OurFaves Guide To Tiff (Part 2)

Although the weekend is behind us and we’re all suffering through a case of the Mondays, it’s good to know that TIFF is still going strong the rest of this week. Future blockbusters such as The Informant and Up In The Air screened this weekend, as well as some thought-provoking biopics like Collapse and Creation. The next three days will prove to be just as eventful, with screenings of films from directors Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers. Here are a few spots that you should visit if you have the urge to play hooky from work.

September 14 2009

Start your week off with a bang and go see the 9:00 a.m. screening of A Serious Man at the Scotiabank Theatre.  This latest project by the Coen brothers focuses on its main character’s struggle to be respected both at home and at work. After the film, treat your taste buds and wallet with respect by visiting HoSu Bistro, a tasty retreat one block up from the theatre. Reflect on the film while you enjoy a sampling of Korean and Japanese goodies.

Once you’ve fuelled up with some grub, make your way back to the Scotiabank Theatre to catch John Hillcoat’s new film, The Road at 3:00 p.m.  Starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron, the film is a story of survival in a post-apocalyptic world.  If the movie’s got you down, go for a pick-me-up at Cafe Crepe with a banana-nutella dessert crepe.

Finally to wrap up our day we’ll actually begin at Le Gourmand to get some baked goodies before departing to our next film. Make sure to try their gigantic cookies with a gourmet coffee before making your way to the Roy Thompson Hall and catching the newest movie from director and storyteller, Rodrigo Garcia: Mother And Child. This film begins at 6:30 sharp and recounts the story of a mother and daughter separated at birth, only to find each other later … working at the same law office. This film features an all-star cast of Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, and my personal favorite, Samuel L. Jackson.

September 15 2009

Our first movie is at 11 a.m., so start the day off right with a visit to Eggspectation for a tasty brunch.  It’s conveniently located inside the Eaton Center, steps away from the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre.  Prepare to see your beloved city through director Atom Egoyan’s eyes with Chloe, a movie about marriage and infidelity set in Toronto.

Soak in the last warm days of the year by taking advantage of free TIFF screenings at Yonge and Dundas Square. Today’s offerings include Allan Dwan’s 1922 classic, Robin Hood at 3:00 p.m.  After the film, mosey on over to Johnny Rockets down the street to continue the nostalgia train with a burger, a shake and onion rings with a ketchup happy face.

Our last movie of the day is Waking Sleeping Beauty, a documentary about the Disney Corporation’s return to form in the 1990s with children’s classics such as Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.  The movie screens at 6:00 p.m. at the Yonge and Dundas AMC, which is a short walk away from Green Onion Pan Asian Cuisine.  Try a little bit of Thai, Szechwan and Chinese for dinner after reliving the magic of some of your fave animated Disney flicks.

AMC / Yonge-Dundas / Home away from home

AMC / Yonge-Dundas / Home away from home

September 16 2009

Be sure to get up nice and early so you don’t miss out on all the films of Day 6. We’ll start at the Scotiabank Theatre at 9:15 to catch the postmodern depiction of the Manson trials, as directed by Regina Harkema, called Leslie, My Name Is Evil. However, before we watch the film, we should fuel up on some gourmet coffee at The Roastery Coffee House which is just around the corner. Make sure to try some of the birch beer, which is apparently the best that Toronto has to offer.
Our next event is extra special, not just because of the director, but because of the price point. Head down to the Yonge-Dundas Square at noon and catch a glimpse of the new Martin Scorsese movie, The Last Waltz for free (that’s right, $0.00). The movie has been kept under wraps so you’ll be one of the first to know about it if you attend. With all the money you save by seeing this movie, invest it into something worthwhile, like your appetite. Great Cooks On Eight offers great food with a great view. Try any of their lunch specials by the window for a great view of our city hall.
We round our day off early today, with a viewing of Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags a film about the fashion industry and how it got it’s starts as a way for Jewish immigrants to make a living. The movie will be shown at the AMC at 5:15 so be sure to give yourself some time for travel. After the flick, take advantage of not having anything to do and check out Elmwood Spa, located a few blocks away. Take a dip in their pool or get a deep tissue massage, it doesn’t matter, just make sure you enjoy yourself.

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