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TIFF Part 2 – Sunday, September 12 by hallaek

Thanks to some more same-day tickets, Tila and I were lucky enough to get tickets to the premieres of “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and “Vanishing on 7th Street”. And thanks to a nice break between the two were able to have real dinner and take real photos! The break was actually a bit too long so ‘real photos’ turned into extended-photo-shoot-please-no-more, but with my posing skills it’s always better to take a million because then we don’t end up with a lone photo in which I look like a sparkly hobo.

"You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"

“You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” was directed by Woody Allen and starred a bunch o’ people; click the poster. It was a very typical Woody Allen film so it was good, but started to drag closer to the end and then didn’t really have an ending (little did I know this was to be theme of our films for tonight). No Antonio, which was very sad and no Naomi Watts which wasn’t as sad – sorry, Naomi. It was pretty cool to hear Woody Allen speak and joke about his celebrity and seeing Anthony Hopkins blush at his standing ovation entrance so moments like that alone are reason enough to want to see films at the TIFF. Freida Pinto was wearing a beautiful McQueen dress and Dev Patel sat in the audience with her which were exciting moments for Tila and me – yes, a nice dress is an exciting moment. Lots of fun moments to report, not much more to say about the film. The actors were great as expected, the narration and music was fun, and Antonio Banderas is a sexy, sexy beast. Then in a move to beat the crowds trying to exit the theatre that were either at a complete stand still or taking tiny little baby steps towards the exits we slipped out the front doors, walked the opposite way down the red carpet now lined with cameras expecting the next film. We only got caught at the end because Tila wanted to wait at the entrance for the next cast and director of the following movie to arrive when we found ourselves outside in the circle of volunteers with linked arms for the security of the actors to come. Way to be smooth.

"Vanishing on 7th Street"

“Vanishing on 7th Street” starred Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton. It was weird and scary especially sitting as close as we were. But it also didn’t have an ending. I know it leaves it open to blah, blah, blah, but I’m old-fashioned and I like legit endings…please and thank you. It was pretty weird, but with horror movies/thrillers being what they are lately, weird is appreciated. It was a lot like a zombie or apocalyptic movie, but with a villain we’d never seen before. I think it’s because I was looking for the villain that I was upset about the lack of a concrete ending. In zombie movies we know it’s some disease or what have you and the zombies are the issue and in apocalypse movies I think it’s pretty clear, but this movie was just full of constant questions. I did like it despite my grumbles about the ending and Hayden Christensen and the man we suspect is his brother are dreamy. Celebrity or not I always like staring at dreamy men, so I’ll take it!

Otherwise I treated myself to a large beer in a stupid glass, Tila and I discovered her outdoor patio and its usefulness in watching the people in the pool area, and my top becomes see through. It is not see through in real life, it’s the flash, I swear. I went a bit more “casual” (Alexander Wang loafer wedges + pants) , it was a Sunday after all, but from our seat in the front balcony at the first film I couldn’t help but think that my overly sparkly top half must have been distracting someone…or multiple someones.

One more TIFF post. By TIFF night #3 I had mastered getting pictures of the outfit and lost all skill in actually documenting the event, words will have to do.

P.S. Ugg + Jimmy Choo? Yes, please.
P.P.S. Alexander Wang shoes S/S 2011? Yes, yes, please.
P.P.P.S. Casey Affleck didn’t hold out long, he revealed this past Friday that “I’m Still Here” wasn’t a real documentary. Having seen it, going back and forth with myself over whether it was real or not and now knowing this…it’s brilliant. Well done, Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix, but especially Joaquin. Now I most definitely have to see it again.

TIFF Part 1 – Friday, September 10 by hallaek

So way back when I was a crazy-hormone-raging-teen I used to stalk Orlando Bloom. There. I said it. I won’t go into the details of the stalking, but do keep in mind that I throw the word “stalking” around very loosely. I was just a girl in love. Moving on, my first love led me to the film festival which led me to loving the thrill of attending premiere events which lead to a crazy two weeks in grade 12 when I missed a lot of school, but it was all for film education. Then I went away and TIFF time meant being jealous of everyone in Toronto from three hours away, but this year it was once again my turn to be one of those lucky Toronto people! Thank you TIFF for same day tickets. Tila and I saw three movies this past Friday: “Everything Must Go”, “I’m Still Here”, and “SUPER”. The night as conducted by the films went as such: expected, expected unexpected, and unexpected.

"Everything Must Go"

“Everything Must Go” starred Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall and was good. No, it was nice. Just nice. It was in the same realm of Ferrell films as “Stranger Than Fiction” (which I really, really liked), but the story itself just wasn’t as compelling. I think Ferrell is actually good at playing more serious characters, and it’s nice to see him not always playing the clown, and although I was never really bored during the film I was always waiting for something to happen. I’ll pretend this is a movie website for a second and rate it…I rate it: rent it. Look at me taking on the hat of film critic – I realize how ridiculous a rating like “rent it” sounds on this blog and from me, but let me have my moment. Ferrell did play the clown when he first entered the stage rolling on the TIFF podium and during Q&A when he took the title of “Funniest Man Alive” (or “in America” can’t remember) when someone referred to him as such in a question and he continuously had anyone and himself refer to him as nothing but. It was amusing to see him joke around; that was probably the best part of the screening. Rebecca Hall was also wearing great shoes (which you’ll see in the picture) and I bet they were Nicholas Kirkwood and by golly was I right! I’ll link info to them after.

"I'm Still Here"

“I’m Still Here”…the documentary by Casey Affleck about Joaquin Phoenix being a crazy man. W.T.F. No clue what to say about it. Neither showed though a little boy dressed like him did and a little girl with a love sign for crazy ol’ Joaquin.

Baby Joaquin & lady friend courtesy of CTV

Lots of coke done on-screen, a few hookers, obvious use of other drugs, yelling and mumbling, hilarious raps (completely serious for him though), unwarranted attacks on friends and celebrities alike and wanting constant attention, but at the same time wanting no attention – this guy has problems. After we saw it we figured he didn’t come because he was still crazy and this would all be too much and he would snap and crazy would be everywhere, til we found out he’s not crazy anymore and attended the Venice Film Festival for the same film. I did think it was the portrait of a sad and lost man, and now that he’s sane again I really have no clue. We’ll probably never know. But it was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while. Obviously we were all killing ourselves laughing at him, but people love to do that so the movie rocked in that sense. Honestly, just see it. No one can describe it to you, you have to see it for yourself.

*I didn’t have this initially, but then I thought about it and felt bad so here it is: Spoiler Alert.*


“SUPER” was just super! I obviously had to do that. Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Liv Tyler, Ellen Page were there, Kevin Bacon wasn’t. All I knew was Dwight was going to be a superhero, sounds solid…I had no clue what was really going to happen on that screen. It was a lot like “Kick-Ass” – normal people become superheros, and also shockingly gory like “Kick-Ass” was, but “SUPER” was so much better. The gore comes out of no where and is disgusting, but hilarious. Actually disgusting, but hilarious is a great way to describe a lot that happens in the movie like a rape scene between Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson (spoiler: she rapes him.) Dwight is all grown up and actually a lethal threat, I’ll take it. There were also dancing cartoons at the beginning which I really liked, it made me feel warm and happy and gushy. Please see this movie whenever it comes out and then re-read this little blurb about it, hehehe. But actually see it, I’ll come with, I want to see it again.

One last thing before pictures… It was a long night, we barely had time to eat let alone snap any real outfit pictures. Tila did bully me into it at the end of the night, but I was very cranky and for some reason my entire outfit looks pink, so it’s not making the cut and one of her paparazza pictures will have to suffice. Tila’s looks great though. Bitch.

So as I said (typed) earlier Rebecca Hall’s shoes are Nicholas Kirkwood and you can see an up close picture of the shoes in brown here or if you’re super into them you can buy them in taupe from Bluefly! And my shoes are my first real Winners find since my emerald green Marc Jacobs that I got in 2003 – I think…it was a long time ago, I know that much. If you read StyleBubble (you should read it) you’ve seen her baby blue mesh and lucite Stella McCartney shoes from S/S 2009, well I now have their baby pink girlfriend! She initially found them kind of ugly, but she wears them so often in her blog and they’re just so cool looking! Mesh + lucite + hint of gold = a’ok in my books. The second I saw mesh I dove for them and I couldn’t believe they were the same pair, thank you Winners-Shoe-Gods. I do kind of look like a sparkly, black-clad hobo who stole a Chanel bag, but maybe that’s the look I was going for to highlight the shoes…

Part 2 has more sparkles and less hobo, I promise.

P.S. While ‘tweeting’ at “Everything Must Go” I saw that Amanda DiPaq from the blog Not A Model was also at the movie! I was definitely more excited about that then the film, and will admit I looked around trying to find her as opposed to anxiously awaiting Will Ferrell like most people in the audience. But then she followed me on Twitter and my obvious looking around was redeemed in my eyes. Anyway, check out her blog!

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