Another month down, another ranked list. I saw 16 films released in November and, for the most part, it was a great month for movies. The only major release I missed that I wanted to catch was “Wonder,” especially after hearing such solid buzz. Still, November was filled with strong awards contenders so let’s get started with the list!
“Call Me By Your Name,” dir. Luca Guadagnino
It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman , a precocious 17- year-old young man, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia. Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father, an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella, a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver, a 24 year-old American college graduate student working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We got some exciting new releases to celebrate the 4-day weekend as we have Pixar’s latest entry “Coco,” Gary Oldman’s much-buzzed performance in “Darkest Hour,” Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer starring in “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” and one of the heavy-hitting Oscar frontrunners “Call Me By Your Name.” Let’s take a closer look!
Time to continue on with the NYFF reviews! Got to revisit a couple of my favorite films of the year with Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.” I’ll also be reviewing Todd Haynes’s “Wonderstruck” while also delving into this weekend’s new release from Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049.” Ready to go!
So it’s been a week since the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close. It was a wild ride, but I got to see a lot of truly remarkable films, some surprising gems, and yes, some piles of trash. So I just wanted to take the time to do a recap of the festival and talk about the best and the worst that TIFF had to offer this year. Here we go!
The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival has finally arrived! I’ll be posting here daily all my thoughts on the films that I see here at TIFF. Let’s kick things off with the five films that I saw today which include Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” Janus Metz’s “Borg/McEnroe,” Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” and Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied.”