Craig @ Toronto International Film Festival

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It’s that time of year again, and I am updating
the filmfest site
with Craig’s doings.
This year Craig has
an official sponsor/job,
posting his blog entries to

I will be posting his reviews to tnir as well, and we’ve also got Craig’s calendar for you
to subscribe to, in either iCal
or iCalendar format.
(The only difference is that the first link will automatically start iCal and subscribe,
while the second link is for copying and pasting into your calendar program (which also works in iCal, but the first link is easier!)

entertainment, friends, Reid, web site.

About rae

I'm a long-time Mac and iOS developer. I'm also a big fan of Ruby on Rails and relational databases. I tend to work remotely, in my basement with occasional trips to the office. I'm also a big videophile, both TV and film, and can't wait for a good, inexpensive home 4k solution.

3 comments on “Craig @ Toronto International Film Festival

  1. Jeff K

    My tips for watching films:
    1. Does a character’s beliefs change during a film? No? Diss the writer.
    2. Is the ending of the film a necessary continuation or logical conclusion of the story? No? Invent your own and go home the way you want to feel.
    3. Was it written by liberals? Poor you.
    4. Was it written by conservatives? Poor you.
    5. Did the writer consult with liberals and conservatives and adopt a philosophy that allows examination of itself? Wow. Can you introduce me to the writer? I’m almost alone in my corner of the universe here.
    6. Was it a dazzling spectacle? Hm, are you sure “YYZ” was printed on your plane ticket? Like where’s the scene where the Nimitz launches a full strike force to take on the better part of the Japanese Navy in “Final Countdown” or where the missiles rise up from their silos in “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” or the cross-dressing scene in “Munich”? I mean like, god-damn, doesn’t anyone know how to write?!


  2. Jeff K

    This year’s film fest to show 250 “gut wrenching”, and “grim” movies:

    Anyway, I noticed that. Aside from not getting a ticket to the gut-wrenching “Babel” (sold out, surprise, surprise) and Paris Je t’aime, I did get 2 tickets for what I thought were quite uplifting movies of economic decay and totalitarian states, um, I mean, Economic Renewal and the changing vanguard of law-and-order. (“Hula Girls” & “Renaissance” in case you’re wondering.) Wish me luck, apparently people have walked out in the first 5 minutes of that last one, I hear, but again, the user comments are either total hatred, or high-praise. I hope its just the usual idiots-don’t-get-it deal.

  3. Jeff K

    I was at the world premier of “Hula Girls” tonight at the TIFF. I give it 8.4/10 for balance, Duddy Kravitzness (sort of…) and the fact that liberals and traditionalists will give it 6.5/10. Let ’em choke on their ignorance. This is the best-executed Japanese drama I have seen. The dancing is held back until its the right time in the movie for it. The pacing is perfect. Its funny, it’s sad, moving and strong. All dramatic, but done in a way you could expect a dedicated young person to succeed. Its rather unlike DK in that although there are familial disruptions, the girls form a tight-group with their own (accepted) values and ties. If you see it you may think I have a personal bias towards it. Good for you, thanks for thinking about me.

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