Spies, murder, buried treasure, cold cases. Make some scones, brew some tea and embrace your inner Anglophile with these British additions to the DVD Netflix library.Read More
The turn of the 21st century seems to have inspired a wave of neo-noirs. There were a few in the late 1990s that did well and likely kicked off the genre’s revival. L.A. Confidential (1997) was a stylish neo-noir that garnered numerous Oscars, as did The Usual Suspects (1995). Smart dialogue, dark themes and a sense of doom pervade these great neo-noirs of the early 2000s.Read More
Faced with an empty nest in the early 2000s, someone posed this question to me, “What is your dream vacation?” Thinking about my growing love of independent film, my answer was to attend Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Facing the reality that Sundance was a pipe-dream, I searched for local film festivals.
Newport International Film Festival, here in RI, was looking for volunteers. I had experience working on events so I submitted an application. I thought that I wanted to work in the office and the first day I felt helpful. The second day, the volunteer coordinator was worried that she didn’t have someone to work the transportation desk. I didn’t know what it entailed, but I told her I could do it if she needed me there more than in the office. Working the transportation desk meant coordinating rides for filmmakers and talent to and from the train station and airport and around town. It was right up my alley and I was behind the scenes in the film world. Helping creators of film was my job and I was thrilled. At first I worked dispatch, but as I got to know Newport better I would drive.Read More
Prior to September 11, 2001, terrorism was something that Americans only saw in the movies or on the faraway news. They had been shaken by the 1993 truck bombing below the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Six people died and more than a thousand were injured, but the terrorists were caught and convicted, and Americans fell back into an ignorant sense of security. The world’s terrorist activities were someone else’s problem, with attacks carried out far away from United States soil. Car bombings, embassy bombings, and suicide bombings made the news, but they barely touched U.S. citizens’ conversations.
The War on Terror, or the Global War on Terrorism, began soon after the towers fell, and it wages still, nearly 20 years later. In the 2000s, movies about terrorism were popular, but the audiences were now keenly aware that they were not immune from attacks. Here are five films involving terrorism, made in the 2000s, worth seeing.Read More
By Raquel Stecher
The 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicked off on September 5th. This ten-day festival is chock-full of international delights from gala presentations, special events, international premieres, red carpet openings, lectures, award ceremonies, and more. It’s at TIFF that many of the big Oscar nominees and winners have their world premieres.
What can you expect at TIFF? Everything from big blockbuster feature films, to international dramas and comedies, documentaries, shorts, experimental films, and a series called Midnight Madness which launches future cult classics and quirky horror movies.
Let’s take a look at the numbers for this year’s festival. Out of the 333 titles to be screened this year, 245 are feature length films, 82 are shorts, and six are episodic series. This list was whittled down from 6,866 submissions!
Out of the 333 films, 229 are premiering at TIFF for their world, international, or North American debut. The films come from 84 countries and 87 languages/dialects are represented. The shortest film is 2 minutes long and the longest is over 14 hours! Something new this year is a series of inaugural awards including the Tribute Actor Awards for Meryl Streep and Joaquin Phoenix, the Roger Ebert Director Award for Taikia Waititi, the Variety Artisan Award for Roger Deakins, and the Mary Pickford Award for Mati Diop.
I’ll be reporting again from TIFF this year for DVD Netflix. Some of the big films announced this year include the Mister Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (directed by Marielle Heller and starring Tom Hanks), the new Joker movie (directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix), Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers (starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez), the highly anticipated film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch (starring Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman), and much more.
Not going to TIFF this year? Host your own at-home version! Last year, I encouraged DVD Netflix members to host their own armchair TIFF with some selections from a variety of people’s choice award winners from the past five years. This year, I’m taking a different approach! Here is a selection of films that premiered at the 2018 festival. If you haven’t watched these yet, this is a great opportunity to catch up. Here are some of my favorite films from last year’s TIFF, as well as a list of other titles available to rent that are definitely worth watching.
My favorites from last year’s TIFF:
More viewing options:
Raquel Stecher has been writing about classic films for the past decade on her blog Out of the Past. She attends the TCM Classic Film Festival as well as other events where old movie fanatics get together to geek out. Raquel has been a devoted DVD Netflix member since 2002! Follow her on her blog Out of the Past, or find her on Twitter @RaquelStecher and @ClassicFilmRead, Facebook, and Instagram.