Ahh, La La Land. Where do I begin?
On Sunday afternoon, I gladly waited in line outside of Roy Thomson Hall for 3 hours (OK maybe 2.5 outside and 30 min happily seated inside in what may be the best of the cheap seats… Surprise! All seats were free. Hence the 3 hours. But they really were great seats.) in the Toronto heat. Why would any sane person do such a thing?
Bragging rights. Yes, I said it, bragging rights. Why else does anyone (besides the stars/directors/other cast/crew/media and press… oh and also paparazzi) go to film festivals such as Sundance, TIFF and Cannes? Yes, a love of cinema, but really that’s just the guise pride hides behind. I mean, do you know anybody who goes to a semi-exclusive event that doesn’t instagram/snapchat the hell out of it / bring it up at every dinner party in the week thereafter? (Guilty on both counts, this is me sheepishly raising my hand and putting it back down). Anyway. This is not what you’re here for. You’re here for my supremely unqualified review of La La Land! Without further ado. God bless your lovely, lovely hearts.
Yes, it is the week successive to Labor Day… Oh how we lament the passing of yet another too-short summer. But! September means TIFF! Tonight is the opening night of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Above is the trailer for American Pastoral, which is world premiering tomorrow night at the fest; starring Ewan McGregor (also his directorial debut… no big deal), Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning. And yes, it’s based on the novel of the very same name by Philip Roth, but you already knew that, didn’t you. I’m going to be at the premiere of All I See Is You on Wednesday night, but oh, how I wish I could see this masterpiece above as well. I’m telling you, the trailer itself could win a short-film competition.
OK more to come in the following week. I’ll definitely do a review of All I See Is You. Happy festival season, everybody!
Photos and words by Laura Komadina.
This series is about a small community of brightly coloured houses found in Grimsby, Ontario. This community has been around since the mid 19th century, and the area was originally used as a meeting place for a group of Methodists. Once the area got more populated, instead of the original tents the visitors used, they started to build cottages. The first ever cottage was built in 1875. Between the end of the 19th century leading until the middle of the 20th century, the cottages went through a series of events which turned the area into a mini amusement park and resort area at different times.
The majority of the cottages were destroyed throughout the second half of the 20th century, due to fires as well as the extension of the QEW. Around the 1940s people started to put up the remaining cottages up for…
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