Sunday, 7 October 2018

2018 TIFF Films on My Radar

The Toronto International Film Festival ended about 3 weeks however; the films that screened there will gracing our cinema screens over the next few months so now is still a good time to talk about them. Another reason being, the films that screen at the prestigious festival, are often a good indication of those that'll do well this coming award season. So! Here are the top few that I'll be looking out for ☄

Dir. Steve McQueen
In this film, the guys we normally see doing big action blockbusters ie Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, seemingly die pretty early on. And some ladies we don't normally see in this genre ie Viola Davis, Cythia Erivo ... take over ! What's not to like?!

Dir. Genevieve Naija
Lionheart is seasoned Nigerian actress Genevieve Naija's directorial debut - a comedy about a young woman taking over her dad's male dominated business. Nigerian cinema has been making real strides in recent years and its so great to see a story like this get some (I'm sure) well-deserved recognition. This one will be on Netflix so keep your eyes peeled.

Green Book
Dir. Peter Farrelly
My goodness do I just love Mahershala Ali 😭 So glad we all got to see him do something different in Moonlight so he could land opportunities like this. He has such range too and from the trailer alone, I have a feeling he's going to top every performance he's done before.

If Beale Street Could Talk
Dir. Barry Jenkins
Still yet to read a single thing by James Baldwin (I know, I know, what kind of black person am I) so this will be a good introduction. And after Moonlight, I'll always be curious to see anything Barry Jenkins gives us.

First Man
Dir. Damien Chazelle
Controversial Opinion: I don't like space films. But I do like Claire Foy. And I do know we'll be talking about this one till March next year. So for the sake of FOMO, I'll catch this one too.

Beautiful Boy
Dir. Felix Van Groeningen
A drama starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell. Cannot wait I genuinely think this is going to be my film of the year. Steve Carell is another actor with incredible range and there's no doubt in my mind one of them will pick up something this award season.

Can You Ever Forgive Me
Dir. Marielle Heller
This blog post has unintentionally ended up being all about range. But one actress whose range I don't see much of is Melissa McCarthy. So what a fantastic role to step into ! The funny thing I never doubted Melissa McCarthy as an actress, she's good in everything she does she just doesn't always get the best scripts. So I'm so ready to her do something completely different.

I've said it before, this is my favourite time of the year for film. Bit disappointed we still aren't seeing many female directors though. What are you looking forward to seeing over the next few months?!

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