2008 TIFF Picks

The Toronto International Film Festival starts this week. I’ll be seeing a bunch of films this year ranging from Steven Soderbergh’s epic, Che, to Darren Aronofsky’s film about an aging wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke.

I’m a sucker for Guy Ritchie films so I’m going to see RocknRolla even though it hits theatres next month. The midnight madness screening of JCVD should be an interesting one — Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself.

Here is a list of my picks and times. Click on the film to get more information from the TIFF website.

THU 09/04/2008 11:59pm
Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself in this action comedy.

FRI 09/05/2008 11:45am
Guy Ritchie’s latest gangster film.

It Might Get Loud
FRI 09/05/2008 09:15pm
A documentary film that examines the unique styles of three guitarists — The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

SUN 09/07/2008 08:30pm
Director Michael Winterbottom’s “mood piece” set in Italy. The visuals of Genova alone will make this an interesting film for me.

MON 09/08/2008 09:30pm
Derick Martini’s first film as a director. Stars Alec Baldwin, Kieran Culkin, Rory Culkin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon, Emma Roberts.

The Wrestler
TUE 09/09/2008 12:00pm
Darren Aronofsky directs Mickey Rourke as an aging wrestler. Sounds like perfect casting to me.

Me and Orson Welles
THU 09/11/2008 09:00pm
Directed by Richard Linklater. If it has anything to do with Orson Welles then I’m interested.

FRI 09/12/2008 09:00am
Steve Soderbergh’s epic film about Che Guevara played by Benicio Del Toro. This screening is a whopping 4 hours and 22 minutes showing Che (Part 1) and Che (Part 2).

The Ghost
SAT 09/13/2008 10:00am
The Ghost (Domovoy) is a Russian thriller. I know nothing about its Armenian director, Karen Oganesyan, or the principal cast. This was one of those random picks.

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