe you want me to ask some hot celebrity a question for you if I happen to be interviewing them. Just message me! That said, if you're asking for Ryan Reynolds' phone number, you're dreaming if you think I'm not going to keep it for myself.
And there go my chances of getting an interview with Ryan Reynolds. Nah, that's not true. I'm interviewing him on Tuesday!!
I hope you enjoy Black Sheep @ TIFF 2010.
I know I will.
For more information on TIFF, visit tiff.net.