Flavorwire’s 2018 Toronto International Film Festival Diary

TORONTO – After three years of attendance, here’s the thing I’ve learned about the Toronto International Film Festival: you just have to accept that you’re not going to see everything you want to see. This is a gigantic, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink kind of festival, in which star-driven studio Oscar hopefuls and undistributed foreign indies are vying for […]

How Eugenie’s festival wedding is set to be bigger than Meghan Markle and Harry’s

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are planning a festival-style event for their wedding. The minor royal’s plans involve celebrating with guests over a whole weekend. While their ceremony with take place on Friday, the couple and their family and friends will continue the celebrations all weekend. Another party will take place on Saturday afternoon. According […]

10 Toronto International Film Festival Movies We Can’t Wait to See

Talk to any professional film critic, and they’ll tell you about the pleasures of the Toronto International Film Festival — and of its anxieties. It is, in many ways, the all-you-can-eat buffet of film fests, a smorgasboard with literally hundreds of titles to choose from, including most of the big fall titles vying for year-end […]

Steve Bannon caused the New Yorker festival to go down in flames on Twitter

Sean Gallup/Getty Images The New Yorker announced that Steve Bannon, who embraces the label of “racist,” would headline its 19th annual The New Yorker Festival. New Yorker staff members, journalists, and prominent celebrities quickly attacked the decision on Twitter. Within hours, several top celebrities had announced they would not attend the festival. The New Yorker […]

Bestival: How cider, yoga and live music at a festival can help save endangered species

New Zealand drinks company Old Mout Cider is trying to save the vulnerable creature and raise awareness of the kiwi’s plight in Britain. All we needed to do when we headed to Bestival earlier this month… was drink.  Old Mout Cider had set up a Kiwi Camp at the festival which became a refuge to […]

Christopher Robin, The Guardians, The Festival and more…

FRIENDS REUNITED: Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) meets old pal Winnie The Pooh (Image: LAURIE SARPHAM ) But while both Paddington films managed to charm adults and children at the same time it isn’t clear who this gloomy spin on AA Milne’s “bear with very little brain” is aimed at. A slick opening sequence shows Christopher […]

Marvel Studio’s 10th anniversary movie festival is IMAX-only

Marvel is going all-out to mark the 10th birthday of its Cinematic Universe, and that includes upgrading the quality of the movies themselves. It’s hosting a 10th Anniversary Film Festival between August 30th and September 6th, and you’ll have to visit “select” IMAX theaters across North America if you want to join in. To that […]

‘Summer of ’84 Directors on Crafting Their Nostalgic Horror Throwback and the Status of ‘Turbo Kid 2’ [Fantasia Film Festival Interview]

What is about the image kids on bicycles, having an adventure, that just screams “This is a story set in the 1980s”? The trio of Montreal-based filmmaking team, known collectively as RKSS (and individually as François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell), decided to find out when they got their hands on the Summer of ’84 […]

‘Pledge’ Review: A Lean, Mean Fraternity Murder Convenes in Daniel Robbins’ Thriller [Fantasia Film Festival]

As a college attendee who never participated in Greek life myself, fraternal thrillers are always something of an outside-looking-in affair. My behind-closed-doors knowledge comes only from friends who recall their “elephant walks” or 24-hour drinking binges, always uttered with an air of unbelievableness. That’s what makes this subgenre so difficult. Can a movie sell sorority […]

‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’ Review: Bizarre, Bloodsucking Battle Royale Would Make ‘Blade’ Blush [Fantasia Film Festival]

Tokyo Vampire Hotel is a 142-minute bloodsucker royal rumble – cut down from roughly 390 minutes of Amazon’s original Japanese series – almost entirely located inside an almighty princess’ “nether region.” Are you tuning out after that sentence? Don’t. Writer and director Sion Sono’s (kinda) got this. The man behind Why Don’t You Play In […]